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Ashfield

2010 Results:
Conservative: 10698 (22.2%)
Labour: 16239 (33.69%)
Liberal Democrat: 16047 (33.3%)
BNP: 2781 (5.77%)
UKIP: 933 (1.94%)
English Democrat: 1102 (2.29%)
Independent: 396 (0.82%)
Majority: 192 (0.39%)

Notional 2005 Results:
Labour: 20656 (48.5%)
Conservative: 10414 (24.5%)
Liberal Democrat: 5903 (13.9%)
Other: 5607 (13.2%)
Majority: 10242 (24.1%)

Actual 2005 result
Conservative: 10220 (24.3%)
Labour: 20433 (48.6%)
Liberal Democrat: 5829 (13.9%)
Other: 5569 (13.2%)
Majority: 10213 (24.3%)

2001 Result
Conservative: 9607 (24.4%)
Labour: 22875 (58.1%)
Liberal Democrat: 4428 (11.3%)
Other: 2440 (6.2%)
Majority: 13268 (33.7%)

1997 Result
Conservative: 10251 (20.3%)
Labour: 32979 (65.2%)
Liberal Democrat: 4882 (9.6%)
Referendum: 1896 (3.7%)
Other: 595 (1.2%)
Majority: 22728 (44.9%)

Boundary changes:

Profile: Ashfield is a former mining consituency in West Nottinghamshire. The area was aligned with the Union of Democratic Mineworkers during the 1980s miners` strike, and became more marginal during the mid-80s (it had briefly been held by the Conservatives after a 1977 by-election), but after the closure of the mines it became a safe Labour seat. The seat covers three main towns, Sutton-in-Ashfield, Kirkby in Ashfield and Eastwood.

Ashfield council was totally dominated by Labour until 2004 when a strong independent group took almost half the seats. However, despite backing from Martin Bell, an the independent candidate at the 2005 election failed to make any significant impact.

portraitCurrent MP: Gloria De Piero (Labour) Born 1972, Bradford. Educated at Yorkshire Martyrs Catholic College and University of Central England. Former political correspondent for GMTV.

2010 election candidates:
portraitGarry Hickton (Conservative) Warehouse manager. Derbyshire county councillor since 2009. Erewash councillor.
portraitGloria De Piero (Labour) Born 1972, Bradford. Educated at Yorkshire Martyrs Catholic College and University of Central England. Former political correspondent for GMTV.
portraitJason Zadrozny (Liberal Democrat) born 1980, Ashfield. Comunity centre manager. Ashfield councillor. Leader of Ashfield council.
portraitTerry Coleman (UKIP)
portraitEdward Holmes (BNP) Former Ashfield councillor for Labour.
portraitTony Ellis (English Democrat)
portraitEddie Smith (Independent)

2001 Census Demographics

Total 2001 Population: 96691
Male: 48.7%
Female: 51.3%
Under 18: 22.6%
Over 60: 21.2%
Born outside UK: 1.7%
White: 99%
Black: 0.2%
Asian: 0.3%
Mixed: 0.4%
Other: 0.2%
Christian: 72.9%
Full time students: 2%
Graduates 16-74: 8.6%
No Qualifications 16-74: 40.8%
Owner-Occupied: 71.9%
Social Housing: 19.2% (Council: 16.6%, Housing Ass.: 2.7%)
Privately Rented: 5.8%
Homes without central heating and/or private bathroom: 3.9%

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