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Ashfield
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon's constituency is a swathe of mid-west Nottinghamshire which used to be heavily associated with both the coal and textile industries, but which has now diversified. There have been a couple of moves to the right in the past which can be explained by curious circumstances: the 1977 by-election when David Marquand resigned to join his spiritual ally Roy Jenkins in the European bureaucracy in Brussels; and the creation of the moderate Union of Democratic Mineworkers (UDM) in response to Arthur Scargill's declaration of a national miners's strike without a ballot in 1984. However, more usually, there has been a Labour majority of 20,000 or so, which is what Hoon enjoyed in 1997, and will probably enjoy next time too.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Defence Minister Geoff Hoon, a clever Europhile barrister and former MEP, is one of Tony Blairís effortlessly rising technocrats. An orthodox, impassive career politician par excellence, he has conformed with fellow modernisers Darling, Mandelson and Byers in the removal of all facial hair - in his case a moustache. Born 1953 and educated at Nottingham High School and Jesus College, Cambridge, elected MP in 1992, he has risen quickly in government under the patronage of Tony Blairís mentor, the Lord Irvine - ambitious lawyers all.

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ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 4.64% 14.99% 30.96
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.04% 2.13% 1.69
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.03% 2.49% 1.28
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 1.27% 4.43% 28.78
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 3.49% 7.27% 48.02
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 0.00% 3.94% 0.00
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 12.85% 13.04% 98.58
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 43.90% 12.70% 345.63
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 20.71% 8.14% 254.29
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.00% 4.02% 0.00
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 2.51% 3.19% 78.86
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 8.31% 11.31% 73.47
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 1.26% 3.06% 41.00
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 0.98% 2.52% 38.94
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 13.66% 9.41% 145.15
£5-10K 22.51% 16.63% 135.32
£10-15K 19.93% 16.58% 120.23
£15-20K 14.33% 13.58% 105.47
£20-25K 9.61% 10.39% 92.42
£25-30K 6.32% 7.77% 81.30
£30-35K 4.17% 5.79% 71.94
£35-40K 2.78% 4.33% 64.08
£40-45K 1.88% 3.27% 57.46
£45-50K 1.29% 2.48% 51.86
£50-55K 0.90% 1.90% 47.10
£55-60K 0.63% 1.47% 43.02
£60-65K 0.45% 1.15% 39.51
£65-70K 0.33% 0.91% 36.46
£70-75K 0.24% 0.72% 33.79
£75-80K 0.18% 0.57% 31.45
£80-85K 0.14% 0.46% 29.38
£85-90K 0.10% 0.37% 27.53
£90-95K 0.08% 0.31% 25.89
£95-100K 0.06% 0.25% 24.41
£100K + 0.24% 1.34% 18.10

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Ashfield - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Ashfield - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (10.27%)
Conservative (- 12.34%) Liberal Democrat (-  2.85%)
Conservative (4.16%) Liberal Democrat (1.61%)
Labour (-  7.04%)
Con - 12.34%
Lab 10.27%
LD - 2.85%
Con 4.16%
Lab - 7.04%
LD 1.61%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Geoff Hoon
Labour hold
Con Conservative (24.41%) 9,607 24.41%
Lab Labour (58.13%) 22,875 58.13%
LD Liberal Democrat (11.25%) 4,428 11.25%
Oth Other (6.20%) 2,440 6.20%
Maj Majority (33.72%) 13,268 33.72%
Turn Turnout (53.59%) 39,350 53.59%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Geoff Hoon
Labour hold
I Melvin Harby 1,471 3.74%
L Geoff Hoon 22,875 58.13%
SL Katrina Howse 380 0.97%
C Julian Leigh 9,607 24.41%
LD Bill Smith 4,428 11.25%
SA George Watson 589 1.50%
Candidates representing 6 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Geoff Hoon
Labour
Con Conservative (20.26%) 10,251 20.26%
Lab Labour (65.17%) 32,979 65.17%
LD Liberal Democrat (9.65%) 4,882 9.65%
Ref Referendum (3.75%) 1,896 3.75%
Oth Other (1.18%) 595 1.18%
Maj Majority (44.91%) 22,728 44.91%
Turn Turnout (70.02%) 50,603 70.02%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (32.60%) 19,015 32.60%
Lab Labour (54.90%) 31,978 54.90%
LD Liberal Democrat (12.50%) 7,285 12.50%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (22.20%) 12,963 22.20%
Turn Turnout (79.53%) 58,278 79.53%

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