Analysed – Rotherham Parliamentary Election Results 2015

Rother Valley Constituency:

RVResults 2015

Rotherham Constituency:

ScrRResults 2015

Wentworth & Dearne Constituency:

Went and D Results 2015


18 thoughts on “Analysed – Rotherham Parliamentary Election Results 2015

    • But you were predicting a trouncing for Labour. You were definitely talking about defeat for “Sir Nutkin”. What went wrong? In my opinion it was a combination of: a general drop off in support for UKIP due to Farage’s woeful performances in the TV debates, poor standard of UKIP candidates locally and the poor quality of UKIP councillors, who have failed to inspire the electorate in what was undoubtedly UKIP’s perfect storm. Oh and UKIP’s failure to learn the lesson from the PCC election and bizarrely running the exact same campaign that lost them that election when they thought they were home and dry.


    • Barron’s percentage was 40.9% in 2010, what is really interesting is that he increased it to 43.2% this time.
      Given the quality of the UKIP candidate, I thought he had done better than anyone could have expected.


      • to clarify:
        1. from above: “…I thought he – the UKIP candidate – had done better than anyone could have expected.
        2. This is the first election since 1997 that Kevin Barron has increased his majority percentage. That is really really interesting!


  1. When it comes down to it, working class people would have found it almost inconceivable to vote for anything more right than the centre right Labour Party of today. After flirting with the idea of UKIP, commonsense will have prevailed in most cases … but what ever happened to the Green Party in Rotherham?


    • “After flirting with the idea of UKIP, commonsense will have prevailed in most cases … ”
      A good comment, AKA “Once bitten, twice shy”.
      “What happened to the Greens” – a bit of a luxury here in Rotherham I would have thought – there were other, more immediate priorities.


  2. The Greens didn’t campaign, at least not in my area, voters get themselves into a mind set when they go into the booth; usually what they vote on one paper they do on the other. It happened with the European elections.
    Dave Smith


  3. Yvonne’s right about why would working class people vote for parties to the Right of Labour.
    A lot of people are angry with Labour locally, but more can see UKIP are a party backed by people with wealth and power, for people with wealth and power.


    • ”A lot of people are angry with Labour locally……………”
      Not angry enough to vote against them.
      Did CSE not happen?
      Is the debt – £10m – for the failed Digital Region project not the fault of Labour?
      Because of RMBC’s incompetence the DCLG had to appoint five run the (Labour controlled) council.
      Tribal loyalty took precedence over morality and integrity.


      • Colin
        Are you seriously suggesting the disasterous Digital Region project is in people’s minds, in Sheffield, Doncaster, Barnsley and Rotherham, when they vote for an MP?


    • It beggars belief that the people of Rotherham should walk like zombies into the election booth and vote for the party that brought such shame. Applying a cross to the ballot paper may be just that: a gesture with no meaning or conviction


  4. makes you think in the last 12 month nobody in rotherham was going to vote labour , whats happened , vote rigging ?


  5. In the three constituencies 22042 people voted Conservative. Many Conservative must have vote UKIP this time. That means that there is a sizeable and consistent Conservative minority. A lot of name calling will not alter this fact. (No I did not vote Conservative)


  6. Colin,

    Quote: “Tribal loyalty took precedence over morality and integrity.”

    I’m sorry but if UKIP keep espousing this line their vote will not advance. No party gains votes by insulting people who didn’t vote for them. I voted for Ms Champion but I wouldn’t insult people who didn’t as that is their right.

    Locally UKIP did not deliver on this occasion because the majority people didn’t want them. Nationally the Tories won because they were seen (wrongly in my opinion) as the correct choice for the country. Although I am not happy with the national result I don’t criticize Tory voters of lacking ‘morality or integrity’. They just have different and in some cases completely opposite views to me. I may find some of them alien to my concept of a fairer society but it is positive dialogue and engagement that may change some – maybe millions- of votes next time in 2020 not insults.

    As for the many people I know locally who didn’t vote UKIP (and not all voted Labour) the main reason was they saw UKIP as being too close to the Tories. Indeed one common statement was (to summarize) ‘”I’ve never heard UKIP locally criticize the Tory Government – they’re Tories in disguise’. Now you may disagree with this view but it was a common theme I found.

    I do think the national election had an effect too – but it worked both ways: Labour got their vote out UKIP did too and some on both ‘sides’ voted differently in the local elections to nationally. However, the results did give a wider picture of local views; I just wish the turnout was as high in local elections every time – the 20 – 30% who tend to vote in these are not reflective. How we get more people to vote in local elections is a big issue for me.

    Nationally The Greens, Labour, the Liberals and UKIP and others will have to regroup and examine closely what they do in the future. In my opinion many citizens locally (and nationally) are in for hard times and will suffer disproportionately. However, despite that (my) belief the national result happened and I have to live (exist from day to day more like) with it while still carrying on fighting for what I see as a ‘just society’.

    The question now is how I (and others – whatever their view) fight to change the perceptions and voting intentions of those that do actually change their vote. The Tories do not represent the views of the whole country they represent the 36% who voted for them – with millions not even voting – but that’s how FPTP works. Another big question is how do we all engage on a daily basis (political (big P or small p) to enable them and others to get involved in issues that effect their lives and community. Personally I believe you do that by positive debate, engagement and campaigning – not by calling people stupid for disagreeing (as some on here elsewhere have said) or accusing them of ‘lacking morals or integrity’.

    Personally I am not and have never been a member of a political party. I am as all know on here considered ‘left of centre’. However, in reality,while that is correct, I take each issue as it arises and form an opinion – and sometimes no opinion or mixed opinion as debate arises. However, there is another factor that although may not influence my personal vote does influence my actions in my daily work – and that is ‘what do the people (or person) I am representing want’?’ All MP’s and councillors and candidates should take note. They are not just there to represent those who support their views but others too.

    I must admit I am gutted the Tories have a majority nationally. I felt heartbroken, not for me or any ‘party’, but for the many millions of people who have suffered and been ignored, and will continue to be ignored by them. I fear for the future of many of our people whether they live in Rotherham or not. I also see the landscape of many parts of our land becoming poorer and more fractured. And for me that’s the big issue – while still disagreeing on certain issues how do we stop / highlight some of the extremities that the Government may implement?

    Finally, for all who stood for election – whether I agree or disagree with you – thank you for standing. To all who voted – again whether I disagree with you or not – thank you you for voting. This form of democracy may be flawed – and most likely needs changing (I would prefer PR) but at least we all took part. We may have differing views and answers but we had our say. And while ever that continues we can change the world in our own little way – while disagreeing along the way of course.

    SKT xxxx


    • SKT.
      A reasoned and-as usual- passionate response from you.
      I was criticising the election of Borough Councillors and I did not make that clear enough.
      It was a foregone conclusion that three Labour candidates would be elected as MP’s to represent Rotherham but I stand by my post that the people of Rotherham have ignored the victims of CSE by voting for Labour councillors. The alternative choice of candidates could (might?) have been better however electing a majority of Labour councillors to RMBC is IMV a triumph of spin over morality.
      How many times have you and others on here mentioned a ‘slap in the face’ for CSE victims concerning Labour councillors? The results of the Borough elections is the biggest slap of all and believe it or not, several other people I converse with outside of S.Yorkshire are at a loss to understand why the people of Rotherham elected any Labour councillors.
      It would have been better IMHO if non Labour councillors had won the majority at least until next year when we repeat the process to attempt to clean up our town which is a laughing stock and still perceived as one of the Northern bastions of tribal politics.


  7. It is idealistic to believe that the general election did not have an effect on the voting, what tends to happen is when there are too ballot papers what is voted for on one is voted for on the other. Hence the large Tory vote in the council election in Dinnington, the same thing happened in the European elections. A lot of the people I spoke to whilst out campaigning were going to vote Labour in the general election because the wanted to get away from the bedroom tax that was pushing them into more debt. But don’t let us lose sight of how many close seconds UKIP got in the council election.
    Dave Smith


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