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Luton North
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
In the first elections for the new unitary authority of Luton, in May 1999, Labour won easily, beating rival parties by at least 20pc and taking control with 36 councillors to 9 for the Liberal Democrats, who have pockets of local activity, and a miserable 3 for the Conservatives. These were returned in Icknield ward in this seat, named after the Romnan road as it arrows northwards away from Luton's cosmopolitan and unglamorous downtown. More typical though are the council estates of Lewsey Farm, and Leagrave and Limbury, and the tower blocks which overlook alarmingly closely the M1 just to the west. Clearly the Tories have a giant cliff face to climb to competitiveness in the largest Bedfordshire town.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Kelvin Hopkins, bald and trim-bearded, won here in 1997 and promptly joined the Campaign Group, one of only 10 of the 183-strong 1997 intake to do so. A former Unison/Nalgo research officer, he was born 1941 and educated at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Barnet and Nottingham University. He has turned up for all the major rebellions, on lone parent benefit cuts, student grants, Murdoch predatory pricing, freedom of information, the Prime Ministerís right to nominate life peers, jury trial curbs, legal aid reforms, pensions, disability benefit cuts and air traffic control privatisation - the full Campaign Group diet of dissidence.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 7.23% 14.99% 48.23
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.81% 2.49% 32.78
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 12.92% 4.43% 291.89
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 11.76% 7.27% 161.74
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 1.49% 2.56% 58.02
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.21% 3.94% 5.41
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 9.37% 13.04% 71.86
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 17.58% 12.70% 138.38
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 4.86% 8.14% 59.71
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 4.49% 4.02% 111.72
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 1.54% 3.19% 48.24
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 21.35% 11.31% 188.79
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 1.21% 3.06% 39.37
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 2.51% 2.52% 99.81
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 2.66% 2.10% 126.61
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.00% 0.06% 0.00
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
£0-5K 8.27% 9.41% 87.87
£5-10K 15.71% 16.63% 94.48
£10-15K 16.49% 16.58% 99.48
£15-20K 14.01% 13.58% 103.14
£20-25K 10.97% 10.39% 105.59
£25-30K 8.32% 7.77% 107.00
£30-35K 6.23% 5.79% 107.58
£35-40K 4.66% 4.33% 107.49
£40-45K 3.49% 3.27% 106.91
£45-50K 2.63% 2.48% 105.94
£50-55K 1.99% 1.90% 104.70
£55-60K 1.52% 1.47% 103.25
£60-65K 1.17% 1.15% 101.67
£65-70K 0.91% 0.91% 100.00
£70-75K 0.71% 0.72% 98.28
£75-80K 0.55% 0.57% 96.53
£80-85K 0.44% 0.46% 94.77
£85-90K 0.35% 0.37% 93.02
£90-95K 0.28% 0.31% 91.29
£95-100K 0.22% 0.25% 89.58
£100K + 1.07% 1.34% 79.25

Local Map of the constituency
Luton North - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Luton North - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (17.44%)
Conservative (- 16.90%) Liberal Democrat (-  1.02%)
Labour (2.07%) Liberal Democrat (0.62%)
Conservative (-  3.09%)
Con - 16.90%
Lab 17.44%
LD - 1.02%
Con - 3.09%
Lab 2.07%
LD 0.62%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Kelvin Hopkins
Labour hold
Con Conservative (31.21%) 12,210 31.21%
Lab Labour (56.71%) 22,187 56.71%
LD Liberal Democrat (9.70%) 3,795 9.70%
Oth Other (2.39%) 934 2.39%
Maj Majority (25.50%) 9,977 25.50%
Turn Turnout (59.28%) 39,126 59.28%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Kelvin Hopkins
Labour hold
UK Colin Brown 934 2.39%
L Kelvin Hopkins 22,187 56.71%
LD Bob Hoyle 3,795 9.70%
C Amanda Slater 12,210 31.21%
Candidates representing 4 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Kelvin Hopkins
Labour gain
Con Conservative (34.30%) 16,234 34.30%
Lab Labour (54.64%) 25,860 54.64%
LD Liberal Democrat (9.08%) 4,299 9.08%
Ref 0 0.00%
Oth Other (1.98%) 939 1.98%
Maj Majority (20.34%) 9,626 20.34%
Turn Turnout (73.25%) 47,332 73.25%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (51.20%) 26,853 51.20%
Lab Labour (37.20%) 19,496 37.20%
LD Liberal Democrat (10.10%) 5,311 10.10%
Oth Other (1.40%) 750 1.40%
Maj Majority (14.00%) 7,357 14.00%
Turn Turnout (81.18%) 52,410 81.18%

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