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High Peak

2010 Results:
Conservative: 20587 (40.9%)
Labour: 15910 (31.61%)
Liberal Democrat: 10993 (21.84%)
UKIP: 1690 (3.36%)
Green: 922 (1.83%)
Independent: 161 (0.32%)
Others: 74 (0.15%)
Majority: 4677 (9.29%)

Notional 2005 Results:
Labour: 19104 (41.4%)
Conservative: 16772 (36.3%)
Liberal Democrat: 9288 (20.1%)
Other: 1029 (2.2%)
Majority: 2332 (5%)

Actual 2005 result
Conservative: 19074 (38.2%)
Labour: 19809 (39.6%)
Liberal Democrat: 10000 (20%)
UKIP: 1106 (2.2%)
Majority: 735 (1.5%)

2001 Result
Conservative: 17941 (37.3%)
Labour: 22430 (46.6%)
Liberal Democrat: 7743 (16.1%)
Majority: 4489 (9.3%)

1997 Result
Conservative: 20261 (35.5%)
Labour: 29052 (50.8%)
Liberal Democrat: 6420 (11.2%)
Referendum: 1420 (2.5%)
Majority: 8791 (15.4%)

Boundary changes: becomes co-terminous with High Peak district council, losing the wards in the old seat that fell under Derbyshire Dales Council to the new Derbyshire Dales seat – Bradwell, Hathersage & Eyam, Litton & Longstone and Tideswell. These wards are all made up of rural villages and their loss is likely to benefit Labour.

Profile: As the name might suggest High Peak largely consists of the Peak District at the northern end of Derbyshire. By area is mostly consists of the higher, wilder parts of the Peak District, mostly uninhabited moorland. Hills and moors have no votes though, and the majority of the electorate live in the towns to the west of the seat that look towards Greater Manchester, places like Glossop, Hadfield, Tintwistle and New Mills.

To the south is the spa town of Buxton and to the east of the constituency there are still a few villages of the Hope valley that haven`t been removed by the boundary changes, including Hope itself, Castleton and Bamford. Despite being a large rural seat, the Tory voting villages are balanced out by Labour support in the towns, particularly the council estate of Gamesley in Glossop.

Tourism is of major importance to the area but there is also industry in the towns to the west. Notably the sweet manufacturer Swizzels Matlow are based in New Mills and Chapel-en-le-Frith, the administrative HQ of High Peak District Council, is also the site of a brake lining manufacturing factory owned by Ferodo, a subsidiary of Turner and Newall, now owned by Federal Mogul. The collapse of the T&N pension fund is a major local concern.

Between 1992 and 1997 the seat was represented by Charles Hendry, now Conservative MP for Wealden.

portraitCurrent MP: Andrew Bingham (Conservative) born 1962, Buxton. High Peak councillor since 1999. Contested High Peak in 2005.

2010 election candidates:
portraitAndrew Bingham (Conservative) born 1962, Buxton. High Peak councillor since 1999. Contested High Peak in 2005.
portraitCaitlin Bisknell (Labour) High Peak councillor since 1999.
portraitAlistair Stevens (Liberal Democrat) Cricket coach and former professional cricketer.
portraitPeter Allen (Green) Advice worker.
portraitSylvia Hall (UKIP)
portraitTony Alves (Independent)
portraitLance Dowson (Independent)

2001 Census Demographics

Total 2001 Population: 89433
Male: 49.4%
Female: 50.6%
Under 18: 23.2%
Over 60: 20.5%
Born outside UK: 2.9%
White: 98.7%
Black: 0.2%
Asian: 0.2%
Mixed: 0.6%
Other: 0.3%
Christian: 76.5%
Full time students: 2.2%
Graduates 16-74: 21.9%
No Qualifications 16-74: 27.1%
Owner-Occupied: 77.1%
Social Housing: 13.4% (Council: 11%, Housing Ass.: 2.4%)
Privately Rented: 6.4%
Homes without central heating and/or private bathroom: 6.6%

NB - The constituency guide is now archived and is no longer being updated. It will be replaced by a new guide in 2013, once the fate of the boundary review is finally settled.