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Lichfield
Conservative hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
If Labour's overall majority reaches 200 next time, we may have seen the last of the colourful Tory MP for Lichfield in mid-Staffordshire, Michael Fabricant, who only held on against the mighty surge by 238 votes in 1997. However, in any other circumstances, even the fact that Lichfield's cathedral is named after St Chad is unlikely, in the aftermath of the re-re-counted Florida elections in the USA, to prove a harbinger of another super-close result. In any case, any competitive result is unlikely to include the Liberal Democrat candidate, who is reported to be scheduled to be out of the country on business on election day.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Michael Fabricant, elected in 1992 for an earlier version of this seat, is the son of a Brighton rabbi. He was born in 1950 and educated at Brighton & Hove Grammar School and at four universities, including Sussex and Southern California. A fluent, red-faced, oleaginous former electronics engineer who was once (according to Simon Hoggart) “well-known as a disk jockey in several parts of Hove”, he is famous essentially for his syrup-like “barnet”. An orthodox Eurosceptic, but with a light-weight persona as a self-parodying Commons performer, he is among the Tory minority who vote for homosexual sex at 16. The Labour challenger this time is a new parliamentary candidate, Martin Machray, a PR man who was a nurse. Educated at Greencroft Secondary School, the Open University and Aston University, he sits on Lichfield Council for the Fazeley ward.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 28.02% 14.99% 186.87
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.57% 2.13% 26.69
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 1.44% 2.49% 57.92
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 11.30% 4.43% 255.38
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 17.29% 7.27% 237.68
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.96% 2.56% 37.51
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.26% 2.04% 12.73
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.00% 3.94% 0.00
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 12.64% 13.04% 96.95
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 8.81% 12.70% 69.38
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 10.17% 8.14% 124.92
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.02% 4.02% 0.61
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 1.79% 3.19% 56.17
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 6.21% 11.31% 54.88
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.09% 3.06% 2.80
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 0.26% 2.52% 10.17
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.17% 0.06% 277.19
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
£0-5K 6.92% 9.41% 73.47
£5-10K 13.62% 16.63% 81.88
£10-15K 15.17% 16.58% 91.48
£15-20K 13.58% 13.58% 99.94
£20-25K 11.09% 10.39% 106.73
£25-30K 8.70% 7.77% 111.93
£30-35K 6.71% 5.79% 115.79
£35-40K 5.14% 4.33% 118.58
£40-45K 3.94% 3.27% 120.54
£45-50K 3.02% 2.48% 121.87
£50-55K 2.34% 1.90% 122.71
£55-60K 1.82% 1.47% 123.19
£60-65K 1.42% 1.15% 123.39
£65-70K 1.12% 0.91% 123.39
£70-75K 0.89% 0.72% 123.23
£75-80K 0.71% 0.57% 122.95
£80-85K 0.57% 0.46% 122.59
£85-90K 0.46% 0.37% 122.16
£90-95K 0.37% 0.31% 121.68
£95-100K 0.30% 0.25% 121.16
£100K + 1.57% 1.34% 117.06

Local Map of the constituency
Lichfield - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Lichfield - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (5.82%) Liberal Democrat (5.56%)
Conservative (- 14.09%)
Conservative (6.22%)
Labour (-  3.91%) Liberal Democrat (-  0.56%)
Con - 14.09%
Lab 5.82%
LD 5.56%
Con 6.22%
Lab - 3.91%
LD - 0.56%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Michael Fabricant
Conservative hold
Con Conservative (49.14%) 20,480 49.14%
Lab Labour (38.52%) 16,054 38.52%
LD Liberal Democrat (10.71%) 4,462 10.71%
Oth Other (1.64%) 684 1.64%
Maj Majority (10.62%) 4,426 10.62%
Turn Turnout (65.34%) 41,680 65.34%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Michael Fabricant
Conservative hold
LD Phillip Bennion 4,462 10.71%
C Michael Fabricant 20,480 49.14%
L Martin Machray 16,054 38.52%
UK John Phazey 684 1.64%
Candidates representing 4 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Michael Fabricant
Conservative
Con Conservative (42.91%) 20,853 42.91%
Lab Labour (42.42%) 20,615 42.42%
LD Liberal Democrat (11.26%) 5,473 11.26%
Ref Referendum (3.40%) 1,652 3.40%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (0.49%) 238 0.49%
Turn Turnout (77.48%) 48,593 77.48%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (57.00%) 29,583 57.00%
Lab Labour (36.60%) 18,993 36.60%
LD Liberal Democrat (5.70%) 2,970 5.70%
Oth Other (0.60%) 312 0.60%
Maj Majority (20.40%) 10,590 20.40%
Turn Turnout (83.65%) 51,858 83.65%

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