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Barrow & Furness
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Barrow and Furness was one of the many seats in which the Conservatives polled more votes than Labour in the June 1999 Euro-elections, albeit on a turnout of only 20.4pc, down 51.6pc on the General election. But the allegiances of this seat of volatile swings can never be taken totally for granted. Barrow is best known for its association with Vickers as a shipbuilding centre and port, and especially with Britain's nuclear submarine force. This defence connection may have helped the Conservatives to win the seat in 1983 and 1987, the years of Thatcher's landslides. By 1997 John Hutton's majority for Labour had increased to 30pc, but this is an independently minded town tucked away beyond the Lake District hills, and it can never be taken entirely for granted.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
A staunch Blairite elected in 1992, John Hutton, a health minister by 1998, is a gaunt-looking introvert, who as MP for Barrow prudently defends the local defence industry by urging more Trident nuclear submarines. A former law lecturer at Newcastle Poly, he was born in 1955 and was educated at Westcliffe High School, Essex, and Magdalen College, Oxford. His boss at Health, Alan Millburn, is his former flatmate, and another rising Blairite, Stephen Byers is a former colleague at Newcastle Poly.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 6.09% 14.99% 40.60
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.69% 2.49% 27.58
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 0.50% 4.43% 11.25
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 6.29% 7.27% 86.47
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.03% 2.56% 1.21
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.28% 3.94% 7.10
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 10.06% 13.04% 77.16
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 53.35% 12.70% 419.98
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 6.02% 8.14% 73.88
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 2.03% 4.02% 50.57
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 1.81% 3.19% 56.76
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 6.79% 11.31% 60.04
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 2.78% 3.06% 90.88
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 3.29% 2.52% 130.54
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 12.05% 9.41% 127.98
5-10K 21.29% 16.63% 127.98
10-15K 19.65% 16.58% 118.51
15-20K 14.58% 13.58% 107.33
20-25K 10.05% 10.39% 96.66
25-30K 6.78% 7.77% 87.15
30-35K 4.57% 5.79% 78.90
35-40K 3.11% 4.33% 71.82
40-45K 2.15% 3.27% 65.74
45-50K 1.50% 2.48% 60.52
50-55K 1.07% 1.90% 56.01
55-60K 0.77% 1.47% 52.09
60-65K 0.56% 1.15% 48.67
65-70K 0.41% 0.91% 45.66
70-75K 0.31% 0.72% 43.00
75-80K 0.23% 0.57% 40.64
80-85K 0.18% 0.46% 38.53
85-90K 0.14% 0.37% 36.63
90-95K 0.11% 0.31% 34.91
95-100K 0.08% 0.25% 33.35
100K + 0.35% 1.34% 26.35

Local Map of the constituency
Barrow & Furness - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Barrow & Furness - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (9.59%)
Conservative (- 14.07%) Liberal Democrat (-  2.06%)
Conservative (3.10%) Liberal Democrat (3.33%)
Labour (-  1.61%)
Con - 14.07%
Lab 9.59%
LD - 2.06%
Con 3.10%
Lab - 1.61%
LD 3.33%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
John Hutton
Labour hold
Con Conservative (30.33%) 11,835 30.33%
Lab Labour (55.67%) 21,724 55.67%
LD Liberal Democrat (12.17%) 4,750 12.17%
Oth Other (1.82%) 711 1.82%
Maj Majority (25.34%) 9,889 25.34%
Turn Turnout (60.27%) 39,020 60.27%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
John Hutton
Labour hold
C James Airey 11,835 30.33%
L John Hutton 21,724 55.67%
LD Barry Rabone 4,750 12.17%
UK John Smith 711 1.82%
Candidates representing 4 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
John Hutton
Labour
Con Conservative (27.23%) 13,133 27.23%
Lab Labour (57.29%) 27,630 57.29%
LD Liberal Democrat (8.84%) 4,264 8.84%
Ref Referendum (2.50%) 1,208 2.50%
Oth Other (4.14%) 1,995 4.14%
Maj Majority (30.06%) 14,497 30.06%
Turn Turnout (72.03%) 48,230 72.03%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (41.30%) 22,990 41.30%
Lab Labour (47.70%) 26,568 47.70%
LD Liberal Democrat (10.90%) 6,089 10.90%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (6.40%) 3,578 6.40%
Turn Turnout (80.50%) 55,647 80.50%

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