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Feltham & Heston
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
It seems odd to think that the Conservatives won Feltham and Heston in both general elections of the 1980s. It looks a working class seat, with a very strong Asian flavour, and in 1997 it came as no surprise when Alan Keen increased his majority to over 15,000 even against the former Conservative MP Patrick Ground. Almost no-one now thinks Keen will lose next time, so how did the Conservatives ever win here? One reason might be that this seat is not really left-wing (as far more elements of Labour were in the 1980s than now, especially in London). It is rather divided betwen the white working class areas such as Feltham, East Bedfont, and the council housing of Hanworth on the one hand; and the Asian wards of Cranford, Hounslow Heath and Heston where the culture is family oriented and economically conservative, including the owner occupation of housing as a priority. It is said by some that Asian voters like to be on the winning side, which may mean a split vote between the perennially Labour council elections in Hounslow Borough and parliamentary contests - but this is unprovable. In any case both Hounslow and the UK are firmly under moderate Labour governance, and this seat will remain so too.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Alan Keen, elected here in 1992, is part of five Commons husband and wife teams, his wife Ann being MP for the neighbouring seat of Brentford & Isleworth. Less high profile than his wife, he concentrates on local campaigning. Lewisham-born in 1937, but reared in his single mother's home town of Middlesbrough, whose accent he retains, he attended Sir William Turner's School, Redcar and was a football scout for Middlesbrough FC for nearly 30 years. Latterly a 'fire protection consultant', he has also worked as a systems analyst, accountant, and manager of various firms. One of the Commons' quieter MPs, in the 21 months up to February 1999 he made five speeches. He defends first-past-the-post voting, and said of the Jenkins Report in 1998 that he did not think "Blair has any chance of getting this through Parliament".
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 0.51% 14.99% 3.41
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.29% 2.49% 11.74
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 0.42% 4.43% 9.56
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 4.86% 7.27% 66.87
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 2.78% 2.56% 108.26
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.37% 3.94% 9.33
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 10.04% 13.04% 76.98
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 15.18% 12.70% 119.50
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 3.84% 8.14% 47.12
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 24.84% 4.02% 617.76
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 3.96% 3.19% 124.26
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 19.40% 11.31% 171.56
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 4.26% 3.06% 139.15
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 0.43% 2.52% 17.15
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 8.81% 2.10% 419.53
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.00% 0.06% 0.00
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 6.86% 9.41% 72.90
5-10K 13.65% 16.63% 82.09
10-15K 15.42% 16.58% 93.02
15-20K 13.92% 13.58% 102.49
20-25K 11.41% 10.39% 109.76
25-30K 8.93% 7.77% 114.91
30-35K 6.85% 5.79% 118.30
35-40K 5.21% 4.33% 120.27
40-45K 3.96% 3.27% 121.16
45-50K 3.01% 2.48% 121.24
50-55K 2.30% 1.90% 120.72
55-60K 1.77% 1.47% 119.76
60-65K 1.36% 1.15% 118.48
65-70K 1.06% 0.91% 116.99
70-75K 0.83% 0.72% 115.35
75-80K 0.65% 0.57% 113.61
80-85K 0.52% 0.46% 111.81
85-90K 0.41% 0.37% 109.98
90-95K 0.33% 0.31% 108.15
95-100K 0.27% 0.25% 106.32
100K + 1.27% 1.34% 94.86

Local Map of the constituency
Feltham & Heston - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Feltham & Heston - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (14.21%)
Conservative (- 15.95%) Liberal Democrat (-  2.45%)
Liberal Democrat (4.67%)
Conservative (-  2.76%) Labour (-  0.54%)
Con - 15.95%
Lab 14.21%
LD - 2.45%
Con - 2.76%
Lab - 0.54%
LD 4.67%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Alan Keen
Labour hold
Con Conservative (24.18%) 8,749 24.18%
Lab Labour (59.17%) 21,406 59.17%
LD Liberal Democrat (13.82%) 4,998 13.82%
Oth Other (2.83%) 1,024 2.83%
Maj Majority (34.99%) 12,657 34.99%
Turn Turnout (49.40%) 36,177 49.40%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Alan Keen
Labour hold
SL Surinder Cheema 651 1.80%
LD Andy Darley 4,998 13.82%
LC Alan Keen 21,406 59.17%
Ind K Asa Khaira 169 0.47%
C Liz Mammatt 8,749 24.18%
IP Warwick Prachar 204 0.56%
Candidates representing 6 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Alan Keen
Labour
Con Conservative (26.95%) 12,563 26.95%
Lab Labour (59.71%) 27,836 59.71%
LD Liberal Democrat (9.15%) 4,264 9.15%
Ref Referendum (2.36%) 1,099 2.36%
Oth Other (1.84%) 859 1.84%
Maj Majority (32.76%) 15,273 32.76%
Turn Turnout (65.58%) 46,621 65.58%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (42.90%) 22,894 42.90%
Lab Labour (45.50%) 24,294 45.50%
LD Liberal Democrat (11.60%) 6,189 11.60%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (2.60%) 1,400 2.60%
Turn Turnout (72.82%) 53,377 72.82%

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