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Normanton Pontefract and Castleford

2010 Results:
Conservative: 11314 (24.47%)
Labour: 22293 (48.21%)
Liberal Democrat: 7585 (16.4%)
BNP: 3864 (8.36%)
Independent: 1183 (2.56%)
Majority: 10979 (23.74%)

Notional 2005 Results:
Labour: 28283 (63.7%)
Conservative: 7591 (17.1%)
Liberal Democrat: 5529 (12.5%)
Other: 2974 (6.7%)
Majority: 20692 (46.6%)

Actual 2005 result
Conservative: 5727 (17.4%)
Labour: 20973 (63.7%)
Liberal Democrat: 3942 (12%)
BNP: 1835 (5.6%)
Other: 470 (1.4%)
Majority: 15246 (46.3%)

2001 Result
Conservative: 5512 (17.6%)
Labour: 21890 (69.7%)
Liberal Democrat: 2315 (7.4%)
UKIP: 739 (2.4%)
Other: 935 (3%)
Majority: 16378 (52.2%)

1997 Result
Conservative: 5614 (13.6%)
Labour: 31339 (75.7%)
Liberal Democrat: 3042 (7.3%)
Referendum: 1401 (3.4%)
Majority: 25725 (62.1%)

Boundary changes:

Profile:

portraitCurrent MP: Yvette Cooper(Labour) born 1969, Inverness. Educated at Eggar`s School and Oxford University. Former political advisor and journalist. MP for Pontefract and Castleford since 1997. Under-seretary at the department of health 1999-2003 and the office of the deputy Prime Minister 2003-2005. Minister of State in the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister 2005-2007, and for Housing 2007-2008. Chief Secretary to the Treasury 2008-2009, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions 2009-2010. Shadow foreign secretary 2010-2011, shadow home secretary since 2011. She is married to Ed Balls, MP for Morley and Outwood (more information at They work for you)

2010 election candidates:
portraitNick Pickles (Conservative) Born 1984, Pontefract. Educated at Durham University. Works in IT.
portraitYvette Cooper(Labour) born 1969, Inverness. Educated at Eggar`s School and Oxford University. Former political advisor and journalist. MP for Pontefract and Castleford since 1997. Under-seretary at the department of health 1999-2003 and the office of the deputy Prime Minister 2003-2005. Minister of State in the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister 2005-2007, and for Housing 2007-2008. Chief Secretary to the Treasury 2008-2009, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions since 2009. She is married to Ed Balls, MP for Normanton (more information at They work for you)
portraitChris Rush (Liberal Democrat)
portraitGraham Thewlis-Hardy (BNP)
portraitGareth Allen (Independent) Born 1975, Wakefield. Educated at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School and Sandhurst. Barclays local business manager.

2001 Census Demographics

Total 2001 Population: 101903
Male: 48.5%
Female: 51.5%
Under 18: 23.4%
Over 60: 21.1%
Born outside UK: 1.7%
White: 98.9%
Asian: 0.5%
Mixed: 0.3%
Other: 0.2%
Christian: 80.5%
Full time students: 1.5%
Graduates 16-74: 9.5%
No Qualifications 16-74: 43.4%
Owner-Occupied: 63.5%
Social Housing: 30.7% (Council: 28.6%, Housing Ass.: 2.1%)
Privately Rented: 4%
Homes without central heating and/or private bathroom: 6.1%

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.