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Doncaster Central
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
The "Socialist Republic of South Yorkshire", as it was once known, as not always been as monolithically Labour as it is now, with just one Liberal Democrat seat in the shape of Sheffield Hallam breaking the monopoly. From 1951 to 1964 Doncaster was the constituency of Anthony Barber, who was to become the Chancellor of the Exchequer in the Heath government, and even in 1970 and 1979 his successor Harold Walker, later to become a Deputy Speaker, held it for Labour by less than 3,000. Doncaster is a mixed town of many industries, rather than dependent on any one, even though it was for the most of the twentieth century the centre of one of the most productive modern coalfields in the country. There was a large middle class sector in the south east, beyond the famous racecourse, home of the St Leger and Oaks. Doncaster was the commercial, retail and communications centre of the surrounding sub-region, and had to be considered a marginal seat for most of the second half of the century. Now however things look different. Boundary changes have removed the middle class residential area. The long-term regional swing has been strongly pro-Labour. Finally after the short term events of 1997 Rosie Winterton had built up a majority of 18,000, and any hint of marginaliity is firmly fixed in the past.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
One of three women inheriting safe Labour seats on the macho Yorkshire coalfield in 1997, Rosie Winterton came with the stamp of John Prescottís approval as his PA at Westminster (and previously in Hull). Born 1958 and educated at Ackworth School (private), Doncaster Grammar School and Hull University, like other Prescott allies she has not advanced in government. Her neighbour, Caroline Flint, conceded that not all Blairís Babes were Barbara Castles; this one has been likened to Barbara Windsor.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 6.63% 14.99% 44.20
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 2.08% 2.49% 83.64
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 1.44% 4.43% 32.50
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 7.29% 7.27% 100.19
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 1.07% 2.56% 41.80
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 4.46% 3.94% 113.08
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 11.08% 13.04% 84.96
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 24.88% 12.70% 195.87
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 17.50% 8.14% 214.95
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 1.46% 4.02% 36.32
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 4.34% 3.19% 136.12
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 10.94% 11.31% 96.76
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 2.56% 3.06% 83.62
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 4.27% 2.52% 169.60
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 14.51% 9.41% 154.18
£5-10K 22.53% 16.63% 135.47
£10-15K 19.24% 16.58% 116.06
£15-20K 13.66% 13.58% 100.55
£20-25K 9.20% 10.39% 88.54
£25-30K 6.15% 7.77% 79.13
£30-35K 4.15% 5.79% 71.60
£35-40K 2.84% 4.33% 65.45
£40-45K 1.97% 3.27% 60.35
£45-50K 1.39% 2.48% 56.05
£50-55K 1.00% 1.90% 52.39
£55-60K 0.73% 1.47% 49.22
£60-65K 0.53% 1.15% 46.46
£65-70K 0.40% 0.91% 44.04
£70-75K 0.30% 0.72% 41.89
£75-80K 0.23% 0.57% 39.98
£80-85K 0.18% 0.46% 38.26
£85-90K 0.14% 0.37% 36.72
£90-95K 0.11% 0.31% 35.32
£95-100K 0.09% 0.25% 34.04
£100K + 0.38% 1.34% 28.27

Local Map of the constituency
Doncaster Central - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Doncaster Central - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (7.76%)
Conservative (- 12.54%) Liberal Democrat (-  2.38%)
Conservative (2.74%) Liberal Democrat (3.53%)
Labour (-  2.97%)
Con - 12.54%
Lab 7.76%
LD - 2.38%
Con 2.74%
Lab - 2.97%
LD 3.53%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Rosie Winterton
Labour hold
Con Conservative (23.70%) 8,035 23.70%
Lab Labour (59.09%) 20,034 59.09%
LD Liberal Democrat (12.95%) 4,390 12.95%
Oth Other (4.26%) 1,443 4.26%
Maj Majority (35.39%) 11,999 35.39%
Turn Turnout (52.09%) 33,902 52.09%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Rosie Winterton
Labour hold
UK David Gordon 926 2.73%
C Gary Meggitt 8,035 23.70%
LD Michael Southcombe 4,390 12.95%
SA Janet Terry 517 1.52%
L Rosie Winterton 20,034 59.09%
Candidates representing 5 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Rosalie Winterton
Labour
Con Conservative (20.96%) 9,105 20.96%
Lab Labour (62.06%) 26,961 62.06%
LD Liberal Democrat (9.42%) 4,091 9.42%
Ref Referendum (2.93%) 1,273 2.93%
Oth Other (4.63%) 2,013 4.63%
Maj Majority (41.10%) 17,856 41.10%
Turn Turnout (63.92%) 43,443 63.92%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (33.50%) 17,113 33.50%
Lab Labour (54.30%) 27,795 54.30%
LD Liberal Democrat (11.80%) 6,057 11.80%
Oth Other (0.40%) 184 0.40%
Maj Majority (20.90%) 10,682 20.90%
Turn Turnout (73.93%) 51,149 73.93%

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