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Bolsover
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
One of few constituency names to become widely known through the activities, or antics depending on one's view, of its MP is that of Dennis Skinner, the "Beast of Bolsover". This unreconstructed and direct old Labour stalwart has a suitable base. This east Derbyshire seat was once the most heavily coal mining seat in Britain, and retains the attitudes generated thereby. There is no large town, but a series of homogeneous communities as well as Bolsover itself with its castle set grimly on a crag, such as Shirebrook, Temple Normanton and Clowne. Nobody has to our knowledge, or would dare, to call Skinner the clown of Clowne, equally alliterative though that is, and he was re-elected here with a 27,000 majority in 1997.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Dennis Skinner, the proletarian conscience of the hard Left, born 1932 and educated at Tupton Hall Grammar School, is one of the Parliamentary Labour Party's 12 ex-miners and has represented Bolsover for 30 years. He was Labour's most rebellious backbencher between 1992 and 1997, and is only slightly more deferential to Labour in power since then. Tolerated by Blair, even re-elected to Labour's ruling NEC, he is grudgingly accepted by the Tories as "Her Majesty's Heckler-in-Chief". He has memorably shouted abuse during moments of high ceremony, as to Black Rod during the State opening, to tell the Queen to read the (republican) Guardian. An MP who will not pair and who avoids the boredom of unpublicised committee work for the greater exposure of the Chamber, he is one of Parliament's best carved embellishments, and few complain he has twice now evaded an earlier promise to retire at 65.

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ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 2.20% 14.99% 14.64
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.38% 2.13% 17.72
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.02% 2.49% 0.80
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 2.61% 4.43% 58.89
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 6.41% 7.27% 88.19
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.03% 2.56% 1.27
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 12.63% 13.04% 96.87
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 35.22% 12.70% 277.24
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 30.56% 8.14% 375.33
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.00% 4.02% 0.00
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 2.53% 3.19% 79.35
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 6.55% 11.31% 57.92
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.23% 3.06% 7.62
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 0.63% 2.52% 25.06
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 13.66% 9.41% 145.11
5-10K 21.83% 16.63% 131.23
10-15K 19.15% 16.58% 115.50
15-20K 13.88% 13.58% 102.17
20-25K 9.49% 10.39% 91.29
25-30K 6.40% 7.77% 82.34
30-35K 4.34% 5.79% 74.90
35-40K 2.97% 4.33% 68.65
40-45K 2.07% 3.27% 63.33
45-50K 1.46% 2.48% 58.77
50-55K 1.04% 1.90% 54.84
55-60K 0.76% 1.47% 51.42
60-65K 0.56% 1.15% 48.43
65-70K 0.42% 0.91% 45.80
70-75K 0.31% 0.72% 43.48
75-80K 0.24% 0.57% 41.42
80-85K 0.18% 0.46% 39.58
85-90K 0.14% 0.37% 37.94
90-95K 0.11% 0.31% 36.46
95-100K 0.09% 0.25% 35.13
100K + 0.40% 1.34% 29.53

Local Map of the constituency
Bolsover - Local Map of the constituency

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Bolsover - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (9.47%)
Conservative (-  8.59%) Liberal Democrat (-  0.88%)
Conservative (2.81%) Liberal Democrat (2.57%)
Labour (-  5.38%)
Con - 8.59%
Lab 9.47%
LD - 0.88%
Con 2.81%
Lab - 5.38%
LD 2.57%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Dennis Skinner
Labour hold
Con Conservative (19.52%) 7,472 19.52%
Lab Labour (68.59%) 26,249 68.59%
LD Liberal Democrat (11.89%) 4,550 11.89%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (49.06%) 18,777 49.06%
Turn Turnout (56.67%) 38,271 56.67%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Dennis Skinner
Labour hold
LD Marie Bradley 4,550 11.89%
C Simon Massey 7,472 19.52%
L Dennis Skinner 26,249 68.59%
Candidates representing 3 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Dennis Skinner
Labour
Con Conservative (16.71%) 7,924 16.71%
Lab Labour (73.97%) 35,073 73.97%
LD Liberal Democrat (9.32%) 4,417 9.32%
Ref 0 0.00%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (57.26%) 27,149 57.26%
Turn Turnout (71.32%) 47,414 71.32%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (25.30%) 13,339 25.30%
Lab Labour (64.50%) 34,018 64.50%
LD Liberal Democrat (10.20%) 5,374 10.20%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (39.20%) 20,679 39.20%
Turn Turnout (78.14%) 52,731 78.14%

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