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Kettering
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
One of three super-close Labour gains in Northamptonshire in 1997, the Conservatives must surely realise that if they cannot win Kettering they will come no closer to government than after their their abysmal showing then; indeed Labour can afford to lose Kettering, like Northampton South and Wellingborough, with barely a dent in their hegemony. Yet opinion poll eveidence, and local election results in Kettering Borough, suggest the strong possibility of another close result here - in May 1999, Labour won the most seats on the council, although not the most votes. However, in the Euro elections of 1999 the Conservative list polled 18pc more than Labour here, a bigger lead than in their other Northamptonshire targets. If they recover even a few seats, this should be one of them. This is not really good news for the Conservatives, though, for it is national office that must be their main aim.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Phil Sawford, centre-parted hair, periodic stooge questioner, Campaign Grouper, is Labour's most marginally elected MP. Local-born (1950) and educated (Kettering Grammar School) and then eventually in Ruskin College, reaching Leicester University in his early thirties (to read sociology), he is a former Corby steel-worker who became manager of a training organisation dealing mainly with the unemployed. Despite a low profile, he is one of the few MPs of the 1997 intake to emerge as a fairly frequent rebel - on pensions, Lords reform and air traffic control privatisation. He joined the Campaign Group by 1999, one of only 10 of the 183-strong 1997 intake to do so - a plucky way of insuring against almost certain defeat. His expected Tory nemesis comes in the shape of Londoner Philip Hollobone, a public school (Dulwich) and Oxford (LMH)-educated Eurosceptic with business interests in the privatised water and electricity industries.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 25.25% 14.99% 168.43
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.45% 2.13% 21.04
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.22% 2.49% 9.02
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 5.93% 4.43% 133.95
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 13.90% 7.27% 191.08
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.00% 2.56% 0.00
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.35% 3.94% 8.91
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 15.71% 13.04% 120.46
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 20.10% 12.70% 158.22
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 6.76% 8.14% 83.02
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 1.92% 4.02% 47.84
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 2.52% 3.19% 78.95
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 4.47% 11.31% 39.52
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 1.79% 3.06% 58.53
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 0.63% 2.52% 25.12
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 8.35% 9.41% 88.68
5-10K 15.89% 16.63% 95.53
10-15K 16.63% 16.58% 100.29
15-20K 13.94% 13.58% 102.63
20-25K 10.76% 10.39% 103.53
25-30K 8.06% 7.77% 103.69
30-35K 6.00% 5.79% 103.51
35-40K 4.47% 4.33% 103.18
40-45K 3.36% 3.27% 102.81
45-50K 2.54% 2.48% 102.45
50-55K 1.95% 1.90% 102.14
55-60K 1.50% 1.47% 101.87
60-65K 1.17% 1.15% 101.65
65-70K 0.92% 0.91% 101.49
70-75K 0.73% 0.72% 101.38
75-80K 0.58% 0.57% 101.31
80-85K 0.47% 0.46% 101.28
85-90K 0.38% 0.37% 101.29
90-95K 0.31% 0.31% 101.34
95-100K 0.25% 0.25% 101.41
100K + 1.38% 1.34% 102.82

Local Map of the constituency
Kettering - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Kettering - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (11.38%)
Conservative (-  9.75%) Liberal Democrat (-  4.69%)
Conservative (0.53%) Labour (1.43%)
Liberal Democrat (-  0.53%)
Con - 9.75%
Lab 11.38%
LD - 4.69%
Con 0.53%
Lab 1.43%
LD - 0.53%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Philip Sawford
Labour hold
Con Conservative (43.48%) 23,369 43.48%
Lab Labour (44.71%) 24,034 44.71%
LD Liberal Democrat (10.17%) 5,469 10.17%
Oth Other (1.64%) 880 1.64%
Maj Majority (1.24%) 665 1.24%
Turn Turnout (67.45%) 53,752 67.45%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Philip Sawford
Labour hold
LD Roger Aron 5,469 10.17%
C Philip Hollobone 23,369 43.48%
UK Barry Mahoney 880 1.64%
L Philip Sawford 24,034 44.71%
Candidates representing 4 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Philip Saford
Labour gain
Con Conservative (42.95%) 24,461 42.95%
Lab Labour (43.28%) 24,650 43.28%
LD Liberal Democrat (10.71%) 6,098 10.71%
Ref Referendum (2.72%) 1,551 2.72%
Oth Other (0.35%) 197 0.35%
Maj Majority (0.33%) 189 0.33%
Turn Turnout (75.79%) 56,957 75.79%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (52.70%) 30,884 52.70%
Lab Labour (31.90%) 18,697 31.90%
LD Liberal Democrat (15.40%) 9,012 15.40%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (20.80%) 12,187 20.80%
Turn Turnout (80.95%) 58,593 80.95%

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