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Burnley
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Safely Labour since 1935, Burnley gave Peter Pike a majority of 17,000 in 1997. In the May 2000 local elections, although Labour were plagued by a rash of Independents, the Conservatives could only win a single ward, Whittlefield with Ightenhill, and the Liberal Democrats also only Briercliffe, and Coal Clough with Deerplay. Labour did win every county council electoral division on the same day as the last General Election though, so in the long term they have no weak areas in this industrial town where the textile and mining bases declined in the 1960s but have been replaced by a range of diverse sources of employment ranging from high technology to motor vehicle exhausts. No wonder the PM's powerful press secretary and fellow architect of New Labour Alastair Campbell supports Burnley Football Club, the Clarets.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Peter Pike, a big, shambling, bucolic-looking man, has been Labour MP here since 1983, but looks as if he could just as easily be mucking out a pigsty somewhere in Wessex. Born 1937 and educated at secondary modern schools in the Surrey suburbs and at Kingston technical college, he worked variously as a bank clerk, Labour Party agent and final inspector at Mullards factory in Burnley. A Worzel-Gummidge lookalike, he backed the Eurosceptic Gould for leader in 1992 and Beckett not Blair in 1994, and exited promptly from the front bench. He was passed over in 1997 even for the non-job of Second Church Estates Commissioner on account of the disapproval of the style consultants.

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ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 4.58% 14.99% 30.53
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.03% 2.13% 1.56
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.00% 2.49% 0.00
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 4.82% 4.43% 108.82
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 12.49% 7.27% 171.72
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.00% 2.56% 0.00
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.72% 3.94% 18.37
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 6.02% 13.04% 46.17
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 37.58% 12.70% 295.81
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 7.39% 8.14% 90.77
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.48% 4.02% 11.98
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 3.67% 3.19% 115.27
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 15.65% 11.31% 138.35
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 1.49% 3.06% 48.59
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 3.06% 2.52% 121.51
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 2.02% 2.10% 96.29
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.00% 0.06% 0.00
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 11.76% 9.41% 124.96
5-10K 20.64% 16.63% 124.08
10-15K 19.19% 16.58% 115.76
15-20K 14.41% 13.58% 106.08
20-25K 10.08% 10.39% 96.99
25-30K 6.92% 7.77% 88.95
30-35K 4.75% 5.79% 81.96
35-40K 3.29% 4.33% 75.90
40-45K 2.31% 3.27% 70.63
45-50K 1.64% 2.48% 66.03
50-55K 1.18% 1.90% 61.99
55-60K 0.86% 1.47% 58.42
60-65K 0.64% 1.15% 55.25
65-70K 0.48% 0.91% 52.41
70-75K 0.36% 0.72% 49.86
75-80K 0.27% 0.57% 47.55
80-85K 0.21% 0.46% 45.46
85-90K 0.16% 0.37% 43.54
90-95K 0.13% 0.31% 41.78
95-100K 0.10% 0.25% 40.17
100K + 0.44% 1.34% 32.41

Local Map of the constituency
Burnley - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Burnley - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (4.93%) Liberal Democrat (1.01%)
Conservative (- 10.38%)
Conservative (0.65%)
Labour (-  8.60%) Liberal Democrat (-  1.21%)
Con - 10.38%
Lab 4.93%
LD 1.01%
Con 0.65%
Lab - 8.60%
LD - 1.21%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Peter Pike
Labour hold
Con Conservative (20.87%) 7,697 20.87%
Lab Labour (49.33%) 18,195 49.33%
LD Liberal Democrat (16.20%) 5,975 16.20%
Oth Other (13.60%) 5,017 13.60%
Maj Majority (28.46%) 10,498 28.46%
Turn Turnout (55.55%) 36,884 55.55%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Peter Pike
Labour hold
UK Richard Buttrey 866 2.35%
C Robert Frost 7,697 20.87%
L Peter Pike 18,195 49.33%
BNP Steven Smith 4,151 11.25%
LD Paul Wright 5,975 16.20%
Candidates representing 5 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Peter Pike
Labour
Con Conservative (20.22%) 9,148 20.22%
Lab Labour (57.93%) 26,210 57.93%
LD Liberal Democrat (17.41%) 7,877 17.41%
Ref Referendum (4.44%) 2,010 4.44%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (37.71%) 17,062 37.71%
Turn Turnout (66.95%) 45,245 66.95%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (30.60%) 15,693 30.60%
Lab Labour (53.00%) 27,184 53.00%
LD Liberal Democrat (16.40%) 8,414 16.40%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (22.40%) 11,491 22.40%
Turn Turnout (74.15%) 51,291 74.15%

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