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Dudley North
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Slightly the less safe of the two Dudley divisions on the western edge of the West Midlands conurbation, the seat actually splits between Labour and Conservative on east - west lines. The governing party's strongest areas are further towards the heart of the population mass in Dudley itself and Coseley, but the Conservatives are fighting back in Sedgley, an old market town on the northwestern fringe of the countryside. There were ructions about candidature before the 1997 General Election, with Charles Falconer, one of "Tony's legal cronies" originally scheduled to be shoehorned in at the last minute in place of the veteran John Gilbert, who not only went to the Lords but also initially entered the government as Minister for Defence Procurement. Then on Falconer's withdrawal (his children went to private schools) an even later substitute was found in Ross Cranston. All these shenanigans probably helped to attract a Socialist Labour party candidate, who got 2,000 votes and kept the Labour share increase down to under 6pc, one of their worst in the country. As a consequence the seat still creeps into lists of marginals. In May 2000 as in other parts of the West Midlands Labour did very badly in the borough elections, on a terrible turnout except in Sedgley, and were behind the Tory candidates overall. One imagines this will not occur in a General Election, but nothing should be taken for granted.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Ross Cranston, one of the few Australians in British politics, came from nowhere (or at least the LSE) in 1997, as a last minute alternative to Charles Falconer, who was supposed to be shood-in to become Solicitor General, until his children's private schooling was exposed. Within a year, through his own shoo-in on an NEC-imposed shortlist, Cranston was himself Solicitor General. A dry, uncharismatic academic Blairite, he was born 1948 in Brisbane and educated at the Universities of Queensland, Harvard and Oxford.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 8.15% 14.99% 54.36
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.22% 2.49% 8.77
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 4.79% 4.43% 108.17
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 6.63% 7.27% 91.09
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.00% 2.56% 0.00
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.67% 3.94% 17.05
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 11.18% 13.04% 85.71
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 16.63% 12.70% 130.88
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 19.03% 8.14% 233.72
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.00% 4.02% 0.00
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 5.27% 3.19% 165.50
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 20.33% 11.31% 179.71
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 1.24% 3.06% 40.54
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 4.85% 2.52% 192.41
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 1.03% 2.10% 48.95
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.00% 0.06% 0.00
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 12.75% 9.41% 135.39
5-10K 21.09% 16.63% 126.81
10-15K 19.02% 16.58% 114.71
15-20K 14.10% 13.58% 103.81
20-25K 9.82% 10.39% 94.46
25-30K 6.72% 7.77% 86.42
30-35K 4.60% 5.79% 79.45
35-40K 3.18% 4.33% 73.36
40-45K 2.22% 3.27% 68.02
45-50K 1.57% 2.48% 63.30
50-55K 1.13% 1.90% 59.12
55-60K 0.82% 1.47% 55.40
60-65K 0.60% 1.15% 52.09
65-70K 0.45% 0.91% 49.12
70-75K 0.33% 0.72% 46.45
75-80K 0.25% 0.57% 44.05
80-85K 0.19% 0.46% 41.88
85-90K 0.15% 0.37% 39.91
90-95K 0.12% 0.31% 38.12
95-100K 0.09% 0.25% 36.49
100K + 0.39% 1.34% 29.20

Local Map of the constituency
Dudley North - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Dudley North - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (5.69%)
Conservative (- 12.40%) Liberal Democrat (-  1.46%)
Conservative (3.07%) Labour (0.92%) Liberal Democrat (0.45%)
Con - 12.40%
Lab 5.69%
LD - 1.46%
Con 3.07%
Lab 0.92%
LD 0.45%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Ross Cranston
Labour hold
Con Conservative (34.48%) 13,295 34.48%
Lab Labour (52.11%) 20,095 52.11%
LD Liberal Democrat (8.69%) 3,352 8.69%
Oth Other (4.72%) 1,822 4.72%
Maj Majority (17.63%) 6,800 17.63%
Turn Turnout (55.92%) 38,564 55.92%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Ross Cranston
Labour hold
LD Richard Burt 3,352 8.69%
L Ross Cranston 20,095 52.11%
BNP Simon Derby 1,822 4.72%
C Andrew Griffiths 13,295 34.48%
Candidates representing 4 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
John Gilbert
Labour
Con Conservative (31.40%) 15,014 31.40%
Lab Labour (51.19%) 24,471 51.19%
LD Liberal Democrat (8.24%) 3,939 8.24%
Ref Referendum (2.51%) 1,201 2.51%
Oth Other (6.66%) 3,183 6.66%
Maj Majority (19.78%) 9,457 19.78%
Turn Turnout (69.45%) 47,808 69.45%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (43.80%) 23,776 43.80%
Lab Labour (45.50%) 24,730 45.50%
LD Liberal Democrat (9.70%) 5,273 9.70%
Oth Other (1.00%) 565 1.00%
Maj Majority (1.80%) 954 1.80%
Turn Turnout (77.10%) 54,344 77.10%

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