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 Don Valley
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Caroline Flint Labour 20,009 54.6 -3.7
James Browne Conservative 10,489 28.6 +4.0
Philip Smith Liberal Democrat 4,089 11.2 +1.5
Terry Wilde Independent 800 2.2  
David Cooper UK Independence 777 2.1  
Nigel Ball Socialist Labour 466 1.3 -1.1
Majority 9,520 26.0
Turnout 36,630 55.3 -11.1
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 3.9% from Labour to Conservative

Description
The seat of Don Valley curls around the south side of Doncaster in roughly a kidney shape, but has a more diverse political make-up than one might suspect.

Of its six Doncaster borough wards, two, South East and Southern Parks, have little ties to the mining industry and are usually Conservative. A third, Hatfield, is marginal. The other three wards are all colliery communities and traditionally Labour, indeed the latter has a history of flirtation with Communism and militancy.

Following the decline of coal mining, other industries have been attracted to settle here to compensate for loss of pit jobs, while engineering and agriculture were industries already established when coal was still king. This has led to the majority of the seat's workforce being involved in manual jobs, although not perhaps to the same extent of surrounding constituencies.

Following the redistribution of some 23,000 primarily Labour-inclined voters away from here to help form the Barnsley East and Mexborough seat, there was much speculation before 1997 that Labour's grip on this South Yorkshire stronghold may be about to weaken, but its majority remained healthy.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Don Valley
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
Caroline Flint Labour 25,376 58.3
Clare Gledhill Conservative 10,717 24.6
Paul Johnston Liberal Democrat 4,238 9.7
Paul Davis Referendum 1,379 3.2
Nigel Ball Socialist Labour 1,024 2.4
Stephen Platt Green 493 1.1
Claire Johnson ProLife Alliance 330 0.8
Majority 14,659 33.7
Turnout 43,557 66.4
 
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