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Leicester East
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
In December 2000 Leicester received some possibly misconceived publicity as the first town in Britain about to become majority non-white. Actually this was based on projections to the 2011 Census, assuming continued reproduction and (non-)migration patterns, and ignores those London boroughs of a comparable population which are likely to pass the 50pc mark in the 2001 Census (Newham and Brent), and also the very large population of Greater Leicester which lies outside the city boundaries as presently drawn. Nevertheless, the massive influence of Asian communities cannot be denied, particularly in the East seat (represented by Keith Vaz) and South, and this has played a large role of converting both of these into safe Labour seats in all conceivable future circumstances.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Keith Vaz, the first Asian Minister since the first ever - Lord Sinha in 1919 - was elected in here in 1987. Self-presented as the Asian community’s leading politician, he is a public school (Latymer Upper) and Cambridge (Gonville & Caius)-educated solicitor-turned-barrister, born (1956) in Aden of Goan Catholic parents, and so shares with the rest of the albeit diverse British Asian community at least the colour of his skin. A smooth and skilled weaver amongst the orthodoxies as in his variable private and public utterances on Rushdie’s Satanic Verses, his ministerial career was delayed by allegations of involvement in in-fighting in local Leicester politics, but by 1999 he was, as Minister for Europe, a barn door target for Tory Europhobia. While his oleaginous perambulations through the Asian business community invited Tory allegations during the Hinduja passport affair, his professed liking for his old school hymn ‘Jerusalem’ must furrow brows among the Asian diaspora. Under pressure, he collapsed in March and withdrew from the media spotlight.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 3.80% 14.99% 25.37
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.89% 2.49% 35.63
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 1.18% 4.43% 26.57
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 0.87% 7.27% 11.92
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.37% 2.56% 14.25
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.68% 3.94% 17.17
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 5.65% 13.04% 43.31
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 13.59% 12.70% 107.01
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 6.78% 8.14% 83.32
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.33% 4.02% 8.13
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 4.37% 3.19% 137.08
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 50.76% 11.31% 448.75
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 3.85% 3.06% 125.75
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 3.69% 2.52% 146.62
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 3.21% 2.10% 152.63
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.00% 0.06% 0.00
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
£0-5K 15.46% 9.41% 164.20
£5-10K 23.78% 16.63% 142.97
£10-15K 20.07% 16.58% 121.03
£15-20K 13.91% 13.58% 102.37
£20-25K 9.06% 10.39% 87.21
£25-30K 5.83% 7.77% 75.00
£30-35K 3.77% 5.79% 65.15
£35-40K 2.48% 4.33% 57.14
£40-45K 1.65% 3.27% 50.56
£45-50K 1.12% 2.48% 45.11
£50-55K 0.77% 1.90% 40.56
£55-60K 0.54% 1.47% 36.72
£60-65K 0.39% 1.15% 33.46
£65-70K 0.28% 0.91% 30.66
£70-75K 0.20% 0.72% 28.25
£75-80K 0.15% 0.57% 26.15
£80-85K 0.11% 0.46% 24.31
£85-90K 0.08% 0.37% 22.69
£90-95K 0.06% 0.31% 21.26
£95-100K 0.05% 0.25% 19.99
£100K + 0.20% 1.34% 14.81

Local Map of the constituency
Leicester East - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Leicester East - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (9.20%)
Conservative (-  9.69%) Liberal Democrat (-  1.11%)
Conservative (0.49%) Liberal Democrat (5.28%)
Labour (-  7.95%)
Con - 9.69%
Lab 9.20%
LD - 1.11%
Con 0.49%
Lab - 7.95%
LD 5.28%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Keith Vaz
Labour hold
Con Conservative (24.50%) 9,960 24.50%
Lab Labour (57.55%) 23,402 57.55%
LD Liberal Democrat (12.27%) 4,989 12.27%
Oth Other (5.68%) 2,310 5.68%
Maj Majority (33.06%) 13,442 33.06%
Turn Turnout (62.05%) 40,661 62.05%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Keith Vaz
Labour hold
LD Harpinder Athwal 4,989 12.27%
I Shirley Bennett 701 1.72%
C John Mugglestone 9,960 24.50%
BNP Clive Potter 772 1.90%
SL Dave Roberts 837 2.06%
L Keith Vaz 23,402 57.55%
Candidates representing 6 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Keith Vaz
Labour
Con Conservative (24.01%) 10,661 24.01%
Lab Labour (65.50%) 29,083 65.50%
LD Liberal Democrat (6.99%) 3,105 6.99%
Ref Referendum (2.29%) 1,015 2.29%
Oth Other (1.21%) 538 1.21%
Maj Majority (41.49%) 18,422 41.49%
Turn Turnout (69.37%) 44,402 69.37%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (33.70%) 16,807 33.70%
Lab Labour (56.30%) 28,123 56.30%
LD Liberal Democrat (8.10%) 4,043 8.10%
Oth Other (1.90%) 947 1.90%
Maj Majority (22.70%) 11,316 22.70%
Turn Turnout (77.88%) 49,920 77.88%

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