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Oldham East & Saddleworth
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Labour versus Liberal Democrat marginals are very rare. At present, the only serious chance the Liberal Democrats have of seizing a seat from the governing party in England lies in Oldham East and Saddleworth, which Phil Woolas took during the General Election day landslide of 1997 from the 1995 byelection victor Chris Davies. Davies was elected as top of the North West England regional list of Members of the European Parliament in 1999. In these elections, by the way, the Lib Dem slate obtained the most votes in Oldham East and Saddleworth, one of only three seats in the country where this happened, and the only one not currently held by a Lib Dem. (The facts contained in the last two sentences may be related). It is left to a new candidate, Howard Sykes, to try very hard to reverse this in yet another re-run in 2001, but this would depend on the destruction of the third element in this heady battle: the Conservative share of the vote, which was still at 20pc - over 10,000 - in 1997; it should be remembered that the late Geoffrey Dickens had held this seat and its predecessor Littleborough and Saddleworth from 1983 to 1995. This is still a largely attractive Pennine seat, and in the long run may become a three way marginal once more. The troubled predominantly Asian Muslim Glodwick neighbourhood, which was rather sensationally declared a no-go area for white people in the press in late April and became the centre of race riots in late May, is centred in St Mary's ward, like the division as a whole in this respect only, has proved a very competitive Labour - Lib Dem marginal contest in recent years.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Phil Woolas, PPS to Transport Minister Lord Macdonald, was elected here for Labour in 1997 after failing to take the precursor seat in a dirty Mandelson-run byelection campaign which saw the victory of a Liberal Democrat candidate smeared by Labour as soft on drugs and higher taxes. An ex-GMB staffer and TV producer, born 1959 and educated at Nelson Grammar School and Manchester University, with ambition-driven flexibility he has endorsed sundry orthodoxies and currently has a personal interest in resisting any national Lib-Labbery. Once pro Troops Out, he now votes against attempts to change the Oath to enable the Sinn Fein MPs to take their seats. The Liberal Democrats hope to retake the seat with the seasoned local campaigner and councillor, Howard Sykes, chief executive of the Association of Liberal Democrat councillors, born 1963 and educated at Royton & Crompton Comprehensive. For Liberals, localness is all, as he shows in mocking Tory candidate Craig Heeley, who is trying to restore Conservative fortunes destroyed at the earlier by-election from a domicile in Gloucestershire where he rides to the Beaufort Hunt.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 12.23% 14.99% 81.57
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.17% 2.49% 6.97
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 3.41% 4.43% 77.16
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 15.86% 7.27% 218.09
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.00% 2.56% 0.08
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.40% 2.04% 19.60
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.13% 3.94% 3.23
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 8.72% 13.04% 66.86
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 27.81% 12.70% 218.92
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 3.62% 8.14% 44.50
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.44% 4.02% 11.02
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 5.68% 3.19% 178.23
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 11.55% 11.31% 102.10
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 1.53% 3.06% 49.94
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 6.04% 2.52% 239.69
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 2.40% 2.10% 114.42
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.00% 0.06% 0.00
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 9.92% 9.41% 105.43
5-10K 17.59% 16.63% 105.77
10-15K 17.48% 16.58% 105.40
15-20K 14.12% 13.58% 103.92
20-25K 10.57% 10.39% 101.74
25-30K 7.71% 7.77% 99.23
30-35K 5.60% 5.79% 96.61
35-40K 4.07% 4.33% 94.00
40-45K 2.99% 3.27% 91.46
45-50K 2.21% 2.48% 89.03
50-55K 1.65% 1.90% 86.73
55-60K 1.25% 1.47% 84.56
60-65K 0.95% 1.15% 82.52
65-70K 0.73% 0.91% 80.61
70-75K 0.57% 0.72% 78.81
75-80K 0.44% 0.57% 77.12
80-85K 0.35% 0.46% 75.54
85-90K 0.28% 0.37% 74.05
90-95K 0.22% 0.31% 72.65
95-100K 0.18% 0.25% 71.33
100K + 0.87% 1.34% 64.40

Local Map of the constituency
Oldham East & Saddleworth - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Oldham East & Saddleworth - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (11.47%) Liberal Democrat (1.01%)
Conservative (- 15.69%)
Conservative (-  3.63%) Labour (-  3.06%) Liberal Democrat (-  2.80%)
Con - 15.69%
Lab 11.47%
LD 1.01%
Con - 3.63%
Lab - 3.06%
LD - 2.80%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Phil Woolas
Labour hold
Con Conservative (16.08%) 7,304 16.08%
Lab Labour (38.61%) 17,537 38.61%
LD Liberal Democrat (32.61%) 14,811 32.61%
Oth Other (12.70%) 5,768 12.70%
Maj Majority (6.00%) 2,726 6.00%
Turn Turnout (60.96%) 45,420 60.96%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Phil Woolas
Labour hold
C Craig Heeley 7,304 16.08%
UK Barbara Little 677 1.49%
LD Howard Sykes 14,811 32.61%
BNP Michael Treacy 5,091 11.21%
L Phil Woolas 17,537 38.61%
Candidates representing 5 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Phil Woolas
Labour gain
Con Conservative (19.71%) 10,666 19.71%
Lab Labour (41.67%) 22,546 41.67%
LD Liberal Democrat (35.41%) 19,157 35.41%
Ref Referendum (2.06%) 1,116 2.06%
Oth Other (1.14%) 616 1.14%
Maj Majority (6.26%) 3,389 6.26%
Turn Turnout (73.92%) 54,101 73.92%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (35.40%) 20,271 35.40%
Lab Labour (30.20%) 17,300 30.20%
LD Liberal Democrat (34.40%) 19,712 34.40%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (1.00%) 559 1.00%
Turn Turnout (77.35%) 57,283 77.35%

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