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Huddersfield
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
A proud and independent West Yorkshire town, once a woollen metropolis and once boasting two seats, Huddersfield has now lost to Colne Valley its west end, which used to claim more millionaires per square mile than anywhere else in the industrial North of England (the actor James Mason was a local textile magnate's son, and the Headmaster for decades of the excellent boys grammar school, Huddersfield New College, was H E Atkins, British chess champion for decades too). What remains is a solid Labour seat based on the old East constituency, with some Liberal Democrat local activity in Kirklees Borough elections, in which Labour does not shine as they do in national government contests.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Barry Sheerman, born 1940, educated at Hampton Grammar School and LSE, has been MP for Huddersfield since 1979, before which he was a Swansea-based politics lecturer for 13 years. A Hattersley-linked frontbencher in the eighties, who did not long survive his patron's retirement as Deputy Leader in 1992, he has latterly re-emerged as Chairman of the Education Select Committee from which vantage point he mades NUT-soothing assaults on HMI Chris Woodhead and populist attacks on Oxford's allegedly discriminating entrance procedures (claiming Oxford and Cambridge "are not as good as they think they are"; whilst of him it has been said "not as bright as he thinks he is"). Unkindly dubbed "an ageing crawler" (M Parris, The Times) he is a Europhile Blairite loyalist, who has never strayed from centre-right affiliations in his party.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 7.64% 14.99% 50.92
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.02% 2.49% 0.82
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 2.09% 4.43% 47.16
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 4.07% 7.27% 55.97
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 2.56% 2.56% 99.66
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 3.19% 3.94% 80.76
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 5.72% 13.04% 43.87
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 18.29% 12.70% 144.01
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 7.94% 8.14% 97.48
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 5.43% 4.02% 134.91
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 7.19% 3.19% 225.68
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 23.25% 11.31% 205.57
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 3.35% 3.06% 109.35
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 3.28% 2.52% 130.43
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 5.92% 2.10% 281.82
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.08% 0.06% 122.04
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 13.36% 9.41% 141.90
5-10K 19.98% 16.63% 120.15
10-15K 17.95% 16.58% 108.29
15-20K 13.56% 13.58% 99.79
20-25K 9.67% 10.39% 93.09
25-30K 6.81% 7.77% 87.59
30-35K 4.81% 5.79% 83.00
35-40K 3.43% 4.33% 79.15
40-45K 2.48% 3.27% 75.88
45-50K 1.81% 2.48% 73.09
50-55K 1.35% 1.90% 70.69
55-60K 1.01% 1.47% 68.62
60-65K 0.77% 1.15% 66.81
65-70K 0.59% 0.91% 65.23
70-75K 0.46% 0.72% 63.84
75-80K 0.36% 0.57% 62.59
80-85K 0.28% 0.46% 61.48
85-90K 0.23% 0.37% 60.48
90-95K 0.18% 0.31% 59.57
95-100K 0.15% 0.25% 58.75
100K + 0.73% 1.34% 54.63

Local Map of the constituency
Huddersfield - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Huddersfield - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (7.80%) Liberal Democrat (1.25%)
Conservative (- 12.97%)
Conservative (3.93%)
Labour (-  3.25%) Liberal Democrat (-  2.17%)
Con - 12.97%
Lab 7.80%
LD 1.25%
Con 3.93%
Lab - 3.25%
LD - 2.17%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Barry Sheerman
Labour hold
Con Conservative (24.85%) 8,794 24.85%
Lab Labour (53.25%) 18,840 53.25%
LD Liberal Democrat (14.98%) 5,300 14.98%
Oth Other (6.92%) 2,449 6.92%
Maj Majority (28.39%) 10,046 28.39%
Turn Turnout (54.99%) 35,383 54.99%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Barry Sheerman
Labour hold
C Paul Baverstock 8,794 24.85%
LD Neil Bentley 5,300 14.98%
SA Graham Hellawell 374 1.06%
UK Judith Longman 613 1.73%
G John Phillips 1,254 3.54%
SL George Randall 208 0.59%
LC Barry Sheerman 18,840 53.25%
Candidates representing 7 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Bary Sheerman
Labour
Con Conservative (20.93%) 9,323 20.93%
Lab Labour (56.50%) 25,171 56.50%
LD Liberal Democrat (17.15%) 7,642 17.15%
Ref Referendum (3.32%) 1,480 3.32%
Oth Other (2.11%) 938 2.11%
Maj Majority (35.57%) 15,848 35.57%
Turn Turnout (67.69%) 44,554 67.69%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (33.90%) 16,574 33.90%
Lab Labour (48.70%) 23,832 48.70%
LD Liberal Democrat (15.90%) 7,777 15.90%
Oth Other (1.50%) 711 1.50%
Maj Majority (14.80%) 7,258 14.80%
Turn Turnout (71.55%) 48,894 71.55%

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