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Gloucester
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Tess Kingham has decided that one term is enough as an experience of the Commons. In her stead, Labour has selected a member of an even more under-represented group, the Asian Parmjit Dhanda, and this for a seat which is more than 94 per cent white. Mr Dhanda should be favourite to win next time, as long as Labour are granted a second governmental term, but in the long run Gloucester's marginal status will probably ensure more close contests, as the Conservatives certainly cannot be written off. In May 2000, for example, Tory candidates rather easily outpolled Labour's standard bearers in City of Gloucester elections.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
With the disillusioned exit of Tess Kingham, a Blair's Babe who wanted to be able to see more of her children ("the hours are pointless and the Whips are bullies"), Labour have chosen Parmjit Dhanda, an Asian candidate, in a seat with a less than six per cent non-white population. Born 1971, educated at Mellow Lane Comprehensive School, Hayes, Middlesex, and with degrees in electronic engineering from Nottingham University, he is Assistant National Organiser of Connect - the union for IT workers. He has risen with the aid of USDAW, as a councillor in Hillingdon, as a former full time party agent in West London and Wiltshire, a Fabian, and a European Parliamentary candidate ranked five in Labour's list of 11 in the South East.One of only two non-white Labour candidates likely to be elected in addition to the present 10 black or Asian MPs, he has been dogged by local press claims that his candidacy is inappropriate in a 95% white seat and that anyway, as a Sikh, he is mismatched with local West Indians and Gujaratis.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 8.35% 14.99% 55.72
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.78% 2.49% 31.52
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 14.54% 4.43% 328.49
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 11.56% 7.27% 158.89
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 1.11% 2.56% 43.19
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 3.11% 3.94% 78.90
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 19.69% 13.04% 150.97
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 16.78% 12.70% 132.07
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 7.81% 8.14% 95.93
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 2.30% 4.02% 57.28
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 2.41% 3.19% 75.51
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 9.25% 11.31% 81.79
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 1.72% 3.06% 56.28
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 0.57% 2.52% 22.82
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.02% 0.06% 29.13
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 9.33% 9.41% 99.08
5-10K 17.31% 16.63% 104.07
10-15K 17.84% 16.58% 107.60
15-20K 14.72% 13.58% 108.34
20-25K 11.10% 10.39% 106.84
25-30K 8.07% 7.77% 103.86
30-35K 5.79% 5.79% 99.99
35-40K 4.14% 4.33% 95.65
40-45K 2.98% 3.27% 91.14
45-50K 2.15% 2.48% 86.64
50-55K 1.57% 1.90% 82.26
55-60K 1.15% 1.47% 78.08
60-65K 0.85% 1.15% 74.13
65-70K 0.64% 0.91% 70.43
70-75K 0.48% 0.72% 66.98
75-80K 0.37% 0.57% 63.78
80-85K 0.28% 0.46% 60.82
85-90K 0.22% 0.37% 58.07
90-95K 0.17% 0.31% 55.54
95-100K 0.13% 0.25% 53.20
100K + 0.57% 1.34% 42.64

Local Map of the constituency
Gloucester - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Gloucester - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (13.18%)
Conservative (-  9.78%) Liberal Democrat (-  7.12%)
Conservative (2.00%) Liberal Democrat (3.78%)
Labour (-  4.22%)
Con - 9.78%
Lab 13.18%
LD - 7.12%
Con 2.00%
Lab - 4.22%
LD 3.78%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Parmjit Dhanda
Labour hold
Con Conservative (37.71%) 18,187 37.71%
Lab Labour (45.76%) 22,067 45.76%
LD Liberal Democrat (14.26%) 6,875 14.26%
Oth Other (2.27%) 1,094 2.27%
Maj Majority (8.05%) 3,880 8.05%
Turn Turnout (59.43%) 48,223 59.43%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Parmjit Dhanda
Labour hold
LD Tim Bullamore 6,875 14.26%
L Parmjit Dhanda 22,067 45.76%
C Paul James 18,187 37.71%
UK Terry Lines 822 1.70%
SA Stewart Smyth 272 0.56%
Candidates representing 5 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Tess Kingham
Labour gain
Con Conservative (35.72%) 20,684 35.72%
Lab Labour (49.98%) 28,943 49.98%
LD Liberal Democrat (10.48%) 6,069 10.48%
Ref Referendum (2.56%) 1,482 2.56%
Oth Other (1.27%) 736 1.27%
Maj Majority (14.26%) 8,259 14.26%
Turn Turnout (73.61%) 57,914 73.61%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (45.50%) 28,274 45.50%
Lab Labour (36.80%) 22,867 36.80%
LD Liberal Democrat (17.60%) 10,961 17.60%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (8.70%) 5,407 8.70%
Turn Turnout (81.19%) 62,102 81.19%

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