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Ribble Valley
Conservative hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
The Ribble Valley seems an identikit Tory division, although it is situated in the north of England, with its mixture of extremely attractive countryside and villages in the haunting Forest of Bowland, prosperous small towns like Clitheroe, Longridge and Whalley, expanded villages within the catchment areas of Burnley and Blackburn, and the most middle class suburb of Preston, Fulwood. It was won by the Liberal Democrat Mike Carr in a by-election in 1991, but the Conservatives could not have held on to any vacancy in the transitional Thatcher-Major era (or indeed the eras on either side of that, late- Thatcher and whole-of-Major). Nigel Evans reversed the result rather easily the next year and it has now reverted to its accustomed preferences.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Nigel Evans, an itinerant Welsh newsagent and tobacconist, won here in 1992, having lost the safe seat to the Liberal Democrats at the 1991 poll-tax dominated byelection. Born 1957 and educated at Dynevor School, Swansea and Swansea University, with a family newsagent's business, somewhat unavoidably - given his party's Welsh wipe-out - he sits on the frontbench as spokesman for Welsh affairs. A gimlet-eyed, partisan, professional politician, he signed up for all the passing orthodoxies, whether "Walkerite" (in Wales), Thatcherite or Majorite, and loyally backed the Maastricht legislation. In Opposition he dismissed Welsh devolution as "a turbo-charged county council", and has taken to voting for 16 as the homosexual age of consent.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 33.68% 14.99% 224.65
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 3.10% 2.13% 145.83
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.35% 2.49% 14.24
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 6.05% 4.43% 136.82
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 11.68% 7.27% 160.65
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.17% 2.56% 6.51
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.15% 2.04% 7.26
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.38% 3.94% 9.66
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 19.98% 13.04% 153.23
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 13.02% 12.70% 102.52
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 2.73% 8.14% 33.51
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 2.29% 4.02% 57.01
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 2.43% 3.19% 76.14
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 2.38% 11.31% 21.05
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.32% 3.06% 10.50
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 0.12% 2.52% 4.73
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 1.15% 0.06% 1,852.22
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 4.97% 9.41% 52.84
5-10K 11.79% 16.63% 70.86
10-15K 14.37% 16.58% 86.67
15-20K 13.57% 13.58% 99.90
20-25K 11.49% 10.39% 110.59
25-30K 9.26% 7.77% 119.09
30-35K 7.29% 5.79% 125.78
35-40K 5.68% 4.33% 131.02
40-45K 4.41% 3.27% 135.09
45-50K 3.43% 2.48% 138.23
50-55K 2.68% 1.90% 140.62
55-60K 2.10% 1.47% 142.40
60-65K 1.65% 1.15% 143.71
65-70K 1.31% 0.91% 144.63
70-75K 1.04% 0.72% 145.24
75-80K 0.84% 0.57% 145.59
80-85K 0.67% 0.46% 145.73
85-90K 0.55% 0.37% 145.71
90-95K 0.44% 0.31% 145.56
95-100K 0.36% 0.25% 145.30
100K + 1.90% 1.34% 141.56

Local Map of the constituency
Ribble Valley - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Ribble Valley - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (7.05%)
Conservative (-  5.94%) Liberal Democrat (-  3.14%)
Conservative (4.80%) Labour (4.17%)
Liberal Democrat (-  6.45%)
Con - 5.94%
Lab 7.05%
LD - 3.14%
Con 4.80%
Lab 4.17%
LD - 6.45%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Nigel Evans
Conservative hold
Con Conservative (51.47%) 25,308 51.47%
Lab Labour (19.92%) 9,793 19.92%
LD Liberal Democrat (28.61%) 14,070 28.61%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (22.85%) 11,238 22.85%
Turn Turnout (66.16%) 49,171 66.16%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Nigel Evans
Conservative hold
LD Mike Carr 14,070 28.61%
C Nigel Evans 25,308 51.47%
L Marcus Johnstone 9,793 19.92%
Candidates representing 3 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Nigel Evans
Conservative
Con Conservative (46.66%) 26,702 46.66%
Lab Labour (15.75%) 9,013 15.75%
LD Liberal Democrat (35.06%) 20,062 35.06%
Ref Referendum (2.27%) 1,297 2.27%
Oth Other (0.26%) 147 0.26%
Maj Majority (11.60%) 6,640 11.60%
Turn Turnout (78.75%) 57,221 78.75%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (52.60%) 31,629 52.60%
Lab Labour (8.70%) 5,254 8.70%
LD Liberal Democrat (38.20%) 23,000 38.20%
Oth Other (0.50%) 282 0.50%
Maj Majority (14.30%) 8,629 14.30%
Turn Turnout (84.43%) 60,165 84.43%

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