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Kingswood
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Kingswood in the eastern suburbs of the West Country metropolis of Bristol is one of those ordinary places which have in recent decades had an extraordinary importance as weathervane marginals in UK parliamentary politics. Its boundaries have fluctuated, and even small changes are significant in so competitive a seat, but essentially it fals to whichever party forms the national government. Thus through the 1980s boosting Mrs Thatcher's overall majority its member was the Conservative Rob Hayward, a rugby refereeing multiple sclerosis sufferer who after losing in 1992 became a leading lobbyist for the soft drinkls industry and a gay activist. For the last ten years Kingswood has been represented by Labour's Dr Berry, also a less than wholly typical example of his party leadership, but nevertheless one likely to form part of the not so small army of backbenchers literally behind Tony Blair's triumphant return for a second term in June 2001.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Dr Roger Berry, an academic economist originally elected in 1992, became virtuously identified with disability legislation, but has suffered from his equal keenness for left-Keynesian economics and a linked opposition to the deflationary economics of the Maastricht Treaty, seeing the European debate as the only place where the Labour left can raise the issues of tax, public spending and welfare. Born 1948 and educated at Huddersfield New College and Bristol University, he taught economics at Bristol University and spent 12 years on the local Avon County Council. Disliking Labour's 'Welfare to Work' programme, he has restricted his disobedience to welfare issues in voting against lone parent benefit cuts and in 1999 leading the revolt on disability allowance cuts with his own amendment.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 3.83% 14.99% 25.55
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.62% 2.49% 24.82
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 5.78% 4.43% 130.64
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 9.79% 7.27% 134.64
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.15% 2.56% 5.93
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.15% 2.04% 7.14
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.09% 3.94% 2.19
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 23.31% 13.04% 178.76
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 28.85% 12.70% 227.13
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 14.49% 8.14% 177.99
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 1.38% 4.02% 34.40
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 5.86% 3.19% 184.02
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 5.23% 11.31% 46.24
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.46% 3.06% 15.12
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 0.00% 2.52% 0.00
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 8.43% 9.41% 89.50
5-10K 16.71% 16.63% 100.44
10-15K 17.82% 16.58% 107.51
15-20K 14.96% 13.58% 110.16
20-25K 11.38% 10.39% 109.50
25-30K 8.30% 7.77% 106.74
30-35K 5.95% 5.79% 102.80
35-40K 4.26% 4.33% 98.28
40-45K 3.06% 3.27% 93.58
45-50K 2.21% 2.48% 88.93
50-55K 1.61% 1.90% 84.45
55-60K 1.18% 1.47% 80.21
60-65K 0.88% 1.15% 76.25
65-70K 0.66% 0.91% 72.57
70-75K 0.50% 0.72% 69.17
75-80K 0.38% 0.57% 66.03
80-85K 0.29% 0.46% 63.13
85-90K 0.23% 0.37% 60.46
90-95K 0.18% 0.31% 58.00
95-100K 0.14% 0.25% 55.73
100K + 0.61% 1.34% 45.29

Local Map of the constituency
Kingswood - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Kingswood - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (13.14%)
Conservative (- 15.86%) Liberal Democrat (-  0.79%)
Labour (2.29%) Liberal Democrat (2.21%)
Conservative (-  0.98%)
Con - 15.86%
Lab 13.14%
LD - 0.79%
Con - 0.98%
Lab 2.29%
LD 2.21%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Roger Berry
Labour hold
Con Conservative (28.96%) 14,941 28.96%
Lab Labour (56.02%) 28,903 56.02%
LD Liberal Democrat (15.02%) 7,747 15.02%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (27.06%) 13,962 27.06%
Turn Turnout (64.06%) 51,591 64.06%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Roger Berry
Labour hold
L Roger Berry 28,903 56.02%
LD Christopher Greenfield 7,747 15.02%
C Robert Marven 14,941 28.96%
Candidates representing 3 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Roger Berry
Labour gain
Con Conservative (29.94%) 17,928 29.94%
Lab Labour (53.74%) 32,181 53.74%
LD Liberal Democrat (12.81%) 7,672 12.81%
Ref Referendum (2.44%) 1,463 2.44%
Oth Other (1.07%) 643 1.07%
Maj Majority (23.80%) 14,253 23.80%
Turn Turnout (77.75%) 59,887 77.75%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (45.80%) 29,562 45.80%
Lab Labour (40.60%) 26,222 40.60%
LD Liberal Democrat (13.60%) 8,771 13.60%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (5.20%) 3,340 5.20%
Turn Turnout (84.58%) 64,555 84.58%

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