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Rotherham
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
A dramatic industrial scene used to fringe the road through the east end of Sheffield to Rotherham, that of the now defunct and demolished Tinsley British Steel works. The huge out of town shopping centre of Meadowhall occupies part of the site, but despite the vast retailing turnover there the overall mood of Rotherham is still harsh, undeniably working class, and almost uniformly Labour. Even the local council is not subject to the kind of incursions, often from the Liberal Democrats, found in other Labour urban strongholds, and that means that Denis MacShane's parliamentary seat is doubly secure.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Denis MacShane, a metropolitan journalist dropped into this dying coal and steel seat for the byelection in 1994, is a Foreign Office PPS misleadingly self-described as "a Eurosceptic who is profoundly pro-European." In fact he is one of the Labour Party's most committed Europhiles, as befits a former Geneva-based trade union organiser, married to a French-Vietnamese wife, and himself the son of a Polish émigré, Jan Mayjaszek. Born 1948 - his surname that of his mother - and educated at a Catholic grammar school, Merton College Oxford and London University, where he acquired a doctorate in economics, he is something of a loner, of whom it has been cruelly said (by David Aaronovitch of The Independent) that "nobody likes a smart-arse, so he always speaks in tones of mingled pity and condescension".
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 3.98% 14.99% 26.57
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.15% 2.13% 7.24
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.24% 2.49% 9.83
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 0.79% 4.43% 17.89
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 11.98% 7.27% 164.76
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.02% 2.56% 0.89
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.01% 3.94% 0.13
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 13.48% 13.04% 103.37
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 14.20% 12.70% 111.77
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 6.78% 8.14% 83.25
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.87% 4.02% 21.59
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 7.86% 3.19% 246.70
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 24.84% 11.31% 219.61
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 4.86% 3.06% 158.70
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 9.34% 2.52% 370.95
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.55% 2.10% 26.37
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.04% 0.06% 59.21
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
£0-5K 14.70% 9.41% 156.11
£5-10K 22.28% 16.63% 133.97
£10-15K 18.85% 16.58% 113.72
£15-20K 13.41% 13.58% 98.71
£20-25K 9.12% 10.39% 87.75
£25-30K 6.18% 7.77% 79.51
£30-35K 4.23% 5.79% 73.10
£35-40K 2.94% 4.33% 67.95
£40-45K 2.08% 3.27% 63.68
£45-50K 1.49% 2.48% 60.06
£50-55K 1.08% 1.90% 56.94
£55-60K 0.80% 1.47% 54.21
£60-65K 0.60% 1.15% 51.79
£65-70K 0.45% 0.91% 49.62
£70-75K 0.34% 0.72% 47.66
£75-80K 0.26% 0.57% 45.87
£80-85K 0.20% 0.46% 44.25
£85-90K 0.16% 0.37% 42.75
£90-95K 0.13% 0.31% 41.37
£95-100K 0.10% 0.25% 40.09
£100K + 0.45% 1.34% 33.78

Local Map of the constituency
Rotherham - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Rotherham - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (7.42%)
Conservative (-  9.40%) Liberal Democrat (-  1.89%)
Conservative (5.06%) Liberal Democrat (0.21%)
Labour (-  7.41%)
Con - 9.40%
Lab 7.42%
LD - 1.89%
Con 5.06%
Lab - 7.41%
LD 0.21%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Denis MacShane
Labour hold
Con Conservative (19.36%) 5,682 19.36%
Lab Labour (63.91%) 18,759 63.91%
LD Liberal Democrat (10.62%) 3,117 10.62%
Oth Other (6.12%) 1,796 6.12%
Maj Majority (44.55%) 13,077 44.55%
Turn Turnout (50.67%) 29,354 50.67%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Denis MacShane
Labour hold
JLDP Geoffrey Bartholomew 137 0.47%
UK Peter Griffith 730 2.49%
LD Charles Hall 3,117 10.62%
L Denis MacShane 18,759 63.91%
G Dick Penycate 577 1.97%
C Richard Powell 5,682 19.36%
SA Freda Smith 352 1.20%
Candidates representing 7 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Denis MacShane
Labour
Con Conservative (14.30%) 5,383 14.30%
Lab Labour (71.32%) 26,852 71.32%
LD Liberal Democrat (10.41%) 3,919 10.41%
Ref Referendum (3.01%) 1,132 3.01%
Oth Other (0.97%) 364 0.97%
Maj Majority (57.02%) 21,469 57.02%
Turn Turnout (62.86%) 37,650 62.86%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (23.70%) 10,372 23.70%
Lab Labour (63.90%) 27,933 63.90%
LD Liberal Democrat (12.30%) 5,375 12.30%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (40.20%) 17,561 40.20%
Turn Turnout (70.09%) 43,680 70.09%

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