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Harlow
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
One of more than 20 constituencies gained by Labour with a majority of more than 10,000 in 1997, like so many of that group it is very hard to see the Conservatives coming back, especially in a north west Essex new town seat which has always looked as if it should be Labour territory, even during the 14 year tenure of the eccentric Conservative Jerry Hayes from 1983 onwards. Yet the battle may not be over; the Conservative candidates in the local elections matched their Labour opponents closely in May 2000. Seeing as Labour has usually run well ahead at local level of their national performance in Harlow and similar seats in the South East of England, this may be ominous for Bill Rammell, but it is more likely that it reflected something of a midterm dip for his party, from which they have now recovered.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Bill Rammell, Labour's estuarially brogued MP here since 1997, is an on-message loyalist, born 1959, educated at Burnt Mill Comprehensive, Harlow, and Cardiff University, and who worked primarily as a students' union manager at London University. He allowed himself the indulgence of one discordant bash in 1997 - rebelling over lone parent benefit cuts, but, as Labour's replacement for the evangelical Europhile Giles Radice, his next dissent is likely to come over any foot-dragging on UK accession to the common currency.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 7.94% 14.99% 52.96
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.11% 2.49% 4.23
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 1.51% 4.43% 34.19
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 5.93% 7.27% 81.49
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 2.02% 2.56% 78.65
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.43% 3.94% 10.89
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 8.50% 13.04% 65.23
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 11.52% 12.70% 90.72
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 15.29% 8.14% 187.71
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.70% 4.02% 17.33
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 9.12% 3.19% 286.15
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 35.99% 11.31% 318.21
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.66% 3.06% 21.52
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 0.29% 2.52% 11.51
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 8.64% 9.41% 91.77
5-10K 15.20% 16.63% 91.39
10-15K 15.77% 16.58% 95.15
15-20K 13.47% 13.58% 99.14
20-25K 10.66% 10.39% 102.53
25-30K 8.18% 7.77% 105.17
30-35K 6.20% 5.79% 107.12
35-40K 4.70% 4.33% 108.47
40-45K 3.57% 3.27% 109.35
45-50K 2.73% 2.48% 109.85
50-55K 2.10% 1.90% 110.05
55-60K 1.62% 1.47% 110.02
60-65K 1.26% 1.15% 109.81
65-70K 0.99% 0.91% 109.47
70-75K 0.78% 0.72% 109.04
75-80K 0.62% 0.57% 108.52
80-85K 0.50% 0.46% 107.96
85-90K 0.40% 0.37% 107.36
90-95K 0.33% 0.31% 106.73
95-100K 0.27% 0.25% 106.09
100K + 1.37% 1.34% 101.71

Local Map of the constituency
Harlow - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Harlow - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (11.29%)
Conservative (- 13.90%) Liberal Democrat (-  1.74%)
Conservative (2.65%) Liberal Democrat (3.95%)
Labour (-  6.30%)
Con - 13.90%
Lab 11.29%
LD - 1.74%
Con 2.65%
Lab - 6.30%
LD 3.95%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Bill Rammell
Labour hold
Con Conservative (34.75%) 13,941 34.75%
Lab Labour (47.79%) 19,169 47.79%
LD Liberal Democrat (13.41%) 5,381 13.41%
Oth Other (4.05%) 1,624 4.05%
Maj Majority (13.03%) 5,228 13.03%
Turn Turnout (59.81%) 40,115 59.81%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Bill Rammell
Labour hold
UK Tony Bennett 1,223 3.05%
C Robert Halfon 13,941 34.75%
SA John Hobbs 401 1.00%
L Bill Rammell 19,169 47.79%
LD Lorna Spenceley 5,381 13.41%
Candidates representing 5 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Bill Ramell
Labour gain
Con Conservative (32.10%) 15,347 32.10%
Lab Labour (54.09%) 25,861 54.09%
LD Liberal Democrat (9.46%) 4,523 9.46%
Ref Referendum (2.97%) 1,422 2.97%
Oth Other (1.38%) 659 1.38%
Maj Majority (21.99%) 10,514 21.99%
Turn Turnout (74.62%) 47,812 74.62%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (46.00%) 24,568 46.00%
Lab Labour (42.80%) 22,881 42.80%
LD Liberal Democrat (11.20%) 6,002 11.20%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (3.20%) 1,687 3.20%
Turn Turnout (82.23%) 53,451 82.23%

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