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Heywood & Middleton
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
There are very middle class and Conservative sections in this Lancashire / northern Greater Manchester constituency. It has always included Middleton South ward, which includes Alkrington Garden Village, where you can see the comic Bernard Manning's limousine outside the house he has lived in for many years. In the 1997 boundary changes there arrived the main middle class area of Rochdale, Norden and Bamford ward, which had previously voted tactically for the Liberals against Labour in the seat held for 25 years by Cyril Smith and Liz Lynne. But these are outvoted by the large council estates of west and central Middleton (principally Langley) and west Heywood, whose tower blocks can be seen from the M66 motorway as it travels south from the Rossendale valley towards Manchester. After a standard (i.e. huge) swing in 1997 Labour's Jim Dobbin held the seat with a record 17,500 majority.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Jim Dobbin, Labour's man here since 1997, has about him the dishevelled shaggily-bearded aspect of a gentleman of the road, when in fact he is an NHS microbiologist of 33-years standing, born 1941, educated at Roman Catholic high schools in Kirkcaldy, and at Napier College, Edinburgh. He was one of the few of the 1997 intake to vote against lone parent benefit cuts, and has subsequently broken ranks on pensions, means testing of incapacity benefit, and air traffic control privatisation. As a former Rochdale councillor, he is antipathetic to the locally-active Liberal Democrats. He has backed the appointment of an Ex-Servicemen's Minister.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 11.62% 14.99% 77.52
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.13% 2.13% 6.19
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.03% 2.49% 1.36
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 5.43% 4.43% 122.75
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 9.80% 7.27% 134.73
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.25% 2.56% 9.84
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.21% 3.94% 5.21
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 7.47% 13.04% 57.32
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 24.82% 12.70% 195.41
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 6.33% 8.14% 77.79
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.93% 4.02% 23.02
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 4.68% 3.19% 147.01
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 20.49% 11.31% 181.16
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 2.57% 3.06% 83.91
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 5.22% 2.52% 207.36
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 10.89% 9.41% 115.70
5-10K 18.62% 16.63% 111.94
10-15K 17.77% 16.58% 107.17
15-20K 13.92% 13.58% 102.49
20-25K 10.21% 10.39% 98.24
25-30K 7.35% 7.77% 94.49
30-35K 5.28% 5.79% 91.19
35-40K 3.82% 4.33% 88.28
40-45K 2.80% 3.27% 85.70
45-50K 2.07% 2.48% 83.39
50-55K 1.55% 1.90% 81.30
55-60K 1.17% 1.47% 79.39
60-65K 0.89% 1.15% 77.64
65-70K 0.69% 0.91% 76.01
70-75K 0.54% 0.72% 74.50
75-80K 0.42% 0.57% 73.09
80-85K 0.33% 0.46% 71.76
85-90K 0.26% 0.37% 70.50
90-95K 0.21% 0.31% 69.31
95-100K 0.17% 0.25% 68.18
100K + 0.83% 1.34% 61.76

Local Map of the constituency
Heywood & Middleton - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Heywood & Middleton - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (11.22%)
Conservative (-  8.58%) Liberal Democrat (-  4.36%)
Conservative (4.59%)
Labour (-  0.02%) Liberal Democrat (-  4.48%)
Con - 8.58%
Lab 11.22%
LD - 4.36%
Con 4.59%
Lab - 0.02%
LD - 4.48%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Jim Dobbin
Labour hold
Con Conservative (27.61%) 10,707 27.61%
Lab Labour (57.70%) 22,377 57.70%
LD Liberal Democrat (11.16%) 4,329 11.16%
Oth Other (3.52%) 1,366 3.52%
Maj Majority (30.09%) 11,670 30.09%
Turn Turnout (53.12%) 38,779 53.12%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Jim Dobbin
Labour hold
LIB Philip Burke 1,021 2.63%
LC Jim Dobbin 22,377 57.70%
LD Ian Greenhalgh 4,329 11.16%
C Marilyn Hopkins 10,707 27.61%
CD Christine West 345 0.89%
Candidates representing 5 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Jim Dobbin
Labour
Con Conservative (23.02%) 11,637 23.02%
Lab Labour (57.72%) 29,179 57.72%
LD Liberal Democrat (15.64%) 7,908 15.64%
Ref Referendum (2.13%) 1,076 2.13%
Oth Other (1.48%) 750 1.48%
Maj Majority (34.70%) 17,542 34.70%
Turn Turnout (68.41%) 50,550 68.41%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (31.60%) 17,591 31.60%
Lab Labour (46.50%) 25,885 46.50%
LD Liberal Democrat (20.00%) 11,119 20.00%
Oth Other (2.00%) 1,093 2.00%
Maj Majority (14.90%) 8,294 14.90%
Turn Turnout (74.49%) 55,688 74.49%

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