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Corby
Conservative gain

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
It might seem counter-intuitive, but Corby, that heavy industrial outpost in rural Northamptonshire, with its inter war steelworks and its post World War II new town development, did not elect a Labour MP for 14 years after it received its own seat in 1983; this in a place with Orange Lodges and a Rangers FC Social Club, belying the west of Scotland roots of many of the workers who migrated in search of employment. It shows how depressed Old Labour was in 1983, 1987, and only half recovered in 1992. There is also the matter of the delightful north Northants countryside, with the warm honey coloured stone villages which start just outside the anomalous Corby's boundaries (Rockingham Castle is but a couple of miles away), which includes the bijou small town of Oundle, dominated on its north side at least by its sprawling and clearly highly affluent independent secondary school. Here too is Irthlingborough, the site of the most recent addition to the Football League, Rushden and Diamonds, whose Nene Park stadium is cheek by jowl with the footwear factory of R Griggs, known for Doc Marten's boots (Max Griggs is the chairman and benefactor of Diamonds). Rushden itself, though but three miles away, is in the super-close Wellingborough division. However, Corby is scarcely a marginal any more: in 1997 Phil Hope won by nearly 12,000, and it may well be another dozen or so years before the Conservatives are competitive again.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Phil Hope, Labour victor here in 1997, and PPS to Nick Raynsford, is a loyalist bowler of stooge questions. Son of a Metropolitan Police Commander, born 1955, educated at Wandsworth School and St Lukeís College, Exeter. A former teacher and community worker, he backs the European Union for its aid to the ex-steel town of Corby. A one-time tap dancer, he has yet to do so at Prime Ministerís Question time.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 13.86% 14.99% 92.45
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 1.87% 2.13% 87.91
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.50% 2.49% 20.20
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 8.09% 4.43% 182.87
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 8.95% 7.27% 123.06
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 1.15% 2.56% 44.89
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 13.70% 13.04% 105.10
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 13.79% 12.70% 108.55
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 13.41% 8.14% 164.69
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.32% 4.02% 7.83
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 2.61% 3.19% 82.08
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 19.65% 11.31% 173.77
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.43% 3.06% 14.05
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 1.63% 2.52% 64.86
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.02% 0.06% 33.92
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
£0-5K 7.83% 9.41% 83.14
£5-10K 16.35% 16.63% 98.33
£10-15K 17.50% 16.58% 105.54
£15-20K 14.60% 13.58% 107.47
£20-25K 11.08% 10.39% 106.60
£25-30K 8.12% 7.77% 104.50
£30-35K 5.91% 5.79% 102.03
£35-40K 4.32% 4.33% 99.60
£40-45K 3.18% 3.27% 97.39
£45-50K 2.37% 2.48% 95.45
£50-55K 1.79% 1.90% 93.79
£55-60K 1.36% 1.47% 92.38
£60-65K 1.05% 1.15% 91.19
£65-70K 0.82% 0.91% 90.18
£70-75K 0.64% 0.72% 89.33
£75-80K 0.51% 0.57% 88.61
£80-85K 0.41% 0.46% 88.00
£85-90K 0.33% 0.37% 87.47
£90-95K 0.27% 0.31% 87.02
£95-100K 0.22% 0.25% 86.63
£100K + 1.14% 1.34% 85.10

Local Map of the constituency
Corby - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Corby - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (11.49%)
Conservative (- 11.09%) Liberal Democrat (-  2.70%)
Conservative (3.82%) Liberal Democrat (2.56%)
Labour (- 55.39%)
Con - 11.09%
Lab 11.49%
LD - 2.70%
Con 3.82%
Lab - 55.39%
LD 2.56%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Phil Hope
Conservative gain
Con Conservative (37.23%) 17,583 37.23%
Lab 0 0.00%
LD Liberal Democrat (10.06%) 4,751 10.06%
Oth Other (52.70%) 24,888 52.70%
Maj Majority (27.17%) 12,832 27.17%
Turn Turnout (65.31%) 47,222 65.31%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Phil Hope
Conservative gain
SL Andrew Dickson 750 1.59%
UK Ian Gillman 855 1.81%
C Andrew Griffith 17,583 37.23%
LC Phil Hope 23,283 49.31%
LD Kevin Scudder 4,751 10.06%
Candidates representing 5 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Philip Hope
Labour gain
Con Conservative (33.41%) 18,028 33.41%
Lab Labour (55.39%) 29,888 55.39%
LD Liberal Democrat (7.50%) 4,045 7.50%
Ref Referendum (2.51%) 1,356 2.51%
Oth Other (1.19%) 640 1.19%
Maj Majority (21.98%) 11,860 21.98%
Turn Turnout (77.91%) 53,957 77.91%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (44.50%) 25,203 44.50%
Lab Labour (43.90%) 24,861 43.90%
LD Liberal Democrat (10.20%) 5,792 10.20%
Oth Other (1.40%) 784 1.40%
Maj Majority (0.60%) 342 0.60%
Turn Turnout (81.87%) 56,640 81.87%

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