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Crosby
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Labour's Claire Curtis-Thomas (then Curtis-Tansley) produced an early-declared massive (18pc) swing and shock by seizing Crosby in the centre of the Merseyside borough of Sefton by over 7,000 in 1997. This had been assumed to be a safe Tory seat so the national TV cameras were not there to capture it as a symbol in the way Gisela Stuart's less spectacular victory at Birmingham Edgbaston was. But a Tory revival is not impossible. They polled the most votes in the borough council elections of May 2000, and retain strong potential in Formby and the Blundellsands area; and they have come back from defeat before, by removing Shirley Williams after her byelection win for the SDP in 1982. It will probably be closer than 7,000 next time, and it would even be foolish to predict in whose favour.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Very tall, Welsh-accented Clare Curtis-Thomas, a Blair’s Babe elected in 1997, quickly took six months off to bond with her own new-born babe. Elected originally as Clare Curtis-Tansley, she adopted her present name after her election, the various options being derived from her mother (Curtis) and two of her former husbands’ names (Tansley and Thomas), but not her current husband’s name, which is ‘Lewis.’ Otherwise she is a rather rare Welsh born (1958) female chartered engineer, with a degree from Cardiff University, who doesn’t rebel, saying: ‘I am in the Centre, extremely rational and reasonable.’
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 41.69% 14.99% 278.03
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 1.85% 2.49% 74.46
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 1.80% 4.43% 40.71
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 3.49% 7.27% 48.05
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 4.54% 2.56% 176.92
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.11% 2.04% 5.22
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 3.92% 3.94% 99.31
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 20.10% 13.04% 154.18
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 4.30% 12.70% 33.87
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 2.72% 8.14% 33.43
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 7.61% 4.02% 189.14
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 0.94% 3.19% 29.38
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 3.16% 11.31% 27.95
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 2.50% 3.06% 81.67
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 1.25% 2.52% 49.73
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.02% 2.10% 0.92
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.00% 0.06% 0.00
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
£0-5K 7.03% 9.41% 74.65
£5-10K 13.51% 16.63% 81.20
£10-15K 14.77% 16.58% 89.06
£15-20K 13.15% 13.58% 96.84
£20-25K 10.80% 10.39% 103.96
£25-30K 8.57% 7.77% 110.23
£30-35K 6.70% 5.79% 115.68
£35-40K 5.21% 4.33% 120.35
£40-45K 4.06% 3.27% 124.35
£45-50K 3.17% 2.48% 127.76
£50-55K 2.49% 1.90% 130.67
£55-60K 1.96% 1.47% 133.15
£60-65K 1.56% 1.15% 135.27
£65-70K 1.24% 0.91% 137.06
£70-75K 1.00% 0.72% 138.59
£75-80K 0.80% 0.57% 139.88
£80-85K 0.65% 0.46% 140.97
£85-90K 0.53% 0.37% 141.88
£90-95K 0.44% 0.31% 142.63
£95-100K 0.36% 0.25% 143.25
£100K + 1.93% 1.34% 143.60

Local Map of the constituency
Crosby - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Crosby - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (22.38%)
Conservative (- 13.89%) Liberal Democrat (-  8.49%)
Labour (4.05%)
Conservative (-  2.33%) Liberal Democrat (-  0.43%)
Con - 13.89%
Lab 22.38%
LD - 8.49%
Con - 2.33%
Lab 4.05%
LD - 0.43%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Claire Curtis-Thomas
Labour hold
Con Conservative (32.48%) 11,974 32.48%
Lab Labour (55.14%) 20,327 55.14%
LD Liberal Democrat (11.08%) 4,084 11.08%
Oth Other (1.30%) 481 1.30%
Maj Majority (22.66%) 8,353 22.66%
Turn Turnout (64.25%) 36,866 64.25%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Claire Curtis-Thomas
Labour hold
C Robert Collinson 11,974 32.48%
L Claire Curtis-Thomas 20,327 55.14%
LD Tim Drake 4,084 11.08%
SL Mark Holt 481 1.30%
Candidates representing 4 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Clare Curtis-Tansley
Labour gain
Con Conservative (34.81%) 15,367 34.81%
Lab Labour (51.08%) 22,549 51.08%
LD Liberal Democrat (11.51%) 5,080 11.51%
Ref Referendum (1.84%) 813 1.84%
Oth Other (0.75%) 332 0.75%
Maj Majority (16.27%) 7,182 16.27%
Turn Turnout (77.18%) 44,141 77.18%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (48.70%) 23,329 48.70%
Lab Labour (28.70%) 13,738 28.70%
LD Liberal Democrat (20.00%) 9,558 20.00%
Oth Other (2.60%) 1,237 2.60%
Maj Majority (20.00%) 9,591 20.00%
Turn Turnout (81.29%) 47,862 81.29%

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