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Sheffield, Central
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
The Liberal Democrats won the Nether Edge and Netherthorpe wards on Sheffield City Council in May 2000, but they are very unlikely to improve on their distant second place in the Central constituency in the 1997 General Election. The seat also includes Manor Park in Manor ward, by popular repute the roughest estate in Sheffield; Sharrow, once of brewing fame, and most of the city centre, its grit given a dramatic and even striking edge by its position among Sheffield's precipitous hills.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Dick Caborn, Minister of State at the DTI, was elected here in 1983 as a semi-hard leftwing replacement for one of Labour's 'faceless Freds', the somnolent rightwinger, Fred Mulley. With only two years as an Opposition spokesman before 1997, he owes his ministerial career to John Prescott, having run his leadership campaign. Equally he owes to the Prescott connection his reshuffling sideways out of Prescott's Environment department in 1999, as Blair sought to intrude more Blairite figures throughout the government. A trim-bearded blunt Yorkshireman and one of Labour's former proles, as an engineering worker and shop steward, he was born in 1943 and attended Hurlfield Comprehensive School, FE college and Sheffield Polytechnic. His own backing for regional government was reflected in his ministerial responsibility for setting up regional development agencies in 1999.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 4.35% 14.99% 29.02
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.05% 2.13% 2.36
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.64% 2.49% 25.81
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 0.05% 4.43% 1.11
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 0.00% 7.27% 0.00
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 6.71% 2.56% 261.57
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.65% 2.04% 31.70
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 24.40% 3.94% 618.65
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 1.93% 13.04% 14.79
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 6.74% 12.70% 53.04
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 2.83% 8.14% 34.75
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 8.11% 4.02% 201.71
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 4.52% 3.19% 141.78
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 17.23% 11.31% 152.32
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 14.29% 3.06% 466.80
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 4.52% 2.52% 179.28
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 2.98% 2.10% 142.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.01% 0.06% 18.84
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 17.98% 9.41% 191.02
5-10K 24.08% 16.63% 144.79
10-15K 18.71% 16.58% 112.85
15-20K 12.47% 13.58% 91.84
20-25K 8.09% 10.39% 77.85
25-30K 5.31% 7.77% 68.26
30-35K 3.56% 5.79% 61.49
35-40K 2.45% 4.33% 56.59
40-45K 1.73% 3.27% 52.96
45-50K 1.25% 2.48% 50.22
50-55K 0.92% 1.90% 48.13
55-60K 0.69% 1.47% 46.52
60-65K 0.52% 1.15% 45.27
65-70K 0.40% 0.91% 44.31
70-75K 0.31% 0.72% 43.57
75-80K 0.25% 0.57% 43.01
80-85K 0.20% 0.46% 42.60
85-90K 0.16% 0.37% 42.31
90-95K 0.13% 0.31% 42.13
95-100K 0.11% 0.25% 42.02
100K + 0.59% 1.34% 43.72

Local Map of the constituency
Sheffield, Central - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Sheffield, Central - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (4.05%)
Conservative (-  6.78%) Liberal Democrat (-  1.68%)
Liberal Democrat (2.51%)
Conservative (-  0.98%) Labour (-  2.20%)
Con - 6.78%
Lab 4.05%
LD - 1.68%
Con - 0.98%
Lab - 2.20%
LD 2.51%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Richard Caborn
Labour hold
Con Conservative (10.94%) 3,289 10.94%
Lab Labour (61.45%) 18,477 61.45%
LD Liberal Democrat (19.73%) 5,933 19.73%
Oth Other (7.88%) 2,370 7.88%
Maj Majority (41.72%) 12,544 41.72%
Turn Turnout (48.48%) 30,069 48.48%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Richard Caborn
Labour hold
C Noelle Brelsford 3,289 10.94%
L Richard Caborn 18,477 61.45%
WRP Michael Driver 62 0.21%
SL David Hadfield 289 0.96%
G Bernard Little 1,008 3.35%
LD Ali Qadar 5,933 19.73%
SA Nick Riley 754 2.51%
UK Charlotte Schofield 257 0.85%
Candidates representing 8 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Richard Caborn
Labour
Con Conservative (11.92%) 4,341 11.92%
Lab Labour (63.65%) 23,179 63.65%
LD Liberal Democrat (17.22%) 6,273 17.22%
Ref Referendum (2.37%) 863 2.37%
Oth Other (4.84%) 1,763 4.84%
Maj Majority (46.42%) 16,906 46.42%
Turn Turnout (53.04%) 36,419 53.04%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (18.70%) 7,983 18.70%
Lab Labour (59.60%) 25,448 59.60%
LD Liberal Democrat (18.90%) 8,068 18.90%
Oth Other (2.80%) 1,181 2.80%
Maj Majority (40.70%) 17,380 40.70%
Turn Turnout (59.29%) 42,680 59.29%

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