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 Rother Valley
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Kevin Barron Labour 22,851 62.1 -5.5
James Duddridge Conservative 7,969 21.7 +5.0
Win Knight Liberal Democrat 4,603 12.5 +0.9
David Cutts UK Independence 1,380 3.7  
Majority 14,882 40.4
Turnout 36,803 53.2 -14.0
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 5.2% from Labour to Conservative

Description
The Rother Valley seat is an equal mix of countryside and small towns, wrapped around the edges of industrial Rotherham. Owner occupation of homes is high, unemployment runs below the national average and the seat enjoys a fair blend of managerial and skilled-manual workers.

Coal mining was a key industry in this area, but the industry declined massively in the 1980s and 1990s.

An unusual aspect of Rother Valley is its above average levels of owner occupation, 70%, and its correspondingly low level of council-rented homes - a statistical glitch for a constituency supposedly crippled by the disappearance of its primary industry. The seat has pulled through the hard times with a series of regeneration and reclamation projects, as well as re-inventing itself as a dormitory for managerial and skilled manual workers who commute into bordering Rotherham.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Rother Valley
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
Kevin Barron Labour 31,184 67.6
Steven Stanbury Conservative 7,699 16.7
Stan Burgess Liberal Democrat 5,342 11.6
Stephen Cook Referendum 1,932 4.2
Majority 23,485 50.9
Turnout 46,157 67.2
 
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