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Selby and Ainsty

2010 Results:
Conservative: 25562 (49.42%)
Labour: 13297 (25.71%)
Liberal Democrat: 9180 (17.75%)
BNP: 1377 (2.66%)
UKIP: 1635 (3.16%)
English Democrat: 677 (1.31%)
Majority: 12265 (23.71%)

Notional 2005 Results:
Conservative: 22452 (45.6%)
Labour: 21190 (43%)
Liberal Democrat: 5605 (11.4%)
Other: 42 (0.1%)
Majority: 1262 (2.6%)

Actual 2005 result
Conservative: 22156 (42.2%)
Labour: 22623 (43.1%)
Liberal Democrat: 7770 (14.8%)
Majority: 467 (0.9%)

2001 Result
Conservative: 20514 (40.8%)
Labour: 22652 (45.1%)
Liberal Democrat: 5569 (11.1%)
UKIP: 635 (1.3%)
Green: 902 (1.8%)
Majority: 2138 (4.3%)

1997 Result
Conservative: 22002 (39.1%)
Labour: 25838 (45.9%)
Liberal Democrat: 6778 (12%)
Referendum: 1162 (2.1%)
Other: 536 (1%)
Majority: 3836 (6.8%)

Boundary changes: Major. Loses the rural fringes of York itself, which had included the University of York at Heslington to the new York Outer seat. In return Selby gains a swathe of countryside to the north from the dismembered Vale of York constituency. The new territory is largely Conservative and makes Selby and Ainsty a notionally Conservative seat.

Profile: A largely rural North Yorkshire seat between York, Harrogate and Pontefract. Selby was traditionally a shipbuilding town on the tidal Ouse, but with the decline of that industry it`s economy is now largely based on agriculture, tourism to the Abbey and as a commuter town for York and Leeds. The Selby coal mining complex, taking in mining villages to the north of the town, was finally closed in 2004, but successful re-training and employment schemes for those made redundant means Selby has not suffered the sort of economic depression associated with the decline of the coal mining industry. To the south of the constituency coal mining continues at Kellingley Colliery, the largest remaining deep mine in Yorkshire, which serves the two coal-fired power stations in the constituency at Drax and Eggborough.

The second largest town in the seat is Tadcaster, a town associated with the brewing industry which retains three breweries and produces John Smith`s bitter. Outside of Selby, Tadcaster and the mining villages the seat is largely made up of affluent rural villages. The eponymous Ainsty is not a town but the ancient name of the district to the West of York.

portraitCurrent MP: Nigel Adams (Conservative) Educated at Selby High School. Businessman in the telecommunications industry. Contested Rossendale and Darwen 2005.

2010 election candidates:
portraitNigel Adams (Conservative) Educated at Selby High School. Businessman in the telecommunications industry. Contested Rossendale and Darwen 2005.
portraitJan Marshall (Labour) Born Hazlewood Castle. Educated at Tadcaster Grammar and Oxford Brookes University. Hambleton councillor 1991-2007.
portraitTom Holvey (Liberal Democrat)
portraitDarren Haley (UKIP) Prison officer.
portraitDuncan Lorriman (BNP)
portraitGraham Glynn (English Democrat)

2001 Census Demographics

Total 2001 Population: 88329
Male: 48.8%
Female: 51.2%
Under 18: 23.5%
Over 60: 19.9%
Born outside UK: 2.5%
White: 99.3%
Mixed: 0.3%
Other: 0.2%
Christian: 81.3%
Full time students: 1.9%
Graduates 16-74: 19%
No Qualifications 16-74: 27.1%
Owner-Occupied: 78.5%
Social Housing: 12.8% (Council: 10.2%, Housing Ass.: 2.6%)
Privately Rented: 5.2%
Homes without central heating and/or private bathroom: 5.8%

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.