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Ashton under Lyne
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Safely Labour for at least six decades, the north Tameside constituency of Ashton under Lyne, which also includes Droylsden and Failsworth, is being vacated by Labour's oldest MP Robert Sheldon (born in 1923), who achieved his highest majority ever, 23,000, in 1997. This ex-textile industry seat has virtually no significant pockets of opposition for the foreseeable future.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
In place of Labour's retiring Bob Sheldon, comes the unexpected 54 year old Oldham councillor David Heyes, who beat Tameside councillor Kieron Quinn, who had supposedly the endorsement of the Millbank machine. Committed to sustaining Labour's trade union link and, as a former NALGO organiser, "directly-employed public sector workers", David Heyes, a CAB manager since 1995 and vice-chairman of Ashton CLP, was reportedly 'stunned' by his selection by seven votes. Educated at Blackley Technical High School and the OU, he will inherit the seat in June with a somewhat larger majority than 7, but comes too late to emulate Bob Sheldon's 37-year incumbency.

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ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 1.31% 14.99% 8.72
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.00% 2.49% 0.00
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 4.18% 4.43% 94.49
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 7.07% 7.27% 97.19
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 0.42% 3.94% 10.54
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 4.08% 13.04% 31.31
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 43.70% 12.70% 344.03
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 8.13% 8.14% 99.84
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.12% 4.02% 3.10
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 6.81% 3.19% 213.68
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 16.67% 11.31% 147.39
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 3.53% 3.06% 115.13
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 3.98% 2.52% 158.21
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 11.45% 9.41% 121.67
5-10K 20.40% 16.63% 122.67
10-15K 19.37% 16.58% 116.84
15-20K 14.68% 13.58% 108.10
20-25K 10.27% 10.39% 98.78
25-30K 7.00% 7.77% 89.98
30-35K 4.76% 5.79% 82.10
35-40K 3.26% 4.33% 75.21
40-45K 2.26% 3.27% 69.25
45-50K 1.59% 2.48% 64.10
50-55K 1.14% 1.90% 59.64
55-60K 0.82% 1.47% 55.76
60-65K 0.60% 1.15% 52.36
65-70K 0.45% 0.91% 49.38
70-75K 0.34% 0.72% 46.74
75-80K 0.26% 0.57% 44.38
80-85K 0.20% 0.46% 42.27
85-90K 0.15% 0.37% 40.37
90-95K 0.12% 0.31% 38.65
95-100K 0.09% 0.25% 37.09
100K + 0.40% 1.34% 29.93

Local Map of the constituency
Ashton under Lyne - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Ashton under Lyne - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (10.51%)
Conservative (-  9.76%) Liberal Democrat (-  2.16%)
Conservative (0.14%) Liberal Democrat (2.11%)
Labour (-  5.05%)
Con - 9.76%
Lab 10.51%
LD - 2.16%
Con 0.14%
Lab - 5.05%
LD 2.11%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
David Heyes
Labour hold
Con Conservative (19.08%) 6,822 19.08%
Lab Labour (62.47%) 22,340 62.47%
LD Liberal Democrat (11.85%) 4,237 11.85%
Oth Other (6.61%) 2,365 6.61%
Maj Majority (43.39%) 15,518 43.39%
Turn Turnout (49.11%) 35,764 49.11%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
David Heyes
Labour hold
C Tim Charlesworth 6,822 19.08%
LD Kate Fletcher 4,237 11.85%
LCA Mark Henderson 0 0.00%
L David Heyes 22,340 62.47%
G Nigel Rolland 748 2.09%
BNP Roger Woods 1,617 4.52%
Candidates representing 6 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Robert Sheldon
Labour
Con Conservative (18.94%) 8,954 18.94%
Lab Labour (67.51%) 31,919 67.51%
LD Liberal Democrat (9.74%) 4,603 9.74%
Ref Referendum (2.85%) 1,346 2.85%
Oth Other (0.97%) 458 0.97%
Maj Majority (48.57%) 22,965 48.57%
Turn Turnout (65.48%) 47,280 65.48%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (28.70%) 15,706 28.70%
Lab Labour (57.00%) 31,138 57.00%
LD Liberal Democrat (11.90%) 6,519 11.90%
Oth Other (2.30%) 1,271 2.30%
Maj Majority (28.20%) 15,432 28.20%
Turn Turnout (73.28%) 54,634 73.28%

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