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Readers Poll Con 52% Lab 28% LD 18% Nat 2% Enter your vote to win 1M

Chester, City of
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Chester was held by the Conservatives in Labour's landslide of 1966, but the long term swing to Labour in the north west certainly reached the Cheshire county town, with its well known tourist attractions (cathedral, zoo, walls, and an upper-storey medieval shop layout known as the rows). Besides the middle class residential areas such as that portrayed on the Channel 4 youth soap opera Hollyoaks, there are large Labour supporting council estates here such as Blacon, which looks as working class as anything on Merseyside. Gyles Brandreth added some froth to the Commons during his one term here, but he was thrown out by a decisive five figure majority. He is unlikely to reappear on the green benches, but he remains a regular elsewhere: on Channel 4 on Countdown, and in Stratford upon Avon he runs an excellent Teddy Bear museum.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Christine Russell, a former librarian and PA to Labour MEPs, won here for Labour in 1997. Born 1945 and educated at Spalding High School and Northwest London Polytechnic, she has been a loyal, unobtrusive, locally-focused MP, who tabled a mere eight written questions in her first year. Her selection from an all-women shortlist was re-run after the suspension of the practice in 1996.

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ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 28.90% 14.99% 192.75
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.54% 2.13% 25.50
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 3.31% 2.49% 133.02
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 3.42% 4.43% 77.31
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 2.39% 7.27% 32.85
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 2.89% 2.56% 112.51
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.09% 2.04% 4.20
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 6.17% 3.94% 156.45
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 16.84% 13.04% 129.16
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 4.11% 12.70% 32.34
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 7.49% 8.14% 91.95
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 7.49% 4.02% 186.32
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 3.23% 3.19% 101.27
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 7.46% 11.31% 65.94
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 2.11% 3.06% 68.94
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 3.40% 2.52% 135.02
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.17% 0.06% 276.63
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 8.71% 9.41% 92.52
5-10K 15.28% 16.63% 91.89
10-15K 15.61% 16.58% 94.14
15-20K 13.26% 13.58% 97.65
20-25K 10.53% 10.39% 101.35
25-30K 8.14% 7.77% 104.71
30-35K 6.23% 5.79% 107.58
35-40K 4.76% 4.33% 109.92
40-45K 3.65% 3.27% 111.78
45-50K 2.81% 2.48% 113.22
50-55K 2.18% 1.90% 114.33
55-60K 1.70% 1.47% 115.15
60-65K 1.33% 1.15% 115.75
65-70K 1.05% 0.91% 116.17
70-75K 0.84% 0.72% 116.43
75-80K 0.67% 0.57% 116.58
80-85K 0.54% 0.46% 116.64
85-90K 0.44% 0.37% 116.62
90-95K 0.36% 0.31% 116.54
95-100K 0.29% 0.25% 116.42
100K + 1.54% 1.34% 114.68

Local Map of the constituency
Chester, City of - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Chester, City of - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (12.38%)
Conservative (- 10.48%) Liberal Democrat (-  4.08%)
Liberal Democrat (5.17%)
Conservative (-  1.10%) Labour (-  4.49%)
Con - 10.48%
Lab 12.38%
LD - 4.08%
Con - 1.10%
Lab - 4.49%
LD 5.17%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Christine Russell
Labour hold
Con Conservative (33.13%) 14,866 33.13%
Lab Labour (48.49%) 21,760 48.49%
LD Liberal Democrat (14.68%) 6,589 14.68%
Oth Other (3.70%) 1,662 3.70%
Maj Majority (15.36%) 6,894 15.36%
Turn Turnout (63.76%) 44,877 63.76%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Christine Russell
Labour hold
LD Tony Dawson 6,589 14.68%
C David Jones 14,866 33.13%
I George Rogers 763 1.70%
L Christine Russell 21,760 48.49%
UK Allan Weddell 899 2.00%
Candidates representing 5 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Christine Russell
Labour gain
Con Conservative (34.22%) 19,253 34.22%
Lab Labour (52.98%) 29,806 52.98%
LD Liberal Democrat (9.52%) 5,353 9.52%
Ref Referendum (2.64%) 1,487 2.64%
Oth Other (0.64%) 358 0.64%
Maj Majority (18.76%) 10,553 18.76%
Turn Turnout (78.43%) 56,257 78.43%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (44.70%) 25,641 44.70%
Lab Labour (40.60%) 23,281 40.60%
LD Liberal Democrat (13.60%) 7,808 13.60%
Oth Other (1.00%) 593 1.00%
Maj Majority (4.10%) 2,360 4.10%
Turn Turnout (83.61%) 57,323 83.61%

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