Shirebrook is a former mining town in the North Derbyshire district of Bolsover, a rock solid Labour town at the heart of Dennis Skinner's constituency.
Shirebrook North West is in the poorest 1 percent of council wards in England and almost entirely white working class. Two years ago the British National Party (BNP) ran a candidate in the county council elections and won 20 percent of the vote.
The Labour majority on the district council is a mix of solid Labour left wingers and self-serving placemen. Stephen Fritchley, our opponent, has built a property empire in the area over the years and is widely unpopular.