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Copeland
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
This is a low swinging seat in west Cumberland based on Whitehaven, the remote Millom, and the rugged Cleator Moor, Egremont and Frizington, but also reaching the western Lakes like Wastwater and Ennerdale Water and including England's highest peak, Scafell Pike. It has proved remarkably resistant to tampering by the Boundary Commissioners, although it has one of the smallest electorates in England at under 55,000. For thirty years it has been won by another survivor with a notably thick skin, Jack Cunningham, who has managed to combine being an environment spokesman (and later Agriculture Secretary and "Cabinet Enforcer" before resigning in October 1999) with representing this seat, which includes the Sellafield nuclear power establishment. His margins of victory have often been close, but Copeland has never quite got rid of him.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Dr Jack Cunningham (the doctorate is in chemistry from Durham University), dropped in 1999 as Cabinet Office minister, is lingering in the Commons at the age of 61 (born 1939) after 30 years. A junior minister in the 1970s - in the Callaghan government, after being Callaghan’s PPS - he was given the Agriculture Ministry in 1997 where he had to mop up after the BSE crisis. Previously outclassed by Douglas Hurd when shadowing him in Opposition, known unflatteringly as ‘Junket Jack’ and (by Brian Sedgemore) ‘Alderman Vanity’, he cuts a politically incorrect dash with ecologists for his constituency-linked advocacy of nuclear power and his former consultancy with chemical industry interests.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 7.68% 14.99% 51.24
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 3.98% 2.13% 187.08
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.03% 2.49% 1.21
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 2.36% 4.43% 53.26
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 12.23% 7.27% 168.18
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.27% 2.56% 10.72
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.61% 3.94% 15.47
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 6.75% 13.04% 51.79
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 23.26% 12.70% 183.12
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 17.02% 8.14% 209.05
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.68% 4.02% 16.84
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 2.72% 3.19% 85.45
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 18.46% 11.31% 163.23
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 1.18% 3.06% 38.48
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 2.76% 2.52% 109.50
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 11.12% 9.41% 118.12
£5-10K 17.99% 16.63% 108.17
£10-15K 17.22% 16.58% 103.86
£15-20K 13.76% 13.58% 101.32
£20-25K 10.31% 10.39% 99.23
£25-30K 7.55% 7.77% 97.17
£30-35K 5.50% 5.79% 95.02
£35-40K 4.02% 4.33% 92.78
£40-45K 2.95% 3.27% 90.50
£45-50K 2.19% 2.48% 88.21
£50-55K 1.64% 1.90% 85.94
£55-60K 1.23% 1.47% 83.72
£60-65K 0.94% 1.15% 81.55
£65-70K 0.72% 0.91% 79.45
£70-75K 0.56% 0.72% 77.43
£75-80K 0.43% 0.57% 75.49
£80-85K 0.34% 0.46% 73.62
£85-90K 0.27% 0.37% 71.82
£90-95K 0.21% 0.31% 70.11
£95-100K 0.17% 0.25% 68.46
£100K + 0.79% 1.34% 59.13

Local Map of the constituency
Copeland - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Copeland - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (9.41%) Liberal Democrat (1.62%)
Conservative (- 14.18%)
Conservative (8.27%) Liberal Democrat (1.51%)
Labour (-  6.34%)
Con - 14.18%
Lab 9.41%
LD 1.62%
Con 8.27%
Lab - 6.34%
LD 1.51%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Jack Cunningham
Labour hold
Con Conservative (37.49%) 13,027 37.49%
Lab Labour (51.77%) 17,991 51.77%
LD Liberal Democrat (10.74%) 3,732 10.74%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (14.28%) 4,964 14.28%
Turn Turnout (64.92%) 34,750 64.92%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Jack Cunningham
Labour hold
L Jack Cunningham 17,991 51.77%
LD Mark Gayler 3,732 10.74%
C Mike Graham 13,027 37.49%
Candidates representing 3 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Jack Cunningham
Labour
Con Conservative (29.22%) 12,081 29.22%
Lab Labour (58.11%) 24,025 58.11%
LD Liberal Democrat (9.22%) 3,814 9.22%
Ref Referendum (2.51%) 1,036 2.51%
Oth Other (0.94%) 389 0.94%
Maj Majority (28.89%) 11,944 28.89%
Turn Turnout (76.19%) 41,345 76.19%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (43.40%) 19,889 43.40%
Lab Labour (48.70%) 22,328 48.70%
LD Liberal Democrat (7.60%) 3,508 7.60%
Oth Other (0.30%) 148 0.30%
Maj Majority (5.30%) 2,439 5.30%
Turn Turnout (82.58%) 45,873 82.58%

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