Pontefract North

Pontefract North is an electoral ward of the City of Wakefield district used for elections to Wakefield Metropolitan District Council.[1]

Electoral ward of Wakefield Council
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Pontefract North

Pontefract North
Location within West Yorkshire
Metropolitan borough
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Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Police West Yorkshire
Fire West Yorkshire
Ambulance Yorkshire
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53.67°N 1.26°W / 53.67; -1.26

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The ward is one of 21 in the Wakefield district, and has been held by Labour since the current boundaries were formed for the 2004 Council election. As of 2015, the electorate stands at 12,495 of which 94.4% identify as “White British” and 69.3% of who identify as Christian.[1][2]

Notable landmarks in the ward include Pontefract Racecourse, Pontefract Castle and Tangerine Confectionery HQ with the main areas being Monkhill and Pontefract Town centre.[3]

Like all wards in the Wakefield district, Pontefract North has 3 councillors, whom are elected on a 4-year-rota. This means elections for new councillors are held for three years running, with one year every four years having no elections.

The current councillors are Clive Tennant, Patricia Garbutt and Lorna Malkin, all of whom are Labour.[4]

The last time a Conservative councillor represented the ward was Philip Thomas who elected in the 2008 Council election however, he ran for re-election as an independent as was subsequently defeated in the 2011 election by Paula Sherriff who would later serve as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Dewsbury between 2015 and 2019.[5]

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