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Chesterfield
Liberal Democrat gain

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Tony Benn is finally to leave the Commons, which he has graced for the best part of fifty years, this time of his own volition, "to enter politics", his own mordant take on the current state of the independence of the Lower House of Parliament. He is not expected to (re)join the appointed House of Lords, which he regards as appointed and hence even more undemocratic. However, his son Hilary carries on the family's shortened name as MP, for Leeds Central. Chesterfield is likely to remain Labour, and although another left winger has been selected, it should not be assumed that Benn's departure will strengthen the strong but static Liberal Democrat vote recorded here throughout the Nineties.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
As Tony Benn, the Labour activists' fading icon, hangs up his Doc Martens after 50 years of smooth-if-glib perorations, the only ex-MP among Labour candidates emerges here in the shape of Dr Reg Race. Tall and bald and from a family of Quakers, as MP for Wood Green from 1979 to 1983 he quit Tribune because it wasn't leftwing enough, and was the first MP to use the 'F' word in the House in a debate on sex shops. Born 1947 and educated at Sale Grammar School and Kent and Essex Universities, he was originally a NUPE research officer and after losing his seat in 1983 became a management consultant, latterly in the NHS. As an MP he opposed abolition of Ken Livingstone's GLC and went to work for it before it was wound up in 1986, but despite his leftwing past, he claims to be happy with the way the Blair government is going.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 8.93% 14.99% 59.56
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.53% 2.49% 21.26
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 3.45% 4.43% 77.98
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 8.97% 7.27% 123.36
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.13% 2.56% 4.88
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.92% 3.94% 23.30
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 14.43% 13.04% 110.68
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 22.73% 12.70% 178.94
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 18.21% 8.14% 223.58
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.98% 4.02% 24.34
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 7.07% 3.19% 221.85
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 10.16% 11.31% 89.82
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 2.40% 3.06% 78.49
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 1.10% 2.52% 43.64
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 12.21% 9.41% 129.75
5-10K 20.45% 16.63% 122.96
10-15K 18.84% 16.58% 113.65
15-20K 14.16% 13.58% 104.23
20-25K 9.95% 10.39% 95.74
25-30K 6.87% 7.77% 88.39
30-35K 4.76% 5.79% 82.10
35-40K 3.32% 4.33% 76.73
40-45K 2.36% 3.27% 72.13
45-50K 1.69% 2.48% 68.17
50-55K 1.23% 1.90% 64.73
55-60K 0.91% 1.47% 61.72
60-65K 0.68% 1.15% 59.07
65-70K 0.51% 0.91% 56.72
70-75K 0.39% 0.72% 54.63
75-80K 0.30% 0.57% 52.74
80-85K 0.24% 0.46% 51.03
85-90K 0.19% 0.37% 49.48
90-95K 0.15% 0.31% 48.07
95-100K 0.12% 0.25% 46.77
100K + 0.55% 1.34% 40.57

Local Map of the constituency
Chesterfield - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Chesterfield - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (3.50%) Liberal Democrat (3.76%)
Conservative (-  7.65%)
Liberal Democrat (8.25%)
Conservative (-  1.12%) Labour (-  8.80%)
Con - 7.65%
Lab 3.50%
LD 3.76%
Con - 1.12%
Lab - 8.80%
LD 8.25%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Paul Holmes
Liberal Democrat gain
Con Conservative (8.13%) 3,613 8.13%
Lab Labour (42.00%) 18,663 42.00%
LD Liberal Democrat (47.81%) 21,249 47.81%
Oth Other (2.06%) 916 2.06%
Maj Majority (5.82%) 2,586 5.82%
Turn Turnout (60.67%) 44,441 60.67%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Paul Holmes
Liberal Democrat gain
SL Bill Harrison 295 0.66%
C Simon Hitchcock 3,613 8.13%
LD Paul Holmes 21,249 47.81%
L Reg Race 18,663 42.00%
I Christopher Rawson 184 0.41%
SA Jeannie Robinson 437 0.98%
Candidates representing 6 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Tony Benn
Labour
Con Conservative (9.25%) 4,752 9.25%
Lab Labour (50.80%) 26,105 50.80%
LD Liberal Democrat (39.56%) 20,330 39.56%
Ref 0 0.00%
Oth Other (0.39%) 202 0.39%
Maj Majority (11.24%) 5,775 11.24%
Turn Turnout (70.91%) 51,389 70.91%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (16.90%) 9,473 16.90%
Lab Labour (47.30%) 26,461 47.30%
LD Liberal Democrat (35.80%) 20,047 35.80%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (11.50%) 6,414 11.50%
Turn Turnout (76.25%) 55,981 76.25%

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