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Readers Poll Con 52% Lab 28% LD 18% Nat 2% Enter your vote to win 1M

Ipswich
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Yet another easy win for Labour in 1997, this historically iconoclastic seat looks safe now for Jamie Cann, a former local deputy headmaster whose career in Ipswich Council goes back as far as 1973. Cann is an individual, producing some quirky but no doubt popular votes on Commons divisions on the age of homosexual consent, for example. The Conservatives pressed Labour close in the voting for that council last time it was contested, in May 2000, but overall Cann does well not to have the four wards syphoned off to Suffolk Central and Ipswich North in his constituency. Labour held Ipswich as a whole continuously from 1938 to 1970, then from October 1974 to 1987, but then lost it to the Tories, who had failed throughout the 1950s and in 1979 and 1983. This suggests that Suffolk's largest and county town elects Labour unless there are exceptional circumstances acting against them, which has hardly been the case in the past decade.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Jamie Cann, a former school teacher and well-regarded leader of Ipswich council, was elected in 1992. Born 1946 and educated at Barton-on-Humber Grammar School and Kesteven College of Education, he was rebellious in Opposition, mostly on Maastricht, but since 1997 his experience of party discipline as a Council leader has shown through with only isolated acts of dissidence over disability benefit cuts. He is however in the small Labour minority that opposes strict gun control and homosexual sex at 16.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 6.25% 14.99% 41.68
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 2.28% 2.49% 91.75
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 1.81% 4.43% 40.98
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 7.04% 7.27% 96.75
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 1.39% 2.56% 54.26
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.15% 2.04% 7.21
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 5.24% 3.94% 132.89
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 14.90% 13.04% 114.26
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 18.57% 12.70% 146.20
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 12.20% 8.14% 149.80
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 8.57% 4.02% 213.01
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 5.97% 3.19% 187.37
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 10.19% 11.31% 90.12
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 2.85% 3.06% 93.23
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 2.59% 2.52% 102.80
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 12.11% 9.41% 128.60
5-10K 20.21% 16.63% 121.50
10-15K 18.79% 16.58% 113.34
15-20K 14.29% 13.58% 105.22
20-25K 10.13% 10.39% 97.51
25-30K 7.03% 7.77% 90.38
30-35K 4.86% 5.79% 83.94
35-40K 3.39% 4.33% 78.17
40-45K 2.39% 3.27% 73.05
45-50K 1.70% 2.48% 68.52
50-55K 1.23% 1.90% 64.51
55-60K 0.90% 1.47% 60.96
60-65K 0.67% 1.15% 57.81
65-70K 0.50% 0.91% 55.00
70-75K 0.38% 0.72% 52.49
75-80K 0.29% 0.57% 50.24
80-85K 0.22% 0.46% 48.21
85-90K 0.17% 0.37% 46.38
90-95K 0.14% 0.31% 44.72
95-100K 0.11% 0.25% 43.21
100K + 0.49% 1.34% 36.42

Local Map of the constituency
Ipswich - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Ipswich - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (8.79%) Liberal Democrat (0.76%)
Conservative (- 12.19%)
Liberal Democrat (3.03%)
Conservative (-  0.57%) Labour (-  1.37%)
Con - 12.19%
Lab 8.79%
LD 0.76%
Con - 0.57%
Lab - 1.37%
LD 3.03%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Jamie Cann
Labour hold
Con Conservative (30.54%) 11,871 30.54%
Lab Labour (51.33%) 19,952 51.33%
LD Liberal Democrat (15.19%) 5,904 15.19%
Oth Other (2.95%) 1,146 2.95%
Maj Majority (20.79%) 8,081 20.79%
Turn Turnout (57.00%) 38,873 57.00%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Jamie Cann
Labour hold
L Jamie Cann 19,952 51.33%
LD Terry Gilbert 5,904 15.19%
SL Shaun Gratton 217 0.56%
SA Peter Leech 305 0.78%
UK William Vinyard 624 1.61%
C Edward Wild 11,871 30.54%
Candidates representing 6 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Jamie Cann
Labour
Con Conservative (31.11%) 15,045 31.11%
Lab Labour (52.69%) 25,484 52.69%
LD Liberal Democrat (12.16%) 5,881 12.16%
Ref Referendum (3.38%) 1,637 3.38%
Oth Other (0.65%) 315 0.65%
Maj Majority (21.59%) 10,439 21.59%
Turn Turnout (72.24%) 48,362 72.24%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (43.30%) 23,288 43.30%
Lab Labour (43.90%) 23,623 43.90%
LD Liberal Democrat (11.40%) 6,135 11.40%
Oth Other (1.40%) 769 1.40%
Maj Majority (0.60%) 335 0.60%
Turn Turnout (78.97%) 53,815 78.97%

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