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Wakefield
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
This cathedral city in West Yorkshire, the centre of its own Metropolitan Borough, has been Labour since 1932, when Arthur Greenwood, who had been Minister of Health in Ramsay MacDonald's second government (1929-31) returned to Parliament in a by-election following defeat in Labour's greatest ever disaster of 1931. In 1983 the majority was reduced to three figures in another Conservative landslide, and there are Tory votes here. In May 2000, for example, the Conservatives not only won the two Kirklees borough wards included in this seat, Kirkburton and Denby Dale, but also, horror of horrors, Wakefield Central itself (by 4 votes), and, less surprisingly, Wakefield Rural. It is fortunate for Labour that the best residential area, Wakefield South, is not actually in the seat any more, for that really would have given the Conservatives an unlikely but statistically supportable hope of making this seat marginal again, but its heavy Tory vote is overwhelmed now by the Hemsworth Labour juggernaut. The best that the Conservatives can realistically hope for in Wakefield is to reduce David Hinchcliffe's 14,600 majority.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
David Hinchliffe, dogged and earnest former social worker and present Health Select Committee chairman, first elected here in 1987, is a local man off Wakefield Council. He was born in 1948, educated at Cathedral Secondary Modern School, Wakefield, Wakefield Technical College, Leeds Polytechnic and Bradford University. Bearded and no Blairite, he voted for Prescott in 1994 and quit the front bench in 1995 after shadowing social services and community care for three years, partly because of his opposition to New Labour "modernising".
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 14.73% 14.99% 98.26
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.03% 2.13% 1.20
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.34% 2.49% 13.85
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 4.27% 4.43% 96.58
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 13.79% 7.27% 189.65
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.57% 2.56% 22.41
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 1.11% 3.94% 28.19
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 15.24% 13.04% 116.86
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 11.89% 12.70% 93.61
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 6.66% 8.14% 81.74
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 2.58% 4.02% 64.25
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 4.30% 3.19% 134.93
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 16.62% 11.31% 146.90
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 4.15% 3.06% 135.55
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 2.80% 2.52% 111.10
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.46% 2.10% 22.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.45% 0.06% 719.88
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 8.98% 9.41% 95.38
5-10K 16.35% 16.63% 98.29
10-15K 16.59% 16.58% 100.06
15-20K 13.79% 13.58% 101.54
20-25K 10.66% 10.39% 102.60
25-30K 8.02% 7.77% 103.21
30-35K 5.99% 5.79% 103.42
35-40K 4.48% 4.33% 103.29
40-45K 3.36% 3.27% 102.89
45-50K 2.54% 2.48% 102.27
50-55K 1.93% 1.90% 101.49
55-60K 1.48% 1.47% 100.57
60-65K 1.15% 1.15% 99.56
65-70K 0.89% 0.91% 98.48
70-75K 0.70% 0.72% 97.35
75-80K 0.55% 0.57% 96.18
80-85K 0.44% 0.46% 94.99
85-90K 0.35% 0.37% 93.79
90-95K 0.28% 0.31% 92.58
95-100K 0.23% 0.25% 91.36
100K + 1.12% 1.34% 83.27

Local Map of the constituency
Wakefield - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Wakefield - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (9.20%)
Conservative (- 12.03%) Liberal Democrat (-  0.10%)
Conservative (2.17%) Liberal Democrat (1.15%)
Labour (-  7.48%)
Con - 12.03%
Lab 9.20%
LD - 0.10%
Con 2.17%
Lab - 7.48%
LD 1.15%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
David Hinchliffe
Labour hold
Con Conservative (30.63%) 12,638 30.63%
Lab Labour (49.92%) 20,592 49.92%
LD Liberal Democrat (12.36%) 5,097 12.36%
Oth Other (7.10%) 2,927 7.10%
Maj Majority (19.28%) 7,954 19.28%
Turn Turnout (54.46%) 41,254 54.46%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
David Hinchliffe
Labour hold
SL Abdul Aziz 634 1.54%
UK Janice Cannon 677 1.64%
LD Douglas Dale 5,097 12.36%
G Sarah Greenwood 1,075 2.61%
SA Mick Griffiths 541 1.31%
L David Hinchliffe 20,592 49.92%
C Thelma Karran 12,638 30.63%
Candidates representing 7 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
David Hinchliffe
Labour
Con Conservative (28.47%) 14,373 28.47%
Lab Labour (57.40%) 28,977 57.40%
LD Liberal Democrat (11.20%) 5,656 11.20%
Ref Referendum (2.93%) 1,480 2.93%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (28.93%) 14,604 28.93%
Turn Turnout (68.96%) 50,486 68.96%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (40.50%) 21,983 40.50%
Lab Labour (48.20%) 26,207 48.20%
LD Liberal Democrat (11.30%) 6,128 11.30%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (7.80%) 4,224 7.80%
Turn Turnout (75.49%) 54,318 75.49%

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