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Manchester, Withington
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Once the middle class Tory citadel of south Manchester, held even in 1966 when Labour won an overall majority of 100, and including the most upmarket ward within the city boundaries, Withington was gained by Labour in 1992 by a handsome margin and that figure increased to an impregnable 18,500 in 1997. This represents very rapid social as well as political change. The middle class families who formed the solid core of society here have, in general, migrated south out of the city into what was Cheshire and is now included in Metropolitan boroughs such as Stockport and Trafford, leaving Withington's substantial housing to multi-occupation including by one of the largest student communities in Britain. The flavour has changed to become that given by more young and single residents. As elsewhere in Manchester, the Liberal Democrats are advancing in local elections (they won nine seats on the city council in May 2000 to Labour's 23 and the Tories' none), but they can make no impact on Labour as yet in national contests.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Keith Bradley, a Deputy Chief Whip, having discarded both a beard and a routinely municipal left wing past on Manchester City Council, was elected here in 1987, and as a frontbencher specialised in Social Security policy. Born 1950 and educated at Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School, Sutton Coldfield, Manchester Polytechnic and York University, he worked previously as an NHS bureaucrat. As number two in the Whips office, he won’t want to be reminded that in February 1997 he said Labour was “completely opposed to the privatisation of the National Air Traffic Control Services”.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 9.10% 14.99% 60.70
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.76% 2.49% 30.56
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 0.07% 4.43% 1.58
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 0.66% 7.27% 9.03
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 14.78% 2.56% 576.40
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 7.93% 2.04% 388.31
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 18.87% 3.94% 478.45
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 9.88% 13.04% 75.74
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 1.02% 12.70% 8.00
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 3.60% 8.14% 44.24
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 11.92% 4.02% 296.46
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 0.50% 3.19% 15.72
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 10.28% 11.31% 90.91
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 5.70% 3.06% 186.05
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 4.10% 2.52% 162.65
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.43% 2.10% 20.24
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.42% 0.06% 669.04
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
£0-5K 9.38% 9.41% 99.59
£5-10K 16.05% 16.63% 96.49
£10-15K 15.73% 16.58% 94.88
£15-20K 12.87% 13.58% 94.72
£20-25K 9.94% 10.39% 95.63
£25-30K 7.55% 7.77% 97.16
£30-35K 5.74% 5.79% 99.03
£35-40K 4.38% 4.33% 101.02
£40-45K 3.36% 3.27% 103.05
£45-50K 2.61% 2.48% 105.05
£50-55K 2.04% 1.90% 106.98
£55-60K 1.60% 1.47% 108.84
£60-65K 1.27% 1.15% 110.63
£65-70K 1.02% 0.91% 112.33
£70-75K 0.82% 0.72% 113.97
£75-80K 0.66% 0.57% 115.54
£80-85K 0.54% 0.46% 117.04
£85-90K 0.44% 0.37% 118.49
£90-95K 0.37% 0.31% 119.89
£95-100K 0.30% 0.25% 121.24
£100K + 1.74% 1.34% 129.64

Local Map of the constituency
Manchester, Withington - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Manchester, Withington - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (8.86%)
Conservative (- 11.94%) Liberal Democrat (-  0.57%)
Liberal Democrat (8.38%)
Conservative (-  4.10%) Labour (-  6.67%)
Con - 11.94%
Lab 8.86%
LD - 0.57%
Con - 4.10%
Lab - 6.67%
LD 8.38%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Keith Bradley
Labour hold
Con Conservative (15.26%) 5,349 15.26%
Lab Labour (54.89%) 19,239 54.89%
LD Liberal Democrat (22.01%) 7,715 22.01%
Oth Other (7.84%) 2,747 7.84%
Maj Majority (32.88%) 11,524 32.88%
Turn Turnout (51.94%) 35,050 51.94%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Keith Bradley
Labour hold
L Keith Bradley 19,239 54.89%
SA John Clegg 1,208 3.45%
C Julian Samways 5,349 15.26%
G Michelle Valentine 1,539 4.39%
LD Yasmin Zalzala 7,715 22.01%
Candidates representing 5 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Keith Bradley
Labour
Con Conservative (19.36%) 8,522 19.36%
Lab Labour (61.56%) 27,103 61.56%
LD Liberal Democrat (13.63%) 6,000 13.63%
Ref Referendum (2.45%) 1,079 2.45%
Oth Other (3.00%) 1,323 3.00%
Maj Majority (42.20%) 18,581 42.20%
Turn Turnout (66.59%) 44,027 66.59%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (31.30%) 14,193 31.30%
Lab Labour (52.70%) 23,907 52.70%
LD Liberal Democrat (14.20%) 6,442 14.20%
Oth Other (1.90%) 851 1.90%
Maj Majority (21.40%) 9,714 21.40%
Turn Turnout (70.94%) 45,393 70.94%

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