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 Derbyshire North East
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Harry Barnes Labour 23,437 55.6 -4.9
James Hollingsworth Conservative 11,179 26.5 +1.3
Mark Higginbottom Liberal Democrat 7,508 17.8 +3.5
Majority 12,258 29.1
Turnout 42,124 58.9 -13.6
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 3.1% from Labour to Conservative

Description
Derbyshire North East is a mixed constituency, rural in the west and parts of the south, and residential in areas that border the Peak District.

The attractive rural landscapes and new residential developments, combined with the disappearance of coal mining, continue to change the character of this constituency.

In the north east are the former mining towns of Eckington and Killamarsh and in the south Clay Cross. Although the pits are long gone, some engineering firms and other industries have survived. Unemployment is high in Holmewood and Heath ward, but there is hope in the form of an Enterprise Zone created alongside the M1 at junction 21.

Clay Cross achieved notoriety in the early 1970s when the Labour council refused to implement the Tory government's Housing Finance Act. The councillors, including Dennis Skinner's brother, were surcharged for their defiance.

Labour has held the seat for many years, but with declining majorities from 1970 to 1997 as its profile has changed from mining to skilled and managerial workers.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Derbyshire North East
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
Harry Barnes Labour 31,425 60.5
Simon Elliott Conservative 13,104 25.2
Stephen Hardy Liberal Democrat 7,450 14.3
Majority 18,321 35.2
Turnout 51,979 72.5
 
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