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Chesterfield is a constituency of the Parliament of the United Kingdom in Derbyshire, England. It has been represented in the House of Commons by Labour politician Toby Perkins since 2010. It was first created in 1885.

Members of Parliament

Year Member Party
1885 Alfred Barnes Liberal
1886 Liberal Unionist
1892 Thomas Bayley Liberal
1906 James Haslam Lib-Lab
1910 Labour
1913 Barnet Kenyon Lib-Lab
1918 Liberal
1929 George Benson Labour
1931 Roger Conant Conservative
1935 George Benson Labour
1964 Eric Varley Labour
1984 Tony Benn Labour
2001 Paul Holmes Liberal Democrat
2010 Toby Perkins Labour

Election results

Elections in the 2010s

General election 2019: Chesterfield
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Toby Perkins 18,171 40.2 Decrease14.6
Conservative Leigh Higgins 16,720 37.0 Increase2.2
Brexit Party John Scotting 4,771 10.6 Increase10.6
Liberal Democrat Emily Coy 3,985 8.8 Increase3.4
Green Neil Jackson 1,148 2.5 Increase0.9
Independent John Daramy 391 0.9 Increase0.9
Majority 1,451 3.2 Decrease 16.8
Turnout 45,186 63.6 Decrease 2.9
Labour hold Swing Decrease 8.4
General election 2017: Chesterfield
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Toby Perkins 26,266 54.8 Increase 6.9
Conservative Spencer Pitfield 16,661 34.8 Increase 16.7
Liberal Democrat Tom Snowdon 2,612 5.4 Decrease 8.4
UKIP Stuart Bent 1,611 3.4 Decrease 13.1
Green David Wadsworth 777 1.6 Decrease 1.3
Majority 9,605 20.0 Decrease 9.8
Turnout 47,927 66.9 Increase 3.7
Labour hold Swing Decrease 4.9
General election 2015: Chesterfield
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Toby Perkins 21,829 47.9 +8.9
Conservative Mark Vivis 8,231 18.1 +2.3
UKIP Stuart Yeowart 7,523 16.5 +13.4
Liberal Democrat Julia Cambridge 6,301 13.8 -24.0
Green Matthew Genn 1,352 3.0 +1.7
TUSC Matt Whale 202 0.4 +0.4
Peace Tommy Holgate 129 0.3 +0.3
Majority 13,598 29.8 +28.6
Turnout 45,567 63.2 -0.6
Labour hold Swing +3.3
General election 2010: Chesterfield
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Toby Perkins 17,891 39.0 -1.6
Liberal Democrat Paul Holmes 17,342 37.8 -9.1
Conservative Carolyn Abbott 7,214 15.7 +7.5
UKIP David Phillips 1,432 3.1 +0.9
English Democrat Ian Jerram 1,213 2.6 +0.8
Green Duncan Kerr 600 1.3 N/A
Independent John "Noneoftheabove" Daramy 147 0.3 N/A
Majority 549 1.2 N/A
Turnout 45,839 63.8 +3.8
Labour gain from Liberal Democrat Swing +3.8

Elections in the 2000s

General election 2005: Chesterfield
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Paul Holmes 20,875 47.3 -0.5
Labour Simon Rich 17,830 40.4 -1.6
Conservative Mark Kreling 3,605 8.2 +0.1
UKIP Christopher Brady 997 2.3 N/A
English Democrat Ian Jerram 814 1.8 N/A
Majority 3,045 6.9 +1.1
Turnout 44,121 59.6 -1.1
Liberal Democrat hold Swing +0.6
General election 2001: Chesterfield
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Paul Holmes 21,249 47.8 +8.3
Labour Reg Race 18,663 42.0 -8.8
Conservative Simon Hitchcock 3,613 8.1 -1.1
Socialist Alliance Jeannie Robinson 437 1.0 N/A
Socialist Labour Bill Harrison 295 0.7 N/A
Independent Christopher Rawson 184 0.4 N/A
Majority 2,586 5.8 N/A
Turnout 44,441 60.7 -10.2
Liberal Democrat gain from Labour Swing +8.6

Elections in the 1990s

General election 1997: Chesterfield
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Tony Benn 26,105 50.8 +3.5
Liberal Democrat Anthony Rogers 20,330 39.6 +3.8
Conservative Martin Potter 4,752 9.2 −7.7
Independent Norman Scarth 202 0.4 N/A
Majority 5,775 11.2 −0.3
Turnout 51,389 70.9 −0.1
Labour hold Swing
General election 1992: Chesterfield
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Tony Benn 26,461 47.3 +1.8
Liberal Democrat Anthony Rogers 20,047 35.8 +6.2
Conservative PG Lewis 9,473 16.9 −8.0
Majority 6,414 11.5 −4.4
Turnout 55,981 78.1 +1.4
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1980s

General election 1987: Chesterfield
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Tony Benn 24,532 44.9 −1.6
Liberal Anthony Rogers 15,955 29.6 −5.1
Conservative Ronald Grant 13,472 25.0 +9.8
Majority 8,577 15.9 +4.1
Turnout 53,959 76.7 −0.2
Labour hold Swing
1984 Chesterfield by-election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Tony Benn 24,633 46.5 -1.6
Liberal Max Payne 18,369 34.7 +15.1
Conservative Nick Bourne 8,028 15.2 -17.3
Independent Labour Bill Maynard 1,355 2.6 N/A
Monster Raving Loony Screaming Lord Sutch 178 0.3 N/A
Independent David Bentley 116 0.2 N/A
Independent John Davey 83 0.2 N/A
Independent Thomas Layton 46 0.1 N/A
Independent Helen Anscombe 34 0.1 N/A
Independent Jitendra Bardwaj 33 0.1 N/A
Independent Donald Butler 24 0.1 N/A
Independent Paul Nicholls-Jones 22 0.0 N/A
Independent Sid Shaw 20 0.0 N/A
Independent Christopher Hill 17 0.0 N/A
Independent Giancarlo Piccaro 15 0.0 N/A
Independent David Cahill 12 0.0 N/A
Independent John Connell 7 0.0 N/A
Majority 6,264 11.8 -3.8
Turnout 52,992 76.9 +4.3
Labour hold Swing
General election 1983: Chesterfield
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Eric Varley 23,881 48.1 -9.3
Conservative Nick Bourne 16,118 32.4 +0.2
Liberal Max Payne 9,705 19.5 +9.1
Majority 7,763 15.6 -9.5
Turnout 49,704 72.6 -0.8
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1970s

General election 1979: Chesterfield
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Eric Varley 31,049 57.4
Conservative S. Hill 17,445 32.2
Liberal M. Payne 5,617 10.4
Majority 13,604 25.1
Turnout 73.4
Labour hold Swing
General election October 1974: Chesterfield
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Eric Varley 30,953 59.9
Conservative J. D. Taylor 13,393 25.9
Liberal M. W. Brown 7,349 14.2
Majority 17,560 34.0
Turnout 72.6
Labour hold Swing
General election February 1974: Chesterfield
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Eric Varley 31,040 54.8
Conservative J. D. Taylor 15,644 27.6
Liberal M. W. Brown 9,937 17.6
Majority 15,396 27.2
Turnout 80.1
Labour hold Swing
General election 1970: Chesterfield
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Eric Varley 30,386 59.0
Conservative John C Ramsden 16,217 31.5
Liberal Terence D Bamford 4,891 9.5
Majority 14,169 27.5
Turnout 72.4
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1960s

General election 1966: Chesterfield
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Eric Varley 31,542 61.6
Conservative Alan T Hale 13,443 26.3
Liberal Terence D. Bamford 6,227 12.2
Majority 18,099 35.3
Turnout 76.7
Labour hold Swing
General election 1964: Chesterfield
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Eric Varley 29,452 56.5
Conservative William G Blake 14,944 28.7
Liberal Derek A McKie 7,738 14.8
Majority 14,508 27.8
Turnout 78.8
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1950s

General election 1959: Chesterfield
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour George Benson 30,534 56.6
Conservative and National Liberal James Anthony Lemkin 17,084 31.7
Liberal Geoffrey R. Smedley-Stevenson 6,360 11.8
Majority 13,450 24.9
Turnout 82.7
Labour hold Swing
General election 1955: Chesterfield
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour George Benson 29,602 57.7
Conservative and National Liberal Frank Hadfield 21,748 42.4
Majority 7,854 15.3
Turnout 79.9
Labour hold Swing
General election 1951: Chesterfield
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour George Benson 34,753 63.7 +2.9
Conservative and National Liberal John F. Nash 19,776 36.3 +5.4
Majority 14,977 27.5 -2.4
Turnout 54,529 84.2 -2.8
Labour hold Swing
General election 1950: Chesterfield
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour George Benson 33,914 60.8
Conservative and National Liberal Andrew Cavendish 17,231 30.9
Liberal John William O'Neill 4,052 7.3
Communist Bas Barker 554 1.0
Majority 16,683 29.9
Turnout 87.0
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1940s

General election 1945: Chesterfield
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour George Benson 29,459 62.8
Conservative Andrew Cavendish 17,424 37.2
Majority 12,035 25.7
Turnout 46,883 77.4
Labour hold Swing

General Election 1939/40:

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Elections in the 1930s

General election 1935: Chesterfield
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour George Benson 21,439 50.94
Conservative Roger Conant 16,555 39.33
Liberal Robert George Hill 4,096 9.73
Majority 4,884 11.60
Turnout 79.78
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
General election 1931: Chesterfield
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Roger Conant 23,026 57.46
Labour George Benson 17,046 42.54
Majority 5,980 14.92
Turnout 80.02
Conservative gain from Labour Swing

Elections in the 1920s

General election, 1929: Chesterfield
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour George Benson 20,296 54.1 +14.4
Unionist Roger Conant 9,915 26.4 N/A
Liberal Harry Cropper 7,329 19.5 −40.8
Majority 10,381 27.7 N/A
Turnout 37,540 77.8 +13.4
Registered electors 48,278
Labour gain from Liberal Swing +27.6
General election, 1924: Chesterfield
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Barnet Kenyon 13,971 60.3 +9.4
Labour George Benson 9,206 39.7 +13.8
Majority 4,765 20.6 −4.4
Turnout 23,177 64.4 −4.6
Registered electors 35,989
Liberal hold Swing −2.2

Elections in the 1910s

General election 6 December 1923:
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Barnet Kenyon 12,164 50.9 N/A
Labour George Benson 6,198 25.9 N/A
Unionist R F H Broomhead-Colton-Fox 5,541 23.2 N/A
Majority 5,966 25.0 N/A
Turnout 23,903 69.0 N/A
Registered electors 34,648
Liberal hold Swing N/A
General election 6 December 1922:
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Barnet Kenyon Unopposed
Liberal hold
General election 1918: Chesterfield
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Barnet Kenyon Unopposed
Liberal gain from Labour
1913 Chesterfield by-election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Lib-Lab Barnet Kenyon 7,725 55.8 −3.2
Unionist Edward Christie 5,539 40.0 −1.0
Independent Labour John Scurr 583 4.2 N/A
Majority 2,186 15.8 −2.2
Turnout 13,847 81.5 +5.6
Registered electors 16,995
Lib-Lab hold Swing −1.1
General election Dec 1910
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour James Haslam 7,283 59.0 −0.1
Conservative W.G.W. Radford 5,055 41.0 +0.1
Majority 2,228 18.0 −0.2
Turnout 12,338 75.9 −9.8
Registered electors 16,248
Labour hold Swing −0.1
General election Jan 1910
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour James Haslam 8,234 59.1 +2.6
Conservative W.G.W. Radford 5,693 40.9 −2.6
Majority 2,541 18.2 +5.2
Turnout 13,927 85.7 +0.5
Registered electors 16,248
Labour hold Swing +2.6

Elections in the 1900s

General election 1906
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Lib-Lab James Haslam 7,254 56.5 +3.1
Conservative Godfrey Locker-Lampson 5,590 43.5 −3.1
Majority 1,664 13.0 +6.2
Turnout 12,844 85.2 +1.1
Registered electors 15,077
Lib-Lab hold Swing +3.1
General election 1900
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Thomas Bayley 5,418 53.4 +2.0
Conservative A. W. Byron 4,729 46.6 −2.0
Majority 689 6.8 +4.0
Turnout 10,147 84.1 −1.3
Registered electors 12,069
Liberal hold Swing +2.0

Elections in the 1890s

General election 1895
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Thomas Bayley 4,572 51.4 +0.3
Conservative A. W. Byron 4,325 48.6 −0.3
Majority 247 2.8 +0.6
Turnout 8,897 85.4 +4.8
Registered electors 10,413
Liberal hold Swing +0.3
General election 1892
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Thomas Bayley 4,249 51.1 +1.9
Liberal Unionist Alfred Barnes 4,067 48.9 −1.9
Majority 182 2.2 N/A
Turnout 8,316 80.6 −0.9
Registered electors 10,313
Liberal gain from Liberal Unionist Swing +1.9

Elections in the 1880s

General election 1886
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Unionist Alfred Barnes 3,567 50.8 +22.1
Liberal Thomas Bayley 3,453 49.2 +3.5
Majority 114 1.6 N/A
Turnout 7,020 81.5 −5.0
Registered electors 8,616
Liberal Unionist gain from Liberal Swing +9.3
General election 1885
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Alfred Barnes 3,408 45.7 N/A
Conservative John Cumming Macdona 2,136 28.7 N/A
Independent Liberal-Labour James Haslam 1,907 25.6 N/A
Majority 1,272 17.0 N/A
Turnout 7,451 86.5 −5.0
Registered electors 8,616
Liberal win (new seat)

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