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Bristol West
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Surely one of the most interesting contests in the country may be expected next time in the very large seat of Bristol West: in 1997, with 84,870 voters, it was the second largest parliamentary constituency after the anomalous Isle of Wight. All three main parties polled over 17,500 voters, and Labour's Valerie Davey took her party from third place to a narrow victory over Cabinet Minister William Waldegrave. In due course the seat, which must lose electors in the next boundary changes, may become more inclined to Labour as the ultra-Tory Stoke Bishop joins the similar Westbury on Trym in the North West division of the city, but the immediate contest will be fought on the same lines as last time. It is never predictable, but the Conservatives will count themselves favourites; it is very well worth staying up to keep an eye on West as the next General Election night progresses.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Valerie Davey, surprise Labour victor here in 1997 on the back of a helpful Observer opinion poll, has been an unobtrusive backbencher posing 7 written questions in her first year. A standard issue Labour MP as a former teacher turned full-time councillor, she was born 1940, educated at undisclosed schools and at Birmingham University. Of mousey-looking blue-stocking appearance and of Methodist affiliation, she is challenged by Pamela Chesters for the Conservatives. Scots-born in 1956, educated at George Watson's Ladies College, Edinburgh, and St Andrew's University, she is now London-based as leader of the Tory group on Camden Council, where she claims to have split the ruling Labour Group. A former BP executive she now runs with her husband a management consultancy serving blue chip companies.

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ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 18.54% 14.99% 123.63
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 1.52% 2.49% 61.22
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 0.26% 4.43% 5.81
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 0.00% 7.27% 0.06
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 21.94% 2.56% 855.47
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 3.90% 2.04% 191.21
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 36.24% 3.94% 919.02
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 2.58% 13.04% 19.75
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 1.69% 12.70% 13.33
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 1.88% 8.14% 23.03
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 7.66% 4.02% 190.36
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 0.29% 3.19% 9.08
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 0.00% 11.31% 0.00
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.91% 3.06% 29.84
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 0.00% 2.52% 0.00
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 2.57% 2.10% 122.52
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.02% 0.06% 30.03
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 6.89% 9.41% 73.17
5-10K 11.92% 16.63% 71.65
10-15K 13.03% 16.58% 78.60
15-20K 11.94% 13.58% 87.89
20-25K 10.18% 10.39% 97.92
25-30K 8.40% 7.77% 108.03
30-35K 6.83% 5.79% 117.92
35-40K 5.52% 4.33% 127.43
40-45K 4.46% 3.27% 136.50
45-50K 3.60% 2.48% 145.11
50-55K 2.92% 1.90% 153.26
55-60K 2.37% 1.47% 160.98
60-65K 1.94% 1.15% 168.29
65-70K 1.59% 0.91% 175.21
70-75K 1.31% 0.72% 181.79
75-80K 1.08% 0.57% 188.05
80-85K 0.90% 0.46% 194.01
85-90K 0.75% 0.37% 199.69
90-95K 0.63% 0.31% 205.13
95-100K 0.53% 0.25% 210.35
100K + 3.24% 1.34% 240.98

Local Map of the constituency
Bristol West - Local Map of the constituency

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Bristol West - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (11.83%)
Conservative (- 12.25%) Liberal Democrat (-  1.18%)
Conservative (6.32%) Labour (14.84%)
Liberal Democrat (- 23.23%)
Con - 12.25%
Lab 11.83%
LD - 1.18%
Con 6.32%
Lab 14.84%
LD - 23.23%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Valerie Davey
Labour hold
Con Conservative (39.16%) 16,040 39.16%
Lab Labour (50.06%) 20,505 50.06%
LD Liberal Democrat (4.79%) 1,961 4.79%
Oth Other (5.98%) 2,451 5.98%
Maj Majority (10.90%) 4,465 10.90%
Turn Turnout (48.29%) 40,957 48.29%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Valerie Davey
Labour hold
C Pamela Chesters 16,040 39.16%
L Valerie Davey 20,505 50.06%
G John Devaney 1,961 4.79%
UK Simon Muir 490 1.20%
LD Stephen Williams 1,961 4.79%
Candidates representing 5 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Valerie Davey
Labour gain
Con Conservative (32.85%) 20,575 32.85%
Lab Labour (35.23%) 22,068 35.23%
LD Liberal Democrat (28.02%) 17,551 28.02%
Ref Referendum (2.08%) 1,304 2.08%
Oth Other (1.82%) 1,143 1.82%
Maj Majority (2.38%) 1,493 2.38%
Turn Turnout (73.81%) 62,641 73.81%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (45.10%) 26,850 45.10%
Lab Labour (23.40%) 13,900 23.40%
LD Liberal Democrat (29.20%) 17,356 29.20%
Oth Other (2.30%) 1,371 2.30%
Maj Majority (16.00%) 9,494 16.00%
Turn Turnout (76.34%) 59,477 76.34%

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