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Derby South
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
The more strongly Labour half of Derby, and indeed the seat which has remained in their hands since the war, South's social profile looks fairly similar to that of North with the exception of ethnic makeup; there are nearly nine times as many non-white residents here, in the inner sections of the seat like Litchurch and Babington wards, both won by Asian Muslim candidates in the most recent elections in May 2000. There are also mainly white working class Labour strongholds like Normanton, Osmaston and Sinfin nearer the edge of the city. The other wards, which are more middle class (Littleover, Mickleover, Kingsway on the western periphery) were taken by Liberal Democrats, not Tories, then; but this is of less concern to sitting member Margaret Beckett, for the Lib Dems were third in the last General Election, although they did improve their percentage noticeably from a very low base. Ms Beckett will be free to continue leading the House of Commons after the next election should Mr Blair still be in office - and still call on her.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Margaret Beckett, MP here since 1983 (and before that for Lincoln 1974-79) is Labourís longest running female frontbencher, with all but two of her 26 years in the Commons spent as a spokesman, whip or minister. A professional politician, who has weaved amid the partyís left wing factions, and been out of step with Blair on Clause 4, the minimum wage and union workplace recognition, she was nevertheless the Shadow Chief Secretary before 1992 who prefigured the tight-money regime of Chancellor Brown after 1997. Born 1943 and educated at Catholic schools, she trained as a metallurgist at Manchester College of Science & Technology. Although she is Labourís senior woman figure, she lacks the charisma and warmth to make her a Barbara Castle, and her dour rather prune-like image alongside Blair on the Treasury bench conveys the impression of less than unconditional support.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 9.82% 14.99% 65.49
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.05% 2.13% 2.55
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 1.30% 2.49% 52.40
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 4.81% 4.43% 108.64
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 7.82% 7.27% 107.48
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 1.07% 2.56% 41.88
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 3.47% 3.94% 88.11
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 13.24% 13.04% 101.52
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 10.05% 12.70% 79.10
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 7.12% 8.14% 87.38
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 4.06% 4.02% 100.94
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 3.28% 3.19% 102.94
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 19.64% 11.31% 173.60
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 2.74% 3.06% 89.64
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 7.48% 2.52% 297.14
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 3.80% 2.10% 180.72
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.25% 0.06% 406.42
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
£0-5K 13.11% 9.41% 139.24
£5-10K 20.77% 16.63% 124.89
£10-15K 18.53% 16.58% 111.75
£15-20K 13.72% 13.58% 101.01
£20-25K 9.61% 10.39% 92.43
£25-30K 6.65% 7.77% 85.50
£30-35K 4.62% 5.79% 79.78
£35-40K 3.25% 4.33% 74.98
£40-45K 2.31% 3.27% 70.88
£45-50K 1.67% 2.48% 67.34
£50-55K 1.22% 1.90% 64.25
£55-60K 0.91% 1.47% 61.51
£60-65K 0.68% 1.15% 59.08
£65-70K 0.52% 0.91% 56.89
£70-75K 0.39% 0.72% 54.92
£75-80K 0.31% 0.57% 53.13
£80-85K 0.24% 0.46% 51.50
£85-90K 0.19% 0.37% 50.00
£90-95K 0.15% 0.31% 48.62
£95-100K 0.12% 0.25% 47.35
£100K + 0.55% 1.34% 41.17

Local Map of the constituency
Derby South - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Derby South - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (7.96%) Liberal Democrat (3.55%)
Conservative (- 15.72%)
Labour (0.18%) Liberal Democrat (4.94%)
Conservative (-  0.91%)
Con - 15.72%
Lab 7.96%
LD 3.55%
Con - 0.91%
Lab 0.18%
LD 4.94%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Margaret Beckett
Labour hold
Con Conservative (24.27%) 10,455 24.27%
Lab Labour (56.44%) 24,310 56.44%
LD Liberal Democrat (19.29%) 8,310 19.29%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (32.16%) 13,855 32.16%
Turn Turnout (55.68%) 43,075 55.68%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Margaret Beckett
Labour hold
L Margaret Beckett 24,310 56.44%
LD Anders Hanson 8,310 19.29%
C Simon Spencer 10,455 24.27%
Candidates representing 3 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Margaret Beckett
Labour
Con Conservative (25.18%) 13,048 25.18%
Lab Labour (56.26%) 29,154 56.26%
LD Liberal Democrat (14.35%) 7,438 14.35%
Ref Referendum (3.59%) 1,862 3.59%
Oth Other (0.61%) 317 0.61%
Maj Majority (31.08%) 16,106 31.08%
Turn Turnout (67.84%) 51,819 67.84%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (40.90%) 23,400 40.90%
Lab Labour (48.30%) 27,627 48.30%
LD Liberal Democrat (10.80%) 6,195 10.80%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (7.40%) 4,227 7.40%
Turn Turnout (75.63%) 57,222 75.63%

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