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Skipton & Ripon
Conservative hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
The southern part of the Yorkshire Dales, this seat offers many familiar haunts for the day trippers from the West Yorkshire and Lancashire conurbations: not only the medium sized towns of the constituency title, but more specifically tourist targets like Grassington and Burnsall, Malham Tarn and Bolton Priory and Fountains Abbey. These have a softer and more commercial area than the more rugged country further north, for example that in William Hague's Richmond constituency. They elected the moderate pro-European Tory David Curry very comfortably, against evenly divided opposition in 1997.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
David Curry, a One Nation Clarke-backing Europhile casualty of the Conservatives' current orthodoxy, spent four months as William Hague's Agriculture spokesman until quitting over the "not-for-a-decade" commitment against the single currency, in November 1997. Elected here in 1987 after two terms as an MEP, he served as an Environment or Agriculture minister from 1989 to 1997. A duck-voiced, short-tongued ex-journalist, born in 1944 into a family of teachers, and educated at Ripon Grammar School, Corpus Christi College Oxford and Harvard University, he is in the Conservative minority prone to vote for lowering the homosexual age of consent to 16. In April 1996 he had been given added responsibility as "Minister for the South West" to stop Cornwall going Liberal or Labour - which it duly did in its entirety.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 20.81% 14.99% 138.78
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 14.07% 2.13% 661.76
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 2.13% 2.49% 85.82
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 2.09% 4.43% 47.16
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 4.23% 7.27% 58.13
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 1.69% 2.56% 65.81
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.08% 3.94% 1.96
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 21.13% 13.04% 162.03
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 14.77% 12.70% 116.30
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 7.95% 8.14% 97.59
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 5.55% 4.02% 138.10
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 2.53% 3.19% 79.41
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 2.58% 11.31% 22.77
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.08% 3.06% 2.53
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 0.25% 2.52% 9.86
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.07% 0.06% 119.20
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 7.34% 9.41% 77.98
5-10K 14.75% 16.63% 88.70
10-15K 16.01% 16.58% 96.56
15-20K 13.89% 13.58% 102.26
20-25K 11.04% 10.39% 106.22
25-30K 8.46% 7.77% 108.84
30-35K 6.40% 5.79% 110.51
35-40K 4.83% 4.33% 111.52
40-45K 3.66% 3.27% 112.09
45-50K 2.79% 2.48% 112.38
50-55K 2.14% 1.90% 112.47
55-60K 1.66% 1.47% 112.46
60-65K 1.29% 1.15% 112.37
65-70K 1.02% 0.91% 112.25
70-75K 0.81% 0.72% 112.12
75-80K 0.64% 0.57% 111.98
80-85K 0.52% 0.46% 111.85
85-90K 0.42% 0.37% 111.74
90-95K 0.34% 0.31% 111.64
95-100K 0.28% 0.25% 111.56
100K + 1.51% 1.34% 111.99

Local Map of the constituency
Skipton & Ripon - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Skipton & Ripon - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (7.59%)
Conservative (- 11.36%) Liberal Democrat (-  2.14%)
Conservative (5.85%) Liberal Democrat (0.91%)
Labour (-  5.00%)
Con - 11.36%
Lab 7.59%
LD - 2.14%
Con 5.85%
Lab - 5.00%
LD 0.91%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
David Curry
Conservative hold
Con Conservative (52.39%) 25,736 52.39%
Lab Labour (17.39%) 8,543 17.39%
LD Liberal Democrat (26.07%) 12,806 26.07%
Oth Other (4.15%) 2,041 4.15%
Maj Majority (26.32%) 12,930 26.32%
Turn Turnout (65.33%) 49,126 65.33%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
David Curry
Conservative hold
LD Bernard Bateman 12,806 26.07%
C David Curry 25,736 52.39%
L Michael Dugher 8,543 17.39%
UK Nancy Holdsworth 2,041 4.15%
Candidates representing 4 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
David Curry
Conservative
Con Conservative (46.54%) 25,294 46.54%
Lab Labour (22.39%) 12,171 22.39%
LD Liberal Democrat (25.16%) 13,674 25.16%
Ref Referendum (5.91%) 3,212 5.91%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (21.38%) 11,620 21.38%
Turn Turnout (75.44%) 54,351 75.44%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (57.90%) 32,944 57.90%
Lab Labour (14.80%) 8,442 14.80%
LD Liberal Democrat (27.30%) 15,547 27.30%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (30.60%) 17,397 30.60%
Turn Turnout (81.15%) 56,933 81.15%

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