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Pontefract & Castleford
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
As one travels eastwards from Leeds, the Pennine countryside gradually flattens into a plain, and the traditional base of the economy changes from textiles to coal. Great rivers like the Aire and the Ouse water the low-lying land, and have been tapped by massive power stations which tower over the landscape. This is scenery dominated by heavy industry, by the production of power and energy. One travels too from the City of Leeds into the City of Wakefield, where there have been no Tory seats since well before the war. The pits which dominated Castleford are gone now, but not their ambience, and Knottingley is nearly as monolithic, dominated by the Ferrybridge power station. Pontefact is a historic town with a famous castle, and there are some Conservative votes in its southern ward, but this seat is mighty safe for a somewhat unlikely figure, the young and rising Labour MP Yvette Cooper.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Yvette Cooper, one of Labour's 1997-vintage jeunesse d'orée, was elected following her airlifting here, after the last minute ennoblement of Sir Geoffrey Lofthouse. Dubbed the "dazzling star of the Blairite nomenklatura," a former staffer for Gordon Brown in Opposition, and wife of Treasury adviser Ed Balls, she duly joined the government as a Junior Health Minister in 1999. Born 1969 and educated at Eggars Comprehensive School, Alton, Balliol College Oxford, Harvard and the LSE, with elfin good looks as well as brains, and her career tucked in around babies - with maternity leave planned for her second one in 2001 - she is the object of flattering if un-PC plaudits from veteran Tory Knights of the Shire such as Sir Peter Emery.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 4.14% 14.99% 27.59
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.00% 2.49% 0.00
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 1.91% 4.43% 43.24
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 8.39% 7.27% 115.31
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 6.21% 13.04% 47.63
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 28.59% 12.70% 225.07
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 17.11% 8.14% 210.11
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.39% 4.02% 9.75
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 5.28% 3.19% 165.81
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 17.97% 11.31% 158.89
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 3.39% 3.06% 110.77
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 6.61% 2.52% 262.63
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 12.18% 9.41% 129.39
5-10K 21.53% 16.63% 129.44
10-15K 19.65% 16.58% 118.50
15-20K 14.43% 13.58% 106.23
20-25K 9.88% 10.39% 95.06
25-30K 6.65% 7.77% 85.48
30-35K 4.48% 5.79% 77.42
35-40K 3.06% 4.33% 70.66
40-45K 2.12% 3.27% 64.98
45-50K 1.49% 2.48% 60.20
50-55K 1.07% 1.90% 56.14
55-60K 0.78% 1.47% 52.67
60-65K 0.57% 1.15% 49.70
65-70K 0.43% 0.91% 47.13
70-75K 0.32% 0.72% 44.90
75-80K 0.25% 0.57% 42.96
80-85K 0.19% 0.46% 41.25
85-90K 0.15% 0.37% 39.74
90-95K 0.12% 0.31% 38.41
95-100K 0.09% 0.25% 37.22
100K + 0.43% 1.34% 32.35

Local Map of the constituency
Pontefract & Castleford - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Pontefract & Castleford - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (5.81%)
Conservative (-  7.34%) Liberal Democrat (-  1.85%)
Conservative (4.00%) Liberal Democrat (0.03%)
Labour (-  5.97%)
Con - 7.34%
Lab 5.81%
LD - 1.85%
Con 4.00%
Lab - 5.97%
LD 0.03%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Yvette Cooper
Labour hold
Con Conservative (17.56%) 5,512 17.56%
Lab Labour (69.73%) 21,890 69.73%
LD Liberal Democrat (7.37%) 2,315 7.37%
Oth Other (5.33%) 1,674 5.33%
Maj Majority (52.17%) 16,378 52.17%
Turn Turnout (49.68%) 31,391 49.68%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Yvette Cooper
Labour hold
SL Trevor Bolderson 605 1.93%
UK John Burdon 739 2.35%
L Yvette Cooper 21,890 69.73%
SA John Gill 330 1.05%
LD Wesley Paxton 2,315 7.37%
C Pamela Singleton 5,512 17.56%
Candidates representing 6 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Yvette Cooper
Labour
Con Conservative (13.56%) 5,614 13.56%
Lab Labour (75.71%) 31,339 75.71%
LD Liberal Democrat (7.35%) 3,042 7.35%
Ref Referendum (3.38%) 1,401 3.38%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (62.14%) 25,725 62.14%
Turn Turnout (66.39%) 41,396 66.39%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (20.90%) 10,051 20.90%
Lab Labour (69.90%) 33,546 69.90%
LD Liberal Democrat (9.20%) 4,410 9.20%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (48.90%) 23,495 48.90%
Turn Turnout (73.07%) 48,007 73.07%

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