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Don Valley
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Once monolithically Labour, the Don Valley seat seems almost to have been redrawn by the Boundary Commission to increase the Tory vote. The most middle class ward of Doncaster town itself, South East around Bessacarr has been detached from the Central seat. Also Conservative is Southern Parks, which takes in a series of non-mining villages and small towns like Tickhill. Hatfield was a three way marginal ward in May 2000. On the other hand there are solidly working class communities forged by coal mining, such as New Edlington, Warmsworth and New Rossington, abnd Conisbrough with its incongruous medieval castle set amongst the grime. In 1992 if this seat had existed under its current boundaries it is estimated that Labour would have won, but only by 51pc to 38pc for the Tories - a very good showing by their standards in South Yorkshire. Of course they slipped back by the standard double figure percentage in 1997, but still achieved a five figure vote, and could in theory use their base here to challenge for victory should they ever again reach the heady heights of the 1980s.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Caroline Flint represents the feminisation of the Yorkshire coalfield as one of three metropolitan women parachuted in 1997 into seats reserved since the dawn of time for miners. A remarkably vivacious, ultra-loyal bowler of stooge questions, an ex-GMB researcher, and equal opportunities officer, she adds substantially to her MPís salary as adviser to the Police Federation. She was born in 1961 and educated at Twickenham Girlsí School and East Anglia University.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 18.64% 14.99% 124.32
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 1.01% 2.49% 40.72
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 6.94% 4.43% 156.87
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 13.67% 7.27% 187.96
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.19% 2.56% 7.29
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 12.59% 13.04% 96.58
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 11.59% 12.70% 91.24
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 13.49% 8.14% 165.72
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.00% 4.02% 0.00
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 1.81% 3.19% 56.90
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 16.45% 11.31% 145.47
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.30% 3.06% 9.66
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 3.31% 2.52% 131.37
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 10.98% 9.41% 116.62
£5-10K 19.38% 16.63% 116.54
£10-15K 18.12% 16.58% 109.32
£15-20K 13.92% 13.58% 102.51
£20-25K 10.07% 10.39% 96.91
£25-30K 7.18% 7.77% 92.31
£30-35K 5.12% 5.79% 88.46
£35-40K 3.69% 4.33% 85.16
£40-45K 2.69% 3.27% 82.29
£45-50K 1.98% 2.48% 79.76
£50-55K 1.48% 1.90% 77.51
£55-60K 1.11% 1.47% 75.49
£60-65K 0.85% 1.15% 73.66
£65-70K 0.65% 0.91% 71.99
£70-75K 0.51% 0.72% 70.46
£75-80K 0.40% 0.57% 69.06
£80-85K 0.31% 0.46% 67.77
£85-90K 0.25% 0.37% 66.57
£90-95K 0.20% 0.31% 65.45
£95-100K 0.16% 0.25% 64.40
£100K + 0.79% 1.34% 58.90

Local Map of the constituency
Don Valley - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Don Valley - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (7.66%)
Conservative (- 12.20%) Liberal Democrat (-  1.37%)
Conservative (4.67%) Liberal Democrat (1.68%)
Labour (-  2.42%)
Con - 12.20%
Lab 7.66%
LD - 1.37%
Con 4.67%
Lab - 2.42%
LD 1.68%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Caroline Flint
Labour hold
Con Conservative (29.27%) 10,489 29.27%
Lab Labour (55.84%) 20,009 55.84%
LD Liberal Democrat (11.41%) 4,089 11.41%
Oth Other (3.47%) 1,243 3.47%
Maj Majority (26.57%) 9,520 26.57%
Turn Turnout (54.09%) 35,830 54.09%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Caroline Flint
Labour hold
SL Nigel Ball 466 1.30%
C James Browne 10,489 29.27%
UK David Cooper 777 2.17%
L Caroline Flint 20,009 55.84%
LD Phillip Smith 4,089 11.41%
Candidates representing 5 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Caroline Flint
Labour
Con Conservative (24.60%) 10,717 24.60%
Lab Labour (58.26%) 25,376 58.26%
LD Liberal Democrat (9.73%) 4,238 9.73%
Ref Referendum (3.17%) 1,379 3.17%
Oth Other (4.24%) 1,847 4.24%
Maj Majority (33.65%) 14,659 33.65%
Turn Turnout (66.35%) 43,557 66.35%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (36.80%) 18,927 36.80%
Lab Labour (50.60%) 26,046 50.60%
LD Liberal Democrat (11.10%) 5,718 11.10%
Oth Other (1.60%) 803 1.60%
Maj Majority (13.80%) 7,119 13.80%
Turn Turnout (78.75%) 51,494 78.75%

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