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Pendle
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Although Labour did relatively badly in other Lancashire local elections in May 2000 (see Hyndburn and Rossendale, for example, both of which like Pendle were gained by Labour not in 1992 but in the "poll tax" affected election of 1992, which particularly affected the residents of small terraced houses), they did retain a lead in the popular vote here in this Pennine constituency which includes Nelson and Colne and Barrowford and Barnoldswick. Gordon Prentice enters the next General Election as a pretty firm favourite.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Gordon Prentice, once part of a model husband-and-wife team of Hammersmith-councillors-turned MPs in 1992, has parted both domestically and politically from his wife, Bridget (who is PPS to the Lord Chancellor). Despite seven years as a Labour Party staffer and seven months as PPS to Gavin Strang, he quit in December 1997 in order to vote against lone parent benefit cuts, and to follow that up with a string of rebellious votes on freedom of information, the prime minister's right to nominate life peers, pensions linked to average earnings, disability benefit cuts and air traffic control privatisation. Born 1951 and educated at George Heriot's School, Edinburgh and Glasgow University, an apparatchik oddly transformed into a sardonic rebel, he has sprayed mocking comments all over the Dome, Lib-Labbery and Tony Blair personally, at one point observing that "that we cling on to his every word".
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 9.27% 14.99% 61.86
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.15% 2.13% 7.12
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.12% 2.49% 4.82
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 1.13% 4.43% 25.43
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 3.11% 7.27% 42.72
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.00% 2.56% 0.00
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 4.82% 13.04% 36.94
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 46.32% 12.70% 364.61
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 3.90% 8.14% 47.93
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 1.49% 4.02% 37.08
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 2.60% 3.19% 81.77
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 20.60% 11.31% 182.13
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 1.35% 3.06% 43.95
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 1.15% 2.52% 45.70
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 3.99% 2.10% 190.08
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.00% 0.06% 0.00
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 11.80% 9.41% 125.40
5-10K 20.28% 16.63% 121.94
10-15K 18.89% 16.58% 113.91
15-20K 14.29% 13.58% 105.17
20-25K 10.08% 10.39% 96.94
25-30K 6.97% 7.77% 89.62
30-35K 4.82% 5.79% 83.25
35-40K 3.37% 4.33% 77.75
40-45K 2.38% 3.27% 73.00
45-50K 1.71% 2.48% 68.90
50-55K 1.24% 1.90% 65.34
55-60K 0.92% 1.47% 62.22
60-65K 0.68% 1.15% 59.49
65-70K 0.52% 0.91% 57.07
70-75K 0.39% 0.72% 54.92
75-80K 0.30% 0.57% 53.00
80-85K 0.24% 0.46% 51.27
85-90K 0.19% 0.37% 49.70
90-95K 0.15% 0.31% 48.28
95-100K 0.12% 0.25% 46.99
100K + 0.55% 1.34% 41.03

Local Map of the constituency
Pendle - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Pendle - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (9.08%)
Conservative (- 10.04%) Liberal Democrat (-  3.39%)
Conservative (3.60%) Liberal Democrat (2.18%)
Labour (-  8.66%)
Con - 10.04%
Lab 9.08%
LD - 3.39%
Con 3.60%
Lab - 8.66%
LD 2.18%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Gordon Prentice
Labour hold
Con Conservative (33.86%) 13,454 33.86%
Lab Labour (44.62%) 17,729 44.62%
LD Liberal Democrat (13.79%) 5,479 13.79%
Oth Other (7.73%) 3,070 7.73%
Maj Majority (10.76%) 4,275 10.76%
Turn Turnout (63.20%) 39,732 63.20%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Gordon Prentice
Labour hold
UK Graham Cannon 1,094 2.75%
BNP Christian Jackson 1,976 4.97%
L Gordon Prentice 17,729 44.62%
C Rasjid Skinner 13,454 33.86%
LD David Whipp 5,479 13.79%
Candidates representing 5 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Gordon Prentice
Labour
Con Conservative (30.26%) 14,235 30.26%
Lab Labour (53.28%) 25,059 53.28%
LD Liberal Democrat (11.61%) 5,460 11.61%
Ref Referendum (4.85%) 2,281 4.85%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (23.01%) 10,824 23.01%
Turn Turnout (74.60%) 47,035 74.60%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (40.30%) 21,384 40.30%
Lab Labour (44.20%) 23,497 44.20%
LD Liberal Democrat (15.00%) 7,976 15.00%
Oth Other (0.50%) 263 0.50%
Maj Majority (4.00%) 2,113 4.00%
Turn Turnout (82.24%) 53,120 82.24%

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