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Normanton
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Normanton is not one of the better-known constituency names. It is doubtful that many people who live far from this part of West Yorkshire could identify where it might be. It is not on any major routes, so people tend not to pass by on the way to another destination. The population base is stable, with considerably fewer people than average changing their address within a tear of the Census being taken ("migrants"). Normanton may be relatively obscure, but it has every bit as much right to return a Member of Parliament as Hampstead and Highgate or the Cities of London and Westminster. The seat is wrappewd around the city of Wakefield like a kidney, from Normanton and Sharlston in the east, to Stanley north of Wakefield, Ossett to the west and finally Horbury to the south west. Essentially the Normantion constituency is safe for Labour without being overwhelmingly so. In 1992 the majority would have been around 7,000 on current boundaries. In the May 2000 local elections the Conservatives won Horbury and the Liberal Democrats Ossett.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Born 1929, Catholic-educated and (extramurally) at Leeds University, Bill O'Brien was a coal face worker for nearly 40 years before exchanging the pithead baths for a Commons seat. An anti-Scargill moderate, he served as a (Catholic) Northern Ireland spokesman in Opposition, and is in the tiny Labour minority which votes against homosexual sex at 16.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 5.94% 14.99% 39.62
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.03% 2.49% 1.31
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 3.71% 4.43% 83.93
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 23.42% 7.27% 321.98
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.22% 2.56% 8.66
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.16% 3.94% 4.16
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 15.32% 13.04% 117.53
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 22.91% 12.70% 180.34
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 13.22% 8.14% 162.38
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.82% 4.02% 20.29
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 5.27% 3.19% 165.32
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 7.31% 11.31% 64.65
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.68% 3.06% 22.19
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 0.98% 2.52% 38.82
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 7.96% 9.41% 84.61
5-10K 16.01% 16.63% 96.27
10-15K 17.20% 16.58% 103.74
15-20K 14.63% 13.58% 107.68
20-25K 11.32% 10.39% 108.96
25-30K 8.43% 7.77% 108.41
30-35K 6.18% 5.79% 106.68
35-40K 4.52% 4.33% 104.23
40-45K 3.31% 3.27% 101.37
45-50K 2.44% 2.48% 98.32
50-55K 1.81% 1.90% 95.21
55-60K 1.36% 1.47% 92.14
60-65K 1.03% 1.15% 89.15
65-70K 0.78% 0.91% 86.28
70-75K 0.60% 0.72% 83.54
75-80K 0.47% 0.57% 80.93
80-85K 0.36% 0.46% 78.47
85-90K 0.29% 0.37% 76.14
90-95K 0.23% 0.31% 73.94
95-100K 0.18% 0.25% 71.87
100K + 0.82% 1.34% 61.19

Local Map of the constituency
Normanton - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Normanton - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (9.47%)
Conservative (- 11.99%) Liberal Democrat (-  0.87%)
Conservative (3.37%) Liberal Democrat (2.18%)
Labour (-  4.49%)
Con - 11.99%
Lab 9.47%
LD - 0.87%
Con 3.37%
Lab - 4.49%
LD 2.18%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
William O'Brien
Labour hold
Con Conservative (26.98%) 9,215 26.98%
Lab Labour (56.07%) 19,152 56.07%
LD Liberal Democrat (14.61%) 4,990 14.61%
Oth Other (2.34%) 798 2.34%
Maj Majority (29.09%) 9,937 29.09%
Turn Turnout (52.23%) 34,155 52.23%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
William O'Brien
Labour hold
SL Mick Appleyard 798 2.34%
L William O'Brien 19,152 56.07%
LD Stephen Pearson 4,990 14.61%
C Graham Smith 9,215 26.98%
Candidates representing 4 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Bill O'Brien
Labour
Con Conservative (23.61%) 10,153 23.61%
Lab Labour (60.57%) 26,046 60.57%
LD Liberal Democrat (12.43%) 5,347 12.43%
Ref Referendum (3.39%) 1,458 3.39%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (36.96%) 15,893 36.96%
Turn Turnout (68.28%) 43,004 68.28%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (35.60%) 16,467 35.60%
Lab Labour (51.10%) 23,659 51.10%
LD Liberal Democrat (13.30%) 6,155 13.30%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (15.50%) 7,192 15.50%
Turn Turnout (74.80%) 46,281 74.80%

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