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Derbyshire North East
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
This constituency used to be dominated by heavy industry, particularly mining, and gritty working class communities such as Clay Cross and Eckington, but the pits have all closed and the social mix is greater now. A very large private housing development has spread near Dronfield in the Gosforth Valley, and the seat curls around Chesterfield into the Peak District foothills to take in desirable stone built villages like Wingerworth and Holymoorside. This is the basis for a substantial Conservative vote, still over 13,000 in number even after their share dropped by a hefty 13pc in 1997; but Labour's left wing stalwart Harry Barnes polled over 31,000 in one of the few (only) three-way contests of that election. An example of upward mobility in this constuituency is that of former world darts champion "Stoneface" John Lowe, whose success in this working class sport enabled him to move from Clay Cross to Wingerworth. But even with continuing economic change moving the oche, as it were, Labour still seems to be able to hit the bullseye with deadly accuracy.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Harry Barnes, MP here since 1987, a Durham minerís son and railway clerk-turned-lecturer, got selected here on the back of his work in the extra-mural department at Sheffield University where his pupils included a number of miners who also became MPs in nearby coalfield seats. Born 1936 and educated at grammar school and Hull University, he has campaigned for Labour contesting seats in Northern Ireland, for updated electoral registers, and for disability rights. Self-mockingly described as Ďa little bald-headed 60 year-old man with glasses and false teeth and whose trousers do not match his jacketí, his real claim to fame is as one of Labourís most rebellious backbenchers, second only to Skinner in opposition 1992-97, and since 1997 present, with his Campaign Group colleagues, in all the major revolts against the Government from lone parent benefit cuts in 1997 to air traffic control privatisation in 2000; in the language of Hull University researchers, one of ĎBlairís Bastards.í
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 17.16% 14.99% 114.42
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.10% 2.13% 4.66
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.58% 2.49% 23.46
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 5.32% 4.43% 120.13
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 11.96% 7.27% 164.46
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.00% 2.56% 0.00
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.07% 2.04% 3.44
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.00% 3.94% 0.00
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 17.51% 13.04% 134.31
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 9.60% 12.70% 75.61
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 21.02% 8.14% 258.10
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.04% 4.02% 0.97
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 5.93% 3.19% 186.03
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 9.50% 11.31% 83.95
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.23% 3.06% 7.38
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 0.97% 2.52% 38.58
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.02% 0.06% 32.14
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
£0-5K 10.40% 9.41% 110.45
£5-10K 17.98% 16.63% 108.08
£10-15K 17.45% 16.58% 105.24
£15-20K 13.99% 13.58% 103.00
£20-25K 10.49% 10.39% 100.92
£25-30K 7.68% 7.77% 98.73
£30-35K 5.58% 5.79% 96.35
£35-40K 4.06% 4.33% 93.82
£40-45K 2.98% 3.27% 91.17
£45-50K 2.20% 2.48% 88.48
£50-55K 1.63% 1.90% 85.79
£55-60K 1.23% 1.47% 83.14
£60-65K 0.93% 1.15% 80.56
£65-70K 0.71% 0.91% 78.08
£70-75K 0.54% 0.72% 75.69
£75-80K 0.42% 0.57% 73.42
£80-85K 0.33% 0.46% 71.26
£85-90K 0.26% 0.37% 69.21
£90-95K 0.21% 0.31% 67.27
£95-100K 0.16% 0.25% 65.44
£100K + 0.76% 1.34% 56.21

Local Map of the constituency
Derbyshire North East - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Derbyshire North East - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (11.66%) Liberal Democrat (1.33%)
Conservative (- 12.99%)
Conservative (1.33%) Liberal Democrat (3.49%)
Labour (-  4.82%)
Con - 12.99%
Lab 11.66%
LD 1.33%
Con 1.33%
Lab - 4.82%
LD 3.49%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Harry Barnes
Labour hold
Con Conservative (26.54%) 11,179 26.54%
Lab Labour (55.64%) 23,437 55.64%
LD Liberal Democrat (17.82%) 7,508 17.82%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (29.10%) 12,258 29.10%
Turn Turnout (100.00%) 42,124 100.00%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Harry Barnes
Labour hold
L Harry Barnes 23,437 55.64%
LD Mark Higginbottom 7,508 17.82%
C James Hollingsworth 11,179 26.54%
Candidates representing 3 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Harry Barnes
Labour
Con Conservative (25.21%) 13,104 25.21%
Lab Labour (60.46%) 31,425 60.46%
LD Liberal Democrat (14.33%) 7,450 14.33%
Ref 0 0.00%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (35.25%) 18,321 35.25%
Turn Turnout (72.54%) 51,979 72.54%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (38.20%) 22,590 38.20%
Lab Labour (48.80%) 28,860 48.80%
LD Liberal Democrat (13.00%) 7,675 13.00%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (10.60%) 6,270 10.60%
Turn Turnout (83.07%) 59,125 83.07%

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