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 Hemsworth
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Jon Trickett Labour 23,036 65.4 -5.2
Elizabeth Truss Conservative 7,400 21.0 +3.2
Ed Waller Liberal Democrat 3,990 11.3 +2.4
Paul Turek Socialist Labour 801 2.3  
Majority 15,636 44.4
Turnout 35,227 51.8 -16.1
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 4.2% from Labour to Conservative

Description
This seat includes the mining towns of Hemsworth, South Kirkby and South Elmsall - at the very heart of the Yorkshire coal field - and Featherstone.

This large, rugby league-loving mining village of some 10,000 souls has historically been a Labour fortress, and has helped to bolster the party’s domination of this part of the world. In the May 2000 Wakefield Borough elections, Labour took 55 seats, leaving the Tories, LibDems and Independents to fight it out for the remaining nine.

In all general elections between 1950 and 1974, voters returned the Labour candidate with a majority of at least 30,000. It is said that Labour votes used to be weighed rather than counted in this constituency.

Those majorities have not been quite so mountainous in recent elections, due in part to boundary changes which brought 12,000 voters from the essentially Conservative Wakefield South ward into the seat.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Hemsworth
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
Jon Trickett Labour 32,088 70.6
Norman Hazell Conservative 8,096 17.8
Jacqueline Kirby Liberal Democrat 4,033 8.9
Derek Irvine Referendum 1,260 2.8
Majority 23,992 52.8
Turnout 45,477 67.9
 
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