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Carlisle
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
An independently minded and unusual town, once the home of the only nationalised pubs in the country as well as a medieval bishopric (one of only four such in the north), Carlisle has elected Labour MPs ever since 1964, firstly the teetotal Ron Lewis and then Eric Martlew. Margins have never been high, and the Conservatives have never lost all hope; in the 1980s, the majority never reached even one thousand. Also, they have over the years hoped for boundary changes which would bring in more of the solidly Tory border country to boost the often undersized Carlisle electorate. This may happen after the next review, but that is not due until after the next two general elections. There were persistent rumours that Eric Martlew would not fight Carlisle again for Labour, but he has indeed been reselected and is set for a fourth term in his home town seat.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Eric Martlew, elected here in 1987 and a Labour Whip in Opposition, was dropped in 1997, but made a PPS, at first to David Clark and then to Baroness Jay after Clark was sacked in 1998. A burly man, he comes with solid local credentials. Born 1949, educated locally at Harroby Secondary School and at technical college, he worked as a lab technician and then personnel manager at the local Nestle's factory for 21 years, sat on the local County Council for 14 years, and was Chairman of Carlisle Labour Party for six years. Reasonably enough a campaigner for an upgraded West Coast Main Line, he served as a rather plodding Defence spokesman in Opposition, under the equally lacklustre and hapless David Clark. He has been critical of the handling of the foot and mouth crisis.

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ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 7.24% 14.99% 48.29
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 1.20% 2.13% 56.47
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 1.01% 2.49% 40.61
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 2.73% 4.43% 61.63
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 8.43% 7.27% 115.86
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 1.41% 2.56% 54.97
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 1.78% 3.94% 45.09
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 9.14% 13.04% 70.12
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 27.46% 12.70% 216.20
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 10.34% 8.14% 126.95
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 3.68% 4.02% 91.61
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 6.19% 3.19% 194.32
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 14.30% 11.31% 126.38
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.37% 3.06% 12.11
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 4.62% 2.52% 183.32
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.11% 0.06% 168.74
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 10.08% 9.41% 107.06
5-10K 20.58% 16.63% 123.74
10-15K 20.33% 16.58% 122.62
15-20K 15.51% 13.58% 114.20
20-25K 10.73% 10.39% 103.28
25-30K 7.17% 7.77% 92.19
30-35K 4.75% 5.79% 81.96
35-40K 3.16% 4.33% 72.94
40-45K 2.13% 3.27% 65.15
45-50K 1.45% 2.48% 58.50
50-55K 1.01% 1.90% 52.85
55-60K 0.71% 1.47% 48.03
60-65K 0.51% 1.15% 43.92
65-70K 0.37% 0.91% 40.39
70-75K 0.27% 0.72% 37.35
75-80K 0.20% 0.57% 34.71
80-85K 0.15% 0.46% 32.40
85-90K 0.11% 0.37% 30.38
90-95K 0.09% 0.31% 28.60
95-100K 0.07% 0.25% 27.01
100K + 0.28% 1.34% 20.55

Local Map of the constituency
Carlisle - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Carlisle - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (12.10%)
Conservative (- 12.21%) Liberal Democrat (-  2.51%)
Conservative (5.83%) Liberal Democrat (1.18%)
Labour (-  6.25%)
Con - 12.21%
Lab 12.10%
LD - 2.51%
Con 5.83%
Lab - 6.25%
LD 1.18%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Eric Martlew
Labour hold
Con Conservative (34.82%) 12,154 34.82%
Lab Labour (51.15%) 17,856 51.15%
LD Liberal Democrat (11.68%) 4,076 11.68%
Oth Other (2.36%) 823 2.36%
Maj Majority (16.33%) 5,702 16.33%
Turn Turnout (59.36%) 34,909 59.36%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Eric Martlew
Labour hold
LD John Guest 4,076 11.68%
L Eric Martlew 17,856 51.15%
C Mike Mitchelson 12,154 34.82%
LCA Colin Paisley 554 1.59%
SA Paul Wilcox 269 0.77%
Candidates representing 5 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Eric Martlew
Labour
Con Conservative (28.99%) 12,641 28.99%
Lab Labour (57.40%) 25,031 57.40%
LD Liberal Democrat (10.49%) 4,576 10.49%
Ref Referendum (2.83%) 1,233 2.83%
Oth Other (0.29%) 126 0.29%
Maj Majority (28.41%) 12,390 28.41%
Turn Turnout (72.78%) 43,607 72.78%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (41.20%) 19,746 41.20%
Lab Labour (45.30%) 21,667 45.30%
LD Liberal Democrat (13.00%) 6,232 13.00%
Oth Other (0.50%) 230 0.50%
Maj Majority (4.00%) 1,921 4.00%
Turn Turnout (78.33%) 47,875 78.33%

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