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Lewisham West
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
As with Lewisham East, this part of Middle London in the south eastern quadrant of the capital has now been transformed from a marginal, held by a Tory until 1992, to a safe Labour seat, without a single Conservative councillor, even in Catford, which was once known as the epitome of unpretentious respectability.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Jim Dowd, elected in 1992 and a Whip since 1993, with an interlude as a Northern Ireland spokesman in Opposition, though London-raised comes from a half-Irish, half-German background. Born in Germany in 1951, he was employed as a telecommunications engineer for 15 years while doubling-up for 20 years as a Lewisham councillor, where he learnt the habits of discipline now expected of Labourís large parliamentary majority, by someone who has spent only one of his nine years as MP off the front bench.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 1.75% 14.99% 11.70
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.40% 2.49% 16.11
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 0.00% 4.43% 0.00
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 0.05% 7.27% 0.72
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 1.47% 2.56% 57.22
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 20.15% 2.04% 987.03
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 10.75% 3.94% 272.55
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 2.57% 13.04% 19.69
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 1.05% 12.70% 8.30
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 0.00% 8.14% 0.00
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 38.02% 4.02% 945.34
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 0.46% 3.19% 14.48
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 6.65% 11.31% 58.75
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 12.26% 3.06% 400.24
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 0.00% 2.52% 0.00
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 4.43% 2.10% 210.90
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.00% 0.06% 0.00
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
£0-5K 7.75% 9.41% 82.36
£5-10K 13.50% 16.63% 81.19
£10-15K 14.39% 16.58% 86.82
£15-20K 12.74% 13.58% 93.81
£20-25K 10.48% 10.39% 100.83
£25-30K 8.35% 7.77% 107.44
£30-35K 6.58% 5.79% 113.52
£35-40K 5.16% 4.33% 119.04
£40-45K 4.05% 3.27% 124.05
£45-50K 3.19% 2.48% 128.59
£50-55K 2.53% 1.90% 132.72
£55-60K 2.01% 1.47% 136.50
£60-65K 1.61% 1.15% 139.95
£65-70K 1.30% 0.91% 143.14
£70-75K 1.05% 0.72% 146.08
£75-80K 0.86% 0.57% 148.82
£80-85K 0.70% 0.46% 151.37
£85-90K 0.58% 0.37% 153.75
£90-95K 0.48% 0.31% 156.00
£95-100K 0.40% 0.25% 158.12
£100K + 2.28% 1.34% 169.73

Local Map of the constituency
Lewisham West - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Lewisham West - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (14.99%)
Conservative (- 19.00%) Liberal Democrat (-  0.12%)
Liberal Democrat (3.67%)
Conservative (-  1.42%) Labour (-  0.93%)
Con - 19.00%
Lab 14.99%
LD - 0.12%
Con - 1.42%
Lab - 0.93%
LD 3.67%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Jim Dowd
Labour hold
Con Conservative (22.38%) 6,896 22.38%
Lab Labour (61.06%) 18,816 61.06%
LD Liberal Democrat (13.45%) 4,146 13.45%
Oth Other (3.11%) 957 3.11%
Maj Majority (38.68%) 11,920 38.68%
Turn Turnout (50.56%) 30,815 50.56%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Jim Dowd
Labour hold
L Jim Dowd 18,816 61.06%
C Gary Johnson 6,896 22.38%
I Nick Long 472 1.53%
UK Frederick Pearson 485 1.57%
LD Richard Thomas 4,146 13.45%
Candidates representing 5 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Jim Dowd
Labour
Con Conservative (23.80%) 8,936 23.80%
Lab Labour (61.99%) 23,273 61.99%
LD Liberal Democrat (9.78%) 3,672 9.78%
Ref Referendum (2.92%) 1,098 2.92%
Oth Other (1.50%) 565 1.50%
Maj Majority (38.19%) 14,337 38.19%
Turn Turnout (64.00%) 37,544 64.00%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (42.80%) 18,569 42.80%
Lab Labour (47.00%) 20,378 47.00%
LD Liberal Democrat (9.90%) 4,295 9.90%
Oth Other (0.30%) 125 0.30%
Maj Majority (4.20%) 1,809 4.20%
Turn Turnout (72.12%) 43,367 72.12%

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