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Lancaster & Wyre
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Hilton Dawson must be uneasy. Currently he occupies one of Labour's most vulnerable seats of all, No.7 in the Conservatives' national target list and requiring a swing of only just over one pc for a Tory regain. The 1999 local elections offered little solace. Although the Labour vote held up well in the city of Lancaster, the more rural Wyre section returned no Labour councillors except for a couple in the small town of Preesall. In June of the same year the Conservatives outpolled Labour by over 20pc within the seat - one of only five constituencies in the whole of Britain in which this margin was in that range. One suspects that Lancaster and Wyre will indeed be one of the first (or possibly even only) ten to go, even if Labour again does outstandingly well.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Hilton Dawson, elected in 1997, a local councillor and child-care-officer-turned-social services manager, born 1953 and educated at Ashington Grammar School, and Warwick Lancaster Universities, has rebelled against lone parent benefit cuts, a total ban on hand guns, and the Prime Ministers right to nominate life peers - a spattering of dissidence untypical of the on-message intake of 1997. He has a ponderous mode of speech.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 19.50% 14.99% 130.09
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 2.93% 2.13% 137.89
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 7.26% 2.49% 292.03
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 4.97% 4.43% 112.28
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 2.29% 7.27% 31.52
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 1.02% 2.56% 39.80
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 4.74% 3.94% 120.17
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 30.38% 13.04% 232.99
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 8.98% 12.70% 70.72
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 6.11% 8.14% 75.04
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 7.06% 4.02% 175.46
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 0.87% 3.19% 27.38
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 3.33% 11.31% 29.45
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.17% 3.06% 5.67
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 0.21% 2.52% 8.34
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.16% 0.06% 263.99
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 7.68% 9.41% 81.64
5-10K 16.26% 16.63% 97.74
10-15K 17.39% 16.58% 104.86
15-20K 14.55% 13.58% 107.13
20-25K 11.12% 10.39% 106.95
25-30K 8.21% 7.77% 105.59
30-35K 6.00% 5.79% 103.67
35-40K 4.40% 4.33% 101.53
40-45K 3.24% 3.27% 99.33
45-50K 2.41% 2.48% 97.16
50-55K 1.81% 1.90% 95.07
55-60K 1.37% 1.47% 93.07
60-65K 1.05% 1.15% 91.18
65-70K 0.81% 0.91% 89.39
70-75K 0.63% 0.72% 87.70
75-80K 0.49% 0.57% 86.11
80-85K 0.39% 0.46% 84.61
85-90K 0.31% 0.37% 83.20
90-95K 0.25% 0.31% 81.86
95-100K 0.20% 0.25% 80.60
100K + 1.00% 1.34% 74.04

Local Map of the constituency
Lancaster & Wyre - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Lancaster & Wyre - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (9.77%)
Conservative (- 11.53%) Liberal Democrat (-  2.44%)
Conservative (1.60%) Labour (0.32%)
Liberal Democrat (-  1.27%)
Con - 11.53%
Lab 9.77%
LD - 2.44%
Con 1.60%
Lab 0.32%
LD - 1.27%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Hilton Dawson
Labour hold
Con Conservative (42.17%) 22,075 42.17%
Lab Labour (43.09%) 22,556 43.09%
LD Liberal Democrat (10.28%) 5,383 10.28%
Oth Other (4.46%) 2,336 4.46%
Maj Majority (0.92%) 481 0.92%
Turn Turnout (66.30%) 52,350 66.30%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Hilton Dawson
Labour hold
C Steve Barclay 22,075 42.17%
L Hilton Dawson 22,556 43.09%
LD Liz Scott 5,383 10.28%
G John Whitelegg 1,595 3.05%
UK John Whittaker 741 1.42%
Candidates representing 5 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Hilton Dawson
Labour gain
Con Conservative (40.57%) 23,878 40.57%
Lab Labour (42.77%) 25,173 42.77%
LD Liberal Democrat (11.56%) 6,802 11.56%
Ref Referendum (2.58%) 1,516 2.58%
Oth Other (2.54%) 1,493 2.54%
Maj Majority (2.20%) 1,295 2.20%
Turn Turnout (75.30%) 58,862 75.30%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (52.10%) 30,838 52.10%
Lab Labour (33.00%) 19,554 33.00%
LD Liberal Democrat (14.00%) 8,264 14.00%
Oth Other (0.90%) 510 0.90%
Maj Majority (19.10%) 11,284 19.10%
Turn Turnout (78.56%) 59,166 78.56%

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