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Colne Valley
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Labour did not win any of the six Kirklees Borough wards within the Colne Valley seat in May 2000, and the council remains firmly under no overall control; yet Kali Mountford should exploit the national popularity of Tony Blair's government to win again in this constituency with such a dramatic and varied political history, going right back to the times of the early socialist Victor Grayson, who was to disappear mysteriously, but also including a Liberal tradition in the shape of Richard Wainwright who battled to share representation with Labour in the 1960s and 1970s. This seat is probably best known among the general public as the setting for that long-running celebration of sentiment, last of the summer wine, which has literally put Holmfirth on many maps. In late 2000 the BBC producers threatened to move filming from that town, a victim of its own success as a tourist magnet; many locals were appalled at the possible economic consequences.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Kali Mountford, Labour victor here in 1997, has had a bumpy ride, troubled by illness and upset by her suspension for leaking a social security select committee report to Chancellor Brown’s PPS Don Touhig in 1999. Otherwise she is fairly standard issue: born 1954, educated at Crewe Grammar School for Girls and Crewe & Alsager College. She worked for 20 years as a civil servant benefits clerk, was parachuted into the Commons first time out on an all women shortlist, and is hostile to sexist comments about women MPs. Her Tory opponent, Philip Davies, is young, born 1972, educated at Old Swinford Hospital School for Boys, Stourbridge, and Huddersfield University. He works with ASDA as a customer services manager, and has an interest in horse racing derived from three years spent running his family’s betting shop in Doncaster.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 15.95% 14.99% 106.41
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.23% 2.49% 9.37
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 2.42% 4.43% 54.64
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 12.85% 7.27% 176.68
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.17% 2.56% 6.76
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.02% 2.04% 0.79
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.08% 3.94% 2.07
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 15.34% 13.04% 117.66
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 26.75% 12.70% 210.58
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 8.61% 8.14% 105.69
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 2.51% 4.02% 62.42
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 3.90% 3.19% 122.35
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 7.98% 11.31% 70.59
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.35% 3.06% 11.46
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 0.80% 2.52% 31.96
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 2.03% 2.10% 96.49
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.00% 0.06% 0.00
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
£0-5K 8.95% 9.41% 95.09
£5-10K 16.09% 16.63% 96.76
£10-15K 16.60% 16.58% 100.13
£15-20K 13.95% 13.58% 102.67
£20-25K 10.82% 10.39% 104.08
£25-30K 8.13% 7.77% 104.53
£30-35K 6.04% 5.79% 104.27
£35-40K 4.49% 4.33% 103.55
£40-45K 3.35% 3.27% 102.52
£45-50K 2.52% 2.48% 101.33
£50-55K 1.91% 1.90% 100.06
£55-60K 1.46% 1.47% 98.76
£60-65K 1.12% 1.15% 97.49
£65-70K 0.87% 0.91% 96.26
£70-75K 0.68% 0.72% 95.08
£75-80K 0.54% 0.57% 93.97
£80-85K 0.43% 0.46% 92.93
£85-90K 0.34% 0.37% 91.95
£90-95K 0.28% 0.31% 91.05
£95-100K 0.23% 0.25% 90.20
£100K + 1.16% 1.34% 86.36

Local Map of the constituency
Colne Valley - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Colne Valley - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (11.48%)
Conservative (-  9.30%) Liberal Democrat (-  4.39%)
Liberal Democrat (2.28%)
Conservative (-  2.20%) Labour (-  0.91%)
Con - 9.30%
Lab 11.48%
LD - 4.39%
Con - 2.20%
Lab - 0.91%
LD 2.28%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Kali Mountford
Labour hold
Con Conservative (30.49%) 14,328 30.49%
Lab Labour (40.37%) 18,967 40.37%
LD Liberal Democrat (24.89%) 11,694 24.89%
Oth Other (4.25%) 1,998 4.25%
Maj Majority (9.87%) 4,639 9.87%
Turn Turnout (63.33%) 46,987 63.33%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Kali Mountford
Labour hold
LD Gordon Beever 11,694 24.89%
C Philip Davies 14,328 30.49%
L Kali Mountford 18,967 40.37%
G Richard Plunkett 1,081 2.30%
UK Arthur Quarmby 917 1.95%
Candidates representing 5 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Kali Mountford
Labour gain
Con Conservative (32.70%) 18,445 32.70%
Lab Labour (41.28%) 23,285 41.28%
LD Liberal Democrat (22.61%) 12,755 22.61%
Ref 0 0.00%
Oth Other (3.41%) 1,926 3.41%
Maj Majority (4.48%) 2,530 4.48%
Turn Turnout (76.92%) 56,411 76.92%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (42.00%) 24,804 42.00%
Lab Labour (29.80%) 17,579 29.80%
LD Liberal Democrat (27.00%) 15,953 27.00%
Oth Other (1.20%) 720 1.20%
Maj Majority (12.20%) 7,225 12.20%
Turn Turnout (81.02%) 59,056 81.02%

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