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Loughborough
Conservative gain

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
A key marginal at any General Election in 2001, Loughborough is likely to fall to the Tories if they can cut Labour's overall majority below 40, which means entering territory where an overall majority is considerably unsafe, while William Hague's leadership of the Conservatives would probably be preserved. So, all to fight for in this mixed East Midlands division. In the May 1999 local elections, Labour returned 22 councillors here to the Tories' 8, with third parties nowhere. This may well be a good guide to the likely outcome of the General Election here in Loughborough - and in the UK.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Andy Reed, a short, eager loyalist, was elected in 1997 and dismissed by Red Pepper as “well-presented and good with the media, (but) no politics whatsoever,” and seen as resembling one of those cherubs puffing the breeze from the corners of ancient maps. As local as local gets, born 1946, he was schooled at secondary schools in Birstall in the Leicester suburbs, attended Leicester Polytechnic and worked for Leicestershire County Council variously on urban regeneration, economic development, employment and European affairs for nine years. He is churchy, plays rugby, likes the internet, poses stooge questions and backs East Midlands regionalism.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 20.51% 14.99% 136.78
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 1.16% 2.49% 46.52
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 6.80% 4.43% 153.77
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 17.06% 7.27% 234.61
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.51% 2.56% 19.80
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.94% 2.04% 46.10
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 2.83% 3.94% 71.72
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 8.22% 13.04% 63.07
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 12.66% 12.70% 99.67
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 7.84% 8.14% 96.23
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 2.16% 4.02% 53.66
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 4.02% 3.19% 126.25
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 9.16% 11.31% 80.96
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 2.28% 3.06% 74.44
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 2.14% 2.52% 85.09
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 1.04% 2.10% 49.40
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.67% 0.06% 1,075.19
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
£0-5K 9.66% 9.41% 102.57
£5-10K 16.86% 16.63% 101.36
£10-15K 17.00% 16.58% 102.53
£15-20K 13.98% 13.58% 102.96
£20-25K 10.65% 10.39% 102.52
£25-30K 7.89% 7.77% 101.45
£30-35K 5.79% 5.79% 100.00
£35-40K 4.26% 4.33% 98.34
£40-45K 3.15% 3.27% 96.61
£45-50K 2.36% 2.48% 94.90
£50-55K 1.78% 1.90% 93.24
£55-60K 1.35% 1.47% 91.67
£60-65K 1.04% 1.15% 90.19
£65-70K 0.81% 0.91% 88.81
£70-75K 0.63% 0.72% 87.53
£75-80K 0.50% 0.57% 86.34
£80-85K 0.39% 0.46% 85.23
£85-90K 0.32% 0.37% 84.21
£90-95K 0.25% 0.31% 83.25
£95-100K 0.21% 0.25% 82.37
£100K + 1.05% 1.34% 78.01

Local Map of the constituency
Loughborough - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Loughborough - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (8.80%) Liberal Democrat (0.52%)
Conservative (-  9.11%)
Liberal Democrat (0.98%)
Conservative (-  2.35%) Labour (- 48.60%)
Con - 9.11%
Lab 8.80%
LD 0.52%
Con - 2.35%
Lab - 48.60%
LD 0.98%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Andrew Reed
Conservative gain
Con Conservative (35.34%) 15,638 35.34%
Lab 0 0.00%
LD Liberal Democrat (12.81%) 5,667 12.81%
Oth Other (51.86%) 22,949 51.86%
Maj Majority (22.53%) 9,971 22.53%
Turn Turnout (63.15%) 44,254 63.15%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Andrew Reed
Conservative gain
UK John Bigger 933 2.11%
C Neil Lyon 15,638 35.34%
LC Andrew Reed 22,016 49.75%
LD Julie Simons 5,667 12.81%
Candidates representing 4 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Andy Reed
Labour gain
Con Conservative (37.69%) 19,736 37.69%
Lab Labour (48.60%) 25,448 48.60%
LD Liberal Democrat (11.82%) 6,190 11.82%
Ref Referendum (1.89%) 991 1.89%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (10.91%) 5,712 10.91%
Turn Turnout (75.95%) 52,365 75.95%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (46.80%) 23,412 46.80%
Lab Labour (39.80%) 19,920 39.80%
LD Liberal Democrat (11.30%) 5,635 11.30%
Oth Other (2.20%) 1,081 2.20%
Maj Majority (7.00%) 3,492 7.00%
Turn Turnout (76.81%) 50,048 76.81%

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