MP for Barnsley Central Dan Jarvis, MP for Barnsley East Stephanie Peacock, MP for Penistone and Stocksbridge Angela Smith, and MP for Wentworth and the Dearne John Healey all did not vote, but even though MPs welcomed the election, they also shared their frustration at the Brexit deadlock.
Stephanie Peacock MP said she ‘fully supported the bill’ and confirmed she would have voted for it again ‘had she received the correct information on vote timing’.
“This election is an opportunity to make a choice about the future of our country, and I wholeheartedly support the chance for people in Barnsley to have their say,” she said.
“After nearly a decade of crippling austerity that has devastated our public services, cut the vital safety nets people rely on in hard times, and fostered an economy that has left too many people struggling to make ends meet, this election gives us the chance to send this Tory government a message that we’ve had enough.
“I’m delighted the Labour Party backed an election, and I look forward to speaking to people across our community about the real, positive change a Labour government can offer people in Barnsley.”
With the House of Commons approving leglisation by a margin of 438 votes to 20, several MPs have announced they will be stepping down.
However, Dan Jarvis has said he will be ‘standing firm and seeking re-election’ for Barnsley Central.
“In these turbulent and challenging political times, I am working tirelessly to build a more inclusive economy for Barnsley and South Yorkshire,” said Mr Jarvis.
“I have spent my entire adult life in public service in our armed forces and in Parliament and have a proven track record of delivering for Barnsley.
“Brexit has dominated the political agenda over the last three years. Throughout this period, I have taken exceptional and unprecedented steps to ensure that our region is prepared for whatever Brexit might bring.
“However, this election is much more more than a debate about our future relationship with Europe. It’s also a crucial opportunity to address the big challenges facing our country that have been exacerbated by a decade of Tory austerity.”
MP John Healey said he would have voted for an election if he could, but it is glad it has been voted through.
He said: “A communications cock-up in Parliament meant I and a lot of other MPs weren't able to vote on the final stage of the general election legislation, but as I made clear that night I look forward to an election and to arguing for the real change our country and our area so desperately need.
"This election will be a turning point for Britain. For the thousands of people in Barnsley who need a government that offers real change on low pay, poor housing and cuts to the NHS, I'll be campaigning every day till December 12 for the election of a Labour government."
The upcoming general election will be the first December election since 1923.
Angela Smith was contacted for comment.