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Bishop Auckland
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
County Durham is usually regarded as a citadel of heavy industry and embedded Labour strength, and in the main this is an accurate description, but the seat of Bishop Auckland covering the south west of the county also has much rural territory, with farmland in the valleys between the high moors of the northern pennines. in upper Teesdale, around Barnard Castle, are even to be found a few Tory councillors in this most Labour of counties. However, this area, though physically large, has been won continuously by Labour since 1935, as the eastern end, dominated by the traditions of coal mining and other heavy industry, around Spennymoor and Shildon for example, have tipped the balance decisively. In 1997 the Liberal Democrats, sporadically active in local government, especially in Wear Valley, found their share of the vote halved, which was proportionately an even worse fate than befell the Tories.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Once an orthodox authority figure as Labour's Chief Whip, Derek Foster, MP since 1979, has joined the ranks of the disaffected, having resigned after two days as a minister in 1997, on realising he was not getting the Cabinet post promised in return for standing down as the elected Chief Whip to enable Tony Blair to appoint future occupants. Born 1937 and educated at Bede Grammar School, Sunderland and St Catherine's College, Oxford, he has been described as ‘a Salvationist who does not blow his own trumpet', yet he certainly blasted the Blair government in 1999 as ‘not fit to polish the boots of the post-war Attlee government'. This showed how relations between Durham-based Labour leaders in the ‘nineties (Blair, Foster, Mandelson, Clark), were as acrimonious as in the ‘forties between Dalton, Shinwell, Chuter Ede and Whiteley.

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ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 5.06% 14.99% 33.75
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 4.90% 2.13% 230.54
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.01% 2.49% 0.56
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 1.34% 4.43% 30.23
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 7.52% 7.27% 103.44
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 0.14% 3.94% 3.51
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 7.70% 13.04% 59.04
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 34.62% 12.70% 272.56
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 12.45% 8.14% 152.86
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 1.70% 4.02% 42.35
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 3.85% 3.19% 121.02
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 16.91% 11.31% 149.50
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.07% 3.06% 2.39
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 3.70% 2.52% 147.06
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.01% 0.06% 16.79
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
£0-5K 11.49% 9.41% 122.11
£5-10K 19.54% 16.63% 117.47
£10-15K 18.50% 16.58% 111.59
£15-20K 14.30% 13.58% 105.29
£20-25K 10.29% 10.39% 99.01
£25-30K 7.23% 7.77% 93.00
£30-35K 5.06% 5.79% 87.38
£35-40K 3.56% 4.33% 82.21
£40-45K 2.53% 3.27% 77.49
£45-50K 1.82% 2.48% 73.21
£50-55K 1.32% 1.90% 69.34
£55-60K 0.97% 1.47% 65.83
£60-65K 0.72% 1.15% 62.65
£65-70K 0.54% 0.91% 59.77
£70-75K 0.41% 0.72% 57.14
£75-80K 0.31% 0.57% 54.75
£80-85K 0.24% 0.46% 52.56
£85-90K 0.19% 0.37% 50.56
£90-95K 0.15% 0.31% 48.71
£95-100K 0.12% 0.25% 47.01
£100K + 0.52% 1.34% 38.93

Local Map of the constituency
Bishop Auckland - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Bishop Auckland - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (18.43%)
Conservative (- 12.59%) Liberal Democrat (- 10.32%)
Conservative (2.49%) Liberal Democrat (6.57%)
Labour (-  7.21%)
Con - 12.59%
Lab 18.43%
LD - 10.32%
Con 2.49%
Lab - 7.21%
LD 6.57%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Derek Foster
Labour hold
Con Conservative (22.70%) 8,754 22.70%
Lab Labour (58.82%) 22,680 58.82%
LD Liberal Democrat (15.75%) 6,073 15.75%
Oth Other (2.73%) 1,052 2.73%
Maj Majority (36.12%) 13,926 36.12%
Turn Turnout (57.23%) 38,559 57.23%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Derek Foster
Labour hold
Green Carl Bennett 1,052 2.73%
LD Chris Foote Wood 6,073 15.75%
L Derek Foster 22,680 58.82%
C Fiona McNish 8,754 22.70%
Candidates representing 4 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Derek Foster
Labour
Con Conservative (20.21%) 9,295 20.21%
Lab Labour (66.03%) 30,359 66.03%
LD Liberal Democrat (9.18%) 4,223 9.18%
Ref Referendum (4.58%) 2,104 4.58%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (45.81%) 21,064 45.81%
Turn Turnout (68.88%) 45,981 68.88%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (32.80%) 17,109 32.80%
Lab Labour (47.60%) 24,825 47.60%
LD Liberal Democrat (19.50%) 10,184 19.50%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (14.80%) 7,716 14.80%
Turn Turnout (75.98%) 52,118 75.98%

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