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Battersea
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Battersea continues to behave differently depending on whether the election is local or general. In the1997 general election Labour regained the seat; in the May 1998 local elections the Tories won 19 out of 22 seats in the constituency. It must be regarded as a possible gain on a six per cent swing. The aberrant history of Battersea in recent years has been much analysed. It is true that gentrification has been noticeable here in "South Chelsea", but elsewhere in London that has not usually helped the Conservatives. The incomers are often liberally minded young urban professionals. Much more important is the establishment of Conservative voting patterns on the base of an almost uniquely successful local government policy and regime. Wandsworth Borough has remained very firmly in Conservative hands since the early 1980s, offering low rates, then low poll tax, and now low council tax. The electors love it, and this has usually been translated into better than average results in general elections too, although this was not obvious in Labour's national landslide in 1997. Nevertheless, a recovery both in Battersea and in Putney is very much on the cards should the Labour government stumble even slightly.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Martin Linton, Labour's 1997 victor, a half-Swedish Guardian journalist, dubbed by a former colleague on that paper as Ďa promising lick-spittle', was born in 1944 and educated at Christ's Hospital and Pembroke College, Oxford. Known mainly as an advocate of PR and transparent party funding, and for a rather earnest mien, he is also an accomplished tickler-of- the-ivories at Battersea Labour Party soirees at the annual Party Conference, and thinks he's done more as an MP than as a Guardian journalist. Seeking a Tory return in this part of the Conservatives' flagship borough of Wandsworth is Lucy Shersby, daughter of the late Tory MP Sir Michael Shersby. Personable and toothy, born 1965, and educated at James Allan Girls' School, Dulwich and Durham University, she too is a journalist - on The Sun. Statistically, The Guardian should see off The Sun in Battersea.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 0.00% 14.99% 0.00
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.00% 2.49% 0.00
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 0.00% 4.43% 0.00
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 0.00% 7.27% 0.00
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 4.05% 2.56% 157.85
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 48.45% 2.04% 2,373.79
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 14.37% 3.94% 364.35
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 0.00% 13.04% 0.00
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 0.55% 12.70% 4.37
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 0.00% 8.14% 0.00
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 5.10% 4.02% 126.79
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 0.00% 3.19% 0.00
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 0.00% 11.31% 0.00
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 9.33% 3.06% 304.81
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 0.00% 2.52% 0.00
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 18.13% 2.10% 863.17
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.02% 0.06% 28.91
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
£0-5K 5.79% 9.41% 61.54
£5-10K 10.42% 16.63% 62.63
£10-15K 11.84% 16.58% 71.41
£15-20K 11.24% 13.58% 82.78
£20-25K 9.90% 10.39% 95.27
£25-30K 8.41% 7.77% 108.21
£30-35K 7.02% 5.79% 121.24
£35-40K 5.81% 4.33% 134.14
£40-45K 4.79% 3.27% 146.78
£45-50K 3.95% 2.48% 159.10
£50-55K 3.26% 1.90% 171.06
£55-60K 2.69% 1.47% 182.65
£60-65K 2.23% 1.15% 193.88
£65-70K 1.86% 0.91% 204.76
£70-75K 1.55% 0.72% 215.29
£75-80K 1.30% 0.57% 225.50
£80-85K 1.09% 0.46% 235.40
£85-90K 0.92% 0.37% 245.01
£90-95K 0.78% 0.31% 254.35
£95-100K 0.66% 0.25% 263.44
£100K + 4.31% 1.34% 320.38

Local Map of the constituency
Battersea - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Battersea - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (9.44%) Liberal Democrat (0.25%)
Conservative (- 10.97%)
Liberal Democrat (4.74%)
Conservative (-  2.90%) Labour (-  0.47%)
Con - 10.97%
Lab 9.44%
LD 0.25%
Con - 2.90%
Lab - 0.47%
LD 4.74%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Martin Linton
Labour hold
Con Conservative (36.53%) 13,445 36.53%
Lab Labour (50.26%) 18,498 50.26%
LD Liberal Democrat (12.09%) 4,450 12.09%
Oth Other (1.12%) 411 1.12%
Maj Majority (13.73%) 5,053 13.73%
Turn Turnout (54.53%) 36,804 54.53%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Martin Linton
Labour hold
I Thomas Barber 411 1.12%
L Martin Linton 18,498 50.26%
C Lucy Shersby 13,445 36.53%
LD Siobhan Vitelli 4,450 12.09%
Candidates representing 4 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Martin Linton
Labour gain
Con Conservative (39.43%) 18,687 39.43%
Lab Labour (50.74%) 24,047 50.74%
LD Liberal Democrat (7.35%) 3,482 7.35%
Ref Referendum (1.70%) 804 1.70%
Oth Other (0.80%) 377 0.80%
Maj Majority (11.31%) 5,360 11.31%
Turn Turnout (70.82%) 47,397 70.82%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (50.40%) 26,411 50.40%
Lab Labour (41.30%) 21,630 41.30%
LD Liberal Democrat (7.10%) 3,700 7.10%
Oth Other (1.30%) 686 1.30%
Maj Majority (9.10%) 4,781 9.10%
Turn Turnout (77.75%) 52,427 77.75%

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