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 Bolsover
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Dennis Skinner Labour 26,249 68.6 -5.4
Simon Massey Conservative 7,472 19.5 +2.8
Marie Bradley Liberal Democrat 4,550 11.9 +2.6
Majority 18,777 49.1
Turnout 38,271 56.9 -14.3
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 4.1% from Labour to Conservative

Description
Since 1945, Bolsover has only elected two MPs - both Labour and both former Miners - first Harold Neil and then Dennis Skinner, who took over in 1970. Both have seen the seat transformed from the UK's largest employer of miners, to a constituency that employs none at all.

On a local level, four wards in the seat come within the north-east Derbyshire district, but most of the constituency is served by the Labour-dominated Bolsover council. It's not unusual for Labour candidates to be returned unopposed here, with the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats deciding not to provide cannon fodder in the face of such overwhelming odds.

Since the closure of the last pits in 1992, the seat has struggled to reinvent itself. The number of households headed by manual workers is amongst the highest in the country, whilst the proportion headed by skilled non-manual workers is among the lowest. There are some agricultural areas in the constituency interspersed by small towns and villages that used to be supported by mines.

No doubt there will be attempts to promote the tourist industry, with the archeologically important site of at Creswell Crags featuring prominently, along with a rich industrial heritage and one famous attraction - Hardwick Hall, home of Bess of Hardwick.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Bolsover
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
Dennis Skinner Labour 35,073 74.0
Richard Harwood Conservative 7,924 16.7
Ian Cox Liberal Democrat 4,417 9.3
Majority 27,149 57.3
Turnout 47,414 71.2
 
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