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Meriden
Conservative hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
In the 2000 Solihull Borough elections in the West Midlands, the Conservatives heavily outpolled Labour in the wards making up the Meriden seat, which Caroline Spelman won by only 582 in the 1997 landslide. This was assisted by the fact that turnout in the Tory areas like Knowle, Castle Bromwich and Meriden itself was at least twice that in the Labour stronghold, the Chelmsley Wood estate, where it plummeted to a lamentable 15pc. This good Tory result was in a good region for the Conservatives in a relatively good year, but Labour will need to get their vote out even to approach a close contest in the next general election.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Caroline Spelman, a persuasive, personable former spokesman for European beet-growers, was elected in 1997, and swiftly became a Whip and then by 1999 a Health spokesman. Born 1958, educated at Hertfordshire & Essex Girls’ Grammar School and Queen Mary College London, she was director of her family’s food and biotechnology company. As one of only 5 new Tory women MPs in 1997, and one of only 14 altogether, she joined the Central Office team in 2000 to promote more women candidates, but with scant success given the mere nine women selected in the 75 most winnable Labour and Liberal Democrat seats. Labour's Christine Shawcroft is one of the few conspicuously non-Blairite candidates among the party's clutch of prospective new MPs in seats gained from the Conservatives. On the NEC as a member of the Left-wing Grassroots Alliance, she served for 13 years as a Tower Hamlets councillor and wants 'a much more radical second term'. Millbank will be happy to let the Tories keep Meriden.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 32.10% 14.99% 214.13
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 1.09% 2.49% 43.79
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 5.31% 4.43% 119.98
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 6.86% 7.27% 94.29
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.25% 2.56% 9.76
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.28% 3.94% 7.15
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 11.46% 13.04% 87.87
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 2.71% 12.70% 21.31
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 3.24% 8.14% 39.73
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.15% 4.02% 3.82
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 0.63% 3.19% 19.93
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 30.69% 11.31% 271.35
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 2.52% 3.06% 82.23
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 2.71% 2.52% 107.52
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.00% 0.06% 1.54
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
£0-5K 8.81% 9.41% 93.63
£5-10K 15.58% 16.63% 93.68
£10-15K 15.50% 16.58% 93.52
£15-20K 12.82% 13.58% 94.38
£20-25K 10.00% 10.39% 96.22
£25-30K 7.68% 7.77% 98.79
£30-35K 5.90% 5.79% 101.85
£35-40K 4.56% 4.33% 105.18
£40-45K 3.55% 3.27% 108.64
£45-50K 2.78% 2.48% 112.09
£50-55K 2.20% 1.90% 115.46
£55-60K 1.75% 1.47% 118.69
£60-65K 1.40% 1.15% 121.73
£65-70K 1.13% 0.91% 124.58
£70-75K 0.91% 0.72% 127.21
£75-80K 0.75% 0.57% 129.62
£80-85K 0.61% 0.46% 131.82
£85-90K 0.50% 0.37% 133.82
£90-95K 0.41% 0.31% 135.62
£95-100K 0.34% 0.25% 137.24
£100K + 1.92% 1.34% 142.53

Local Map of the constituency
Meriden - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Meriden - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (10.06%)
Conservative (- 13.07%) Liberal Democrat (-  1.03%)
Conservative (5.65%)
Labour (-  1.78%) Liberal Democrat (-  1.88%)
Con - 13.07%
Lab 10.06%
LD - 1.03%
Con 5.65%
Lab - 1.78%
LD - 1.88%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Caroline Spelman
Conservative hold
Con Conservative (47.68%) 21,246 47.68%
Lab Labour (39.19%) 17,462 39.19%
LD Liberal Democrat (11.09%) 4,941 11.09%
Oth Other (2.04%) 910 2.04%
Maj Majority (8.49%) 3,784 8.49%
Turn Turnout (59.00%) 44,559 59.00%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Caroline Spelman
Conservative hold
UK Richard Adams 910 2.04%
LD Nigel Hicks 4,941 11.09%
L Christine Shawcroft 17,462 39.19%
C Caroline Spelman 21,246 47.68%
Candidates representing 4 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Caroline Spelman
Conservative
Con Conservative (42.03%) 22,997 42.03%
Lab Labour (40.96%) 22,415 40.96%
LD Liberal Democrat (12.97%) 7,098 12.97%
Ref Referendum (4.04%) 2,208 4.04%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (1.06%) 582 1.06%
Turn Turnout (71.73%) 54,718 71.73%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (55.10%) 33,462 55.10%
Lab Labour (30.90%) 18,763 30.90%
LD Liberal Democrat (14.00%) 8,489 14.00%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (24.20%) 14,699 24.20%
Turn Turnout (77.42%) 60,714 77.42%

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