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Hull West & Hessle
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Hessle is rather lucky to get its name in a constituency title, but it was offered this privilege when the Boundary Commission found it necessary before the 1997 election to bring in some extraneous territory to a Hull seat to equalise electorates: Hessle came from the middle class Beverley seat and must have feared being swallowed up by its large and "socialist" neighbour, hence the sop offered in the name of the seat. Hessle is inclined to the Liberal Democrats, and helped them to move forward to second place in this constituency - but they remained far behind Labour, who utterly dominate Hull.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Alan Johnson, a former postman and eventually postman's union leader, was elected here in 1997 after a last-minute shoe-in made possible by a quick shoe-out-with-a-peerage of the sitting MP Stuart Randall. After a spell as PPS to Dawn Primarolo, he soon entered the government as a DTI minister responsible for the Post Office. A smooth, sharp-looking Londoner, born 1950 and educated at Sloane Grammar School, Chelsea, he represents the acceptable face of marginalized union influence reduced to Blairite specifications.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 4.49% 14.99% 29.91
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.29% 2.49% 11.85
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 0.05% 4.43% 1.04
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 1.27% 7.27% 17.44
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.34% 2.56% 13.11
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 7.53% 3.94% 190.90
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 4.72% 13.04% 36.20
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 41.80% 12.70% 329.09
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 3.75% 8.14% 46.00
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 2.33% 4.02% 57.90
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 4.91% 3.19% 154.07
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 18.28% 11.31% 161.61
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 6.69% 3.06% 218.51
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 3.56% 2.52% 141.48
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 15.98% 9.41% 169.78
5-10K 24.01% 16.63% 144.33
10-15K 19.92% 16.58% 120.15
15-20K 13.62% 13.58% 100.31
20-25K 8.80% 10.39% 84.66
25-30K 5.63% 7.77% 72.47
30-35K 3.65% 5.79% 62.98
35-40K 2.41% 4.33% 55.54
40-45K 1.62% 3.27% 49.66
45-50K 1.12% 2.48% 44.94
50-55K 0.78% 1.90% 41.11
55-60K 0.56% 1.47% 37.97
60-65K 0.41% 1.15% 35.35
65-70K 0.30% 0.91% 33.15
70-75K 0.22% 0.72% 31.27
75-80K 0.17% 0.57% 29.66
80-85K 0.13% 0.46% 28.25
85-90K 0.10% 0.37% 27.02
90-95K 0.08% 0.31% 25.94
95-100K 0.06% 0.25% 24.97
100K + 0.28% 1.34% 20.78

Local Map of the constituency
Hull West & Hessle - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Hull West & Hessle - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (7.12%) Liberal Democrat (0.84%)
Conservative (- 12.22%)
Conservative (2.43%)
Labour (-  0.34%) Liberal Democrat (-  3.15%)
Con - 12.22%
Lab 7.12%
LD 0.84%
Con 2.43%
Lab - 0.34%
LD - 3.15%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Alan Johnson
Labour hold
Con Conservative (20.50%) 5,929 20.50%
Lab Labour (58.38%) 16,880 58.38%
LD Liberal Democrat (15.09%) 4,364 15.09%
Oth Other (6.03%) 1,743 6.03%
Maj Majority (37.87%) 10,951 37.87%
Turn Turnout (45.84%) 28,916 45.84%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Alan Johnson
Labour hold
UK John Cornforth 878 3.04%
I David Harris 512 1.77%
L Alan Johnson 16,880 58.38%
C John Sharp 5,929 20.50%
SL David Skinner 353 1.22%
LD Angela Wastling 4,364 15.09%
Candidates representing 6 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Alan Johnson
Labour
Con Conservative (18.08%) 6,933 18.08%
Lab Labour (58.72%) 22,520 58.72%
LD Liberal Democrat (18.24%) 6,995 18.24%
Ref Referendum (4.16%) 1,596 4.16%
Oth Other (0.81%) 310 0.81%
Maj Majority (40.48%) 15,525 40.48%
Turn Turnout (58.25%) 38,354 58.25%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (30.30%) 13,634 30.30%
Lab Labour (51.60%) 23,251 51.60%
LD Liberal Democrat (17.40%) 7,837 17.40%
Oth Other (0.70%) 335 0.70%
Maj Majority (21.30%) 9,617 21.30%
Turn Turnout (67.25%) 45,057 67.25%

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