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Cannock Chase
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
This industrial area in South Staffordshire around the heathland which has given the constituency its name has usually been sympathetic to the Labour cause, although often it has been included with less solid territory which has created marginal status. Now, however, Cannock is paired with Rugeley, the most Labour-friendly part of the abolished Mid Staffordshire seat, and in 1997 Tony Wright polled just about twice as many votes as his nearest (Conservative) challenger. It should be safe for at least one more election.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Dr. Tony Wright, elected here in 1992, is an academic maverick ignored for office after a short spell as PPS to the Lord Chancellor, and an increasingly vocal critic of New Labour's "theoretical vapidity." Born in 1948, educated at Kettering Grammar School, LSE, Harvard, and Balliol College Oxford, he taught Politics for 17 years at Birmingham University. With his cheeky-chappy mien reflecting the detachment and lack of earnest self-belief of the career politician, he has settled for role of gadfly on radical freedom of information legislation and on Lib-Lab tactical voting. Reflecting academic Labourites' strange obsession with constitutional tinkering, he wants fixed term parliaments and has also called for a new national anthem, but is happy for Prince Charles to marry Mrs. Parker Bowles. His call for all England footballers who score a hat-trick of goals to be knighted was seen by Quentin Letts (late of the Telegraph) as an example of how embarrassing it is to see "a clever man trying to be so feebly populist."

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ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 6.32% 14.99% 42.18
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.07% 2.13% 3.07
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.00% 2.49% 0.00
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 12.47% 4.43% 281.85
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 16.90% 7.27% 232.37
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.00% 2.56% 0.00
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.00% 3.94% 0.00
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 8.38% 13.04% 64.30
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 19.95% 12.70% 157.05
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 16.68% 8.14% 204.79
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.00% 4.02% 0.00
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 2.75% 3.19% 86.31
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 15.27% 11.31% 135.03
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.20% 3.06% 6.66
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 1.00% 2.52% 39.74
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.00% 0.06% 0.00
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 9.38% 9.41% 99.66
5-10K 18.01% 16.63% 108.30
10-15K 18.27% 16.58% 110.23
15-20K 14.81% 13.58% 109.01
20-25K 11.00% 10.39% 105.81
25-30K 7.88% 7.77% 101.36
30-35K 5.58% 5.79% 96.28
35-40K 3.94% 4.33% 91.01
40-45K 2.80% 3.27% 85.85
45-50K 2.01% 2.48% 80.96
50-55K 1.46% 1.90% 76.42
55-60K 1.07% 1.47% 72.25
60-65K 0.79% 1.15% 68.47
65-70K 0.59% 0.91% 65.03
70-75K 0.45% 0.72% 61.90
75-80K 0.34% 0.57% 59.07
80-85K 0.26% 0.46% 56.49
85-90K 0.20% 0.37% 54.14
90-95K 0.16% 0.31% 52.00
95-100K 0.13% 0.25% 50.04
100K + 0.55% 1.34% 41.09

Local Map of the constituency
Cannock Chase - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Cannock Chase - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (5.82%)
Conservative (- 11.03%) Liberal Democrat (-  3.54%)
Conservative (2.89%) Labour (1.31%) Liberal Democrat (5.14%)
Con - 11.03%
Lab 5.82%
LD - 3.54%
Con 2.89%
Lab 1.31%
LD 5.14%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Tony Wright
Labour hold
Con Conservative (30.06%) 12,345 30.06%
Lab Labour (56.13%) 23,049 56.13%
LD Liberal Democrat (13.81%) 5,670 13.81%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (26.07%) 10,704 26.07%
Turn Turnout (55.93%) 41,064 55.93%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Tony Wright
Labour hold
LD Stewart Reynolds 5,670 13.81%
C Gavin Smithers 12,345 30.06%
L Tony Wright 23,049 56.13%
Candidates representing 3 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Tony Wright
Labour
Con Conservative (27.17%) 14,227 27.17%
Lab Labour (54.82%) 28,705 54.82%
LD Liberal Democrat (8.66%) 4,537 8.66%
Ref Referendum (3.18%) 1,663 3.18%
Oth Other (6.18%) 3,234 6.18%
Maj Majority (27.65%) 14,478 27.65%
Turn Turnout (72.37%) 52,366 72.37%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (38.20%) 22,790 38.20%
Lab Labour (49.00%) 29,259 49.00%
LD Liberal Democrat (12.20%) 7,283 12.20%
Oth Other (0.60%) 383 0.60%
Maj Majority (10.80%) 6,469 10.80%
Turn Turnout (84.40%) 59,715 84.40%

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