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Oldham West & Royton
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Far less closely contested than its neighbour Oldham East and Saddleworth, this seat is and will stay safely Labour. It includes two parts of Oldham, once disparate but now converging. The central wards such as Coldhurst are working class and contain a substantial section of Oldham's Muslim Asian population: it was 37pc non-white at the time of the 1991 Census and included one of the largest Bangladeshi communities in the north. The western neighbourhoods of Werneth ward once had large mansions but these are decayed and/or redeveloped, and are also notably influenced by the Asian presence. In 2000 both Coldhurst and Werneth elected Asian councillors, the former Liberal Democrat and the latter Labour. Race relations in Oldham reached unwonted and unwanted national prominence in late April 2001, although the Glodwick neighbourhood bruited as a no go area for white people, is situated east of the town centre and in the St Mary's ward in Oldham East and Saddleworth constituency. More voters are to be found in the independent towns of Royton and Chadderton. Royton elects Lib Dem councillors, Chaderton a mixture of Conservative and Labour. In General Elections though the seat poses no difficulties for Michael Meacher.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Michael Meacher, Environment Minister since 1997, elected originally for an Oldham seat in 1970, will be after the election Labour's fourth longest-running MP, and one of only three Blair ministers to have served in the pre-1979 Callaghan government. Originally a hard leftwinger who ran for the Labour Deputy Leadership against Roy Hattersley in 1983 as Tony Benn's Vicar on Earth, he was born 1939, educated at Berkhamsted School, New College Oxford and the LSE, and lectured in social administration at York University. Included in the government, but not of Cabinet rank, as a constantly elected member of the Shadow Cabinet, he had backed Prescott, not Blair in 1994. Cerebral but earnest and humourless, his career has been dogged by accusations of pretentiousness in exaggerating his father's humble origins, and of affluence, as in exposés of the number of his properties.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 1.99% 14.99% 13.30
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.02% 2.49% 0.83
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 2.06% 4.43% 46.45
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 11.95% 7.27% 164.34
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.00% 2.56% 0.00
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.48% 3.94% 12.06
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 7.13% 13.04% 54.68
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 28.18% 12.70% 221.82
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 6.75% 8.14% 82.92
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.22% 4.02% 5.45
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 6.50% 3.19% 204.09
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 17.39% 11.31% 153.77
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 5.64% 3.06% 184.07
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 2.27% 2.52% 90.16
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 9.42% 2.10% 448.60
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.00% 0.06% 0.00
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 11.62% 9.41% 123.47
5-10K 20.09% 16.63% 120.78
10-15K 18.90% 16.58% 113.99
15-20K 14.48% 13.58% 106.60
20-25K 10.32% 10.39% 99.34
25-30K 7.19% 7.77% 92.43
30-35K 4.98% 5.79% 85.95
35-40K 3.46% 4.33% 79.94
40-45K 2.43% 3.27% 74.39
45-50K 1.72% 2.48% 69.29
50-55K 1.23% 1.90% 64.62
55-60K 0.89% 1.47% 60.35
60-65K 0.65% 1.15% 56.44
65-70K 0.48% 0.91% 52.87
70-75K 0.36% 0.72% 49.60
75-80K 0.27% 0.57% 46.61
80-85K 0.20% 0.46% 43.87
85-90K 0.15% 0.37% 41.35
90-95K 0.12% 0.31% 39.04
95-100K 0.09% 0.25% 36.91
100K + 0.37% 1.34% 27.21

Local Map of the constituency
Oldham West & Royton - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Oldham West & Royton - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (9.70%) Liberal Democrat (0.48%)
Conservative (- 14.72%)
Liberal Democrat (0.57%)
Conservative (-  5.67%) Labour (-  7.65%)
Con - 14.72%
Lab 9.70%
LD 0.48%
Con - 5.67%
Lab - 7.65%
LD 0.57%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Michael Meacher
Labour hold
Con Conservative (17.71%) 7,076 17.71%
Lab Labour (51.15%) 20,441 51.15%
LD Liberal Democrat (12.45%) 4,975 12.45%
Oth Other (18.69%) 7,470 18.69%
Maj Majority (33.44%) 13,365 33.44%
Turn Turnout (57.57%) 39,962 57.57%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Michael Meacher
Labour hold
BNP Nick Griffin 6,552 16.40%
L Michael Meacher 20,441 51.15%
LD Marc Ramsbottom 4,975 12.45%
C Duncan Reed 7,076 17.71%
G David Rooney 918 2.30%
Candidates representing 5 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Michael Meacher
Labour
Con Conservative (23.38%) 10,693 23.38%
Lab Labour (58.80%) 26,894 58.80%
LD Liberal Democrat (11.88%) 5,434 11.88%
Ref Referendum (2.53%) 1,157 2.53%
Oth Other (3.41%) 1,560 3.41%
Maj Majority (35.42%) 16,201 35.42%
Turn Turnout (66.09%) 45,738 66.09%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (38.10%) 20,093 38.10%
Lab Labour (49.10%) 25,887 49.10%
LD Liberal Democrat (11.40%) 6,031 11.40%
Oth Other (1.40%) 722 1.40%
Maj Majority (11.00%) 5,794 11.00%
Turn Turnout (75.01%) 52,733 75.01%

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