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Congleton
Conservative hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Ann Winterton should yet again hold off a Liberal Democrat challenge here in South Cheshire, just as the Conservative candidates did (narrowly) in the two-way battles here in local elections in May 2000. The Liberal Democrats have been dominant for years at municipal level in the towns of Middlewich, Sandbach, Holmes Chapel, Alsager and Congleton itself with its large if inelegantly named suburb of Buglawton, but their high-water mark has been passed, and it was always wise to take their aspirations at parliamentary level here with a pinch of salt, this area's most notable commodity historically.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Ann Winterton, MP here since 1983, is a hard right Thatcherite replica of her husband Nick, MP for the next door seat of Macclesfield. A Hague frontbencher as a drugs spokesman, she is a proud and bloody-minded member of the awkward squad; a wholesale Eurosceptic deeply conservative on issues of abortion, embryo research, homosexuality and euthanasia. But, like her husband, she is not a routine free-marketeer, but rebels in a protectionist direction on Sunday trading, defence of the Royal Ordnance factories, and Heseltineís pit closures. She was born 1941, educated at Erdington Grammar School for Girls, and met Nick as his bossís daughter.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 32.16% 14.99% 214.50
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.16% 2.13% 7.68
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.15% 2.49% 5.94
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 10.96% 4.43% 247.68
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 14.33% 7.27% 197.01
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.12% 2.56% 4.58
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.07% 2.04% 3.51
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.17% 3.94% 4.28
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 17.42% 13.04% 133.57
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 11.70% 12.70% 92.11
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 7.11% 8.14% 87.36
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.82% 4.02% 20.44
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 1.52% 3.19% 47.85
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 3.05% 11.31% 26.97
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.24% 3.06% 8.00
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 0.01% 0.06% 12.56
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
£0-5K 5.67% 9.41% 60.25
£5-10K 11.76% 16.63% 70.71
£10-15K 13.74% 16.58% 82.85
£15-20K 12.85% 13.58% 94.59
£20-25K 10.94% 10.39% 105.25
£25-30K 8.92% 7.77% 114.68
£30-35K 7.12% 5.79% 122.94
£35-40K 5.64% 4.33% 130.16
£40-45K 4.46% 3.27% 136.45
£45-50K 3.52% 2.48% 141.96
£50-55K 2.80% 1.90% 146.79
£55-60K 2.23% 1.47% 151.04
£60-65K 1.78% 1.15% 154.79
£65-70K 1.43% 0.91% 158.12
£70-75K 1.16% 0.72% 161.08
£75-80K 0.94% 0.57% 163.71
£80-85K 0.77% 0.46% 166.07
£85-90K 0.63% 0.37% 168.19
£90-95K 0.52% 0.31% 170.09
£95-100K 0.43% 0.25% 171.81
£100K + 2.40% 1.34% 178.77

Local Map of the constituency
Congleton - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Congleton - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (8.34%)
Conservative (-  7.29%) Liberal Democrat (-  1.97%)
Conservative (5.09%) Labour (2.93%)
Liberal Democrat (-  8.17%)
Con - 7.29%
Lab 8.34%
LD - 1.97%
Con 5.09%
Lab 2.93%
LD - 8.17%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Ann Winterton
Conservative hold
Con Conservative (46.30%) 20,872 46.30%
Lab Labour (30.47%) 13,738 30.47%
LD Liberal Democrat (21.56%) 9,719 21.56%
Oth Other (1.67%) 754 1.67%
Maj Majority (15.82%) 7,134 15.82%
Turn Turnout (100.00%) 45,083 100.00%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Ann Winterton
Conservative hold
L John Flanagan 13,738 30.47%
LD David Lloyd-Griffiths 9,719 21.56%
C Ann Winterton 20,872 46.30%
UK Bill Young 754 1.67%
Candidates representing 4 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Ann Winterton
Conservative
Con Conservative (41.21%) 22,012 41.21%
Lab Labour (27.54%) 14,714 27.54%
LD Liberal Democrat (29.73%) 15,882 29.73%
Ref 0 0.00%
Oth Other (1.52%) 811 1.52%
Maj Majority (11.48%) 6,130 11.48%
Turn Turnout (77.56%) 53,419 77.56%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (48.50%) 27,007 48.50%
Lab Labour (19.20%) 10,684 19.20%
LD Liberal Democrat (31.70%) 17,657 31.70%
Oth Other (0.70%) 373 0.70%
Maj Majority (16.80%) 9,350 16.80%
Turn Turnout (84.34%) 55,721 84.34%

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