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Newcastle-under-Lyme
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Though once deemed typical enough for a team of political scientists (Bealey, Blondel and McCann) to write a study called Constituency Politics about it, the town and constituency of Newcastle under Lyme in the Potteries, though still mixed, is firmly on the Labour side of average. Their majority slipped under John Golding (MP 1970-86) to 3,000 at its lowest point, and under his successor his wife Llin (MP 1986-2001) to 800 in the byelection following his resignation, but that was over the Liberal Democrats, who have steadily fallen back to third place, and the Conservatives were over 17,000 behind in 1997.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Labour has replaced hard bitten Llyn Golding here with Paul Farrelly, the City Editor of The Observer. A local boy made good, he was born in 1962, educated at Wolstanton Grammar School and St. Edmund Hall Oxford. A former Reuters correspondent and corporate financer at Barclays de Zoete Wedd, he joined The Observer in 1997 after two years at the Independent on Sunday. Currently chairman of a campaign on NHS provision in North Staffordshire, he recalls his Irish immigrant fatherís early death from strokes following loss of his job after the Tory-privatisation of British Gas. Albeit with strong local roots, which he stressed, he is also an example of a metropolitan parachutee, selected for a safe Labour seat by an OMOV system usually favouring local councillors. His son John also bears the redolent name of "Josiah" - recalling Newcastle under Lyme's first Labour MP. Colonel Josiah Wedgwood.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 9.45% 14.99% 62.99
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.23% 2.49% 9.11
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 4.79% 4.43% 108.21
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 5.07% 7.27% 69.73
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.64% 2.56% 24.77
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.96% 3.94% 24.33
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 14.12% 13.04% 108.31
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 28.23% 12.70% 222.26
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 16.36% 8.14% 200.89
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 1.81% 4.02% 45.00
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 5.59% 3.19% 175.55
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 9.70% 11.31% 85.72
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 1.20% 3.06% 39.29
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 1.86% 2.52% 73.80
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 10.52% 9.41% 111.74
£5-10K 19.05% 16.63% 114.55
£10-15K 18.33% 16.58% 110.58
£15-20K 14.28% 13.58% 105.12
£20-25K 10.35% 10.39% 99.60
£25-30K 7.35% 7.77% 94.48
£30-35K 5.20% 5.79% 89.86
£35-40K 3.71% 4.33% 85.72
£40-45K 2.68% 3.27% 82.04
£45-50K 1.96% 2.48% 78.77
£50-55K 1.44% 1.90% 75.85
£55-60K 1.08% 1.47% 73.26
£60-65K 0.82% 1.15% 70.94
£65-70K 0.62% 0.91% 68.87
£70-75K 0.48% 0.72% 67.01
£75-80K 0.38% 0.57% 65.33
£80-85K 0.30% 0.46% 63.82
£85-90K 0.23% 0.37% 62.45
£90-95K 0.19% 0.31% 61.20
£95-100K 0.15% 0.25% 60.07
£100K + 0.74% 1.34% 54.69

Local Map of the constituency
Newcastle-under-Lyme - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Newcastle-under-Lyme - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (8.57%)
Conservative (-  8.15%) Liberal Democrat (-  7.94%)
Conservative (6.13%) Liberal Democrat (1.54%)
Labour (-  3.07%)
Con - 8.15%
Lab 8.57%
LD - 7.94%
Con 6.13%
Lab - 3.07%
LD 1.54%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Paul Farrelly
Labour hold
Con Conservative (27.57%) 10,664 27.57%
Lab Labour (53.40%) 20,650 53.40%
LD Liberal Democrat (15.50%) 5,993 15.50%
Oth Other (3.53%) 1,367 3.53%
Maj Majority (25.82%) 9,986 25.82%
Turn Turnout (58.83%) 38,674 58.83%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Paul Farrelly
Labour hold
L Paul Farrelly 20,650 53.40%
C Mike Flynn 10,664 27.57%
Ind Robert Fyson 773 2.00%
UK Paul Godfrey 594 1.54%
LD Jerry Roodhouse 5,993 15.50%
Candidates representing 5 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Llin Goulding
Labour
Con Conservative (21.45%) 10,537 21.45%
Lab Labour (56.47%) 27,743 56.47%
LD Liberal Democrat (13.96%) 6,858 13.96%
Ref Referendum (3.07%) 1,510 3.07%
Oth Other (5.05%) 2,481 5.05%
Maj Majority (35.02%) 17,206 35.02%
Turn Turnout (73.67%) 49,129 73.67%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (29.60%) 15,813 29.60%
Lab Labour (47.90%) 25,652 47.90%
LD Liberal Democrat (21.90%) 11,727 21.90%
Oth Other (0.60%) 314 0.60%
Maj Majority (18.40%) 9,839 18.40%
Turn Turnout (79.98%) 53,506 79.98%

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