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Lancashire West
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Once upon a time the West Lancashire seat could be introduced as a starkly divided marginal, with very little in common between its two constituent parts, Skelmersdale New Town and the very Conservative communities of the plain around Ormskirk. Now however the Labour element has overwhelmed all opposition, as Colin Pickthall, who gained the seat from Kenneth Hind in 1992, won by over 17,000 in 1997. This was partly due to the removal of some Tory villages to the north to join South Ribble, which is still marginal. It is far more due to the national and regional swing to Labour, and even if Skelmersdale should demonstrate a low turnout in the next General Election this will not loosen Labour's grip.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Colin Pickthall, Jack Straw's PPS and a man with a rough-hewn piratical visage and beard, won this seat for Labour in 1992. A unilateralist leftwinger-turned-loyalist, he was born in 1944, attended Ulverston Grammar School and the Universities of Wales and Lancaster, and then taught in schools and higher education colleges for 25 years. An insulin-dependent diabetic, he opposes hare coursing - practised in his constituency at the Waterloo Cup - and backs the standard Labour teachers' opposition to league tables and selective schooling.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 26.40% 14.99% 176.10
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.45% 2.13% 21.18
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.99% 2.49% 40.01
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 2.95% 4.43% 66.60
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 10.76% 7.27% 147.91
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.65% 2.56% 25.28
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.10% 2.04% 4.72
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.00% 3.94% 0.00
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 15.97% 13.04% 122.45
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 9.49% 12.70% 74.74
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 3.81% 8.14% 46.75
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.00% 4.02% 0.00
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 2.05% 3.19% 64.45
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 15.38% 11.31% 135.99
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.91% 3.06% 29.72
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 10.09% 2.52% 400.59
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 9.15% 9.41% 97.21
5-10K 16.06% 16.63% 96.54
10-15K 16.31% 16.58% 98.40
15-20K 13.64% 13.58% 100.42
20-25K 10.60% 10.39% 101.99
25-30K 8.01% 7.77% 103.03
30-35K 6.00% 5.79% 103.62
35-40K 4.50% 4.33% 103.85
40-45K 3.39% 3.27% 103.82
45-50K 2.57% 2.48% 103.60
50-55K 1.97% 1.90% 103.25
55-60K 1.52% 1.47% 102.80
60-65K 1.18% 1.15% 102.28
65-70K 0.92% 0.91% 101.71
70-75K 0.73% 0.72% 101.11
75-80K 0.58% 0.57% 100.48
80-85K 0.46% 0.46% 99.84
85-90K 0.37% 0.37% 99.19
90-95K 0.30% 0.31% 98.53
95-100K 0.24% 0.25% 97.87
100K + 1.25% 1.34% 93.20

Local Map of the constituency
Lancashire West - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Lancashire West - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (10.94%) Liberal Democrat (0.20%)
Conservative (- 13.24%)
Conservative (2.97%) Liberal Democrat (4.36%)
Labour (-  5.87%)
Con - 13.24%
Lab 10.94%
LD 0.20%
Con 2.97%
Lab - 5.87%
LD 4.36%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Colin Pickthall
Labour hold
Con Conservative (32.02%) 13,761 32.02%
Lab Labour (54.46%) 23,404 54.46%
LD Liberal Democrat (11.56%) 4,966 11.56%
Oth Other (1.95%) 840 1.95%
Maj Majority (22.44%) 9,643 22.44%
Turn Turnout (58.98%) 42,971 58.98%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Colin Pickthall
Labour hold
Ind Braid David Braid 317 0.74%
Ind Hill David Hill 523 1.22%
C Jeremy Myers 13,761 32.02%
L Colin Pickthall 23,404 54.46%
LD John Thornton 4,966 11.56%
Candidates representing 5 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Colin Pickthall
Labour
Con Conservative (29.06%) 15,903 29.06%
Lab Labour (60.34%) 33,022 60.34%
LD Liberal Democrat (7.20%) 3,938 7.20%
Ref Referendum (1.87%) 1,025 1.87%
Oth Other (1.54%) 841 1.54%
Maj Majority (31.28%) 17,119 31.28%
Turn Turnout (74.79%) 54,729 74.79%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (42.30%) 25,243 42.30%
Lab Labour (49.40%) 29,470 49.40%
LD Liberal Democrat (7.00%) 4,147 7.00%
Oth Other (1.30%) 792 1.30%
Maj Majority (7.10%) 4,227 7.10%
Turn Turnout (81.70%) 59,652 81.70%

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