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Crawley
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
For decades Labour could not win a seat in west Sussex, but now Crawley looks very safe; in the May 2000 local elections, even in the midterm of the government when they were at an ebb of popularity they outpolled their Conservative rivals by 20pc in the Borough of Crawley and won 10 of the 12 council wards. This may be affluent southern England, but Crawley is still an ex government designated New Town with about one and a half times as many local authority houses as an average constituency and scarcely less working class than the national average, with by far the largest percentage of ethnic minorities in Sussex (though that isn't saying very much). It also seems much less Euro-phobic than most of the county, indeed than most of England, and a breakdown of its votes in the Euro-elections of June 1999 suggest that even this issue will not play for the Tories here.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
One of five new Labour MPs in Sussex in 1997, Laura Moffatt, a former nurse, was born in 1954 and brought up in Crawley, educated at Hazelwick Comprehensive School and Crawley College of Technology. She was selected from an all-women shortlist and detests ‘sexist terminology’. Having oddly opted in the Commons for assignment to the Defence Select Committee, her interests have ranged from the NHS to Nato.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 7.88% 14.99% 52.57
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.57% 2.49% 22.79
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 11.25% 4.43% 254.12
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 6.19% 7.27% 85.14
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 2.82% 2.56% 110.13
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.06% 2.04% 3.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.22% 3.94% 5.49
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 9.41% 13.04% 72.20
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 11.96% 12.70% 94.19
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 13.36% 8.14% 164.04
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 2.40% 4.02% 59.72
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 7.45% 3.19% 233.78
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 25.18% 11.31% 222.61
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.39% 3.06% 12.70
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 0.36% 2.52% 14.31
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.49% 2.10% 23.38
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.01% 0.06% 11.46
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
£0-5K 8.21% 9.41% 87.20
£5-10K 15.19% 16.63% 91.36
£10-15K 16.11% 16.58% 97.15
£15-20K 13.83% 13.58% 101.78
£20-25K 10.92% 10.39% 105.10
£25-30K 8.35% 7.77% 107.35
£30-35K 6.30% 5.79% 108.77
£35-40K 4.75% 4.33% 109.54
£40-45K 3.59% 3.27% 109.81
£45-50K 2.72% 2.48% 109.68
£50-55K 2.08% 1.90% 109.25
£55-60K 1.60% 1.47% 108.57
£60-65K 1.24% 1.15% 107.70
£65-70K 0.97% 0.91% 106.68
£70-75K 0.76% 0.72% 105.53
£75-80K 0.60% 0.57% 104.30
£80-85K 0.48% 0.46% 102.99
£85-90K 0.38% 0.37% 101.63
£90-95K 0.31% 0.31% 100.24
£95-100K 0.25% 0.25% 98.82
£100K + 1.19% 1.34% 88.89

Local Map of the constituency
Crawley - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Crawley - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (14.74%)
Conservative (- 12.18%) Liberal Democrat (-  6.29%)
Conservative (0.36%) Liberal Democrat (4.46%)
Labour (-  5.73%)
Con - 12.18%
Lab 14.74%
LD - 6.29%
Con 0.36%
Lab - 5.73%
LD 4.46%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Laura Moffatt
Labour hold
Con Conservative (32.18%) 12,718 32.18%
Lab Labour (49.31%) 19,488 49.31%
LD Liberal Democrat (12.67%) 5,009 12.67%
Oth Other (5.84%) 2,307 5.84%
Maj Majority (17.13%) 6,770 17.13%
Turn Turnout (55.18%) 39,522 55.18%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Laura Moffatt
Labour hold
UK Brian Galloway 1,137 2.88%
SA Muriel Hirsch 251 0.64%
JP Arshad Khan 271 0.69%
L Laura Moffatt 19,488 49.31%
LD Linda Seekings 5,009 12.67%
C Henry Smith 12,718 32.18%
ML Claire Staniford 388 0.98%
SL Karl Stewart 260 0.66%
Candidates representing 8 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Laura Moffatt
Labour gain
Con Conservative (31.82%) 16,043 31.82%
Lab Labour (55.04%) 27,750 55.04%
LD Liberal Democrat (8.21%) 4,141 8.21%
Ref Referendum (3.83%) 1,931 3.83%
Oth Other (1.09%) 552 1.09%
Maj Majority (23.22%) 11,707 23.22%
Turn Turnout (73.03%) 50,417 73.03%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (44.00%) 22,738 44.00%
Lab Labour (40.30%) 20,848 40.30%
LD Liberal Democrat (14.50%) 7,492 14.50%
Oth Other (1.20%) 645 1.20%
Maj Majority (3.70%) 1,890 3.70%
Turn Turnout (77.54%) 51,723 77.54%

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