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Charnwood
Conservative hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
An extra seat was created by the Boundary Commission in Leicestershire in 1997, which swept up bits and pieces from five oversized Tory seats in the county. This was welcome news indeed for Stephen Dorrell, at one time a fast-rising Conservative Cabinet Minister. But in fact the boundary changes became a bane for the Tories because they corralled too many Tory voters in one seat at the expense of making all the others more vulnerable to Labour. Dorrell's former seat of Loughborough was a loss in 1997. Charnwood itself includes the almost all white (over 95pc), owner occupied (86pc, fourth highest in the UK) suburbs of Leicester, such as Birstall and the other comunities of the Soar Valley, and Leicester Forest East, known to many as a pit stop on the M1, and although it is not particularly upper class or well educated, it is almost an identikit Conservative near-certainty.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Stephen Dorrell moved here from vulnerable Loughborough in 1997, after serving in a series of government posts, eventually as Health Secretary. Born 1952, and Uppingham and Brasenose College Oxford-educated, he was and is again a director of his family's industrial clothing company. Appointed to run Health in a more voter-friendly way than Virginia Bottomley, as a One Nation Europhile he trimmed in a sceptical direction, but without helping his leadership prospects, and quit the frontbench after a year of Opposition in 1998. His career is politically only restorable under an unlikely comeback by Kenneth Clarke, whom he backed after dropping his own leadership bid in 1997.

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ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 21.03% 14.99% 140.23
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.16% 2.13% 7.66
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.62% 2.49% 25.13
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 9.91% 4.43% 224.06
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 22.65% 7.27% 311.43
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.09% 2.56% 3.55
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 17.12% 13.04% 131.29
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 18.42% 12.70% 145.04
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 6.48% 8.14% 79.58
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.00% 4.02% 0.00
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 2.92% 3.19% 91.71
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 0.43% 11.31% 3.76
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.13% 3.06% 4.28
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 0.00% 2.52% 0.00
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.03% 0.06% 44.89
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 6.99% 9.41% 74.26
5-10K 14.51% 16.63% 87.23
10-15K 16.21% 16.58% 97.75
15-20K 14.27% 13.58% 105.05
20-25K 11.39% 10.39% 109.55
25-30K 8.71% 7.77% 111.99
30-35K 6.55% 5.79% 113.01
35-40K 4.90% 4.33% 113.07
40-45K 3.67% 3.27% 112.50
45-50K 2.77% 2.48% 111.55
50-55K 2.10% 1.90% 110.35
55-60K 1.61% 1.47% 109.01
60-65K 1.24% 1.15% 107.59
65-70K 0.96% 0.91% 106.15
70-75K 0.75% 0.72% 104.70
75-80K 0.59% 0.57% 103.27
80-85K 0.47% 0.46% 101.88
85-90K 0.38% 0.37% 100.52
90-95K 0.30% 0.31% 99.20
95-100K 0.24% 0.25% 97.93
100K + 1.22% 1.34% 90.70

Local Map of the constituency
Charnwood - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Charnwood - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (14.38%)
Conservative (- 14.12%) Liberal Democrat (-  4.94%)
Conservative (1.75%) Liberal Democrat (3.37%)
Labour (-  3.76%)
Con - 14.12%
Lab 14.38%
LD - 4.94%
Con 1.75%
Lab - 3.76%
LD 3.37%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Stephen Dorrell
Conservative hold
Con Conservative (48.23%) 23,283 48.23%
Lab Labour (32.22%) 15,554 32.22%
LD Liberal Democrat (16.23%) 7,835 16.23%
Oth Other (3.32%) 1,603 3.32%
Maj Majority (16.01%) 7,729 16.01%
Turn Turnout (64.51%) 48,275 64.51%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Stephen Dorrell
Conservative hold
UK Jamie Bye 1,603 3.32%
C Stephen Dorrell 23,283 48.23%
LD Susan King 7,835 16.23%
L Sean Sheahan 15,554 32.22%
Candidates representing 4 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Stephen Dorrell
Conservative
Con Conservative (46.48%) 26,110 46.48%
Lab Labour (35.98%) 20,210 35.98%
LD Liberal Democrat (12.86%) 7,224 12.86%
Ref Referendum (3.75%) 2,104 3.75%
Oth Other (0.93%) 525 0.93%
Maj Majority (10.50%) 5,900 10.50%
Turn Turnout (77.28%) 56,173 77.28%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (60.60%) 35,126 60.60%
Lab Labour (21.60%) 12,526 21.60%
LD Liberal Democrat (17.80%) 10,345 17.80%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (39.00%) 22,600 39.00%
Turn Turnout (80.92%) 57,997 80.92%

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