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Batley & Spen
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Labour has struggled in the West Yorkshire metropolitan borough of Kirklees in recent years, winning only one of the five wards in this constituency in May 2000 against two in 1999, and it must be regarded as an outside marginal Tory regain in the general election. Labour's overall majority is not in such severe danger of being wiped out as mere statistics suggest, however. Batley and Spen is a classic west Yorkshire marginal, its economy once based heavily on woollen textiles. The Tories have been very competitive in recent general elections: Elizabeth Peacock won in 1987 and 1992, and restricted the pro-Labour swing to unusually low levels in 92 and in 1997, when she did lose. There seems to be something of a long-term anti-Labour trend here, partially disguised by the 1997 landslide, which may have to do with the performance of the local council and also related to a backlash against the demand for separate Muslim education in this part of West Yorkshire. Elizabeth Peacock stands again as Tory candidate, which should help raise spirits at Conservative Central Office .

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Labour's Mike Wood is one of a handful of the huge 1997 intake who joined the Campaign Group and rebels regularly, if in his case quietly, against the government. A bearded social worker, born in 1946 and elongatedly educated at Nantwich & Acton Grammar School, Nantwich, Salisbury & Wells Theological College, Leeds University and Leeds Poly, he has kicked over the Blairite traces on lone parent benefit cuts, disability benefits, linking pensions to average earnings, Freedom of Information, and air traffic control sell-off.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 5.67% 14.99% 37.83
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.12% 2.49% 4.93
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 1.46% 4.43% 32.96
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 14.30% 7.27% 196.54
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.20% 2.56% 7.98
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.00% 3.94% 0.00
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 9.64% 13.04% 73.97
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 24.75% 12.70% 194.85
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 5.87% 8.14% 72.09
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.07% 4.02% 1.75
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 5.26% 3.19% 165.04
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 22.57% 11.31% 199.50
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 2.04% 3.06% 66.56
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 1.09% 2.52% 43.22
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 6.92% 2.10% 329.39
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.04% 0.06% 68.65
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 10.42% 9.41% 110.64
5-10K 17.96% 16.63% 107.99
10-15K 17.63% 16.58% 106.34
15-20K 14.15% 13.58% 104.14
20-25K 10.54% 10.39% 101.39
25-30K 7.64% 7.77% 98.34
30-35K 5.51% 5.79% 95.18
35-40K 3.99% 4.33% 92.06
40-45K 2.91% 3.27% 89.06
45-50K 2.14% 2.48% 86.22
50-55K 1.59% 1.90% 83.54
55-60K 1.19% 1.47% 81.04
60-65K 0.91% 1.15% 78.70
65-70K 0.69% 0.91% 76.51
70-75K 0.54% 0.72% 74.47
75-80K 0.42% 0.57% 72.56
80-85K 0.33% 0.46% 70.76
85-90K 0.26% 0.37% 69.08
90-95K 0.21% 0.31% 67.50
95-100K 0.17% 0.25% 66.02
100K + 0.78% 1.34% 58.24

Local Map of the constituency
Batley & Spen - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Batley & Spen - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (6.43%)
Conservative (-  8.35%) Liberal Democrat (-  2.50%)
Conservative (0.39%) Labour (0.45%) Liberal Democrat (1.55%)
Con - 8.35%
Lab 6.43%
LD - 2.50%
Con 0.39%
Lab 0.45%
LD 1.55%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Mike Wood
Labour hold
Con Conservative (36.74%) 14,160 36.74%
Lab Labour (49.88%) 19,224 49.88%
LD Liberal Democrat (10.35%) 3,989 10.35%
Oth Other (3.03%) 1,169 3.03%
Maj Majority (13.14%) 5,064 13.14%
Turn Turnout (60.54%) 38,542 60.54%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Mike Wood
Labour hold
UK Allen Burton 574 1.49%
G Clive Lord 595 1.54%
C Elizabeth Peacock 14,160 36.74%
LD Kath Pinnock 3,989 10.35%
L Mike Wood 19,224 49.88%
Candidates representing 5 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Mike Wood
Labour gain
Con Conservative (36.35%) 17,072 36.35%
Lab Labour (49.43%) 23,213 49.43%
LD Liberal Democrat (8.80%) 4,133 8.80%
Ref Referendum (3.60%) 1,691 3.60%
Oth Other (1.82%) 856 1.82%
Maj Majority (13.08%) 6,141 13.08%
Turn Turnout (73.14%) 46,965 73.14%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (44.70%) 22,676 44.70%
Lab Labour (43.00%) 21,831 43.00%
LD Liberal Democrat (11.30%) 5,757 11.30%
Oth Other (1.00%) 520 1.00%
Maj Majority (1.70%) 845 1.70%
Turn Turnout (78.43%) 50,784 78.43%

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