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Shipley
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
The youngest MP elected in 1997, Christopher Leslie faces a very great task to win again, in this Shipley seat at least. In the 2000 local elections, for example, Labour could only win - or come near winning - one ward (Shipley East) of the six from Bradford Metropolitan Borough (covering Bingley and Baildon and stretches of moorland fringed by villages as well as Titus Salt's 19th century company town of Saltaire) included in the constituency. They also achieved their fifth weakest performance in any Labour-held seat in the 1999 Euro elections, 20pc behind the Conservatives. Leslie won last time by 3,000. He will do well not to lose in 2001 by at least that amount.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Chris Leslie, Labour's youngest MP and the Baby of the House until the arrival of Tottenham's David Lammy in 2000, came in on the 1997 landslide and within a year was the first of the intake to become a PPS, in his case to Lord Falconer. Seen by Tory detractors as having "a slavish desire to ingratiate himself with his masters", he was born in 1972, educated at Bingley Grammar School and Leeds University, and previously worked for Bradford Labour Party and for a Bradford councillor. For the Conservatives - and coming round for the third time in parliamentary contests - is David Senior, a former ICI marketing manager for eleven years. Born 1959 and educated at King's School, Macclesfield and Jesus College, Cambridge, after losing Luton North to Labour in 1997 he ran the Millennium Arts Festival for Schools to stress the Christian meaning of the millennium. An effective conference orator, he has helped craft orations for Francis Maude as Shadow Chancellor.

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ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 27.92% 14.99% 186.23
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 2.90% 2.49% 116.64
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 4.83% 4.43% 109.05
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 8.87% 7.27% 121.99
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.83% 2.56% 32.24
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.57% 2.04% 27.86
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.08% 3.94% 2.08
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 15.68% 13.04% 120.26
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 12.02% 12.70% 94.63
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 6.38% 8.14% 78.31
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 5.34% 4.02% 132.76
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 4.10% 3.19% 128.56
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 6.33% 11.31% 55.94
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 1.97% 3.06% 64.17
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 0.37% 2.52% 14.67
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 1.83% 2.10% 87.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.00% 0.06% 0.00
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 7.94% 9.41% 84.32
5-10K 14.58% 16.63% 87.68
10-15K 15.47% 16.58% 93.29
15-20K 13.41% 13.58% 98.72
20-25K 10.75% 10.39% 103.44
25-30K 8.35% 7.77% 107.41
30-35K 6.41% 5.79% 110.70
35-40K 4.91% 4.33% 113.41
40-45K 3.78% 3.27% 115.64
45-50K 2.92% 2.48% 117.44
50-55K 2.26% 1.90% 118.89
55-60K 1.77% 1.47% 120.03
60-65K 1.39% 1.15% 120.91
65-70K 1.10% 0.91% 121.55
70-75K 0.88% 0.72% 121.99
75-80K 0.70% 0.57% 122.26
80-85K 0.57% 0.46% 122.37
85-90K 0.46% 0.37% 122.35
90-95K 0.37% 0.31% 122.22
95-100K 0.30% 0.25% 121.98
100K + 1.58% 1.34% 117.60

Local Map of the constituency
Shipley - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Shipley - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (14.93%)
Conservative (- 12.64%) Liberal Democrat (-  4.90%)
Conservative (3.12%) Labour (0.56%)
Liberal Democrat (-  4.24%)
Con - 12.64%
Lab 14.93%
LD - 4.90%
Con 3.12%
Lab 0.56%
LD - 4.24%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Christopher Leslie
Labour hold
Con Conservative (40.88%) 18,815 40.88%
Lab Labour (43.99%) 20,243 43.99%
LD Liberal Democrat (10.86%) 4,996 10.86%
Oth Other (4.27%) 1,966 4.27%
Maj Majority (3.10%) 1,428 3.10%
Turn Turnout (66.14%) 46,020 66.14%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Christopher Leslie
Labour hold
L Christopher Leslie 20,243 43.99%
G Martin Love 1,386 3.01%
C David Senior 18,815 40.88%
UK Walter Whitacker 580 1.26%
LD Helen Wright 4,996 10.86%
Candidates representing 5 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Christopher Leslie
Labour gain
Con Conservative (37.76%) 19,966 37.76%
Lab Labour (43.43%) 22,962 43.43%
LD Liberal Democrat (15.10%) 7,984 15.10%
Ref Referendum (3.71%) 1,960 3.71%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (5.67%) 2,996 5.67%
Turn Turnout (76.32%) 52,872 76.32%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (50.40%) 28,463 50.40%
Lab Labour (28.50%) 16,081 28.50%
LD Liberal Democrat (20.00%) 11,288 20.00%
Oth Other (1.20%) 680 1.20%
Maj Majority (21.90%) 12,382 21.90%
Turn Turnout (81.16%) 56,512 81.16%

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