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Barnsley Central
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Although there are no working coal mines left, the very landscape as well as the culture and political preferences of Barnsley are shaped by the history of the pits and associated industry. Barnsley is still regarded as a stereotype of gritty northern popular culture. There really are no leafy suburbs, no Conservative wards here. This seat, which includes most of the town after which Barnsley Metropolitan Borough is named, has a male unemployment rate, and percentage of people with limiting long-term illness, of about 50 per cent higher than the national average. With 58pc of those employed still manual workers it is scarcely surprising that Eric Illsley, a former NUM man in the tradition of long-term Barnsley MP Roy Mason, won by the sixth clearest margin of any of Labour's 418 MPs in 1997.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Eric Illsley is one of a dozen frontbenchers dropped by Tony Blair on forming his government in 1997, despite having previously been a Northern Ireland spokesman. He is also part of another dozen - the 12 MPs out of a PLP of 418, who were previously sponsored by the Miners Union, though he came from behind a desk rather than from a coal face. Born 1955, educated at Barnsley Holgate Grammar School, Barnsley Technical College, and Leeds University, he was elected in 1987, and now detached from his former leader Arthur Scargill, is inevitably involved in defence of what remains of the dying Yorkshire coalfield, as an orthodox Blairite loyalist.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 2.27% 14.99% 15.13
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.04% 2.49% 1.61
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 0.39% 4.43% 8.76
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 9.49% 7.27% 130.50
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 0.81% 3.94% 20.61
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 6.11% 13.04% 46.83
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 33.02% 12.70% 259.96
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 18.20% 8.14% 223.48
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 1.07% 4.02% 26.67
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 5.37% 3.19% 168.63
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 18.10% 11.31% 160.05
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 1.12% 3.06% 36.46
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 4.01% 2.52% 159.17
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 15.55% 9.41% 165.23
5-10K 23.64% 16.63% 142.15
10-15K 19.81% 16.58% 119.48
15-20K 13.75% 13.58% 101.22
20-25K 9.01% 10.39% 86.74
25-30K 5.84% 7.77% 75.15
30-35K 3.81% 5.79% 65.79
35-40K 2.52% 4.33% 58.15
40-45K 1.69% 3.27% 51.86
45-50K 1.16% 2.48% 46.64
50-55K 0.81% 1.90% 42.28
55-60K 0.57% 1.47% 38.60
60-65K 0.41% 1.15% 35.49
65-70K 0.30% 0.91% 32.82
70-75K 0.22% 0.72% 30.53
75-80K 0.16% 0.57% 28.55
80-85K 0.12% 0.46% 26.83
85-90K 0.09% 0.37% 25.33
90-95K 0.07% 0.31% 24.01
95-100K 0.06% 0.25% 22.84
100K + 0.25% 1.34% 18.29

Local Map of the constituency
Barnsley Central - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Barnsley Central - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (6.19%)
Conservative (-  8.66%) Liberal Democrat (-  1.16%)
Conservative (3.26%) Liberal Democrat (5.17%)
Labour (-  7.35%)
Con - 8.66%
Lab 6.19%
LD - 1.16%
Con 3.26%
Lab - 7.35%
LD 5.17%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Eric Illsley
Labour hold
Con Conservative (13.10%) 3,608 13.10%
Lab Labour (69.64%) 19,181 69.64%
LD Liberal Democrat (14.71%) 4,051 14.71%
Oth Other (2.55%) 703 2.55%
Maj Majority (54.93%) 15,130 54.93%
Turn Turnout (45.84%) 27,543 45.84%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Eric Illsley
Labour hold
LD Alan Hartley 4,051 14.71%
L Eric Illsley 19,181 69.64%
C Ian McCord 3,608 13.10%
SA Henry Rajch 703 2.55%
Candidates representing 4 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Eric Illsley
Labour
Con Conservative (9.84%) 3,589 9.84%
Lab Labour (76.99%) 28,090 76.99%
LD Liberal Democrat (9.54%) 3,481 9.54%
Ref Referendum (3.63%) 1,325 3.63%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (67.15%) 24,501 67.15%
Turn Turnout (59.68%) 36,485 59.68%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (18.50%) 8,340 18.50%
Lab Labour (70.80%) 31,844 70.80%
LD Liberal Democrat (10.70%) 4,823 10.70%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (52.20%) 23,504 52.20%
Turn Turnout (70.22%) 45,007 70.22%

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