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Readers Poll Con 52% Lab 28% LD 18% Nat 2% Enter your vote to win 1M

Leigh
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
This is a very solid Labour seat on the long closed Lancashire coalfield, which gave Lawrence Cunliffe a majority of over 24,000 in 1997. It has a distinct feel of "the land that time forgot". It is over 99 pc white. It has one of the lowest proportions of one parent households of any of Labour's strongholds in the North west, like its neighbouring seats of Makerfield and Wigan. These are old established Labour heartlands, stable communities, with skilled manual workers heading nuclear families. Let no one say that Labour has lost its core support; they will win next time by a long mile, although the turnout may sink towards 60pc.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Andy Burnham, after a protracted selection process - in which a local councillor was barred and an NEC shortlist imposed, to insert names other than those of local activists - has replaced retiring miner Lawrence Cunliffe in a Labour fortress which has seen only two MPs since 1945. Burnham comes with a clutch of other party staffers inheriting safe seats, as adviser to Culture Secretary Chris Smith and before that, in opposition, to Health spokesmen. Locally-resident until leaving for university, he was born in 1970, educated at St. Aelred's RC High School, Newton-le-Willows and Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, joined the Labour Party after the 1984 Miners' Strike, and has a long record as an apparatchik as parliamentary lobbyist for NHS unions and as a campaign organiser in the 1997 election in the North West - for which this safe seat is his reward.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 5.33% 14.99% 35.58
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.10% 2.49% 3.91
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 2.96% 4.43% 66.87
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 18.32% 7.27% 251.85
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.03% 2.56% 1.28
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.00% 3.94% 0.00
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 6.16% 13.04% 47.26
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 34.05% 12.70% 268.05
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 9.93% 8.14% 121.89
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.00% 4.02% 0.00
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 2.94% 3.19% 92.43
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 16.12% 11.31% 142.48
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.37% 3.06% 12.21
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 3.69% 2.52% 146.40
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 10.25% 9.41% 108.89
5-10K 19.01% 16.63% 114.28
10-15K 18.59% 16.58% 112.11
15-20K 14.57% 13.58% 107.27
20-25K 10.56% 10.39% 101.65
25-30K 7.47% 7.77% 96.04
30-35K 5.26% 5.79% 90.73
35-40K 3.72% 4.33% 85.82
40-45K 2.65% 3.27% 81.31
45-50K 1.92% 2.48% 77.19
50-55K 1.40% 1.90% 73.41
55-60K 1.03% 1.47% 69.95
60-65K 0.77% 1.15% 66.77
65-70K 0.58% 0.91% 63.84
70-75K 0.44% 0.72% 61.13
75-80K 0.34% 0.57% 58.63
80-85K 0.26% 0.46% 56.30
85-90K 0.20% 0.37% 54.14
90-95K 0.16% 0.31% 52.13
95-100K 0.13% 0.25% 50.26
100K + 0.55% 1.34% 40.97

Local Map of the constituency
Leigh - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Leigh - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (9.63%)
Conservative (- 11.72%) Liberal Democrat (-  1.16%)
Conservative (2.61%) Liberal Democrat (1.57%)
Labour (-  4.38%)
Con - 11.72%
Lab 9.63%
LD - 1.16%
Con 2.61%
Lab - 4.38%
LD 1.57%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Andrew Burnham
Labour hold
Con Conservative (18.19%) 6,421 18.19%
Lab Labour (64.54%) 22,783 64.54%
LD Liberal Democrat (12.82%) 4,524 12.82%
Oth Other (4.45%) 1,570 4.45%
Maj Majority (46.35%) 16,362 46.35%
Turn Turnout (49.68%) 35,298 49.68%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Andrew Burnham
Labour hold
LD Ray Atkins 4,524 12.82%
UK Chris Best 750 2.12%
L Andrew Burnham 22,783 64.54%
SL William Kelly 820 2.32%
C Andrew Oxley 6,421 18.19%
Candidates representing 5 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Lawrence Cunliffe
Labour
Con Conservative (15.58%) 7,156 15.58%
Lab Labour (68.93%) 31,652 68.93%
LD Liberal Democrat (11.24%) 5,163 11.24%
Ref Referendum (4.24%) 1,949 4.24%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (53.34%) 24,496 53.34%
Turn Turnout (65.69%) 45,920 65.69%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (27.30%) 14,341 27.30%
Lab Labour (59.30%) 31,196 59.30%
LD Liberal Democrat (12.40%) 6,539 12.40%
Oth Other (1.00%) 525 1.00%
Maj Majority (32.00%) 16,855 32.00%
Turn Turnout (74.94%) 52,601 74.94%

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