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Hartlepool
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Perhaps a rather unlikely seat for Peter Mandelson, who seems to embody metropolitan sophistication, the north eastern industrial town of Hartlepool nevertheless re-elected the former Northern Ireland Secretary in 1997 with a national average swing of 11 per cent, in spite of its marginal past (Labour won by only 275 votes back in 1945, and the Conservatives actually took the seat in 1959). In order to prolong his chequered career in the Commons, Mandelson now has to overcome the rapidly expanded hostility expressed by many of his constituents following his second exit from the Cabinet in January 2001, although it may not be a crippling blow to him that the Left-wing alternative looks like being provided by the National Union of Mineworkers leader, the Yorkshireman Arthur Scargill, the leader and indeed founder of the Socialist Labour Party. Scargill is again venturing far from his roots and his power base in making a Left-wing gesture, having lost his deposit in a protest candidature against the ex-Tory defector Alan Howarth in Newport, the steel town in South Wales, in 1997. Adding to, or perhaps dividing, Mandelson's problems is the journalist John Booth, who has not been allowed to stand under the label of "Genuine Labour" by the Returning Officer, once his deputy when he was the party's communications chief, and with local and trade union connections. Booth is distinctly opposed to the euro and will try to exploit local resentment against Mandelson's alleged associations with sleaze and frequent absences from the constituency. It is said that during the Napoleonic wars the people of Hartlepool hanged a monkey suspected of being a French spy. It will be interesting to see what fate they deal the pro-European Mandelson in 2001.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Peter Mandelson, as a twice-sacked Cabinet Minister (first as Trade Secretary, then as Northern Ireland Secretary), is the man who introduced the Second Going into British politics. Born 1953, educated at Hendon County Grammar School and St Catherine's College Oxford, before his election in 1992 he was employed only in politics-related jobs, whether for unions, television, or the Labour Party. With no hinterland beyond politics, he was the "onlie begetter" of New Labour, a Blairite before Blair. As Labour's arch spinner he even spun his own familial recollections of his famous grandfather, Herbert Morrison, whom he actually scarcely saw because Morrison objected to Mandelson's mother marrying a Jew, and because she resented her parents' loveless marriage and Morrison's remarriage after her mother's death. Yet, like Morrison, he too was friendless in his party; as Ken Livingstone put it: "Formidable, even more loathed than I was." Viewing him as an insecure narcissist who harbours grudges, Labour will have to hope he keeps a low profile and concentrates on laying the ghost of Arthur Scargill, risen from the dereliction of the coal industry to haunt him here
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 7.04% 14.99% 46.97
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.46% 2.13% 21.73
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.15% 2.49% 6.08
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 2.74% 4.43% 61.95
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 10.40% 7.27% 142.99
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.11% 2.56% 4.45
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.73% 3.94% 18.58
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 8.24% 13.04% 63.18
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 24.67% 12.70% 194.18
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 6.59% 8.14% 80.99
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.96% 4.02% 23.84
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 2.73% 3.19% 85.58
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 29.32% 11.31% 259.20
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 1.24% 3.06% 40.50
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 4.61% 2.52% 183.22
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 14.29% 9.41% 151.77
5-10K 21.60% 16.63% 129.89
10-15K 18.51% 16.58% 111.63
15-20K 13.39% 13.58% 98.56
20-25K 9.26% 10.39% 89.06
25-30K 6.36% 7.77% 81.85
30-35K 4.41% 5.79% 76.13
35-40K 3.10% 4.33% 71.44
40-45K 2.20% 3.27% 67.48
45-50K 1.59% 2.48% 64.06
50-55K 1.16% 1.90% 61.06
55-60K 0.86% 1.47% 58.40
60-65K 0.64% 1.15% 56.00
65-70K 0.49% 0.91% 53.83
70-75K 0.37% 0.72% 51.85
75-80K 0.29% 0.57% 50.03
80-85K 0.22% 0.46% 48.35
85-90K 0.18% 0.37% 46.79
90-95K 0.14% 0.31% 45.33
95-100K 0.11% 0.25% 43.98
100K + 0.50% 1.34% 37.01

Local Map of the constituency
Hartlepool - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Hartlepool - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (8.83%) Liberal Democrat (0.76%)
Conservative (- 13.55%)
Liberal Democrat (0.97%)
Conservative (-  0.49%) Labour (-  1.59%)
Con - 13.55%
Lab 8.83%
LD 0.76%
Con - 0.49%
Lab - 1.59%
LD 0.97%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Peter Mandelson
Labour hold
Con Conservative (20.85%) 7,935 20.85%
Lab Labour (59.15%) 22,506 59.15%
LD Liberal Democrat (15.02%) 5,717 15.02%
Oth Other (4.97%) 1,893 4.97%
Maj Majority (38.29%) 14,571 38.29%
Turn Turnout (56.25%) 38,051 56.25%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Peter Mandelson
Labour hold
LD Nigel Boddy 5,717 15.02%
IB John Booth 424 1.11%
IC Ian Cameron 557 1.46%
L Peter Mandelson 22,506 59.15%
C Gus Robinson 7,935 20.85%
SA Arthur Scargill 912 2.40%
Candidates representing 6 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Peter Mandelson
Labour
Con Conservative (21.35%) 9,489 21.35%
Lab Labour (60.73%) 26,997 60.73%
LD Liberal Democrat (14.06%) 6,248 14.06%
Ref Referendum (3.86%) 1,718 3.86%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (39.39%) 17,508 39.39%
Turn Turnout (65.65%) 44,452 65.65%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (34.90%) 18,034 34.90%
Lab Labour (51.90%) 26,816 51.90%
LD Liberal Democrat (13.30%) 6,860 13.30%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (17.00%) 8,782 17.00%
Turn Turnout (75.20%) 51,710 75.20%

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