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Morley & Rothwell
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Despite its name, this is only a city of Leeds seat because of the expansion of boundaries which made the West Yorkshire metropolis the third most populous local authority in England (actually the second before Greater London went through its recent limited incarnation of the GLA). Only one ward within the historic, pre 1974, boundaries of Leeds is in this division, and that is the peripheral council estate of Middleton. Morley and Rothwell are essentially smaller and more independent towns, with a different political tradition. There are Conservative voters in Morley, especially Morley North, and Liberal Democrats in Rothwell. This is not inner city territory at all. A quarter of the voters are in professional and managerial occupations, and only a quarter in council housing, even with Middleton. Overall the seat is still Labour, but it only ranks about half way up their current list of nearly 420, and thus would be in the bottom half were they to lose, say 50 seats next time.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Colin Challen is Labour’s replacement for the prematurely aged and retiring MP John Gunnell. Born 1953 and educated at Norton Secondary School, Malton Grammar School and Hull University, he has worked as a self-employed printer and publisher and for six years as a Labour Party organiser, and was for eight years a Hull City councillor. Author of a book on Tory Party “secret funding,” he also as a keen member of the League Against Cruel Sports, backed the banning of Anne Mallalieu’s pro-hunting fringe meeting at the Brighton Labour Party Conference in 2000.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 3.77% 14.99% 25.13
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.03% 2.49% 1.30
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 4.54% 4.43% 102.68
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 19.38% 7.27% 266.46
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.66% 2.56% 25.90
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 13.94% 13.04% 106.89
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 18.48% 12.70% 145.45
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 12.75% 8.14% 156.51
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.19% 4.02% 4.82
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 8.01% 3.19% 251.31
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 14.06% 11.31% 124.29
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.87% 3.06% 28.29
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 3.33% 2.52% 132.14
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 8.61% 9.41% 91.43
£5-10K 16.50% 16.63% 99.20
£10-15K 17.09% 16.58% 103.08
£15-20K 14.28% 13.58% 105.13
£20-25K 11.00% 10.39% 105.83
£25-30K 8.20% 7.77% 105.49
£30-35K 6.05% 5.79% 104.37
£35-40K 4.45% 4.33% 102.67
£40-45K 3.28% 3.27% 100.55
£45-50K 2.44% 2.48% 98.15
£50-55K 1.82% 1.90% 95.58
£55-60K 1.37% 1.47% 92.90
£60-65K 1.04% 1.15% 90.19
£65-70K 0.79% 0.91% 87.48
£70-75K 0.61% 0.72% 84.80
£75-80K 0.47% 0.57% 82.18
£80-85K 0.37% 0.46% 79.64
£85-90K 0.29% 0.37% 77.17
£90-95K 0.23% 0.31% 74.79
£95-100K 0.18% 0.25% 72.49
£100K + 0.80% 1.34% 59.82

Local Map of the constituency
Morley & Rothwell - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Morley & Rothwell - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (8.97%)
Conservative (- 10.57%) Liberal Democrat (-  1.92%)
Liberal Democrat (3.08%)
Conservative (-  0.76%) Labour (-  1.45%)
Con - 10.57%
Lab 8.97%
LD - 1.92%
Con - 0.76%
Lab - 1.45%
LD 3.08%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Colin Challen
Labour hold
Con Conservative (25.57%) 9,829 25.57%
Lab Labour (57.02%) 21,919 57.02%
LD Liberal Democrat (14.17%) 5,446 14.17%
Oth Other (3.25%) 1,248 3.25%
Maj Majority (31.45%) 12,090 31.45%
Turn Turnout (53.53%) 38,442 53.53%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Colin Challen
Labour hold
UK John Bardsley 1,248 3.25%
L Colin Challen 21,919 57.02%
LD Stewart Golton 5,446 14.17%
C David Schofield 9,829 25.57%
Candidates representing 4 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
John Gunnell
Labour
Con Conservative (26.33%) 12,086 26.33%
Lab Labour (58.47%) 26,836 58.47%
LD Liberal Democrat (11.08%) 5,087 11.08%
Ref Referendum (2.96%) 1,359 2.96%
Oth Other (1.15%) 529 1.15%
Maj Majority (32.14%) 14,750 32.14%
Turn Turnout (67.12%) 45,897 67.12%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (36.90%) 18,523 36.90%
Lab Labour (49.50%) 24,843 49.50%
LD Liberal Democrat (13.00%) 6,506 13.00%
Oth Other (0.70%) 327 0.70%
Maj Majority (12.60%) 6,320 12.60%
Turn Turnout (75.14%) 50,199 75.14%

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