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Lewisham East
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
On an even larger swing than average in inner London, Bridget Prentice increased Labour's majority to over 30pc (that is, requiring a swing of over 15pc to be beaten) in 1997. This was within living memory a marginal, held by the Conservatives from 1983 to 1992, but it now looks safely Labour, with large blocs of support in the council estates of Downham and Grove Park and more inner city housing in Hither Green. The Conservatives returned just a single councillor in St Mildred ward (Lee) in 1994 and 1998 Lewisham Borough elections, of which the results were reminiscent of a one party state.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Bridget Prentice, a Blair-discarded Whip who was demoted to the ranks of PPS, currently to the Blair-linked Lord Chancellor, is the more Blairite half of a political couple, though she is now separated from husband, Gordon Prentice, who entered the House at the same time in 1992. Scots-born in 1952 and Catholic-educated before attending Glasgow University, she taught in Catholic schools - including the Blairsí London Oratory. As a Whip she helped quell the big rebellion on lone parent benefits, keeping most of the uneasy sisters in line, and as the Lord Chancellorís PPS she has backed curbs on jury trials in the face of backbench civil libertarian resistance.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 2.08% 14.99% 13.88
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.12% 2.49% 4.84
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 0.00% 4.43% 0.00
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 0.47% 7.27% 6.42
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 2.02% 2.56% 78.90
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 23.97% 2.04% 1,174.35
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 9.12% 3.94% 231.14
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 6.38% 13.04% 48.89
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 3.67% 12.70% 28.92
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 4.35% 8.14% 53.44
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 12.38% 4.02% 307.86
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 2.24% 3.19% 70.24
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 19.11% 11.31% 169.00
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 8.94% 3.06% 291.81
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 0.06% 2.52% 2.36
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 5.09% 2.10% 242.57
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.00% 0.06% 0.00
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
£0-5K 7.95% 9.41% 84.41
£5-10K 13.85% 16.63% 83.28
£10-15K 14.72% 16.58% 88.77
£15-20K 12.94% 13.58% 95.23
£20-25K 10.54% 10.39% 101.42
£25-30K 8.32% 7.77% 107.02
£30-35K 6.49% 5.79% 112.00
£35-40K 5.04% 4.33% 116.40
£40-45K 3.93% 3.27% 120.30
£45-50K 3.07% 2.48% 123.79
£50-55K 2.42% 1.90% 126.94
£55-60K 1.91% 1.47% 129.80
£60-65K 1.52% 1.15% 132.44
£65-70K 1.22% 0.91% 134.89
£70-75K 0.99% 0.72% 137.19
£75-80K 0.80% 0.57% 139.37
£80-85K 0.65% 0.46% 141.45
£85-90K 0.54% 0.37% 143.45
£90-95K 0.44% 0.31% 145.39
£95-100K 0.37% 0.25% 147.28
£100K + 2.16% 1.34% 160.81

Local Map of the constituency
Lewisham East - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Lewisham East - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (12.93%)
Conservative (- 16.89%) Liberal Democrat (-  0.23%)
Liberal Democrat (5.27%)
Conservative (-  2.09%) Labour (-  4.68%)
Con - 16.89%
Lab 12.93%
LD - 0.23%
Con - 2.09%
Lab - 4.68%
LD 5.27%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Bridget Prentice
Labour hold
Con Conservative (23.82%) 7,157 23.82%
Lab Labour (53.65%) 16,116 53.65%
LD Liberal Democrat (16.43%) 4,937 16.43%
Oth Other (6.09%) 1,830 6.09%
Maj Majority (29.82%) 8,959 29.82%
Turn Turnout (51.52%) 30,040 51.52%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Bridget Prentice
Labour hold
LD David Buxton 4,937 16.43%
SA Jean Kysow 464 1.54%
UK Maurice Link 361 1.20%
C David McInnes 7,157 23.82%
L Bridget Prentice 16,116 53.65%
BNP Barry Roberts 1,005 3.35%
Candidates representing 6 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Bridget Prentice
Labour
Con Conservative (25.91%) 9,694 25.91%
Lab Labour (58.33%) 21,821 58.33%
LD Liberal Democrat (11.17%) 4,178 11.17%
Ref Referendum (2.43%) 910 2.43%
Oth Other (2.15%) 805 2.15%
Maj Majority (32.42%) 12,127 32.42%
Turn Turnout (66.41%) 37,408 66.41%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (42.80%) 18,510 42.80%
Lab Labour (45.40%) 19,633 45.40%
LD Liberal Democrat (11.40%) 4,935 11.40%
Oth Other (0.50%) 196 0.50%
Maj Majority (2.60%) 1,123 2.60%
Turn Turnout (74.19%) 43,274 74.19%

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