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Eccles
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
The central of the three parliamenmatry constituencies in the Greater Manchester borough of Salford, Eccles is safely Labour. There are small Tory enclaves at Ellesmere Park within Eccles ward, and Swinton South, one of two wards won by that party in the May 2000 Salford council elections (along with Worsley / Boothstown in the western Worsley constituency), but these scarcely make ripples on the millpond-smooth water of the Labour majority here, which reached nigh on 22,000 in 1997. The seat lies along the Manchester Ship Canal, a tribute to Manchester's commercial and industrial history and predominance. The Tories are going nowhere, though, in Eccles.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Ian Stewart, Labour's new MP here in 1997, is a balding, bearded Scotsman, born in 1950 and educated at secondary schools in Blantyre and in the Manchester area, and at Bolton Art College, Stretford Technical College, and Manchester Metropolitan University. Originally an electrician and Shell chemical plant worker, he was for nearly 20 years a TGWU official. He has been mildly rebellious against the Blair government, opposing lone parent benefit cuts and abolition of student maintenance grants, and calling for earnings-related pensions. Otherwise he is a staunch North Western regionalist, a pro European and an IT enthusiast.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 3.94% 14.99% 26.28
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.08% 2.13% 3.63
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.00% 2.49% 0.00
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 0.66% 4.43% 14.84
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 3.95% 7.27% 54.31
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.28% 2.56% 10.82
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 1.73% 3.94% 43.77
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 16.76% 13.04% 128.50
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 22.01% 12.70% 173.24
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 15.83% 8.14% 194.37
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.82% 4.02% 20.49
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 7.25% 3.19% 227.60
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 18.70% 11.31% 165.32
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 2.56% 3.06% 83.53
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 5.39% 2.52% 213.96
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.06% 0.06% 102.48
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 10.35% 9.41% 109.98
5-10K 19.24% 16.63% 115.69
10-15K 18.72% 16.58% 112.93
15-20K 14.64% 13.58% 107.76
20-25K 10.59% 10.39% 101.85
25-30K 7.45% 7.77% 95.86
30-35K 5.22% 5.79% 90.10
35-40K 3.67% 4.33% 84.70
40-45K 2.60% 3.27% 79.72
45-50K 1.87% 2.48% 75.16
50-55K 1.35% 1.90% 71.01
55-60K 0.99% 1.47% 67.23
60-65K 0.73% 1.15% 63.80
65-70K 0.55% 0.91% 60.68
70-75K 0.42% 0.72% 57.85
75-80K 0.32% 0.57% 55.26
80-85K 0.24% 0.46% 52.90
85-90K 0.19% 0.37% 50.74
90-95K 0.15% 0.31% 48.75
95-100K 0.12% 0.25% 46.93
100K + 0.52% 1.34% 38.59

Local Map of the constituency
Eccles - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Eccles - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (9.08%) Liberal Democrat (1.14%)
Conservative (- 12.38%)
Conservative (1.98%) Liberal Democrat (4.09%)
Labour (-  2.21%)
Con - 12.38%
Lab 9.08%
LD 1.14%
Con 1.98%
Lab - 2.21%
LD 4.09%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Ian Stewart
Labour hold
Con Conservative (20.69%) 6,867 20.69%
Lab Labour (64.48%) 21,395 64.48%
LD Liberal Democrat (14.83%) 4,920 14.83%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (43.78%) 14,528 43.78%
Turn Turnout (48.25%) 33,182 48.25%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Ian Stewart
Labour hold
LD Bob Boyd 4,920 14.83%
C Peter Caillard 6,867 20.69%
L Ian Stewart 21,395 64.48%
Candidates representing 3 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Ian Stewart
Labour
Con Conservative (18.72%) 8,552 18.72%
Lab Labour (66.68%) 30,468 66.68%
LD Liberal Democrat (10.74%) 4,905 10.74%
Ref Referendum (3.86%) 1,765 3.86%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (47.97%) 21,916 47.97%
Turn Turnout (65.60%) 45,690 65.60%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (31.10%) 16,730 31.10%
Lab Labour (57.60%) 30,960 57.60%
LD Liberal Democrat (9.60%) 5,186 9.60%
Oth Other (1.60%) 867 1.60%
Maj Majority (26.50%) 14,230 26.50%
Turn Turnout (74.39%) 53,743 74.39%

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