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Readers Poll Con 52% Lab 28% LD 18% Nat 2% Enter your vote to win 1M

Enfield, Southgate
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
It is often assumed that Stephen Twigg's victory over Michael Portillo, for so many the highlight of election results night on 1 May 1997, was an aberration which will be reversed next time (though not by Portillo, who has moved to another London seat, Kensington and Chelsea, in a 1999 by-election). However, local results, and London-wide and even national opinion polls suggest that this is not quite so certain, as the long-term shift on the frings of the capital to new Labour has lasted beyond most expectations. John Flack must treat Southgate as no more than a 50-50 chance, and Stephen Twigg may not (yet) have to move to continue that parliamentary career which started so spectacularly.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Stephen Twigg was Labour's most emblematic winner in 1997 as the unexpected vanquisher of an unpopular Cabinet Minister, Michael Portillo, and as one of a clutch of known homosexual MPs. Born in 1966 and educated at Southgate Comprehensive and Balliol College Oxford, very tall, sallow-skinned and blessed with a good deal of boyish charm, he has been dubbed "New Labour's answer to Dale Winton". He must deeply regret his party's decision to block unexpected and highly talented MPs like him chicken-running to safer seats. Perhaps understandably he backs PR, because he is unlikely to survive here without it; he also backs Israel and Greek Cyprus, and constituency interests explain that too. His homosexuality led him to heckle the overly heterosexual Labour MP Joe Ashton when Ashton opposed gay sex at 16 if it exposed boys to predatory teachers or children's home carers. His likely Tory nemesis looms in the shape of John Flack, Essex-born in 1957, and educated at Abbs Cross High School, Hornchurch, and externally at Reading University College of Estate Management. Flack is director of a property investment company (owning eight retail chemists until selling them in November 1997). He previously worked as a chartered surveyor. A member of Conservative Way Forward and board member of the Countryside Alliance, he backs small business deregulation and cooks "a memorable curry". He is a Eurosceptic, dislikes high taxation, and, like Twigg, prudently backs Israel and Greek Cyprus.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 27.72% 14.99% 184.85
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 6.14% 2.49% 246.91
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 0.00% 4.43% 0.00
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 0.60% 7.27% 8.24
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 12.30% 2.56% 479.49
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 17.18% 2.04% 841.80
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 2.15% 3.94% 54.47
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 5.30% 13.04% 40.64
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 2.23% 12.70% 17.52
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 0.87% 8.14% 10.67
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 20.27% 4.02% 504.03
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 0.59% 3.19% 18.44
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 1.67% 11.31% 14.72
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 2.90% 3.06% 94.67
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 0.00% 2.52% 0.00
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.10% 0.06% 165.96
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 3.97% 9.41% 42.18
5-10K 8.79% 16.63% 52.84
10-15K 11.29% 16.58% 68.12
15-20K 11.52% 13.58% 84.80
20-25K 10.56% 10.39% 101.60
25-30K 9.17% 7.77% 117.90
30-35K 7.73% 5.79% 133.37
35-40K 6.41% 4.33% 147.88
40-45K 5.27% 3.27% 161.36
45-50K 4.31% 2.48% 173.83
50-55K 3.53% 1.90% 185.34
55-60K 2.89% 1.47% 195.96
60-65K 2.37% 1.15% 205.74
65-70K 1.95% 0.91% 214.76
70-75K 1.60% 0.72% 223.09
75-80K 1.33% 0.57% 230.78
80-85K 1.10% 0.46% 237.89
85-90K 0.92% 0.37% 244.48
90-95K 0.76% 0.31% 250.59
95-100K 0.64% 0.25% 256.26
100K + 3.80% 1.34% 282.81

Local Map of the constituency
Enfield, Southgate - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Enfield, Southgate - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (18.01%)
Conservative (- 16.77%) Liberal Democrat (-  3.73%)
Labour (7.64%)
Conservative (-  2.51%) Liberal Democrat (-  3.67%)
Con - 16.77%
Lab 18.01%
LD - 3.73%
Con - 2.51%
Lab 7.64%
LD - 3.67%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Stephen Twigg
Labour hold
Con Conservative (38.61%) 16,181 38.61%
Lab Labour (51.84%) 21,727 51.84%
LD Liberal Democrat (7.00%) 2,935 7.00%
Oth Other (2.54%) 1,065 2.54%
Maj Majority (13.23%) 5,546 13.23%
Turn Turnout (63.10%) 41,908 63.10%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Stephen Twigg
Labour hold
C John Flack 16,181 38.61%
UK Roy Freshwater 298 0.71%
G Elaine Graham-Leigh 662 1.58%
LD Wayne Hoban 2,935 7.00%
I Andrew Malakouna 105 0.25%
L Stephen Twigg 21,727 51.84%
Candidates representing 6 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Stephen Twigg
Labour gain
Con Conservative (41.13%) 19,137 41.13%
Lab Labour (44.21%) 20,570 44.21%
LD Liberal Democrat (10.67%) 4,966 10.67%
Ref Referendum (2.88%) 1,342 2.88%
Oth Other (1.11%) 518 1.11%
Maj Majority (3.08%) 1,433 3.08%
Turn Turnout (70.72%) 46,533 70.72%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (57.90%) 28,390 57.90%
Lab Labour (26.20%) 12,845 26.20%
LD Liberal Democrat (14.40%) 7,072 14.40%
Oth Other (1.40%) 695 1.40%
Maj Majority (31.70%) 15,545 31.70%
Turn Turnout (75.26%) 49,002 75.26%

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