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Leicester South
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Once a cliff edge marginal (when Derek Spencer beat Jim Marshall to win the seat for the Conservatives by seven votes in the last result to be declared in the 1983 General Election), South is now just one of three very safe Labour constituencies within the boundaries of the east Midlands city of Leicester. It still includes the middle class housing along the A6 to the south east, especially in Knighton, but the tome is now more given by the ethnic majority wards of Spinney Hill (82 pc non-white at the time of the 1991 Census), Crown Hills (76pc and recently blighted by a serious outbreak of tuberculosis) and Wycliffe; these are situated near to the city centre, which is also within the boundaries of South.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Jim Marshall, a rough-hewn former polytechnic lecturer, elected here - with inerruptions - since 1974 (he was out from 1983-87) rose quickly in four years as a Leicester City councillor to become its leader before election as a local MP. Born 1941 and educated at Sheffield City Grammar School and Leeds University, he was dropped by Smith as a frontbencher on Northern Ireland in 1992, voted for Beckett not Blair in 1994, and rebelled 24 times against the Whips in the 1992-97 Parliament, often over Europe. Scurrilously tabloid-linked to Clare Short in 1997, passť and quiet, he is out-gunned in Leicester by ministerial neighbours, Keith Vaz and Patricia Hewitt. He has rebelled against the Government on student fees, incapacity benefit, legal aid cuts, pensions and freedom of information.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 8.08% 14.99% 53.87
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.10% 2.13% 4.85
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 1.38% 2.49% 55.32
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 0.00% 4.43% 0.00
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 1.28% 7.27% 17.67
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 1.92% 2.56% 74.93
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.38% 2.04% 18.40
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 11.80% 3.94% 299.12
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 5.11% 13.04% 39.19
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 10.11% 12.70% 79.57
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 4.99% 8.14% 61.26
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 9.39% 4.02% 233.56
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 1.62% 3.19% 51.01
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 20.03% 11.31% 177.06
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 6.43% 3.06% 209.96
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 6.64% 2.52% 263.58
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 10.74% 2.10% 511.23
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.01% 0.06% 20.09
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
£0-5K 14.01% 9.41% 148.82
£5-10K 21.20% 16.63% 127.45
£10-15K 18.49% 16.58% 111.53
£15-20K 13.50% 13.58% 99.36
£20-25K 9.35% 10.39% 89.97
£25-30K 6.43% 7.77% 82.65
£30-35K 4.45% 5.79% 76.88
£35-40K 3.13% 4.33% 72.29
£40-45K 2.24% 3.27% 68.58
£45-50K 1.63% 2.48% 65.55
£50-55K 1.20% 1.90% 63.04
£55-60K 0.90% 1.47% 60.94
£60-65K 0.68% 1.15% 59.17
£65-70K 0.52% 0.91% 57.65
£70-75K 0.41% 0.72% 56.35
£75-80K 0.32% 0.57% 55.23
£80-85K 0.25% 0.46% 54.24
£85-90K 0.20% 0.37% 53.38
£90-95K 0.16% 0.31% 52.62
£95-100K 0.13% 0.25% 51.94
£100K + 0.66% 1.34% 49.13

Local Map of the constituency
Leicester South - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Leicester South - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (5.72%) Liberal Democrat (2.13%)
Conservative (- 10.86%)
Liberal Democrat (3.36%)
Conservative (-  0.68%) Labour (-  3.54%)
Con - 10.86%
Lab 5.72%
LD 2.13%
Con - 0.68%
Lab - 3.54%
LD 3.36%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Jim Marshall
Labour hold
Con Conservative (23.05%) 9,715 23.05%
Lab Labour (54.48%) 22,958 54.48%
LD Liberal Democrat (17.19%) 7,243 17.19%
Oth Other (5.28%) 2,226 5.28%
Maj Majority (31.42%) 13,243 31.42%
Turn Turnout (57.99%) 42,142 57.99%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Jim Marshall
Labour hold
SL Arnold Gardner 676 1.60%
C Richard Hoile 9,715 23.05%
UK Kirti Ladwa 333 0.79%
G Margaret Layton 1,217 2.89%
L Jim Marshall 22,958 54.48%
LD Parmjit Singh Gill 7,243 17.19%
Candidates representing 6 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
James Marshall
Labour
Con Conservative (23.74%) 11,421 23.74%
Lab Labour (58.02%) 27,914 58.02%
LD Liberal Democrat (13.83%) 6,654 13.83%
Ref Referendum (2.46%) 1,184 2.46%
Oth Other (1.96%) 941 1.96%
Maj Majority (34.28%) 16,493 34.28%
Turn Turnout (67.06%) 48,114 67.06%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (34.60%) 18,494 34.60%
Lab Labour (52.30%) 27,934 52.30%
LD Liberal Democrat (11.70%) 6,271 11.70%
Oth Other (1.30%) 708 1.30%
Maj Majority (17.70%) 9,440 17.70%
Turn Turnout (74.44%) 53,407 74.44%

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