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Stalybridge & Hyde
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
The Cheshire bank of the river Tame within the Greater Manchester Metropolitan Borough of Tameside, across the river (which is not wide) from Lancashire's Ashton under Lyne; this constituency is now solidly Labour, despite the presence of Tory enclaves on the hill as it climbs up on the south side of Stalybridge and in the Werneth ward of Hyde. It mainly consists of old working class former-textile communities, plus the bleak and windy overspill estate of Hattersley, split between Longdendale and Hyde Godley wards, where a clutch of derelict post-war tower blocks were demolished to general cheering in April 2001. Both long-serving Tameside Labour MPs are retiring at the forthcoming general election. Whereas in neighbouring Ashton the replacement is a mature Old Labour stalwart, here is to be found a fast rising star of the modernised party, James Purnell, who is likely to be the only new MP who went to arguably the most elite college in one of the world's elite universities, Balliol College Oxford. With the retirement of Edward Heath (the Father of the House), Peter Brooke, Robert Maclennan, and David Faber, and the possible defeat of the conqueror of Portillo, Stephen Twigg, this seriously reduces Balliol's heavyweight representation in the Commons. What will happen to the country, and indeed the world?

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Labour's new candidate in place of the late-retiring Tom Pendry is arguably the most favoured insider to have been parachuted into a safe seat towards the end of the selection process. James Purnell comes from the Downing Street Policy Unit, having worked earlier for Tony Blair in opposition. Born 1970, and a graduate of Balliol College, Oxford, he also has experience working for the IFFR and the BBC, where he was Head of Corporate Planning. A former Islington councillor, he was involved in the spat between the NEC and the barred Leeds candidate Liz Davies, to whom he had to apologise for wrongly accusing her of inciting a crowd at a public meeting.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 6.66% 14.99% 44.43
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.00% 2.49% 0.00
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 3.21% 4.43% 72.55
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 13.12% 7.27% 180.44
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.00% 2.56% 0.00
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.10% 3.94% 2.49
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 5.24% 13.04% 40.21
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 31.58% 12.70% 248.61
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 6.35% 8.14% 77.92
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.04% 4.02% 1.04
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 5.34% 3.19% 167.49
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 17.11% 11.31% 151.31
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 3.31% 3.06% 108.23
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 7.12% 2.52% 282.78
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.81% 2.10% 38.54
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.00% 0.06% 0.00
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 10.32% 9.41% 109.60
5-10K 17.93% 16.63% 107.80
10-15K 17.64% 16.58% 106.37
15-20K 14.16% 13.58% 104.27
20-25K 10.56% 10.39% 101.58
25-30K 7.66% 7.77% 98.54
30-35K 5.52% 5.79% 95.34
35-40K 3.99% 4.33% 92.12
40-45K 2.90% 3.27% 88.97
45-50K 2.13% 2.48% 85.92
50-55K 1.58% 1.90% 83.01
55-60K 1.18% 1.47% 80.24
60-65K 0.89% 1.15% 77.61
65-70K 0.68% 0.91% 75.13
70-75K 0.52% 0.72% 72.78
75-80K 0.41% 0.57% 70.56
80-85K 0.32% 0.46% 68.45
85-90K 0.25% 0.37% 66.45
90-95K 0.20% 0.31% 64.56
95-100K 0.16% 0.25% 62.76
100K + 0.71% 1.34% 52.95

Local Map of the constituency
Stalybridge & Hyde - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Stalybridge & Hyde - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (7.27%) Liberal Democrat (3.00%)
Conservative (- 11.39%)
Conservative (3.34%) Liberal Democrat (1.50%)
Labour (-  3.39%)
Con - 11.39%
Lab 7.27%
LD 3.00%
Con 3.34%
Lab - 3.39%
LD 1.50%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
James Purnell
Labour hold
Con Conservative (27.84%) 8,922 27.84%
Lab Labour (55.49%) 17,781 55.49%
LD Liberal Democrat (13.50%) 4,327 13.50%
Oth Other (3.17%) 1,016 3.17%
Maj Majority (27.64%) 8,859 27.64%
Turn Turnout (48.36%) 32,046 48.36%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
James Purnell
Labour hold
UK Frank Bennett 1,016 3.17%
LD Brendon Jones 4,327 13.50%
L James Purnell 17,781 55.49%
C Andrew Reid 8,922 27.84%
Candidates representing 4 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Tom Pendry
Labour
Con Conservative (24.51%) 10,557 24.51%
Lab Labour (58.87%) 25,363 58.87%
LD Liberal Democrat (12.00%) 5,169 12.00%
Ref Referendum (4.62%) 1,992 4.62%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (34.37%) 14,806 34.37%
Turn Turnout (65.80%) 43,081 65.80%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (35.90%) 17,708 35.90%
Lab Labour (51.60%) 25,435 51.60%
LD Liberal Democrat (9.00%) 4,443 9.00%
Oth Other (3.40%) 1,693 3.40%
Maj Majority (15.70%) 7,727 15.70%
Turn Turnout (73.22%) 49,279 73.22%

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