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Barnsley West & Penistone
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
The least monolithically Labour of the three in the South Yorkshire Borough of Barnsley, though this is not saying much. There are at least some Conservative votes, and currently a few councillors, in the town of Penistone over towards the Pennines, which along with some stonewalled villages belongs to a different culture from the heavy industrial and mining traditions of Barnsley itself. The Liberal Democrats advanced in 1997, although still a distant third place, and, unusually, Labour barely increased their share of the vote in that year. Nevertheless, this is an utterly solid Labour hold.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Mick Clapham, an ex-miner , born 1943 and educated at Barnsley Technical College, Leeds Poly and Bradford University was elected in 1992. As a Campaign Grouper he is actively rebellious against the government, resigning as Alan Millburn's PPS over lone parent child benefit cuts, and voting against the Whips on military action against Iraq, the Prime Minister's right to nominate life peers, curbing jury trials, cutting disability benefit, restoring the link between pensions and average earnings, and air traffic control privatisation. An ex-Scargill ally who has since attacked his former patron's ‘Stalinist' excesses, his strikingly arched eyebrows give him a quizzical look, and for some he recalls a character out of ‘Sons and Lovers'.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 12.16% 14.99% 81.12
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.16% 2.13% 7.63
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 1.83% 2.49% 73.66
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 3.04% 4.43% 68.63
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 7.17% 7.27% 98.64
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.06% 2.56% 2.16
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 10.20% 13.04% 78.23
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 22.94% 12.70% 180.56
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 23.53% 8.14% 288.98
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.00% 4.02% 0.00
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 4.65% 3.19% 145.96
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 13.64% 11.31% 120.56
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.14% 3.06% 4.49
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 0.48% 2.52% 19.24
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 12.14% 9.41% 129.01
£5-10K 19.31% 16.63% 116.08
£10-15K 17.88% 16.58% 107.85
£15-20K 13.78% 13.58% 101.42
£20-25K 9.98% 10.39% 96.05
£25-30K 7.11% 7.77% 91.45
£30-35K 5.06% 5.79% 87.44
£35-40K 3.64% 4.33% 83.91
£40-45K 2.64% 3.27% 80.78
£45-50K 1.94% 2.48% 77.99
£50-55K 1.44% 1.90% 75.48
£55-60K 1.08% 1.47% 73.22
£60-65K 0.82% 1.15% 71.18
£65-70K 0.63% 0.91% 69.32
£70-75K 0.49% 0.72% 67.62
£75-80K 0.38% 0.57% 66.07
£80-85K 0.30% 0.46% 64.65
£85-90K 0.24% 0.37% 63.34
£90-95K 0.19% 0.31% 62.14
£95-100K 0.15% 0.25% 61.02
£100K + 0.75% 1.34% 55.70

Local Map of the constituency
Barnsley West & Penistone - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Barnsley West & Penistone - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (0.97%) Liberal Democrat (6.34%)
Conservative (-  9.64%)
Conservative (4.47%) Liberal Democrat (0.56%)
Labour (-  0.70%)
Con - 9.64%
Lab 0.97%
LD 6.34%
Con 4.47%
Lab - 0.70%
LD 0.56%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Michael Clapham
Labour hold
Con Conservative (22.83%) 7,892 22.83%
Lab Labour (58.57%) 20,244 58.57%
LD Liberal Democrat (18.60%) 6,428 18.60%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (35.74%) 12,352 35.74%
Turn Turnout (52.94%) 34,564 52.94%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Michael Clapham
Labour hold
L Michael Clapham 20,244 58.57%
LD Miles Crompton 6,428 18.60%
C William Rowe 7,892 22.83%
Candidates representing 3 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Michael Clapham
Labour
Con Conservative (18.36%) 7,750 18.36%
Lab Labour (59.27%) 25,017 59.27%
LD Liberal Democrat (18.04%) 7,613 18.04%
Ref Referendum (4.33%) 1,828 4.33%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (40.91%) 17,267 40.91%
Turn Turnout (65.04%) 42,208 65.04%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (28.00%) 13,461 28.00%
Lab Labour (58.30%) 27,965 58.30%
LD Liberal Democrat (11.70%) 5,610 11.70%
Oth Other (2.00%) 970 2.00%
Maj Majority (30.20%) 14,504 30.20%
Turn Turnout (75.32%) 48,006 75.32%

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