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Vale of York
Conservative hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
A new seat created by the Boundary Commissioners in their 1995 report, in time for the 1997 General election, the Vale is an extra safe Tory seat in North Yorkshire. It has taken territory from four other seats: Ryedale, Richmond, Harrogate and Skipton/Ripon. This is a solidly Conservative section of the broad acres, north and west of York itself, largely avoiding hills and dales and wolds as the name implies, watered (sometimes excessively) by the Nidd, Swale, Ure and Ouse, and bisected by the A1 Great North Road. There are small towns like Thirsk, Easingwold and Boroughbridge and many villages in lush farming country, with some commuters, very few council tenants and almost no ethnic minorities. The Liberal Democrats are relatively weak for a rural area, and Labour finished a distant second in the inaugural contest in 1997.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Anne McIntosh was elected in 1997 having been an MEP for North Essex and South Suffolk (or thereabouts) since 1989. As such, she not in synch with her party's current Europhobia - having called (in 1991) for a federal Europe with a single currency, foreign and defence policy and with European law taking precedence over national law (which as a barrister working in European Community Law made sense at least personally). Since 1997 she has buried - indeed reversed - much of this, attacking the Social Chapter and comparing Euro banknotes to Marks & Spencer vouchers. As a Scot (born 1954 and educated at Harrogate College and Edinburgh University) her apostasy has also seen her oppose devolution, which for Euro-federalists should be all of a piece. Though a Clarke voter in 1997, one could be forgiven for seeing in her pinch-faced, austere and intense expression a certain inner conflict.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 34.12% 14.99% 227.58
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 8.55% 2.13% 402.05
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.55% 2.49% 22.16
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 10.28% 4.43% 232.34
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 6.99% 7.27% 96.14
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.08% 2.56% 3.09
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.17% 3.94% 4.39
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 25.06% 13.04% 192.20
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 2.98% 12.70% 23.45
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 5.90% 8.14% 72.49
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 1.76% 4.02% 43.75
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 2.10% 3.19% 66.05
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 0.82% 11.31% 7.23
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.11% 3.06% 3.61
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 0.50% 2.52% 20.02
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.01% 0.06% 20.09
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 6.09% 9.41% 64.66
5-10K 12.75% 16.63% 76.66
10-15K 14.74% 16.58% 88.90
15-20K 13.59% 13.58% 100.03
20-25K 11.33% 10.39% 109.00
25-30K 9.00% 7.77% 115.70
30-35K 6.98% 5.79% 120.56
35-40K 5.38% 4.33% 124.06
40-45K 4.13% 3.27% 126.64
45-50K 3.19% 2.48% 128.59
50-55K 2.48% 1.90% 130.11
55-60K 1.94% 1.47% 131.33
60-65K 1.52% 1.15% 132.34
65-70K 1.21% 0.91% 133.19
70-75K 0.96% 0.72% 133.93
75-80K 0.77% 0.57% 134.57
80-85K 0.63% 0.46% 135.15
85-90K 0.51% 0.37% 135.67
90-95K 0.42% 0.31% 136.15
95-100K 0.34% 0.25% 136.59
100K + 1.87% 1.34% 139.09

Local Map of the constituency
Vale of York - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Vale of York - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (15.36%)
Conservative (- 15.89%) Liberal Democrat (-  4.04%)
Conservative (6.91%)
Labour (-  0.65%) Liberal Democrat (-  3.55%)
Con - 15.89%
Lab 15.36%
LD - 4.04%
Con 6.91%
Lab - 0.65%
LD - 3.55%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Anne McIntosh
Conservative hold
Con Conservative (51.63%) 25,033 51.63%
Lab Labour (25.81%) 12,516 25.81%
LD Liberal Democrat (20.21%) 9,799 20.21%
Oth Other (2.36%) 1,142 2.36%
Maj Majority (25.81%) 12,517 25.81%
Turn Turnout (66.12%) 48,490 66.12%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Anne McIntosh
Conservative hold
L Christopher Jukes 12,516 25.81%
C Anne McIntosh 25,033 51.63%
LD Greg Stone 9,799 20.21%
UK Peter Thornber 1,142 2.36%
Candidates representing 4 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Ann McIntosh
Conservative
Con Conservative (44.71%) 23,815 44.71%
Lab Labour (26.46%) 14,094 26.46%
LD Liberal Democrat (23.76%) 12,656 23.76%
Ref Referendum (4.70%) 2,503 4.70%
Oth Other (0.37%) 197 0.37%
Maj Majority (18.25%) 9,721 18.25%
Turn Turnout (76.01%) 53,265 76.01%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (60.60%) 31,854 60.60%
Lab Labour (11.10%) 5,837 11.10%
LD Liberal Democrat (27.80%) 14,626 27.80%
Oth Other (0.50%) 247 0.50%
Maj Majority (32.80%) 17,228 32.80%
Turn Turnout (80.86%) 52,564 80.86%

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