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Bassetlaw
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Joe Ashton, an archetypal bluff northern MP, held Bassetlaw in a by-election in 1968, which says much, since that was during a period when the Labour government was deeply unpopular and they were losing seats right, left and centre. Bassetlaw has remained loyal to Ashton for more than 30 years, despite a recent scandal, but he has now announced his retirement. Where is Bassetlaw? The answer is that it is that wedge at the very tip of north Nottinghamshire, based on Worksop, an industrial town that once boasted three mines within its boundaries. Bassetlaw was actually the name of a medieval "hundred" or group of parishes. There are rural elements here, but the urban and industrial is predominant, and if it remained in old Labour's hands in 1968, it will certainly support New Labour well into the 21st century. The new Labour candidate is John Mann.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
John Mann, replacing the tabloid-exposed 32-year veteran Joe Ashton for Labour here, is a former Millbank apparatchik as National Trade Unions and Labour Party liaison officer, and before that an AEEU official. Born in 1960, and educated as a scholarship boy at Bradford Grammar School and Manchester University, he wrote a Fabian Society publication in 1985 called 'Labour and Youth, the Missing Generation'. He joined Labour aged 14, and as a union official rose to head the AEEU's Research & Education department, but is currently a self-employed small businessman. He is one of seven replacements for retiring Labour MPs to reflect Labour's still-important union links.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 18.13% 14.99% 120.90
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 1.61% 2.13% 75.59
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.76% 2.49% 30.58
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 3.92% 4.43% 88.49
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 6.30% 7.27% 86.64
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 0.89% 3.94% 22.55
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 11.67% 13.04% 89.47
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 24.62% 12.70% 193.80
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 16.91% 8.14% 207.71
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.61% 4.02% 15.26
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 3.09% 3.19% 96.86
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 9.51% 11.31% 84.12
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.77% 3.06% 25.23
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 1.19% 2.52% 47.18
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.03% 0.06% 41.01
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 11.78% 9.41% 125.19
5-10K 20.80% 16.63% 125.07
10-15K 18.94% 16.58% 114.26
15-20K 14.02% 13.58% 103.21
20-25K 9.77% 10.39% 94.04
25-30K 6.75% 7.77% 86.78
30-35K 4.69% 5.79% 81.04
35-40K 3.31% 4.33% 76.45
40-45K 2.37% 3.27% 72.71
45-50K 1.73% 2.48% 69.60
50-55K 1.28% 1.90% 66.97
55-60K 0.95% 1.47% 64.71
60-65K 0.72% 1.15% 62.75
65-70K 0.55% 0.91% 61.02
70-75K 0.43% 0.72% 59.49
75-80K 0.33% 0.57% 58.11
80-85K 0.26% 0.46% 56.87
85-90K 0.21% 0.37% 55.75
90-95K 0.17% 0.31% 54.72
95-100K 0.13% 0.25% 53.78
100K + 0.66% 1.34% 49.33

Local Map of the constituency
Bassetlaw - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Bassetlaw - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (7.73%)
Conservative (- 10.30%) Liberal Democrat (-  1.27%)
Conservative (5.53%) Liberal Democrat (2.38%)
Labour (-  5.84%)
Con - 10.30%
Lab 7.73%
LD - 1.27%
Con 5.53%
Lab - 5.84%
LD 2.38%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
John Mann
Labour hold
Con Conservative (30.23%) 11,758 30.23%
Lab Labour (55.29%) 21,506 55.29%
LD Liberal Democrat (12.71%) 4,942 12.71%
Oth Other (1.77%) 689 1.77%
Maj Majority (25.06%) 9,748 25.06%
Turn Turnout (56.95%) 38,895 56.95%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
John Mann
Labour hold
C Alison Holley 11,758 30.23%
L John Mann 21,506 55.29%
SL Kevin Meloy 689 1.77%
LD Neil Taylor 4,942 12.71%
Candidates representing 4 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Joe Ashton
Labour
Con Conservative (24.70%) 11,838 24.70%
Lab Labour (61.13%) 29,298 61.13%
LD Liberal Democrat (10.33%) 4,950 10.33%
Ref Referendum (3.84%) 1,838 3.84%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (36.43%) 17,460 36.43%
Turn Turnout (70.37%) 47,924 70.37%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (35.00%) 19,061 35.00%
Lab Labour (53.40%) 29,056 53.40%
LD Liberal Democrat (11.60%) 6,339 11.60%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (18.40%) 9,995 18.40%
Turn Turnout (78.45%) 54,456 78.45%

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