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Forest of Dean
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
The incomplete candidature pattern in local elections offers limited guidance to the latest chances of the parties in the Forest of Dean, but it might still be worth pointing out that Labour won 29 of the 50 seats in the district council elections of May 1999, and that Labour would notionally have won the seat even in 1992 when they lost the General Election - according to the official figures. However, there is evidence in the small recorded "swing" of just 5.6pc that in this rare case the academic team responsible for calculating notional results for the new constituencies had they existed in 1992 actually got it wrong. The one certain thing is that Diana Organ's majority last time was 12.6pc, which would be within the Tories' grasp in an even year.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Diana Organ, a lively, personable, short-white-haired school teacher, won here in 1997 after trying in 1992. Locally-focused on questions of transport, housing, fuel tax, opencast mining and beef farming, she was born 1952 and educated at Edgbaston Church of England School for Girls, St Hugh's College, Oxford, and Bath and Bristol Universities. She has campaigned against unnecessary hysterectomies.

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ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 30.12% 14.99% 200.86
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 5.33% 2.13% 250.83
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.88% 2.49% 35.42
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 3.05% 4.43% 68.96
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 6.12% 7.27% 84.18
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.00% 2.56% 0.00
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 23.18% 13.04% 177.74
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 13.31% 12.70% 104.77
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 10.52% 8.14% 129.17
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.64% 4.02% 15.98
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 1.02% 3.19% 32.18
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 5.83% 11.31% 51.51
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.00% 3.06% 0.00
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 0.00% 0.06% 0.00
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 8.41% 9.41% 89.37
5-10K 16.05% 16.63% 96.52
10-15K 16.80% 16.58% 101.35
15-20K 14.15% 13.58% 104.17
20-25K 10.95% 10.39% 105.38
25-30K 8.20% 7.77% 105.47
30-35K 6.07% 5.79% 104.83
35-40K 4.50% 4.33% 103.75
40-45K 3.34% 3.27% 102.42
45-50K 2.51% 2.48% 100.96
50-55K 1.89% 1.90% 99.47
55-60K 1.44% 1.47% 98.00
60-65K 1.11% 1.15% 96.57
65-70K 0.86% 0.91% 95.20
70-75K 0.68% 0.72% 93.91
75-80K 0.53% 0.57% 92.70
80-85K 0.42% 0.46% 91.56
85-90K 0.34% 0.37% 90.50
90-95K 0.27% 0.31% 89.50
95-100K 0.22% 0.25% 88.57
100K + 1.13% 1.34% 84.03

Local Map of the constituency
Forest of Dean - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Forest of Dean - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (5.83%)
Conservative (-  5.41%) Liberal Democrat (-  3.82%)
Conservative (3.42%) Liberal Democrat (0.71%)
Labour (-  4.60%)
Con - 5.41%
Lab 5.83%
LD - 3.82%
Con 3.42%
Lab - 4.60%
LD 0.71%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Diana Organ
Labour hold
Con Conservative (39.01%) 17,301 39.01%
Lab Labour (43.63%) 19,350 43.63%
LD Liberal Democrat (12.99%) 5,762 12.99%
Oth Other (4.38%) 1,942 4.38%
Maj Majority (4.62%) 2,049 4.62%
Turn Turnout (66.96%) 44,355 66.96%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Diana Organ
Labour hold
LD David Gayler 5,762 12.99%
C Mark Harper 17,301 39.01%
I Gerald Morgan 27 0.06%
L Diana Organ 19,350 43.63%
G Simon Pickering 1,254 2.83%
UK Allen Prout 661 1.49%
Candidates representing 6 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Diana Organ
Labour
Con Conservative (35.59%) 17,860 35.59%
Lab Labour (48.23%) 24,203 48.23%
LD Liberal Democrat (12.28%) 6,165 12.28%
Ref Referendum (3.24%) 1,624 3.24%
Oth Other (0.66%) 332 0.66%
Maj Majority (12.64%) 6,343 12.64%
Turn Turnout (79.07%) 50,184 79.07%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (41.00%) 21,444 41.00%
Lab Labour (42.40%) 22,176 42.40%
LD Liberal Democrat (16.10%) 8,422 16.10%
Oth Other (0.40%) 204 0.40%
Maj Majority (1.40%) 732 1.40%
Turn Turnout (83.09%) 52,246 83.09%

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