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Barnsley East & Mexborough
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Back in the 1950s and 1960s, if one asked which was the safest Labour seat in England, the most likely reply would have been Hemsworth. This was the seat at the heart of the Yorkshire coalfield where it was said that the Labour votes were weighed not counted. When the metropolitan counties of West and South Yorkshire were created in 1974, the seat of Hemsworth was split in two, and although the town of Hemsworth itself has taken its electorally famous name with it to a West Yorkshire division, more than half its electorate was assigned to this seat, which had the highest Labour majority in percentage terms through the 1980s, and still gave Jeff Ennis a majority of more than 26,000 in 1997. The small towns have high unemployment and look old-fashioned, with little redevelopment.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Jeff Ennis, elected at a 1996 byelection, is a former teacher, born 1952, educated at Hemsworth Grammar School and Redland College, Bristol. With only three former miners left as MPs on the dying Yorkshire coalfield, the best he can do is evoke his miner father and both grandfathers. A very big and burly quiet loyalist, he managed to stop himself resigning as Tessa Jowell's PPS over lone parent benefit cuts in 1997.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 4.13% 14.99% 27.54
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.36% 2.13% 17.10
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.09% 2.49% 3.50
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 1.47% 4.43% 33.26
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 10.34% 7.27% 142.21
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 7.35% 13.04% 56.38
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 28.03% 12.70% 220.63
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 22.61% 8.14% 277.70
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.00% 4.02% 0.00
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 4.68% 3.19% 146.82
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 18.37% 11.31% 162.40
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.56% 3.06% 18.28
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 2.01% 2.52% 79.70
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 15.00% 9.41% 159.36
5-10K 23.47% 16.63% 141.08
10-15K 19.85% 16.58% 119.73
15-20K 13.83% 13.58% 101.79
20-25K 9.09% 10.39% 87.49
25-30K 5.92% 7.77% 76.15
30-35K 3.89% 5.79% 67.10
35-40K 2.59% 4.33% 59.80
40-45K 1.76% 3.27% 53.83
45-50K 1.21% 2.48% 48.89
50-55K 0.85% 1.90% 44.76
55-60K 0.61% 1.47% 41.27
60-65K 0.44% 1.15% 38.28
65-70K 0.32% 0.91% 35.70
70-75K 0.24% 0.72% 33.46
75-80K 0.18% 0.57% 31.49
80-85K 0.14% 0.46% 29.75
85-90K 0.11% 0.37% 28.20
90-95K 0.08% 0.31% 26.82
95-100K 0.06% 0.25% 25.57
100K + 0.27% 1.34% 20.12

Local Map of the constituency
Barnsley East & Mexborough - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Barnsley East & Mexborough - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (0.25%) Liberal Democrat (0.66%)
Conservative (-  5.91%)
Conservative (0.99%) Liberal Democrat (5.50%)
Labour (-  5.64%)
Con - 5.91%
Lab 0.25%
LD 0.66%
Con 0.99%
Lab - 5.64%
LD 5.50%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Jeff Ennis
Labour hold
Con Conservative (12.38%) 4,024 12.38%
Lab Labour (67.50%) 21,945 67.50%
LD Liberal Democrat (15.86%) 5,156 15.86%
Oth Other (4.26%) 1,384 4.26%
Maj Majority (51.64%) 16,789 51.64%
Turn Turnout (49.51%) 32,509 49.51%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Jeff Ennis
Labour hold
LD Sharron Brook 5,156 15.86%
L Jeff Ennis 21,945 67.50%
C Matthew Offord 4,024 12.38%
SL Terry Robinson 722 2.22%
UK George Savage 662 2.04%
Candidates representing 5 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Jeff Ennis
Labour
Con Conservative (11.39%) 4,936 11.39%
Lab Labour (73.15%) 31,699 73.15%
LD Liberal Democrat (10.36%) 4,489 10.36%
Ref Referendum (1.84%) 797 1.84%
Oth Other (3.26%) 1,414 3.26%
Maj Majority (61.76%) 26,763 61.76%
Turn Turnout (63.88%) 43,335 63.88%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (17.30%) 8,654 17.30%
Lab Labour (72.90%) 36,375 72.90%
LD Liberal Democrat (9.70%) 4,864 9.70%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (55.60%) 27,721 55.60%
Turn Turnout (72.22%) 49,893 72.22%

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