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Barnsley Central

2010 Results:
Conservative: 6388 (17.26%)
Labour: 17487 (47.26%)
Liberal Democrat: 6394 (17.28%)
BNP: 3307 (8.94%)
UKIP: 1727 (4.67%)
Socialist Labour: 356 (0.96%)
Independent: 1342 (3.63%)
Majority: 11093 (29.98%)

Notional 2005 Results:
Labour: 17802 (58.9%)
Liberal Democrat: 5602 (18.5%)
Conservative: 4903 (16.2%)
Other: 1896 (6.3%)
Majority: 12201 (40.4%)

Actual 2005 result
Conservative: 3813 (13.3%)
Labour: 17478 (61.1%)
Liberal Democrat: 4746 (16.6%)
BNP: 1403 (4.9%)
Other: 1175 (4.1%)
Majority: 12732 (44.5%)

2001 Result
Conservative: 3608 (13.1%)
Labour: 19181 (69.6%)
Liberal Democrat: 4051 (14.7%)
Other: 703 (2.6%)
Majority: 15130 (54.9%)

1997 Result
Conservative: 3589 (9.8%)
Labour: 28090 (77%)
Liberal Democrat: 3481 (9.5%)
Referendum: 1325 (3.6%)
Majority: 24501 (67.2%)

Boundary changes:

Profile: The constituency includes the centre of Barnsley itself, along with some of the villages to the north such as Monk Bretton, Royston and Darton. Barnsley is a town with a deep industrial heritage, a former coal mining town with all that this implies about strong Labour support. An ultra-safe Labour seat, along with its predecessor Barnsley it has been held by Labour since 1935, often with truly daunting majorities. At a local level as of 2010 Labour have 18 of the 24 councillors in the ward, the other 6 being independents.

MP Eric Illsley was suspended from the Labour party after being charged with false accounting over his claims for MPs allowances. He subsequently pleaded guilty.

portraitCurrent MP: Dan Jarvis (Labour) Born Nottingham. Educated at Sandhurst. Former army officer, served in Afghanistan. First elected as MP for Barnsley Central in 2011 by-election.

2011 By-election

Former Labour MP Eric Illsley was suspended from the party after being charged with false accounting in relation to his Parliamentary expenses. He resigned from Parliament on the 8th February prior to being sentenced, having pled guilty in court. The by-election was held on the 3rd March 2011. The result was an easy hold for the Labour party, with UKIP finishing in second place. The Liberal Democrats came 6th, their lowest ever position in an English by-election, and lost their deposit.

By-election result:
Dan Jarvis (Labour): 14,724 (60.8%)
Jane Collins (UKIP): 2,953 (12.2%)
James Hockney (Conservative): 1,999 (8.3%)
Enis Dalton (BNP): 1,463 (6.0%)
Tony Devoy (Independent): 1,266 (5.2%)
Dominic Carman (Liberal Democrat): 1,012 (4.2%)
Kevin Riddiugh (EDP): 544 (2.2%)
Howling Laud Hope (Loony): 198 (0.8%)
Michael Val Davies (Ind): 60 (0.2%)
Majority: 11,771 (48.6%)

By-election candidates:
portraitJames Hockney (Conservative) Born Isle of Ely. Educated at Kings School, Ely. South Cambridgeshire councillor since 2004. Contested Barnsley East 2010.
portraitDan Jarvis (Labour) Born Nottingham. Educated at Sandhurst. Former army officer, served in Afghanistan.
portraitDominic Carman (Liberal Democrat) Son of George Carman QC. Journalist and author. Finalist in ITV`s political talent show “Vote for Me” in 2005. Contested Barking 2010.
portraitJane Collins (UKIP) Born 1962. Regional organiser for Godfrey Bloom MEP. Contested Scunthorpe 2010.
portraitEnis Dalton (BNP)
portraitKevin Riddiough (English Democrats)
portraitHowling Laud Hope (Official Monster Raving Loony) Real name Alan Hope. Born Mytchett. Publican. Leader of the Monster Raving Loony Party since 1999. Contested Teignbridge 1983, 1987, 1992, Aldershot 1997, Eddisbury by-election 1999, Kensington and Chelsea by-election 1999, Brent East by-election 2003, Hartlepool by-election 2004, Aldershot 2005, Blaenau Gwent by-election 2006, Sedgefield by-election 2007, Norwich North by-election 2009, Witney 2010.
portraitTony Devoy (Independent) Contested Barnsley Central 2010.
portraitMichael Val Davies (Independent) Unemployed bookseller.


2010 election candidates:
portraitPiers Tempest (Conservative) Educated at Ampleforth Colleg and Bristol University. Film producer.
portraitEric Illsley(Labour) Born 1955, Barnsley. Educated at Holgate Grammar School and Leeds University. Former NUM official. First elected as MP for Barnsley 1987 (more information at They work for you)
portraitChristopher Wiggin (Liberal Democrat) Educated at York University. Online retailer.
portraitDavid Silver (UKIP)
portraitIan Sutton (BNP)
portraitTerry Robinson (Socialist Labour) Contested Barnsley East and Mexborough 2001
portraitTony Devoy (Independent)
portraitDonald Wood (Independent)

2001 Census Demographics

Total 2001 Population: 82417
Male: 48.7%
Female: 51.3%
Under 18: 22.6%
Over 60: 20.3%
Born outside UK: 2.1%
White: 99%
Asian: 0.3%
Mixed: 0.4%
Other: 0.2%
Christian: 80.2%
Full time students: 2.7%
Graduates 16-74: 11.3%
No Qualifications 16-74: 39.7%
Owner-Occupied: 64.3%
Social Housing: 25.1% (Council: 22.9%, Housing Ass.: 2.2%)
Privately Rented: 6.8%
Homes without central heating and/or private bathroom: 4.7%

NB - The constituency guide is now archived and is no longer being updated. It will be replaced by a new guide in 2013, once the fate of the boundary review is finally settled.