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Derbyshire West
Conservative hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
The local authority which effectively covers this constituency is Derbyshire Dales, which in the May 1999 local elections which took place throughout England (except London), produced the highest turnout anywhere in the country, over 46pc. Still far from spectacular, but given many observers' interest in turnout this does need some explanation. Rather than being the result of some unusual commitment to representative democracy, or a particularly hard-fought or even divisive set of contests, the reasons seem more prosaic: turnout in local elections tends to rise in more rural seats with identifiable village communities, more elderly, but still active, voters with time, interest and experience; and in more middle-class seats. In general, high turnout is an expression of stability and support for the system. This is scarcely surprising in the beautiful and largely peaceable - and largely Conservative and conservative - Derbyshire Dales. Turnout is well higher than average in General Elections too. This seat is mainly rural, but it does include some small Peak District towns such as the spa of Matlock, which is also the administrative headquarters of Derbyshire - not many people know that - and Bakewell, Ashbourne and the more Labour Wirksworth, with its limestone quarrying industry. It also takes in Belper, a different type of town with its former textile mills, not in the Peak but further east in the Amber Valley district. The closest this seat has been contested was in the 1986 by-election caused by the departure of Matthew Parris, switching from politics to journalism, when Patrick McLoughlin held of the challenge of Liberal Chris Walmsley by the round 100 votes. Now, though, with the arrival of Belper it is Labour that has moved into second place, but they are unlikely to get closer than they did in 1997.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Patrick McLoughlin, MP here since 1986, the Conservative Deputy Chief Whip, is both a collector’s item and a rhetorical point, as a Tory MP who was a coal miner and sitting for a seat once the property of the Dukes of Devonshire. Dark, burly and not overly fluent, Staffordshire-accented with a lisp, he was born 1957 and educated at Cardinal Griffin (RC) Secondary Modern, Cannock, and Staffordshire College of Agriculture, and initially worked as a farm labourer before spending six years at Littleton Colliery, Cannock. To the snob Alan Clark he was: ‘ a nice man, but not a card of very high value’.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 27.06% 14.99% 180.51
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 7.59% 2.13% 357.05
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 1.29% 2.49% 51.96
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 2.49% 4.43% 56.35
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 1.77% 7.27% 24.37
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.22% 2.56% 8.77
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.26% 3.94% 6.54
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 26.81% 13.04% 205.60
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 11.04% 12.70% 86.88
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 12.58% 8.14% 154.54
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 1.67% 4.02% 41.62
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 3.37% 3.19% 105.68
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 3.74% 11.31% 33.05
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.09% 3.06% 3.01
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 0.00% 2.52% 0.00
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.01% 0.06% 8.51
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
£0-5K 7.44% 9.41% 78.99
£5-10K 15.17% 16.63% 91.18
£10-15K 16.40% 16.58% 98.94
£15-20K 14.10% 13.58% 103.84
£20-25K 11.10% 10.39% 106.79
£25-30K 8.43% 7.77% 108.44
£30-35K 6.32% 5.79% 109.19
£35-40K 4.74% 4.33% 109.34
£40-45K 3.56% 3.27% 109.09
£45-50K 2.69% 2.48% 108.56
£50-55K 2.05% 1.90% 107.86
£55-60K 1.58% 1.47% 107.05
£60-65K 1.22% 1.15% 106.18
£65-70K 0.95% 0.91% 105.28
£70-75K 0.75% 0.72% 104.37
£75-80K 0.59% 0.57% 103.46
£80-85K 0.47% 0.46% 102.57
£85-90K 0.38% 0.37% 101.71
£90-95K 0.31% 0.31% 100.88
£95-100K 0.25% 0.25% 100.08
£100K + 1.29% 1.34% 95.85

Local Map of the constituency
Derbyshire West - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Derbyshire West - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (11.21%)
Conservative (- 12.10%) Liberal Democrat (-  6.03%)
Conservative (5.90%)
Labour (-  0.08%) Liberal Democrat (-  1.81%)
Con - 12.10%
Lab 11.21%
LD - 6.03%
Con 5.90%
Lab - 0.08%
LD - 1.81%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Patrick McLoughlin
Conservative hold
Con Conservative (47.99%) 24,280 47.99%
Lab Labour (33.43%) 16,910 33.43%
LD Liberal Democrat (15.66%) 7,922 15.66%
Oth Other (2.92%) 1,477 2.92%
Maj Majority (14.57%) 7,370 14.57%
Turn Turnout (67.39%) 50,589 67.39%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Patrick McLoughlin
Conservative hold
UK Stuart Bavester 672 1.33%
LD Jeremy Beckett 7,922 15.66%
L Stephen Clamp 16,910 33.43%
ML Nick Delves 472 0.93%
I Robert Goodall 333 0.66%
C Patrick McLoughlin 24,280 47.99%
Candidates representing 6 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Patrick McLoughlin
Conservative
Con Conservative (42.10%) 23,945 42.10%
Lab Labour (33.51%) 19,060 33.51%
LD Liberal Democrat (17.47%) 9,940 17.47%
Ref Referendum (4.39%) 2,499 4.39%
Oth Other (2.53%) 1,439 2.53%
Maj Majority (8.59%) 4,885 8.59%
Turn Turnout (78.23%) 56,883 78.23%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (54.20%) 31,944 54.20%
Lab Labour (22.30%) 13,164 22.30%
LD Liberal Democrat (23.50%) 13,824 23.50%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (30.70%) 18,120 30.70%
Turn Turnout (84.00%) 58,932 84.00%

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