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Leicester West
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Leicester West differs from East and South in that it is by far the most working class of the three seats, and it also has the highest proportion of council housing (just over a third in 1991) in large estates like North Braunstone and Mowmacre. However - and this is not as unconnected with the previous facts as might be thought - it is also by far the least non-white. This is Leicester's white working class seat, and it is the least strongly Labour. Before the impact of race on Leicester's political makeup it was the most. However, the gap is closing, perhaps as new Labour is not as left wing as the old variety. There were two far left wing socialist candidates here in 1997, and two from the far right; the four of them managed to notch up about 3pc altogether.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Patricia Hewitt, Minister of State at the DTI, is the fastest-rising of a clutch of metropolitan women contemporaries (including Margaret Hodge, Tessa Jowell, but no longer Harriet Harman). Born 1948 into the Australian political establishment (as daughter of Sir Lennox Hewitt, leading civil servant in the Prime Minister’s Office), she attended the Church of England Girls’ School, Canberra, ANU and Newnham College, Cambridge, then rose politically as head of the NCCL, aide to Neil Kinnock (co-drafting his 1985 Militant-bashing oration), and deputy head of the think-tank IPPR, before increasing her disposable income with three years at Anderson Consulting. Small, intense and humourless, with a patronising in-your-face deliberately articulated mode of speech, she has inspired in one Labour MP the observation that he would prefer Norman Tebbit as a desert island cohabitee.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 2.84% 14.99% 18.93
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 1.09% 4.43% 24.56
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 5.04% 7.27% 69.32
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 1.14% 2.56% 44.47
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 6.97% 3.94% 176.78
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 2.45% 13.04% 18.82
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 23.93% 12.70% 188.38
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 8.08% 8.14% 99.28
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 3.28% 4.02% 81.65
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 1.23% 3.19% 38.54
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 29.83% 11.31% 263.73
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 3.91% 3.06% 127.65
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 10.20% 2.52% 405.09
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 15.69% 9.41% 166.71
£5-10K 23.77% 16.63% 142.89
£10-15K 19.96% 16.58% 120.40
£15-20K 13.81% 13.58% 101.63
£20-25K 8.99% 10.39% 86.50
£25-30K 5.78% 7.77% 74.39
£30-35K 3.75% 5.79% 64.68
£35-40K 2.46% 4.33% 56.83
£40-45K 1.65% 3.27% 50.44
£45-50K 1.12% 2.48% 45.18
£50-55K 0.78% 1.90% 40.82
£55-60K 0.55% 1.47% 37.15
£60-65K 0.39% 1.15% 34.05
£65-70K 0.28% 0.91% 31.40
£70-75K 0.21% 0.72% 29.12
£75-80K 0.16% 0.57% 27.15
£80-85K 0.12% 0.46% 25.42
£85-90K 0.09% 0.37% 23.90
£90-95K 0.07% 0.31% 22.55
£95-100K 0.05% 0.25% 21.35
£100K + 0.22% 1.34% 16.38

Local Map of the constituency
Leicester West - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Leicester West - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (8.39%) Liberal Democrat (0.86%)
Conservative (- 14.75%)
Conservative (1.46%) Liberal Democrat (1.14%)
Labour (-  0.96%)
Con - 14.75%
Lab 8.39%
LD 0.86%
Con 1.46%
Lab - 0.96%
LD 1.14%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Patricia Hewitt
Labour hold
Con Conservative (25.21%) 8,375 25.21%
Lab Labour (54.23%) 18,014 54.23%
LD Liberal Democrat (15.31%) 5,085 15.31%
Oth Other (5.25%) 1,745 5.25%
Maj Majority (29.02%) 9,639 29.02%
Turn Turnout (46.75%) 33,219 46.75%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Patricia Hewitt
Labour hold
G Matthew Gough 1,074 3.23%
L Patricia Hewitt 18,014 54.23%
SL Sean Kirkpatrick 350 1.05%
SA Steve Score 321 0.97%
C Chris Shaw 8,375 25.21%
LD Andrew Vincent 5,085 15.31%
Candidates representing 6 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Patricia Hewitt
Labour
Con Conservative (23.75%) 9,716 23.75%
Lab Labour (55.19%) 22,580 55.19%
LD Liberal Democrat (14.16%) 5,795 14.16%
Ref Referendum (2.37%) 970 2.37%
Oth Other (4.53%) 1,853 4.53%
Maj Majority (31.44%) 12,864 31.44%
Turn Turnout (63.36%) 40,914 63.36%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (38.50%) 18,596 38.50%
Lab Labour (46.80%) 22,574 46.80%
LD Liberal Democrat (13.30%) 6,402 13.30%
Oth Other (1.40%) 688 1.40%
Maj Majority (8.20%) 3,978 8.20%
Turn Turnout (72.73%) 48,260 72.73%

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