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Selby
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Several of the very best Conservative chances of a recapture are to be found in the huge county of Yorkshire. John Grogan needed an 11pc swing to take Selby in 1997, and then only by a margin of under 4,000, making it their 40th most narrow win. Yet there is hope for Labour. In the Selby district elections of May 1999, they still returned 20 councillors to the Tories' 15, and received 41pc of the total vote compared with 33pc. Not only did they win wards in the small towns such as Selby itself and Sherburn-in-Elmet, but this is the site of the last coalfield to be developed in England, and maybe the last to close, so Labour also does very well in apparently rural wards with splendidly rustic names like Barlby with Osgodby, Riccall with Kelfield, and Byram cum Sutton. This is not in fact a conventional agricultural seat and may elect Labour, and Grogan, again. But there are still more people employed in farming than in all but two other Labour 1997 seats (Norfolk NW and Brigg/Goole) and it will be an uphill fight, if such a term is appropriate in this flat terrain.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
John Grogan, third-time-lucky in the same seat in 1997, is Yorkshire-born (1961) of Irish origins, educated at St Michael's (RC) College, Leeds and St John's College, Oxford, where he ran the Students' (not to be confused with the Oxford) Union and then worked as a Labour Party staffer, mostly with Leeds City Council. He operates as a locally-focused MP, with threatened brewing, coal and farming interests to defend, and as if that were not enough, in February this year, a train crash named after his constituency. Conservative hopes here rest with Michael Mitchell, an accountant (with Storehouse PLC - Habitat, BHS & Mothercare)-turned-academic bookseller. He was born in 1959 and educated at Wells Cathedral School and Trinity College Cambridge, He fought Greenwich & Woolwich in 1997.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 26.64% 14.99% 177.70
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 1.08% 2.13% 50.90
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.21% 2.49% 8.57
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 10.38% 4.43% 234.67
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 14.63% 7.27% 201.19
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.28% 2.56% 11.04
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.96% 3.94% 24.31
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 17.90% 13.04% 137.30
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 10.36% 12.70% 81.53
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 8.43% 8.14% 103.56
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.58% 4.02% 14.46
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 2.22% 3.19% 69.73
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 5.10% 11.31% 45.12
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.04% 3.06% 1.25
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 1.10% 2.52% 43.49
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.07% 0.06% 110.47
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 6.81% 9.41% 72.36
5-10K 14.13% 16.63% 84.92
10-15K 15.75% 16.58% 95.02
15-20K 13.93% 13.58% 102.55
20-25K 11.22% 10.39% 107.95
25-30K 8.68% 7.77% 111.71
30-35K 6.62% 5.79% 114.24
35-40K 5.02% 4.33% 115.87
40-45K 3.81% 3.27% 116.84
45-50K 2.91% 2.48% 117.34
50-55K 2.24% 1.90% 117.51
55-60K 1.73% 1.47% 117.44
60-65K 1.35% 1.15% 117.21
65-70K 1.06% 0.91% 116.87
70-75K 0.84% 0.72% 116.46
75-80K 0.67% 0.57% 116.00
80-85K 0.53% 0.46% 115.51
85-90K 0.43% 0.37% 115.02
90-95K 0.35% 0.31% 114.53
95-100K 0.29% 0.25% 114.05
100K + 1.50% 1.34% 111.67

Local Map of the constituency
Selby - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Selby - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (10.18%)
Conservative (- 12.13%) Liberal Democrat (-  1.06%)
Conservative (1.74%)
Labour (-  0.82%) Liberal Democrat (-  0.96%)
Con - 12.13%
Lab 10.18%
LD - 1.06%
Con 1.74%
Lab - 0.82%
LD - 0.96%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
John Grogan
Labour hold
Con Conservative (40.81%) 20,514 40.81%
Lab Labour (45.06%) 22,652 45.06%
LD Liberal Democrat (11.08%) 5,569 11.08%
Oth Other (3.06%) 1,537 3.06%
Maj Majority (4.25%) 2,138 4.25%
Turn Turnout (64.51%) 50,272 64.51%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
John Grogan
Labour hold
L John Grogan 22,652 45.06%
G Helen Kenwright 902 1.79%
UK Bob Lewis 635 1.26%
C Michael Mitchell 20,514 40.81%
LD Jeremy Wilcock 5,569 11.08%
Candidates representing 5 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
John Grogan
Labour gain
Con Conservative (39.07%) 22,002 39.07%
Lab Labour (45.88%) 25,838 45.88%
LD Liberal Democrat (12.04%) 6,778 12.04%
Ref Referendum (2.06%) 1,162 2.06%
Oth Other (0.95%) 536 0.95%
Maj Majority (6.81%) 3,836 6.81%
Turn Turnout (74.95%) 56,316 74.95%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (51.20%) 29,739 51.20%
Lab Labour (35.70%) 20,752 35.70%
LD Liberal Democrat (13.10%) 7,595 13.10%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (15.50%) 8,987 15.50%
Turn Turnout (80.50%) 58,086 80.50%

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