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Crewe & Nantwich
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
This division now looks like a safe Labour seat, but although it and its predecessors have been in their hands since 1945, they could have been derailed on more than one occasion. Since the pairing of the industrial town of Crewe, known for its junction for trains and its engineering, particularly its manufacture of Rolls Royce cars (not aeroplane engines), with the douce half timbered town of Nantwich, this has been one of the more socially and politically divided towns in England. Crewe is bigger than Nantwich but in 1983 Gwyneth Dunwoody's majority was cut to 290 votes. In 1997 this redoubtable lady stretched her lead to nearly 16,000, but this was mainly due to the national swing rather than the boundary changes which increased suburban at the expense of rural areas from that year. In theory therefore, this could be reversed, which would bring back the seat's marginal status.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Gwynneth Dunwoody, squarely-built and as hard-boiled as a 30 minute egg, was born in 1930 and elected first here in 1974, after 4 years as MP for Exeter in the 1960s. Labour’s longest-running woman MP among the 101 elected in 1997, she is decidedly not one of Blair’s Babes, whom she mocks for their whingeing about sexism and Commons creches. She scorns the ease with which they were dropped into the Commons on all-women shortlists without years of struggle first in hopeless seats. She is the daughter of Morgan Phillips, General Secretary of the Labour Party from 1944 to 1962, one of whose last acts was to launch ‘Signposts For The Sixties’, which promised ‘an integrated transport system.’ She, as Transport Select Committee chairman, and everyone else, is still waiting 40 years on.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 14.13% 14.99% 94.27
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.36% 2.13% 17.03
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.31% 2.49% 12.66
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 6.46% 4.43% 146.07
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 6.93% 7.27% 95.28
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.24% 2.56% 9.45
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.23% 3.94% 5.87
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 14.56% 13.04% 111.70
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 27.97% 12.70% 220.18
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 10.92% 8.14% 134.06
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 1.27% 4.02% 31.69
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 3.81% 3.19% 119.58
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 8.83% 11.31% 78.08
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.27% 3.06% 8.97
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 3.59% 2.52% 142.58
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.09% 0.06% 143.60
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
£0-5K 9.56% 9.41% 101.55
£5-10K 18.25% 16.63% 109.72
£10-15K 18.14% 16.58% 109.42
£15-20K 14.44% 13.58% 106.30
£20-25K 10.62% 10.39% 102.21
£25-30K 7.61% 7.77% 97.95
£30-35K 5.44% 5.79% 93.87
£35-40K 3.90% 4.33% 90.10
£40-45K 2.83% 3.27% 86.68
£45-50K 2.07% 2.48% 83.59
£50-55K 1.54% 1.90% 80.80
£55-60K 1.15% 1.47% 78.28
£60-65K 0.87% 1.15% 75.99
£65-70K 0.67% 0.91% 73.91
£70-75K 0.52% 0.72% 71.99
£75-80K 0.40% 0.57% 70.23
£80-85K 0.32% 0.46% 68.60
£85-90K 0.25% 0.37% 67.08
£90-95K 0.20% 0.31% 65.66
£95-100K 0.16% 0.25% 64.33
£100K + 0.77% 1.34% 57.27

Local Map of the constituency
Crewe & Nantwich - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Crewe & Nantwich - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (10.62%)
Conservative (- 11.90%) Liberal Democrat (-  0.76%)
Conservative (3.45%) Liberal Democrat (1.73%)
Labour (-  3.93%)
Con - 11.90%
Lab 10.62%
LD - 0.76%
Con 3.45%
Lab - 3.93%
LD 1.73%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Gwyneth Dunwoody
Labour hold
Con Conservative (30.45%) 12,650 30.45%
Lab Labour (54.29%) 22,556 54.29%
LD Liberal Democrat (13.47%) 5,595 13.47%
Oth Other (1.80%) 746 1.80%
Maj Majority (23.84%) 9,906 23.84%
Turn Turnout (60.18%) 41,547 60.18%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Gwyneth Dunwoody
Labour hold
LD David Cannon 5,595 13.47%
UK Roger Croston 746 1.80%
L Gwyneth Dunwoody 22,556 54.29%
C Donald Potter 12,650 30.45%
Candidates representing 4 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Gwyneth Dunwoody
Labour
Con Conservative (27.00%) 13,662 27.00%
Lab Labour (58.22%) 29,460 58.22%
LD Liberal Democrat (11.74%) 5,940 11.74%
Ref Referendum (3.05%) 1,543 3.05%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (31.22%) 15,798 31.22%
Turn Turnout (73.67%) 50,605 73.67%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (38.90%) 21,751 38.90%
Lab Labour (47.60%) 26,622 47.60%
LD Liberal Democrat (12.50%) 6,991 12.50%
Oth Other (1.00%) 579 1.00%
Maj Majority (8.70%) 4,871 8.70%
Turn Turnout (81.90%) 55,943 81.90%

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