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Norwich South
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Norwich South is the better of the two seats in the city, the nation's second largest in medieval times, for Labour, but this has not always been so. It depends on the way the Boundary Commission draws the lines. Whichever seat has more Norwich wards and fewer from the suburbs in other local authorities is safer for Labour. Since 1983 this has been South, which includes the city centre with its plethora of churches, cathedral and close, but also more council tenants; it also happened to be more upper class socially, and contains the university, but it elected Charles Clarke who sits very close to the centre of New Labour in many ways by over 14,000 in 1997. More and more fringe and single-issue candidates are contesting general elections, with varying degrees of seriousness. One such in 1997 was Howard Marks, sent to an American jail on a 20 year sentence for marijuana smuggling and the author of the autobiography Mr Nice. He stood for three seats on a Legalise Cannabis party ticket, the others being Neath (he was originally from South Wales before graduating from Balliol College, Oxford) and Norwich North, but he did best in Norwich South, polling 765 votes. It is hard to say how much should be read into this; he is indeed widely known for his charm.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Charles Clarke, Labour MP here since 1997, is an apparatchik (as ex-head of Neil Kinnock's office), who was born in to the mandarinate (as the son of Sir Richard Clarke, head of the Ministry of Technology in the Wilson years). A resistantly-bearded Minister of State at the Home Office who is constantly tipped for Cabinet office, he was born 1950, educated at Highgate and King's, Cambridge, and worked with Kinnock for eleven years, nine of them whilst he was Labour leader. Author of a leaked letter attacking lone parent benefit cuts in 1997, which he nonetheless backed, he is now often called upon at Conference fringe meetings to define the "big ideas for the second term", without necessarily clarifying the picture.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 9.76% 14.99% 65.09
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 3.90% 2.49% 156.72
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 2.31% 4.43% 52.31
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 0.98% 7.27% 13.49
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 5.79% 2.56% 225.91
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 2.88% 2.04% 140.86
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 6.24% 3.94% 158.13
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 10.25% 13.04% 78.57
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 3.93% 12.70% 30.92
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 9.94% 8.14% 122.06
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 9.45% 4.02% 235.10
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 8.56% 3.19% 268.67
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 11.54% 11.31% 102.01
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 8.52% 3.06% 278.18
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 5.94% 2.52% 235.85
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.02% 0.06% 33.04
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 14.36% 9.41% 152.59
5-10K 22.09% 16.63% 132.79
10-15K 18.94% 16.58% 114.25
15-20K 13.55% 13.58% 99.76
20-25K 9.23% 10.39% 88.80
25-30K 6.25% 7.77% 80.41
30-35K 4.28% 5.79% 73.86
35-40K 2.97% 4.33% 68.63
40-45K 2.10% 3.27% 64.34
45-50K 1.51% 2.48% 60.77
50-55K 1.10% 1.90% 57.74
55-60K 0.81% 1.47% 55.13
60-65K 0.61% 1.15% 52.84
65-70K 0.46% 0.91% 50.82
70-75K 0.35% 0.72% 49.02
75-80K 0.27% 0.57% 47.39
80-85K 0.21% 0.46% 45.90
85-90K 0.17% 0.37% 44.55
90-95K 0.13% 0.31% 43.29
95-100K 0.11% 0.25% 42.13
100K + 0.49% 1.34% 36.27

Local Map of the constituency
Norwich South - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Norwich South - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (5.71%) Liberal Democrat (4.52%)
Conservative (- 14.42%)
Conservative (1.10%) Liberal Democrat (4.02%)
Labour (-  6.23%)
Con - 14.42%
Lab 5.71%
LD 4.52%
Con 1.10%
Lab - 6.23%
LD 4.02%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Charles Clarke
Labour hold
Con Conservative (24.77%) 10,551 24.77%
Lab Labour (45.47%) 19,367 45.47%
LD Liberal Democrat (22.63%) 9,640 22.63%
Oth Other (7.12%) 3,034 7.12%
Maj Majority (20.70%) 8,816 20.70%
Turn Turnout (64.74%) 42,592 64.74%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Charles Clarke
Labour hold
LD Andrew Aalders-Dunthorne 9,640 22.63%
LCA Alun Buffrey 620 1.46%
L Charles Clarke 19,367 45.47%
C Andrew French 10,551 24.77%
G Adrian Holmes 1,434 3.37%
SA Edward Manningham 507 1.19%
UK Tarquin Mills 473 1.11%
Candidates representing 7 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Charles Clarke
Labour
Con Conservative (23.68%) 12,028 23.68%
Lab Labour (51.71%) 26,267 51.71%
LD Liberal Democrat (18.62%) 9,457 18.62%
Ref Referendum (2.88%) 1,464 2.88%
Oth Other (3.12%) 1,585 3.12%
Maj Majority (28.03%) 14,239 28.03%
Turn Turnout (72.56%) 50,801 72.56%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (38.10%) 21,196 38.10%
Lab Labour (46.00%) 25,546 46.00%
LD Liberal Democrat (14.10%) 7,820 14.10%
Oth Other (1.80%) 1,006 1.80%
Maj Majority (7.80%) 4,350 7.80%
Turn Turnout (79.80%) 55,568 79.80%

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