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Medway
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
A very interesting contest awaits in the Kent constituency of Medway in the putative 2001 General Election. Labour's highly independent and lively new MP, Bob Marshall-Andrews, has to resist a six pc swing to repulse the Conservative challenge of Mark Reckless. This is just the sort of seat that Labour must win to form another government, even if Mr Marshall-Andrews is far from a New Labour clone. There were many marginal wards within the seat too, closely fought in the first Medway Towns unitary elections in May 2000, but the Conservatives came out just ahead in a relatively, but not very, good year for them. It should be a thriller.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Robert (Bob) Marshall-Andrews is a rather exotic bloom, if such is not incompatible with the murk of the North Kent side of the Thames estuary. Double-barrelled only by the combination of his parents’ surnames, he was born in 1944, attended Mill Hill (as a scholarship boy) and Bristol University, and comes with a raffish bucolic look and with all the devil-may-care individualism of the successful barrister, and a partly-buried futuristic holiday home in Pembrokeshire. With a faint whiff of radical chic he has joined the Campaign Group and taken a rebellious road against the Blair government - leading a revolt on the Prime Minister’s right to nominate life peers, and predictably as a barrister, opposing jury trial curbs. Otherwise he has turned up for pretty well all the disobedience: on bombing Kosovo, disability benefit cuts, pensions linked to average earnings, air traffic control sell-off, freedom of information, and so on. Meanwhile, at the 1999 Party Conference Tribune Rally, another joker, Steve Pound, auctioning a Harrods hamper for £1,200 said: “Where’s Marshall-Andrews? That’s only an hour’s work for him.”
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 5.81% 14.99% 38.75
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.33% 2.49% 13.13
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 1.70% 4.43% 38.44
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 16.54% 7.27% 227.46
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.54% 2.56% 21.05
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.18% 2.04% 8.91
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 3.01% 3.94% 76.26
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 14.29% 13.04% 109.57
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 29.00% 12.70% 228.31
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 9.75% 8.14% 119.72
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 5.67% 4.02% 140.90
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 2.52% 3.19% 79.24
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 8.02% 11.31% 70.87
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 2.29% 3.06% 74.73
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 0.00% 2.52% 0.00
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.36% 0.06% 572.49
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
£0-5K 8.02% 9.41% 85.16
£5-10K 15.03% 16.63% 90.34
£10-15K 16.07% 16.58% 96.92
£15-20K 13.89% 13.58% 102.29
£20-25K 11.02% 10.39% 106.02
£25-30K 8.42% 7.77% 108.30
£30-35K 6.34% 5.79% 109.45
£35-40K 4.76% 4.33% 109.76
£40-45K 3.57% 3.27% 109.48
£45-50K 2.70% 2.48% 108.79
£50-55K 2.05% 1.90% 107.81
£55-60K 1.57% 1.47% 106.65
£60-65K 1.21% 1.15% 105.38
£65-70K 0.94% 0.91% 104.04
£70-75K 0.74% 0.72% 102.67
£75-80K 0.58% 0.57% 101.29
£80-85K 0.46% 0.46% 99.92
£85-90K 0.37% 0.37% 98.57
£90-95K 0.30% 0.31% 97.26
£95-100K 0.24% 0.25% 95.98
£100K + 1.19% 1.34% 88.55

Local Map of the constituency
Medway - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Medway - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (14.25%) Liberal Democrat (0.58%)
Conservative (- 15.41%)
Conservative (2.31%) Labour (0.13%)
Liberal Democrat (-  0.85%)
Con - 15.41%
Lab 14.25%
LD 0.58%
Con 2.31%
Lab 0.13%
LD - 0.85%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Robert Marshall-Andrews
Labour hold
Con Conservative (39.20%) 15,134 39.20%
Lab Labour (48.99%) 18,914 48.99%
LD Liberal Democrat (9.33%) 3,604 9.33%
Oth Other (2.48%) 958 2.48%
Maj Majority (9.79%) 3,780 9.79%
Turn Turnout (59.46%) 38,610 59.46%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Robert Marshall-Andrews
Labour hold
LD Geoffrey Juby 3,604 9.33%
L Robert Marshall-Andrews 18,914 48.99%
C Mark Reckless 15,134 39.20%
UK Nikki Sinclaire 958 2.48%
Candidates representing 4 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Robert Marshall-Andr
Labour gain
Con Conservative (36.89%) 16,504 36.89%
Lab Labour (48.85%) 21,858 48.85%
LD Liberal Democrat (10.18%) 4,555 10.18%
Ref Referendum (3.17%) 1,420 3.17%
Oth Other (0.91%) 405 0.91%
Maj Majority (11.97%) 5,354 11.97%
Turn Turnout (72.47%) 44,742 72.47%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (52.30%) 25,924 52.30%
Lab Labour (34.60%) 17,137 34.60%
LD Liberal Democrat (9.60%) 4,751 9.60%
Oth Other (3.50%) 1,714 3.50%
Maj Majority (17.70%) 8,787 17.70%
Turn Turnout (79.90%) 49,526 79.90%

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