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Macclesfield
Conservative hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
The distinctive contributions of Nicholas Winterton, a maverick backbencher since his election to the House thirty years ago, would surely have been missed in the extremely unlikely event that he had been elected Speaker in October 2000. He has never had any trouble in retaining the east Cheshire seat he won narrowly at a time of unpopular Tory government in 1971, and his share declined by well under the average in 1997, not least because he was not opposed by any anti-European candidates. He obtained very nearly 50pc of the vote, very rare for a Conservative in a year when the party struggled to pass 30pc nationally. No doubt he will continue to entertain all and sundry in the next Parliament too.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Nicholas Winterton, first elected here in 1971, will after the election be the fourth longest-serving Conservative MP, outdistanced only by Sir Peter Tapsell, Sir Patrick Cormack and Kenneth Clarke. Unlike them he has never reached the front bench, and in trying to reach the Speaker’s chair in 2000 polled only 116 votes. Non-knighted because loathed by the Whips, to himself he is “a man of independent view”. To some a man of integrity, to others a shallow populist. Born 1938 and educated at Rugby, he worked for 20 years for his father-in-law’s plant hire firm. Pink-faced, pugnacious, opinionated and fog-horn-voiced, he is Eurosceptic and homophobic, but not an orthodox free-market Tory. He favours import controls to protect British manufacturing, and opposed Heseltine’s pit closures. He backs the Turks in Cyprus.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 31.70% 14.99% 211.44
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.39% 2.13% 18.57
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 1.15% 2.49% 46.39
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 12.65% 4.43% 285.78
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 9.87% 7.27% 135.70
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.92% 2.56% 35.75
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.01% 3.94% 0.30
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 11.94% 13.04% 91.55
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 9.43% 12.70% 74.20
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 7.09% 8.14% 87.01
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 3.79% 4.02% 94.35
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 3.38% 3.19% 106.00
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 5.96% 11.31% 52.68
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 1.46% 3.06% 47.66
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 0.27% 2.52% 10.56
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.00% 0.06% 0.00
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
£0-5K 5.66% 9.41% 60.08
£5-10K 11.79% 16.63% 70.87
£10-15K 13.78% 16.58% 83.13
£15-20K 12.91% 13.58% 95.06
£20-25K 11.01% 10.39% 105.91
£25-30K 8.98% 7.77% 115.49
£30-35K 7.17% 5.79% 123.83
£35-40K 5.68% 4.33% 131.03
£40-45K 4.48% 3.27% 137.22
£45-50K 3.54% 2.48% 142.53
£50-55K 2.80% 1.90% 147.08
£55-60K 2.23% 1.47% 150.97
£60-65K 1.78% 1.15% 154.31
£65-70K 1.42% 0.91% 157.16
£70-75K 1.15% 0.72% 159.61
£75-80K 0.93% 0.57% 161.71
£80-85K 0.76% 0.46% 163.50
£85-90K 0.62% 0.37% 165.03
£90-95K 0.51% 0.31% 166.33
£95-100K 0.42% 0.25% 167.44
£100K + 2.29% 1.34% 170.12

Local Map of the constituency
Macclesfield - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Macclesfield - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (10.74%)
Conservative (-  6.39%) Liberal Democrat (-  3.96%)
Liberal Democrat (1.28%)
Conservative (-  0.73%) Labour (-  0.55%)
Con - 6.39%
Lab 10.74%
LD - 3.96%
Con - 0.73%
Lab - 0.55%
LD 1.28%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Nicholas Winterton
Conservative hold
Con Conservative (48.88%) 22,284 48.88%
Lab Labour (33.09%) 15,084 33.09%
LD Liberal Democrat (18.03%) 8,217 18.03%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (15.79%) 7,200 15.79%
Turn Turnout (62.34%) 45,585 62.34%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Nicholas Winterton
Conservative hold
L Stephen Carter 15,084 33.09%
LD Mike Flynn 8,217 18.03%
C Nicholas Winterton 22,284 48.88%
Candidates representing 3 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Nicholas Winterton
Conservative
Con Conservative (49.61%) 26,888 49.61%
Lab Labour (33.64%) 18,234 33.64%
LD Liberal Democrat (16.74%) 9,075 16.74%
Ref 0 0.00%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (15.97%) 8,654 15.97%
Turn Turnout (75.22%) 54,197 75.22%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (56.00%) 32,332 56.00%
Lab Labour (22.90%) 13,202 22.90%
LD Liberal Democrat (20.70%) 11,958 20.70%
Oth Other (0.40%) 246 0.40%
Maj Majority (33.10%) 19,130 33.10%
Turn Turnout (81.51%) 57,738 81.51%

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