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Erith & Thamesmead
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
A tough riverside area near the mouth of the Thames, spanning the boundaries between Greenwich and Bexley boroughs, Erith and Thamesmead is safe for the former Woolwich Labour MP formerly known as John Austin Walker. All wards are safe Labour, and the remnants of the SDP vote created by the former Woolwich MP John Cartwright have finally disappeared. This is a mixture of older (Eeith, Northumberland Heath, Abbey Wood) and much newer (Thamesmead) working class territory, with many social problems including some of the worst race relations in the country. The far Right is informally active, but the British National Party only achieved 1.7pc of the democratic vote here in 1997.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
John Austin (John Austin-Walker, until dropping his wife's surname in 1997 after their divorce) has rebelled mildly against the Blair government on lone parent benefit cuts, predatory pricing of the Murdoch press, and on means testing incapacity benefit. This is a low strike rate for someone who was Chairman of the Campaign Group as recently as 1995. Born 1944, and educated at Glyn County Grammar School, Epsom, Goldsmith's College and Bristol University, he was a Labour Party organiser and community relations officer and has past links to the semi-Trotskyist Labour Herald. Pro-Kurds, pro-Arabs, anti-nuclear, anti-Serb and pro-Europe (but not a single currency), in March 1996 he apologised to the Chief Whip for speaking on a Sinn Fein platform. Elected here in 1992,he previously clashed as Greenwich Council leader with Neil Kinnock on opposition to rate capping.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 1.08% 14.99% 7.23
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.00% 2.49% 0.00
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 2.83% 4.43% 63.92
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 0.61% 7.27% 8.36
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 3.38% 2.56% 131.71
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.92% 3.94% 23.31
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 7.75% 13.04% 59.42
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 19.62% 12.70% 154.43
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 2.91% 8.14% 35.78
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 24.45% 4.02% 608.02
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 2.37% 3.19% 74.48
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 19.82% 11.31% 175.23
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 9.10% 3.06% 297.13
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 2.46% 2.52% 97.84
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 2.70% 2.10% 128.45
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.00% 0.06% 0.00
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 9.47% 9.41% 100.55
5-10K 16.16% 16.63% 97.19
10-15K 16.55% 16.58% 99.82
15-20K 13.91% 13.58% 102.43
20-25K 10.80% 10.39% 103.89
25-30K 8.10% 7.77% 104.16
30-35K 5.99% 5.79% 103.45
35-40K 4.42% 4.33% 102.04
40-45K 3.27% 3.27% 100.14
45-50K 2.43% 2.48% 97.92
50-55K 1.82% 1.90% 95.51
55-60K 1.37% 1.47% 93.02
60-65K 1.04% 1.15% 90.50
65-70K 0.80% 0.91% 88.00
70-75K 0.62% 0.72% 85.55
75-80K 0.48% 0.57% 83.17
80-85K 0.37% 0.46% 80.88
85-90K 0.29% 0.37% 78.68
90-95K 0.23% 0.31% 76.57
95-100K 0.19% 0.25% 74.56
100K + 0.86% 1.34% 63.81

Local Map of the constituency
Erith & Thamesmead - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Erith & Thamesmead - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (19.07%)
Conservative (- 11.43%) Liberal Democrat (- 13.37%)
Conservative (5.62%)
Labour (-  2.79%) Liberal Democrat (-  0.63%)
Con - 11.43%
Lab 19.07%
LD - 13.37%
Con 5.62%
Lab - 2.79%
LD - 0.63%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
John Austin
Labour hold
Con Conservative (25.79%) 8,602 25.79%
Lab Labour (59.28%) 19,769 59.28%
LD Liberal Democrat (11.39%) 3,800 11.39%
Oth Other (3.54%) 1,180 3.54%
Maj Majority (33.48%) 11,167 33.48%
Turn Turnout (50.25%) 33,351 50.25%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
John Austin
Labour hold
L John Austin 19,769 59.28%
C Mark Brooks 8,602 25.79%
SL Hardev Dhillon 1,180 3.54%
LD James Kempton 3,800 11.39%
Candidates representing 4 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
John Austin-Walker
Labour
Con Conservative (20.17%) 8,388 20.17%
Lab Labour (62.07%) 25,812 62.07%
LD Liberal Democrat (12.03%) 5,001 12.03%
Ref Referendum (3.35%) 1,394 3.35%
Oth Other (2.39%) 992 2.39%
Maj Majority (41.90%) 17,424 41.90%
Turn Turnout (66.13%) 41,587 66.13%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (31.60%) 15,615 31.60%
Lab Labour (43.00%) 21,245 43.00%
LD Liberal Democrat (25.40%) 12,555 25.40%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (11.40%) 5,630 11.40%
Turn Turnout (74.20%) 49,415 74.20%

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