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Rother Valley
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Rather like the Don Valley seat surrounds Doncaster, Rother Valley has traditionally wrapped itself around Rotherham like a red blanket. It consists of the south-eastern part of the Metropolitan Borough of Rotherham, with a large number of small communities, mostly created by the coal mining of the South Yorkshire field: places such as Maltby, Dinnington, Kiveton Park and Thurcroft. There are some agricultural and private residential areas too, but there is something of a "neighbourhood effect" in operation; areas which might be Conservative in a more favourable environment are more reluctant to express that background when Labour is in a hegemonic situation. The Tories only polled 17pc here in a seat which is half middle class, and it is safe for Kevin Barron.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Kevin Barron, a one-time Scargillite miner, elected here in 1993, progressively distanced himself from his former mentor to the extent of losing his NUM sponsorship, and co-running the campaign backing Blair's Clause Four redraft in 1995. Once-rising as PPS to Neil Kinnock (1985-88), his career levelled-out as a Health spokesman dropped on the morrow of victory in 1997, having earlier failed in a bid to become Chief Whip. Known now as a campaigner against tobacco advertising, even he has loyally accepted delays in implementing a ban on Formula One. Helplessly too, he otherwise understandably bemoans a dead coalfield.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 10.04% 14.99% 66.98
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 3.29% 4.43% 74.40
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 19.96% 7.27% 274.46
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.18% 2.56% 7.03
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 11.72% 13.04% 89.88
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 19.34% 12.70% 152.24
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 21.16% 8.14% 259.81
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.00% 4.02% 0.00
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 4.46% 3.19% 140.01
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 8.81% 11.31% 77.90
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.00% 3.06% 0.14
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 1.03% 2.52% 40.87
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.00% 0.06% 1.77
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 11.38% 9.41% 120.91
5-10K 19.63% 16.63% 118.03
10-15K 18.66% 16.58% 112.57
15-20K 14.41% 13.58% 106.12
20-25K 10.34% 10.39% 99.51
25-30K 7.24% 7.77% 93.12
30-35K 5.05% 5.79% 87.13
35-40K 3.54% 4.33% 81.61
40-45K 2.50% 3.27% 76.58
45-50K 1.79% 2.48% 72.00
50-55K 1.29% 1.90% 67.87
55-60K 0.95% 1.47% 64.13
60-65K 0.70% 1.15% 60.74
65-70K 0.52% 0.91% 57.68
70-75K 0.39% 0.72% 54.91
75-80K 0.30% 0.57% 52.39
80-85K 0.23% 0.46% 50.11
85-90K 0.18% 0.37% 48.02
90-95K 0.14% 0.31% 46.11
95-100K 0.11% 0.25% 44.37
100K + 0.49% 1.34% 36.47

Local Map of the constituency
Rother Valley - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Rother Valley - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (7.06%)
Conservative (- 10.22%) Liberal Democrat (-  1.13%)
Conservative (4.97%) Liberal Democrat (0.93%)
Labour (-  5.47%)
Con - 10.22%
Lab 7.06%
LD - 1.13%
Con 4.97%
Lab - 5.47%
LD 0.93%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Kevin Barron
Labour hold
Con Conservative (21.65%) 7,969 21.65%
Lab Labour (62.09%) 22,851 62.09%
LD Liberal Democrat (12.51%) 4,603 12.51%
Oth Other (3.75%) 1,380 3.75%
Maj Majority (40.44%) 14,882 40.44%
Turn Turnout (53.20%) 36,803 53.20%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Kevin Barron
Labour hold
L Kevin Barron 22,851 62.09%
UK David Cutts 1,380 3.75%
C James Duddridge 7,969 21.65%
LD Win Knight 4,603 12.51%
Candidates representing 4 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Kevin Barron
Labour
Con Conservative (16.68%) 7,699 16.68%
Lab Labour (67.56%) 31,184 67.56%
LD Liberal Democrat (11.57%) 5,342 11.57%
Ref Referendum (4.19%) 1,932 4.19%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (50.88%) 23,485 50.88%
Turn Turnout (67.26%) 46,157 67.26%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (26.90%) 13,755 26.90%
Lab Labour (60.50%) 30,977 60.50%
LD Liberal Democrat (12.70%) 6,483 12.70%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (33.60%) 17,222 33.60%
Turn Turnout (74.70%) 51,215 74.70%

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