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 Amber Valley
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Judy Mallaber Labour 23,101 51.9 -2.8
Gillian Shaw Conservative 15,874 35.7 +2.2
Kate Smith Liberal Democrat 5,538 12.4 +4.7
Majority 7,227 16.2
Turnout 44,513 60.3 -15.7
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 2.5% from Labour to Conservative

Description
"Amber Valley" is one of the biggest misnomers in British politics. The seatís enchanting name, taken from the river Amber that flows through the constituency into Derbyshireís main river, the Derwent, belies a landscape of abandoned coal seams, industrial estates and rows of Victorian terraced housing.

Created in 1983, Amber Valley was formed out of parts of the old Ilkeston and Belper constituencies, and lies to the north of Derby and south of Chesterfield - and is a gateway to the Peak District National Park.

The seatís main population centres are the former mining towns of Alfreton, Heanor and Ripley, hardy East Midland communities that turned to light engineering following the demise of coal in the sixties, only to be hit by the economic recession of the nineties. The seat is now home to the headquarters of companies such as Thorntons chocolates, Denby pottery, Bowmer and Kirkland, the Derbyshire building society and substantial textile and tourism industries.

Unusually for a former mining seat, the Conservative Phillip Oppenheim held it from its inception in 1983 until the landslide of 1997.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Amber Valley
Labour gain from Conservative
Name Party Votes %
Judy Mallaber Labour 29,943 54.7
Phillip Oppenheim Conservative 18,330 33.5
Roger Shelley Liberal Democrat 4,219 7.7
Irene McGibbon Referendum 2,283 4.2
Majority 11,613 21.2
Turnout 54,775 76.0
 
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