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Dewsbury
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
For what it is worth, Labour party Chief Whip Ann Taylor has the most vulnerable seat of any Cabinet member in terms of majority, but this is only relative, as it would require a swing of 10pc to the Conservatives to defeat her. This is not to say that she will remain in the Cabinet after the election though; that is up to Tony Blair as well as the voters of Dewsbury. They may well yet have their say, for the latest local election evidence from the Kirklees Metropolitan Borough elections of May 2000 is not very favourable, as Labour lost out to both Conservatives in Mirfield and Thornhill and Liberal Democrats in Dewsbury itself. Labour did relatively very poorly in 1997 too, only increasing their share of the vote by two per cent compared with a national average of eleven. Not only is this due to a poor performance throughout West Yorkshire in the local elections of 2000, but to specific factors in Dewsbury. There have been bitter disputes about the state of education in schools with largely Asian rolls, and race relations could be considerably better. The British National Party candidate saved her deposit in 1997 (though it might be noted that her surname was also Taylor, so some confusion may have exacerbated the effect), and there was an Independent Labour hopeful in the lists as well.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Ann Taylor, Labour’s first female Chief Whip, got her first post - as an Assistant Whip - from Jim Callaghan in 1977, aged 30. Elected for Bolton West (1974-83) and for Dewsbury in 1987, she was born 1947, educated at Bolton School and Bradford and Sheffield Universities. From the party’s Old right she has defended MPs working for lobbyists (as she did for Westminster Communications) and is conservative on homosexual law reform. She sports a very severe short-back-and-sides-but-long-on-top hair cut and is blessed with a somewhat metallic voice. Under her rule, MPs’ performance and rebellions have been reported on to CLPs, a straight reversal of the deselection process in opposition, in which the CLPs sacked the MPs for not rebelling.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 7.62% 14.99% 50.85
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.01% 2.13% 0.44
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.00% 2.49% 0.00
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 0.06% 4.43% 1.40
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 10.19% 7.27% 140.09
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 9.93% 13.04% 76.17
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 20.79% 12.70% 163.67
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 5.99% 8.14% 73.52
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 1.00% 4.02% 24.95
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 7.08% 3.19% 222.20
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 23.80% 11.31% 210.45
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 2.28% 3.06% 74.59
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 2.99% 2.52% 118.72
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 8.25% 2.10% 392.70
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.00% 0.06% 0.00
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
£0-5K 10.66% 9.41% 113.20
£5-10K 18.04% 16.63% 108.44
£10-15K 17.65% 16.58% 106.46
£15-20K 14.17% 13.58% 104.30
£20-25K 10.55% 10.39% 101.52
£25-30K 7.64% 7.77% 98.29
£30-35K 5.49% 5.79% 94.80
£35-40K 3.95% 4.33% 91.25
£40-45K 2.87% 3.27% 87.77
£45-50K 2.10% 2.48% 84.44
£50-55K 1.55% 1.90% 81.30
£55-60K 1.16% 1.47% 78.37
£60-65K 0.87% 1.15% 75.67
£65-70K 0.66% 0.91% 73.18
£70-75K 0.51% 0.72% 70.89
£75-80K 0.40% 0.57% 68.79
£80-85K 0.31% 0.46% 66.87
£85-90K 0.24% 0.37% 65.12
£90-95K 0.19% 0.31% 63.51
£95-100K 0.16% 0.25% 62.04
£100K + 0.75% 1.34% 55.67

Local Map of the constituency
Dewsbury - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Dewsbury - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (2.12%) Liberal Democrat (0.37%)
Conservative (-  9.91%)
Conservative (0.12%) Labour (1.13%) Liberal Democrat (1.69%)
Con - 9.91%
Lab 2.12%
LD 0.37%
Con 0.12%
Lab 1.13%
LD 1.69%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Ann Taylor
Labour hold
Con Conservative (30.22%) 11,075 30.22%
Lab Labour (50.54%) 18,524 50.54%
LD Liberal Democrat (11.96%) 4,382 11.96%
Oth Other (7.28%) 2,670 7.28%
Maj Majority (20.32%) 7,449 20.32%
Turn Turnout (58.79%) 36,651 58.79%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Ann Taylor
Labour hold
C Robert Cole 11,075 30.22%
LD Ian Cuthbertson 4,382 11.96%
UK David Pearce 560 1.53%
BNP Russell Smith 478 1.30%
G Brenda Smithson 1,632 4.45%
L Ann Taylor 18,524 50.54%
Candidates representing 6 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Ann Taylor
Labour
Con Conservative (30.09%) 12,963 30.09%
Lab Labour (49.42%) 21,286 49.42%
LD Liberal Democrat (10.27%) 4,422 10.27%
Ref Referendum (2.37%) 1,019 2.37%
Oth Other (7.86%) 3,385 7.86%
Maj Majority (19.32%) 8,323 19.32%
Turn Turnout (70.01%) 43,075 70.01%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (40.00%) 19,637 40.00%
Lab Labour (47.30%) 23,186 47.30%
LD Liberal Democrat (9.90%) 4,835 9.90%
Oth Other (2.80%) 1,385 2.80%
Maj Majority (7.20%) 3,549 7.20%
Turn Turnout (80.12%) 49,043 80.12%

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