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Halifax
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Although the dramatic and hilly West Yorkshire former mill town of Halifax appears safe for Labour, they actually did unusually badly if the votes cast within the seat for the Euro-elections of June 1999 are added up, lagging more than 10 per cent behind the Conservatives. The turnout was of course wretched, reaching just over 18 per cent; but Labour were hammered in the 2000 Calderdale council elections here too, and will need their best result since 1997 to avoid a shock defeat, their first in Halifax since the dire year of 1983.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Alice Mahon, a Campaign Grouper, is a woman-for-all-revolts against the Blair government, as she was against the leadership in opposition between 1992 and 1997 when only three Labour MPs were more active as dissidents. A small, poker-faced, feminist class warrior, whose opposition to the bombing of Serbia earned from Clare Short a comparison with the appeasers of Hitler, she was born 1937, educated at Halifax Grammar School and, as a mature student, Bradford University. She worked in manual jobs, as an auxiliary nurse and as a college lecturer before election for Halifax in 1987.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 4.07% 14.99% 27.14
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.04% 2.49% 1.70
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 0.60% 4.43% 13.48
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 6.77% 7.27% 93.04
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 2.60% 2.56% 101.49
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 1.30% 3.94% 33.03
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 9.63% 13.04% 73.86
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 32.76% 12.70% 257.88
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 2.77% 8.14% 34.01
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 3.70% 4.02% 92.10
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 5.52% 3.19% 173.15
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 16.00% 11.31% 141.44
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 4.01% 3.06% 130.87
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 5.73% 2.52% 227.45
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 4.46% 2.10% 212.46
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.05% 0.06% 76.07
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 12.03% 9.41% 127.83
5-10K 19.91% 16.63% 119.70
10-15K 18.46% 16.58% 111.37
15-20K 14.08% 13.58% 103.65
20-25K 10.05% 10.39% 96.71
25-30K 7.04% 7.77% 90.57
30-35K 4.93% 5.79% 85.17
35-40K 3.48% 4.33% 80.40
40-45K 2.49% 3.27% 76.20
45-50K 1.80% 2.48% 72.46
50-55K 1.32% 1.90% 69.13
55-60K 0.98% 1.47% 66.15
60-65K 0.73% 1.15% 63.46
65-70K 0.55% 0.91% 61.03
70-75K 0.42% 0.72% 58.82
75-80K 0.33% 0.57% 56.80
80-85K 0.25% 0.46% 54.95
85-90K 0.20% 0.37% 53.24
90-95K 0.16% 0.31% 51.67
95-100K 0.13% 0.25% 50.21
100K + 0.58% 1.34% 42.99

Local Map of the constituency
Halifax - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Halifax - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (10.83%)
Conservative (- 10.55%) Liberal Democrat (-  0.72%)
Conservative (1.70%) Liberal Democrat (2.57%)
Labour (-  5.30%)
Con - 10.55%
Lab 10.83%
LD - 0.72%
Con 1.70%
Lab - 5.30%
LD 2.57%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Alice Mahon
Labour hold
Con Conservative (33.85%) 13,671 33.85%
Lab Labour (49.02%) 19,800 49.02%
LD Liberal Democrat (14.55%) 5,878 14.55%
Oth Other (2.58%) 1,041 2.58%
Maj Majority (15.17%) 6,129 15.17%
Turn Turnout (3879.92%) 40,390 3879.92%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Alice Mahon
Labour hold
LD John Durkin 5,878 14.55%
L Alice Mahon 19,800 49.02%
UK Helen Martinek 1,041 2.58%
C James Wales 13,671 33.85%
Candidates representing 4 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Alice Mahon
Labour
Con Conservative (32.15%) 16,253 32.15%
Lab Labour (54.33%) 27,465 54.33%
LD Liberal Democrat (11.98%) 6,059 11.98%
Ref 0 0.00%
Oth Other (1.54%) 779 1.54%
Maj Majority (22.18%) 11,212 22.18%
Turn Turnout (70.51%) 50,556 70.51%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (42.70%) 24,637 42.70%
Lab Labour (43.50%) 25,115 43.50%
LD Liberal Democrat (12.70%) 7,364 12.70%
Oth Other (1.10%) 649 1.10%
Maj Majority (0.80%) 478 0.80%
Turn Turnout (78.00%) 57,765 78.00%

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