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Makerfield
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
The largest town here is Ashton-in-Makerfield, and we may also find Ince-in-Makerfield. Where on earth is Makerfield? The answer is that it is on the industrial, not agricultural, part of the Lancashire plain near Wigan, its economy shaped by coal mining, although there are no pits here now. But the tradition remains, and in many ways this is a true heartland of Old Labour. There are virtually no non-white residents (0.4pc). There are well below the national average number of single parents, and nothing like the rate found in big cities. Migration is low. It is majority working class in occupation, but near the average in home ownership. Clearly new Labour can appeal just as strongly in such a place, for Ian McCartney won with a 26,000 majority in 1997.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Ian McCartney, possessor, at five feet, of the Commons lowest profile, and with no neck, a Scottish accent - it has been said - so thick you can slice it like haggis, and likened to a chubby, macho Glaswegian mouse, was elected here in 1987. He operates as a pugnacious working class, Tory-bashing Scottish version of his patron, John Prescott. He is currently Minister of State at the Cabinet Office, a rather job-lot sort of Department with ministers, such as Mo Mowlam, Lord Falconer and himself, of rather indeterminate purpose and compatibility.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 4.67% 14.99% 31.16
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.00% 2.49% 0.00
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 1.65% 4.43% 37.38
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 31.68% 7.27% 435.53
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.00% 2.56% 0.00
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.00% 3.94% 0.00
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 8.29% 13.04% 63.55
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 21.91% 12.70% 172.52
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 13.12% 8.14% 161.12
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.00% 4.02% 0.00
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 3.59% 3.19% 112.72
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 9.45% 11.31% 83.54
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 2.19% 3.06% 71.43
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 3.45% 2.52% 136.88
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 9.68% 9.41% 102.85
5-10K 17.94% 16.63% 107.88
10-15K 18.26% 16.58% 110.12
15-20K 14.89% 13.58% 109.63
20-25K 11.10% 10.39% 106.77
25-30K 7.95% 7.77% 102.31
30-35K 5.62% 5.79% 96.95
35-40K 3.95% 4.33% 91.23
40-45K 2.79% 3.27% 85.51
45-50K 1.99% 2.48% 79.97
50-55K 1.42% 1.90% 74.75
55-60K 1.03% 1.47% 69.89
60-65K 0.75% 1.15% 65.40
65-70K 0.56% 0.91% 61.29
70-75K 0.41% 0.72% 57.53
75-80K 0.31% 0.57% 54.09
80-85K 0.24% 0.46% 50.95
85-90K 0.18% 0.37% 48.08
90-95K 0.14% 0.31% 45.46
95-100K 0.11% 0.25% 43.05
100K + 0.43% 1.34% 32.23

Local Map of the constituency
Makerfield - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Makerfield - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (10.27%)
Conservative (-  8.98%) Liberal Democrat (-  0.88%)
Conservative (2.16%) Liberal Democrat (3.13%)
Labour (-  5.07%)
Con - 8.98%
Lab 10.27%
LD - 0.88%
Con 2.16%
Lab - 5.07%
LD 3.13%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Ian McCartney
Labour hold
Con Conservative (17.58%) 6,129 17.58%
Lab Labour (68.51%) 23,879 68.51%
LD Liberal Democrat (11.45%) 3,990 11.45%
Oth Other (2.46%) 858 2.46%
Maj Majority (50.92%) 17,750 50.92%
Turn Turnout (50.92%) 34,856 50.92%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Ian McCartney
Labour hold
C Jane Brooks 6,129 17.58%
LD David Crowther 3,990 11.45%
SA Malcolm Jones 858 2.46%
L Ian McCartney 23,879 68.51%
Candidates representing 4 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Ian McCartney
Labour
Con Conservative (15.42%) 6,942 15.42%
Lab Labour (73.57%) 33,119 73.57%
LD Liberal Democrat (8.32%) 3,743 8.32%
Ref Referendum (2.69%) 1,210 2.69%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (58.15%) 26,177 58.15%
Turn Turnout (66.83%) 45,014 66.83%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (24.40%) 12,640 24.40%
Lab Labour (63.30%) 32,787 63.30%
LD Liberal Democrat (9.20%) 4,751 9.20%
Oth Other (3.10%) 1,582 3.10%
Maj Majority (38.90%) 20,147 38.90%
Turn Turnout (75.50%) 51,760 75.50%

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