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Wentworth
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
The country house at Wentworth, converted into an adult education centre, is untypical of this working class and heavily Labour seat in South Yorkshire which is named after it. It is not geographically central, tucked away in the far north west corner of the seat, nor is it redolent of the predominant culture, which is that of coal. The communities of Rawmarsh (aptly named), Wickersley, Bramley and Brampton, the colliery village for the pit of Cortonwood, whose closure more than anything else stimulated the great and ultimately unsuccessful miners strike of 1984. Though not far from William Hague's birthplace, this seat is the opposite in many ways of his current division of Richmond in rural North Yorkshire, not least in its political preferences. It just shows what a multifarious commonwealth an independent republic of Yorkshire would be. One is inclined to wonder who the president of such a chimerical entity would be; not Mr Hague for sure, and not Mr Arthur Scargill either. Leaving aside the claims of Mr Geoffrey Boycott, if it has to be a politician one suspects that in 2001, if held to be eligible and if willing, Tony Blair would end up being chosen.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
John Healey, a TUC apparatchik, was elected in 1997 after a last-minute selection in a seat supposedly pencilled-in for ex-Tory MP Alan Howarth, or the Blairite favourite Yvette Cooper. Born 1960, with a perhaps incongruous public school (St. Peter's York) and Cambridge (Christ's College) education, he had risen by 2000 as PPS to Gordon Brown after performing as a loyal proponent of the minimum wage and introduced his own bill on improving employee rights. He also wants medals for Suez Canal Zone veterans.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 3.91% 14.99% 26.06
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.06% 2.13% 2.96
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.71% 2.49% 28.45
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 1.89% 4.43% 42.72
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 10.92% 7.27% 150.17
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.79% 2.56% 30.96
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.00% 3.94% 0.00
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 11.21% 13.04% 85.95
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 22.93% 12.70% 180.50
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 19.29% 8.14% 236.91
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.00% 4.02% 0.00
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 5.98% 3.19% 187.87
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 17.36% 11.31% 153.48
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 1.93% 3.06% 62.89
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 3.02% 2.52% 119.80
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.00% 0.06% 0.00
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 12.50% 9.41% 132.76
5-10K 20.90% 16.63% 125.64
10-15K 19.18% 16.58% 115.69
15-20K 14.33% 13.58% 105.53
20-25K 9.98% 10.39% 96.04
25-30K 6.80% 7.77% 87.49
30-35K 4.63% 5.79% 79.92
35-40K 3.17% 4.33% 73.26
40-45K 2.20% 3.27% 67.43
45-50K 1.55% 2.48% 62.33
50-55K 1.10% 1.90% 57.85
55-60K 0.79% 1.47% 53.90
60-65K 0.58% 1.15% 50.42
65-70K 0.43% 0.91% 47.34
70-75K 0.32% 0.72% 44.60
75-80K 0.24% 0.57% 42.15
80-85K 0.18% 0.46% 39.95
85-90K 0.14% 0.37% 37.97
90-95K 0.11% 0.31% 36.18
95-100K 0.09% 0.25% 34.56
100K + 0.37% 1.34% 27.38

Local Map of the constituency
Wentworth - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Wentworth - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (3.84%)
Conservative (-  6.80%) Liberal Democrat (-  0.34%)
Conservative (3.87%) Liberal Democrat (1.55%)
Labour (-  4.91%)
Con - 6.80%
Lab 3.84%
LD - 0.34%
Con 3.87%
Lab - 4.91%
LD 1.55%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
John Healey
Labour hold
Con Conservative (18.87%) 6,379 18.87%
Lab Labour (67.43%) 22,798 67.43%
LD Liberal Democrat (10.80%) 3,652 10.80%
Oth Other (2.90%) 979 2.90%
Maj Majority (48.57%) 16,419 48.57%
Turn Turnout (52.80%) 33,808 52.80%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
John Healey
Labour hold
L John Healey 22,798 67.43%
C Mike Roberts 6,379 18.87%
LD David Wildgoose 3,652 10.80%
UK John Wilkinson 979 2.90%
Candidates representing 4 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
John Healey
Labour
Con Conservative (15.00%) 6,266 15.00%
Lab Labour (72.34%) 30,225 72.34%
LD Liberal Democrat (9.26%) 3,867 9.26%
Ref Referendum (3.41%) 1,423 3.41%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (57.34%) 23,959 57.34%
Turn Turnout (65.33%) 41,781 65.33%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (21.80%) 10,490 21.80%
Lab Labour (68.50%) 32,939 68.50%
LD Liberal Democrat (9.60%) 4,629 9.60%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (46.70%) 22,449 46.70%
Turn Turnout (73.09%) 48,058 73.09%

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