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High Peak
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Labour only wins the Derbyshire part of the High Peak in an exceptional landslide year, like 1966 and 1997. This pattern is likely to continue; but then, another landslide seems a reasonable prospect at the time of updating. High Peak sounds very pretty, and in fact it does contain some douce scenery around the Ladybower reservoirs and the Hope Valley, but its population is concentrated in five towns: Whaley Bridge and Chapel en le Frith, which are within the orbit of Manchester commuting; the more industrial New Mills, which looks like a Pennine textile town from further north; Glossop, which is further north, almost due east of Manchester and as far removed in appearance and spirit from Derby as anywhere technically in the county; and Buxton, which is famous as a spa town. Buxton does indeed have the splendid wooded residential areas and quality housing one might expect of a place where Victorians took the waters, but it is also a centre of the limestone quarrying industry and has a very solid Labour vote in its less glamorous neighbourhoods to the east (Fairfield) and south (Cote Heath and Harpur Hill). It is the highest town in England and has the independence of spirit to be expected from a place regularly cut off by the elements. The whole of the High Peak seat is individual. It is the only part of Derbyshire recognised officially by the Registrar General to be in the north west of England, and Heaven help an unwary outsider who places it in the East Midlands region.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Tom Levitt, a bald school teacher who won at his second attempt here for Labour in 1997, has had his loyalism repaid by the post of PPS to Barbara Roche. A long-running Labour candidate and councillor, he was born 1954 and educated at Westwood High School, Leek and at Lancaster University, and with his employment as a science teacher for 19 years, and his routinely orthodox advocacy of comprehensive schooling and his transition from soft-left to Blair-loyal, comes as a fairly standard issue Labour MP.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 14.61% 14.99% 97.41
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.44% 2.13% 20.47
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 1.68% 2.49% 67.52
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 3.66% 4.43% 82.72
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 11.61% 7.27% 159.62
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.87% 2.56% 34.10
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.10
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 1.19% 3.94% 30.28
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 13.94% 13.04% 106.94
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 28.31% 12.70% 222.88
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 8.57% 8.14% 105.21
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 4.42% 4.02% 109.94
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 2.44% 3.19% 76.49
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 5.69% 11.31% 50.30
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.11% 3.06% 3.65
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 2.45% 2.52% 97.28
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.01% 0.06% 11.61
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 7.33% 9.41% 77.91
5-10K 14.94% 16.63% 89.79
10-15K 16.43% 16.58% 99.10
15-20K 14.32% 13.58% 105.43
20-25K 11.34% 10.39% 109.08
25-30K 8.61% 7.77% 110.70
30-35K 6.42% 5.79% 110.89
35-40K 4.77% 4.33% 110.15
40-45K 3.55% 3.27% 108.80
45-50K 2.66% 2.48% 107.11
50-55K 2.00% 1.90% 105.23
55-60K 1.52% 1.47% 103.29
60-65K 1.17% 1.15% 101.34
65-70K 0.90% 0.91% 99.45
70-75K 0.70% 0.72% 97.64
75-80K 0.55% 0.57% 95.92
80-85K 0.44% 0.46% 94.31
85-90K 0.35% 0.37% 92.81
90-95K 0.28% 0.31% 91.42
95-100K 0.23% 0.25% 90.13
100K + 1.14% 1.34% 84.80

Local Map of the constituency
High Peak - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
High Peak - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (12.93%)
Conservative (- 10.55%) Liberal Democrat (-  3.57%)
Conservative (1.84%) Liberal Democrat (4.86%)
Labour (-  4.21%)
Con - 10.55%
Lab 12.93%
LD - 3.57%
Con 1.84%
Lab - 4.21%
LD 4.86%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Tom Levitt
Labour hold
Con Conservative (37.29%) 17,941 37.29%
Lab Labour (46.62%) 22,430 46.62%
LD Liberal Democrat (16.09%) 7,743 16.09%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (9.33%) 4,489 9.33%
Turn Turnout (65.22%) 48,114 65.22%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Tom Levitt
Labour hold
LD Peter Ashenden 7,743 16.09%
C Simon Chapman 17,941 37.29%
L Tom Levitt 22,430 46.62%
Candidates representing 3 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Tom Levitt
Labour gain
Con Conservative (35.45%) 20,261 35.45%
Lab Labour (50.83%) 29,052 50.83%
LD Liberal Democrat (11.23%) 6,420 11.23%
Ref Referendum (2.48%) 1,420 2.48%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (15.38%) 8,791 15.38%
Turn Turnout (79.03%) 57,153 79.03%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (46.00%) 27,535 46.00%
Lab Labour (37.90%) 22,717 37.90%
LD Liberal Democrat (14.80%) 8,860 14.80%
Oth Other (1.30%) 794 1.30%
Maj Majority (8.00%) 4,818 8.00%
Turn Turnout (84.13%) 59,906 84.13%

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