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 Barnsley East & Mexborough
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Jeff Ennis Labour 21,945 67.5 -5.6
Sharron Brook Liberal Democrat 5,156 15.9 +5.5
Matthew Offord Conservative 4,024 12.4 +1.0
Terry Robinson Socialist Labour 722 2.2 -0.6
George Savage UK Independence 662 2.0  
Majority 16,789 51.6
Turnout 32,509 49.5 -14.1
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 5.5% from Labour to Liberal Democrat
Lab-Con (against 1997) 3.3% from Labour to Conservative

Description
The formation in 1974 of the metropolitan counties of South and West Yorkshire spilt the coal mining constituency of Hemsworth right down the middle, and led to the formation of Barnsley East. Labour's Jeff Ennis has been MP here since a 1996 by-election.

The constituency consists almost exclusively of small towns built for one industry - coal. With the decline, indeed virtual extinction, of the industry in this part of the world, these small and battered communities have struggled on with male unemployment well above the national average.

Manual workers and their families form 60% of the population, and the council is attempting a series of reclamation and regeneration projects in the town of Dearne and its surrounding areas.

Other towns that fall within this South Yorkshire constituency include Grimethorpe (famous for its brass band), Thurnscoe, Darfield and Wombwell.

In the east beyond Mexborough is an area of farms on the other side of the A1(M), and beyond them the urban vistas of Richmond Hill, Scawsby and Cusworth, which are all close to Doncaster. 99.6% of the population here is white.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Barnsley East & Mexborough
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
Jeff Ennis Labour 31,699 73.1
Jane Ellison Conservative 4,936 11.4
David Willis Liberal Democrat 4,489 10.4
Ken Capstick Socialist Labour 1,213 2.8
Arthur Miles Referendum 797 1.8
Julie Hyland Independent 201 0.5
Majority 26,763 61.8
Turnout 43,335 63.6
 
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