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Luton South
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
The announcement of the total closure of the once mighty source of employment and recognition, Vauxhall Motors, in December 2000 will do nothing for the economy or self-esteem of the proud town of Luton, which is looking more and more like a Labour stronghold. They should retain both parliamentary seats easily. Luton South includes the site of the car works, visible to many as they proceed, car- or coach-bound, to a healthier face of Luton's future, its airport famed as a launchpad for sorties in search of the sun. Also in the seat is a substantial chunk of the old hatting town's workmanlike centre, with its university which has been known to come plumb last in the league tables of the 130 or so such institutions now to be found in the UK; and part of Luton's large non-white (mainly Asian) ethnic minority population. All in all, Luton South does not appear to be a strong candidate for a sweeping and dramatic return by William Hague's party in June 2001.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Margaret Moran, gor-blimey-accented, and sorter-out of the hard left as leader of Lewisham Council, won this seat in 1997 after selection from an all-women shortlist. The daughter of Irish immigrants, she was born in 1955 and educated at St Ursula’s Convent School, Greenwich, St Mary’s (RC) College of Education, Twickenham, and Birmingham University. She formerly ran a ‘Housing for Women’ housing association. Locally-focused in a traditionally marginal seat, she has been a PPS since December 1997, currently to Mo Mowlam, and favours computer-based ‘teledemocracy’ to up electoral participation rates among women and ethnic minorities. She also worries about disease, domestic violence and bad housing in her local Asian community.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 2.81% 14.99% 18.77
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.26% 2.13% 12.14
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.44% 2.49% 17.58
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 6.43% 4.43% 145.37
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 11.08% 7.27% 152.28
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 4.24% 2.56% 165.33
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 2.21% 3.94% 55.93
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 8.23% 13.04% 63.10
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 23.83% 12.70% 187.57
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 5.01% 8.14% 61.51
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 2.47% 4.02% 61.40
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 3.27% 3.19% 102.56
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 15.06% 11.31% 133.13
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 2.19% 3.06% 71.47
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 1.27% 2.52% 50.57
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 11.21% 2.10% 533.73
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.01% 0.06% 13.04
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
£0-5K 9.00% 9.41% 95.64
£5-10K 15.93% 16.63% 95.80
£10-15K 16.54% 16.58% 99.77
£15-20K 14.02% 13.58% 103.24
£20-25K 10.96% 10.39% 105.50
£25-30K 8.28% 7.77% 106.53
£30-35K 6.17% 5.79% 106.49
£35-40K 4.58% 4.33% 105.64
£40-45K 3.40% 3.27% 104.18
£45-50K 2.54% 2.48% 102.30
£50-55K 1.91% 1.90% 100.16
£55-60K 1.44% 1.47% 97.87
£60-65K 1.10% 1.15% 95.50
£65-70K 0.84% 0.91% 93.12
£70-75K 0.65% 0.72% 90.78
£75-80K 0.51% 0.57% 88.49
£80-85K 0.40% 0.46% 86.28
£85-90K 0.32% 0.37% 84.16
£90-95K 0.25% 0.31% 82.13
£95-100K 0.20% 0.25% 80.20
£100K + 0.95% 1.34% 70.33

Local Map of the constituency
Luton South - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Luton South - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (11.65%)
Conservative (- 12.94%) Liberal Democrat (-  1.63%)
Labour (0.50%) Liberal Democrat (1.37%)
Conservative (-  1.83%)
Con - 12.94%
Lab 11.65%
LD - 1.63%
Con - 1.83%
Lab 0.50%
LD 1.37%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Margaret Moran
Labour hold
Con Conservative (29.52%) 11,586 29.52%
Lab Labour (55.34%) 21,719 55.34%
LD Liberal Democrat (10.94%) 4,292 10.94%
Oth Other (4.20%) 1,647 4.20%
Maj Majority (25.82%) 10,133 25.82%
Turn Turnout (56.89%) 39,244 56.89%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Margaret Moran
Labour hold
WRP Robert Bolton 271 0.69%
C Gordon Henderson 11,586 29.52%
UK Charles Lawman 578 1.47%
LD Rabi Martins 4,292 10.94%
L Margaret Moran 21,719 55.34%
G Marc Scheimann 798 2.03%
Candidates representing 6 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Margaret Moran
Labour gain
Con Conservative (31.36%) 15,109 31.36%
Lab Labour (54.85%) 26,428 54.85%
LD Liberal Democrat (9.57%) 4,610 9.57%
Ref Referendum (2.50%) 1,205 2.50%
Oth Other (1.73%) 832 1.73%
Maj Majority (23.49%) 11,319 23.49%
Turn Turnout (70.45%) 48,184 70.45%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (44.30%) 22,928 44.30%
Lab Labour (43.20%) 22,396 43.20%
LD Liberal Democrat (11.20%) 5,795 11.20%
Oth Other (1.30%) 676 1.30%
Maj Majority (1.00%) 532 1.00%
Turn Turnout (78.45%) 51,795 78.45%

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