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Calder Valley
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
In 1997 the Labour supporting writer Pete Davies chose this West Yorkshire valley constituency as his focus for an impassioned book about the General Election campaign. It was a picturesque enough setting, as the Calder flowed east from the high Pennines through towns like Todmorden, Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd, set like beads on a chain between the hillsides; and it was appropriate too, for Labour's Christine McCafferty ousted Donald Thompson, Conservative MP throughout the long period of Thatcher/Major government, providing a significant contribution to the national triumph of New Labour. However, Labour did manage not to win any of the wards in this classic marginal Pennine constituency in the May 2000 local elections, and the Conservatives gained control of the local council from no overall control, this constituting half of their fourth highest Metropolitan Borough percentage increase in that year, the top three being in the West Midlands. This evidence suggests that Calder Valley should be seen as a genuine target for regain for the new Tory candidate, Sue Robson-Catling (a rare female in a winnable seat for that party). However, national elections pose different options from those in the traditionally hard-fought municipal politics of Calderdale, and Christine McCafferty probably starts favourite. Perhaps Pete Davies should write another book about the campaign here next time.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Christine McCafferty comes as a 1997 bog-standard issue Labour candidate launched by an all-women shortlist with a background as a local councillor and as a social worker - in her case at a 'Well Woman' centre. Born 1945, educated at Whalley Range Grammar School and in Australia, she has been mocked by Tory MPs for worrying about endangered bird life. A tabler of a mere 8 written questions in her first year, she is a keen advocate of family planning overseas, and of availability of abortion in this country, and a campaigner for lowered VAT on sanitary products.

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ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 10.59% 14.99% 70.65
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.01% 2.13% 0.24
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.46% 2.49% 18.40
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 1.88% 4.43% 42.49
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 11.34% 7.27% 155.96
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.19% 2.56% 7.29
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.07% 3.94% 1.83
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 10.63% 13.04% 81.55
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 34.82% 12.70% 274.08
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 8.08% 8.14% 99.17
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 5.61% 4.02% 139.52
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 5.13% 3.19% 161.07
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 8.75% 11.31% 77.37
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 1.48% 3.06% 48.36
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 0.93% 2.52% 37.02
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.03% 0.06% 48.03
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 9.59% 9.41% 101.83
5-10K 16.62% 16.63% 99.90
10-15K 16.66% 16.58% 100.49
15-20K 13.74% 13.58% 101.16
20-25K 10.55% 10.39% 101.47
25-30K 7.88% 7.77% 101.37
30-35K 5.85% 5.79% 100.95
35-40K 4.35% 4.33% 100.29
40-45K 3.25% 3.27% 99.47
45-50K 2.45% 2.48% 98.53
50-55K 1.86% 1.90% 97.54
55-60K 1.42% 1.47% 96.50
60-65K 1.10% 1.15% 95.46
65-70K 0.86% 0.91% 94.42
70-75K 0.67% 0.72% 93.40
75-80K 0.53% 0.57% 92.39
80-85K 0.42% 0.46% 91.41
85-90K 0.34% 0.37% 90.46
90-95K 0.27% 0.31% 89.54
95-100K 0.22% 0.25% 88.64
100K + 1.12% 1.34% 83.40

Local Map of the constituency
Calder Valley - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Calder Valley - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (8.73%)
Conservative (- 10.34%) Liberal Democrat (-  1.36%)
Conservative (1.11%) Liberal Democrat (1.28%)
Labour (-  3.45%)
Con - 10.34%
Lab 8.73%
LD - 1.36%
Con 1.11%
Lab - 3.45%
LD 1.28%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Christine McCafferty
Labour hold
Con Conservative (36.16%) 17,150 36.16%
Lab Labour (42.69%) 20,244 42.69%
LD Liberal Democrat (16.02%) 7,596 16.02%
Oth Other (5.13%) 2,435 5.13%
Maj Majority (6.52%) 3,094 6.52%
Turn Turnout (62.98%) 47,425 62.98%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Christine McCafferty
Labour hold
G Steve Hutton 1,034 2.18%
LCA Philip Lockwood 672 1.42%
L Christine McCafferty 20,244 42.69%
UK John Nunn 729 1.54%
C Sue Robson-Catling 17,150 36.16%
LD Michael Taylor 7,596 16.02%
Candidates representing 6 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Christine McCafferty
Labour gain
Con Conservative (35.06%) 19,795 35.06%
Lab Labour (46.13%) 26,050 46.13%
LD Liberal Democrat (14.74%) 8,322 14.74%
Ref Referendum (2.44%) 1,380 2.44%
Oth Other (1.63%) 919 1.63%
Maj Majority (11.08%) 6,255 11.08%
Turn Turnout (75.39%) 56,466 75.39%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (45.40%) 27,753 45.40%
Lab Labour (37.40%) 22,875 37.40%
LD Liberal Democrat (16.10%) 9,842 16.10%
Oth Other (1.00%) 622 1.00%
Maj Majority (8.00%) 4,878 8.00%
Turn Turnout (81.65%) 61,092 81.65%

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