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Bolsover

2010 Results:
Conservative: 10812 (24.58%)
Labour: 21994 (50%)
Liberal Democrat: 6821 (15.51%)
BNP: 2640 (6%)
UKIP: 1721 (3.91%)
Majority: 11182 (25.42%)

Notional 2005 Results:
Labour: 26046 (64.9%)
Liberal Democrat: 7023 (17.5%)
Conservative: 7012 (17.5%)
Other: 70 (0.2%)
Majority: 19023 (47.4%)

Actual 2005 result
Conservative: 6702 (17.3%)
Labour: 25217 (65.2%)
Liberal Democrat: 6780 (17.5%)
Majority: 18437 (47.6%)

2001 Result
Conservative: 7472 (19.5%)
Labour: 26249 (68.6%)
Liberal Democrat: 4550 (11.9%)
Majority: 18777 (49.1%)

1997 Result
Conservative: 7924 (16.7%)
Labour: 35073 (74%)
Liberal Democrat: 4417 (9.3%)
Majority: 27149 (57.3%)

Boundary changes:

Profile: A Derbyshire mining seat (though the pits closed well over a decade ago – Markham Colliery finally shut in 1993) probably best known for its current MP, Dennis Skinner. The seat itself is mostly made up of former mining villages like Blackwell, Creswell, Pinxton, South Normanton, Clowne and Scarcliffe. It is monolithically Labour, with the Conservatitves and Liberal Democrats rarely even bothering to put up candidates at local elections and many Labour councillor being returned unopposed. In 2007 there was only one Liberal Democrat candidate and no Conservatives – other than a few independents, the only non-Labour councillor in the borough is one Respect councillor.

With the mines gone, the largest employer is the East Midlands Designer Outlet off the M1 at South Normanton.

portraitCurrent MP: Dennis Skinner(Labour) born 1932, Clay Cross. Educated at Tupton Grammar School and Rushkin College. A former coal miner. First elected as MP for Bolsover in 1970. A left winger, member of the socialist campaign group and regular rebel against the Labour whip. Skinner is an assiduous attender of House of Commons debates, where he normally sits on the front row of hte benches below the gangway. His heckling (particularly at the state opening of Parliament when Black Rod summons the Commons to hear the Queen`s speech – which Skinner, a republican, boycotts) has earned him the nickname “the beast of Bolsover” (more information at They work for you)

2010 election candidates:
portraitLee Rowley (Conservative) Westminster councillor.
portraitDennis Skinner(Labour) born 1932, Clay Cross. Educated at Tupton Grammar School and Rushkin College. A former coal miner. First elected as MP for Bolsover in 1970. A left winger, member of the socialist campaign group and regular rebel against the Labour whip. Skinner is an assiduous attender of House of Commons debates, where he normally sits on the front row of hte benches below the gangway. His heckling (particularly at the state opening of Parliament when Black Rod summons the Commons to hear the Queen`s speech – which Skinner, a republican, boycotts) has earned him the nickname “the beast of Bolsover” (more information at They work for you)
portraitDenise Hawksworth (Liberal Democrat) born Liverpool. Office manager for Paul Holmes MP. Chesterfield councillor since 2003. Contested Bolsover 2005.
portraitRay Calladine (UKIP)
portraitMartin Radford (BNP)

2001 Census Demographics

Total 2001 Population: 89895
Male: 49.1%
Female: 50.9%
Under 18: 22%
Over 60: 22.7%
Born outside UK: 1.6%
White: 99.1%
Asian: 0.3%
Mixed: 0.3%
Christian: 78.2%
Full time students: 1.7%
Graduates 16-74: 10.3%
No Qualifications 16-74: 41.1%
Owner-Occupied: 68.6%
Social Housing: 22.4% (Council: 19.9%, Housing Ass.: 2.4%)
Privately Rented: 6.2%
Homes without central heating and/or private bathroom: 3.6%

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