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Eddisbury
Conservative hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
For eight years from 1989 to 1997 the Conservatives could not win a single by-election anywhere in Britain, under any circumstances, but while their fortunes have scarcely been repaired in Opposition, they have at least managed some "holds" in this Parliament. One of the most creditable was at Eddisbury in south western Cheshire, where a slender majority of 1,185 did not perish despite the migration of Sir Alasdair Goodlad to Brussels as an EU Commissioner (such causes usually militate against a defending party's chances in a by-election), and Stephen O'Brien should now be set to continue his career in the Commons for the foreseeable future. There is a substantial Labour vote based on the gritty overspill and industrial town of Winsford, whose economy was originally based on the extraction of salt and sand: there is even a ward called Gravel. But the by-election showed that this was not quite enough to overcome the more widely spread Conservative sources of support: Frodsham, Helsby, Hartford, Tarportley, Tarvin, Malpas and Audlem.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Mild-mannered former solicitor Stephen O'Brien won the Eddisbury by-election in 1999, fought by Labour on the hunting issue. Tanzania-born in 1957, he attended Loretto School, Kenya, Sedbergh School, Emmanuel College, Cambridge, and Chester College of Law. An opponent of red tape choking business, his by-election victory on countryside issues killed Labour's hopes of being the first government for 17 years to take a seat from the opposition at a by-election. Labour's Bill Sykes, born 1968, works as a press officer with the Co-operative Bank.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 40.32% 14.99% 268.94
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 6.73% 2.13% 316.40
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.59% 2.49% 23.54
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 9.50% 4.43% 214.71
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 6.41% 7.27% 88.08
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.00% 2.56% 0.09
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.00% 3.94% 0.00
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 12.34% 13.04% 94.65
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 7.31% 12.70% 57.54
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 7.08% 8.14% 86.93
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.07% 4.02% 1.81
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 0.67% 3.19% 21.18
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 4.57% 11.31% 40.39
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.03% 3.06% 1.05
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 4.38% 2.52% 173.74
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.00% 0.06% 0.00
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 6.57% 9.41% 69.78
5-10K 13.21% 16.63% 79.40
10-15K 14.59% 16.58% 87.98
15-20K 13.06% 13.58% 96.17
20-25K 10.78% 10.39% 103.74
25-30K 8.59% 7.77% 110.53
30-35K 6.75% 5.79% 116.49
35-40K 5.27% 4.33% 121.68
40-45K 4.12% 3.27% 126.15
45-50K 3.23% 2.48% 130.01
50-55K 2.54% 1.90% 133.34
55-60K 2.01% 1.47% 136.22
60-65K 1.60% 1.15% 138.71
65-70K 1.28% 0.91% 140.87
70-75K 1.03% 0.72% 142.76
75-80K 0.83% 0.57% 144.41
80-85K 0.67% 0.46% 145.86
85-90K 0.55% 0.37% 147.13
90-95K 0.45% 0.31% 148.26
95-100K 0.37% 0.25% 149.26
100K + 2.06% 1.34% 153.07

Local Map of the constituency
Eddisbury - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Eddisbury - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (9.03%)
Conservative (- 10.18%) Liberal Democrat (-  1.67%)
Conservative (3.79%) Liberal Democrat (2.49%)
Labour (-  4.11%)
Con - 10.18%
Lab 9.03%
LD - 1.67%
Con 3.79%
Lab - 4.11%
LD 2.49%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Stephen O'Brien
Conservative hold
Con Conservative (46.31%) 20,556 46.31%
Lab Labour (36.02%) 15,988 36.02%
LD Liberal Democrat (15.71%) 6,975 15.71%
Oth Other (1.96%) 868 1.96%
Maj Majority (10.29%) 4,568 10.29%
Turn Turnout (64.16%) 44,387 64.16%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Stephen O'Brien
Conservative hold
UK David Carson 868 1.96%
L Bill Eyres 15,988 36.02%
C Stephen O'Brien 20,556 46.31%
LD Paul Roberts 6,975 15.71%
Candidates representing 4 parties stood for election to this seat.
Byelection Results
By Election (22 July 1999)
Resignation of Rt Hon Sir Alastair Robertson Goodlad on appointment as High Commissioner to the Commonwealth of Australia 28 June 1999
Stephen O'Brien
Conservative
Con Conservative (44.84%) 15,465 44.84%
Lab Labour (40.18%) 13,859 40.18%
LD Liberal Democrat (13.79%) 4,757 13.79%
Oth Other (1.18%) 408 1.18%
Maj Majority (4.66%) 1,606 4.66%
Turn Turnout (51.41%) 34,489 51.41%
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Alistair Goodlad
Conservative
Con Conservative (42.52%) 21,027 42.52%
Lab Labour (40.13%) 19,842 40.13%
LD Liberal Democrat (13.23%) 6,540 13.23%
Ref Referendum (4.13%) 2,041 4.13%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (2.40%) 1,185 2.40%
Turn Turnout (75.78%) 49,450 75.78%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (52.70%) 26,794 52.70%
Lab Labour (31.10%) 15,798 31.10%
LD Liberal Democrat (14.90%) 7,553 14.90%
Oth Other (1.40%) 699 1.40%
Maj Majority (21.60%) 10,996 21.60%
Turn Turnout (81.54%) 50,844 81.54%

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