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Rossendale & Darwen
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
As in several other Lancashire ex-textile industry seats Labour appear in surprising trouble here, even though Janet Anderson held a majority of nearly 11,000 in 1997. In the hard fought marginal wards of the Rossendale borough council, the Tories won all but one (Stacksteads) in May 2000, and beat Labour by 20pc overall across the borough. In the unitary authority of Blackburn and Darwen, Labour standard-bearers did scarcely better, although it was the Liberal Democrats who caused more trouble in the Darwen area. It is hard to see Ms Anderson actually losing unless the present national political climate as evidenced by the opinion polls changes dramatically; but these Lancashire valleys are never to be taken for granted by politicians.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Janet Anderson, a former Whip risen to be a junior minister at Culture, Media and Sport, has as solid a Labour pedigree as could be wished: granddaughter and great-granddaughter of Durham miners, daughter of a Labour Party agent, and herself a former PA to Barbara Castle and Jack Straw. Born 1949 and educated at Trowbridge Girls' High School, Kingswood Grammar School, Bristol and Central London Polytechnic, she was elected in 1992 in the next seat to Castle's and Straw's Blackburn, and was soon being run against the left Keynesian Peter Hain as Secretary of the Tribune Group when it mattered who controlled it. Her somewhat risqué press interview prediction of women becoming "more promiscuous under Labour" may however have retarded this loyal feminist apparatchik's ministerial progress.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 8.68% 14.99% 57.92
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 4.35% 4.43% 98.33
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 14.61% 7.27% 200.91
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.67% 2.56% 26.11
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.04% 3.94% 1.00
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 4.19% 13.04% 32.14
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 43.49% 12.70% 342.40
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 4.64% 8.14% 57.02
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.74% 4.02% 18.35
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 4.86% 3.19% 152.48
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 11.00% 11.31% 97.27
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 1.19% 3.06% 38.90
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 1.50% 2.52% 59.72
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.02% 0.06% 35.22
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 9.43% 9.41% 100.12
5-10K 17.07% 16.63% 102.64
10-15K 17.23% 16.58% 103.94
15-20K 14.17% 13.58% 104.34
20-25K 10.80% 10.39% 103.88
25-30K 7.98% 7.77% 102.71
30-35K 5.85% 5.79% 100.99
35-40K 4.28% 4.33% 98.87
40-45K 3.15% 3.27% 96.48
45-50K 2.33% 2.48% 93.92
50-55K 1.74% 1.90% 91.27
55-60K 1.31% 1.47% 88.58
60-65K 0.99% 1.15% 85.91
65-70K 0.75% 0.91% 83.27
70-75K 0.58% 0.72% 80.69
75-80K 0.45% 0.57% 78.19
80-85K 0.35% 0.46% 75.77
85-90K 0.28% 0.37% 73.44
90-95K 0.22% 0.31% 71.19
95-100K 0.17% 0.25% 69.04
100K + 0.77% 1.34% 57.23

Local Map of the constituency
Rossendale & Darwen - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Rossendale & Darwen - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (10.04%)
Conservative (- 11.24%) Liberal Democrat (-  1.19%)
Conservative (4.07%) Liberal Democrat (4.08%)
Labour (-  4.68%)
Con - 11.24%
Lab 10.04%
LD - 1.19%
Con 4.07%
Lab - 4.68%
LD 4.08%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Janet Anderson
Labour hold
Con Conservative (36.34%) 15,028 36.34%
Lab Labour (48.97%) 20,251 48.97%
LD Liberal Democrat (14.70%) 6,079 14.70%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (12.63%) 5,223 12.63%
Turn Turnout (100.00%) 41,358 100.00%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Janet Anderson
Labour hold
L Janet Anderson 20,251 48.97%
LD Brian Dunning 6,079 14.70%
C George Lee 15,028 36.34%
Candidates representing 3 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Janet Anderson
Labour
Con Conservative (32.26%) 16,521 32.26%
Lab Labour (53.64%) 27,470 53.64%
LD Liberal Democrat (10.61%) 5,435 10.61%
Ref Referendum (2.16%) 1,108 2.16%
Oth Other (1.32%) 674 1.32%
Maj Majority (21.38%) 10,949 21.38%
Turn Turnout (73.42%) 51,208 73.42%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (43.50%) 24,995 43.50%
Lab Labour (43.60%) 25,044 43.60%
LD Liberal Democrat (11.80%) 6,798 11.80%
Oth Other (1.10%) 652 1.10%
Maj Majority (0.10%) 49 0.10%
Turn Turnout (81.92%) 57,489 81.92%

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