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Milton Keynes South West
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Milton Keynes swung even more to Labour than the national average in 1997, as might be expected in New City with few political traditional roots, but it should not be assumed that it will swing back as far next time; Phyllis Starkey seems assured of at least one more term in the Commons. This is clearly the more Labour half of the planned city; indeed, it includes several substantial older communities partly swallowed up in the new development, such as Bletchley, Fenny Stratford, Stony Stratford and Wolverton, the railway town which traditionally supplied the most Labour ward in the whole of Buckinghamshire (indeed the only one in their dark years such as the 1977 county council elections). Otherwise we are in concrete cow country, with the hypermodern architecture of the vast central shopping area, and such recent neighbourhoods as Coffee Hall in Woughton ward and Loughton Park, which is all private. This may not be the face of the future for all tastes, but for new Labour, at the moment it works.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Phyllis Starkey, one of Labourís more academic women from the 1997 intake, is a staunch loyalist on everything where loyalty counts, notably defending the Government on television during the first big revolt against lone parent benefit cuts in 1997. A somewhat swivel-eyed, intense research scientist, born 1947 and educated cerebrally at Perse Girlsí School Cambridge, Lady Margaret Hall Oxford, and Clare College Cambridge, where she acquired a doctorate, she was - as former leader of Oxford City Council - among the most experienced of Labourís municipal realists in the new intake. Her only original features are a staunchly anti-Zionist preference for the Palestinian cause, and a desire to regulate the night club bouncing profession.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 8.23% 14.99% 54.91
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.11% 2.49% 4.37
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 21.91% 4.43% 495.18
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 16.50% 7.27% 226.78
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 2.09% 2.56% 81.30
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.58% 3.94% 14.77
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 5.37% 13.04% 41.19
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 12.97% 12.70% 102.13
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 7.66% 8.14% 94.05
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 1.01% 4.02% 25.11
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 1.44% 3.19% 45.14
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 13.68% 11.31% 120.94
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.28% 3.06% 9.12
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 8.08% 2.52% 320.97
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.09% 0.06% 144.24
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
£0-5K 7.16% 9.41% 76.05
£5-10K 13.97% 16.63% 83.97
£10-15K 15.33% 16.58% 92.48
£15-20K 13.57% 13.58% 99.89
£20-25K 10.99% 10.39% 105.77
£25-30K 8.57% 7.77% 110.21
£30-35K 6.57% 5.79% 113.45
£35-40K 5.01% 4.33% 115.74
£40-45K 3.83% 3.27% 117.28
£45-50K 2.94% 2.48% 118.26
£50-55K 2.26% 1.90% 118.81
£55-60K 1.75% 1.47% 119.04
£60-65K 1.37% 1.15% 119.01
£65-70K 1.08% 0.91% 118.80
£70-75K 0.85% 0.72% 118.44
£75-80K 0.68% 0.57% 117.98
£80-85K 0.54% 0.46% 117.44
£85-90K 0.44% 0.37% 116.84
£90-95K 0.35% 0.31% 116.19
£95-100K 0.29% 0.25% 115.52
£100K + 1.49% 1.34% 110.54

Local Map of the constituency
Milton Keynes South West - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Milton Keynes South West - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (16.38%)
Conservative (- 13.10%) Liberal Democrat (-  2.55%)
Conservative (0.66%)
Labour (-  4.24%) Liberal Democrat (-  1.31%)
Con - 13.10%
Lab 16.38%
LD - 2.55%
Con 0.66%
Lab - 4.24%
LD - 1.31%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Phyllis Starkey
Labour hold
Con Conservative (34.17%) 15,506 34.17%
Lab Labour (49.54%) 22,484 49.54%
LD Liberal Democrat (10.64%) 4,828 10.64%
Oth Other (5.65%) 2,566 5.65%
Maj Majority (15.38%) 6,978 15.38%
Turn Turnout (59.24%) 45,384 59.24%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Phyllis Starkey
Labour hold
SA Dave Bradbury 261 0.58%
UK Clive Davies 848 1.87%
LCA Patrick Denning 500 1.10%
G Alan Francis 957 2.11%
LD Nazar Mohammad 4,828 10.64%
L Phyllis Starkey 22,484 49.54%
C Iain Stewart 15,506 34.17%
Candidates representing 7 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Phyllis Starkey
Labour gain
Con Conservative (33.50%) 17,006 33.50%
Lab Labour (53.78%) 27,298 53.78%
LD Liberal Democrat (11.95%) 6,065 11.95%
Ref 0 0.00%
Oth Other (0.77%) 389 0.77%
Maj Majority (20.28%) 10,292 20.28%
Turn Turnout (71.42%) 50,758 71.42%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (46.60%) 23,840 46.60%
Lab Labour (37.40%) 19,153 37.40%
LD Liberal Democrat (14.50%) 7,429 14.50%
Oth Other (1.40%) 727 1.40%
Maj Majority (9.20%) 4,687 9.20%
Turn Turnout (77.75%) 51,149 77.75%

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