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Amber Valley
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
In spite of its attractive name, this is a decidedly industrial ex-coal mining part of the less beautiful section of Derbyshire (south rather than north, and east rather than west). Gritty little towns like Alfreton and Heanor and Ripley are not known for their Conservative traditions, and it was only at the Tory-highpoint of Thatcherism that Phillip Oppenheim could secure his three successive victories (1983-92). He was thrashed in 1997 by Judy Mallaber, and his political activities diverted into a thoughtful and independently minded newspaper column. The Conservatives apparently did outstandingly well in the May 2000 Amber Valley council elections, but beware: most of their success came in wards placed outside this seat, such as those in Belper (West Derbyshire constituency).

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Judy Mallaber, elected in 1997, belies a sectarian past including Communist Party membership and chairmanship of the Left-wing independent Labour Research Department, as a witty, fluent Blairite loyalist. With the impeccably elitist academic pedigree of North London Collegiate and St Anne’s College, Oxford, she worked for ten years as research officer for NUPE, whose commitment to a national minimum wage she has duly reflected in Commons interventions. Frizzy-haired and wire-rimmed spectacled in Guardianesque mode, her lack of ministerial advancement may well be linked to her advancing years, as she hits 50 this year.

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ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 11.10% 14.99% 74.04
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.11% 2.13% 5.30
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.10% 2.49% 4.06
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 1.47% 4.43% 33.32
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 9.04% 7.27% 124.34
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.03% 2.56% 1.12
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.00% 3.94% 0.00
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 13.74% 13.04% 105.35
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 39.96% 12.70% 314.58
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 14.97% 8.14% 183.83
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.00% 4.02% 0.00
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 3.69% 3.19% 115.75
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 5.30% 11.31% 46.84
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.09% 3.06% 3.05
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 0.39% 2.52% 15.56
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.00% 0.06% 0.00
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
£0-5K 9.80% 9.41% 104.08
£5-10K 18.53% 16.63% 111.38
£10-15K 18.65% 16.58% 112.47
£15-20K 14.87% 13.58% 109.48
£20-25K 10.85% 10.39% 104.38
£25-30K 7.66% 7.77% 98.50
£30-35K 5.36% 5.79% 92.56
£35-40K 3.77% 4.33% 86.94
£40-45K 2.67% 3.27% 81.77
£45-50K 1.91% 2.48% 77.10
£50-55K 1.39% 1.90% 72.93
£55-60K 1.02% 1.47% 69.20
£60-65K 0.76% 1.15% 65.89
£65-70K 0.57% 0.91% 62.93
£70-75K 0.43% 0.72% 60.29
£75-80K 0.33% 0.57% 57.92
£80-85K 0.26% 0.46% 55.79
£85-90K 0.20% 0.37% 53.86
£90-95K 0.16% 0.31% 52.12
£95-100K 0.13% 0.25% 50.54
£100K + 0.58% 1.34% 43.52

Local Map of the constituency
Amber Valley - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Amber Valley - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (10.27%)
Conservative (- 13.04%) Liberal Democrat (-  1.40%)
Conservative (2.20%) Liberal Democrat (4.74%)
Labour (-  2.77%)
Con - 13.04%
Lab 10.27%
LD - 1.40%
Con 2.20%
Lab - 2.77%
LD 4.74%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Judy Mallaber
Labour hold
Con Conservative (35.66%) 15,874 35.66%
Lab Labour (51.90%) 23,101 51.90%
LD Liberal Democrat (12.44%) 5,538 12.44%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (16.24%) 7,227 16.24%
Turn Turnout (100.00%) 44,513 100.00%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Judy Mallaber
Labour hold
L Judy Mallaber 23,101 51.90%
C Gillian Shaw 15,874 35.66%
LD Kate Smith 5,538 12.44%
Candidates representing 3 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Judy Mallaber
Labour gain
Con Conservative (33.46%) 18,330 33.46%
Lab Labour (54.67%) 29,943 54.67%
LD Liberal Democrat (7.70%) 4,219 7.70%
Ref Referendum (4.17%) 2,283 4.17%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (21.20%) 11,613 21.20%
Turn Turnout (76.07%) 54,775 76.07%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (46.50%) 28,360 46.50%
Lab Labour (44.40%) 27,077 44.40%
LD Liberal Democrat (9.10%) 5,582 9.10%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (2.10%) 1,283 2.10%
Turn Turnout (83.67%) 61,019 83.67%

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