Morley and Outwood (UK Parliament constituency)
|Morley and Outwood|
for the House of Commons
|Electorate||78,803 (December 2019)|
|Member of Parliament||Andrea Jenkyns (Conservative)|
|Number of members||One|
|Created from||Morley and Rothwell, Normanton|
Forerunners and boundaries
The Morley and Outwood constituency was first contested in 2010. It consists of the town of Morley, in the City of Leeds metropolitan district, and around Outwood in the City of Wakefield district. It is largely a successor to the previous Morley and Rothwell seat, which existed from 1997 until 2010; Rothwell was transferred to a new Elmet and Rothwell seat, while Outwood was previously part of the abolished Normanton constituency. At the same time, the Leeds suburb of Middleton was transferred to Leeds Central. The remainder of the former Normanton constituency was divided between the Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford constituency and the Wakefield constituency.
At the 2010 general election, Morley and Outwood was won by Ed Balls of the Labour Party, who had been MP for Normanton since 2005, and served as Labour's Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer from 2011 to 2015. Balls narrowly lost the seat at the 2015 general election to the Conservative Party candidate Andrea Jenkyns which was described by Larry Elliott of The Guardian as a "Portillo moment". The 2015 general election result gave the Conservatives that year their sixth-most marginal majority of their 331 seats won, by percentage of majority. Third parties have not polled strongly in the seat to date — the combined votes of the two largest UK parties' candidates exceeded 72.9% of the total in 2010 and 2015, 97.4% in 2017, and 91.7% in 2019.
Parliament approved the recommendation of the Boundary Commission's Fifth Periodic Review of Westminster constituencies to create this new ("cross-border") constituency as a consequence of West Yorkshire losing one parliamentary seat following more rapid population increase in other regions.
The constituency comprises the following electoral wards:
- From the City of Leeds: Ardsley and Robin Hood; Morley North; Morley South.
- From the City of Wakefield: Stanley and Outwood East; Wrenthorpe and Outwood West.
In the September 2016 Boundary Commission constituency proposals, this seat is set to disappear and its territory split between two new constituencies: Batley and Morley; and Normanton, Castleford and Outwood.
Members of Parliament
|Created from Morley and Rothwell and Normanton|
|2010||Ed Balls||Labour Co-op|
Elections in the 2010s
|Liberal Democrats||Craig Dobson||2,285||4.4||+1.8|
|Labour Co-op||Neil Dawson||24,446||46.7||+8.7|
|Liberal Democrats||Craig Dobson||1,361||2.6||-0.4|
|Labour Co-op||Ed Balls||18,354||38.0||+0.4|
|Liberal Democrats||Rebecca Taylor||1,426||3.0||−13.8|
|Yorkshire First||Arnie Craven||479||1.0||New|
|Conservative gain from Labour Co-op||Swing||+1.6|
|Labour Co-op||Ed Balls||18,365||37.6||-8.4|
|Liberal Democrats||James Monaghan||8,186||16.8||+6.7|
|Labour Co-op win (new seat)|
- List of Parliamentary constituencies in West Yorkshire
- Leeds South East
- Morley and Leeds South
- Morley and Rothwell
- Elmet and Rothwell
Notes and references
- "Morley and Outwood Parliamentary constituency". BBC. 12 December 2019. Retrieved 4 January 2020.
- Elliott, Larry (8 May 2015). "Defeat of Ed Balls gives Tories their 'Portillo moment'". The Guardian.
- List of Conservative MPs elected in 2015 by % majority UK Political.info. Retrieved 29 January 2017
- "2011 census interactive maps". Archived from the original on 29 January 2016.
- 2010 post-revision map Greater London and metropolitan areas of England
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "M" (part 3)
- "Ed Balls (MP for Morley & Outwood)". Co-operative Party. Retrieved 6 July 2010.[permanent dead link] Note that other sources and the "Statement of persons nominated" refer to Balls as "Labour".
- "Morley & Outwood Parliamentary constituency". BBC News. BBC. Retrieved 4 December 2019.
- "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- "Morley & Outwood". BBC News. Retrieved 13 May 2015.
- "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 26 July 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2015.