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Readers Poll Con 52% Lab 28% LD 18% Nat 2% Enter your vote to win 1M

Berwick-upon-Tweed
Liberal Democrat hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Alan Beith has held the most northerly seat in England for nearly 30 years, and has converted it into something almost unknown when he was first elected in a by-election in 1973 - a safe Liberal seat. He won several times narrowly before becoming established. It is hard to see where a challenge to the Lib Dems would come from even if Beith were to retire, as one presumes he must one day; Labour and Conservatives almost exactly divided the opposition in 1997.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
The Liberal Democrats' perennial Deputy Leader, Alan Beith, won this seat on the back of a Tory call-girl scandal in 1973 and has subsequently converted it into a relatively safe seat. An astigmatic and uncharismatic Methodist of straight-laced views on tobacco, Sunday trading, abortion, embryo research and pornography, he also, with other rural Liberal Democrat MPs, shuns politically correct lines on gun bans and hunting. Born in 1943 and educated at King's School, Macclesfield and Balliol and Nuffield Colleges, Oxford, he was a Politics lecturer at Newcastle University for seven years. A disappointed candidate for Speaker in 2000, with Labour in second place in Berwick in 1997 he now finds himself out of step with the national Lib-Lab strategy, which in a handful of LibDem-held seats like his, does not fit local circumstances.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 9.69% 14.99% 64.65
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 17.52% 2.13% 823.99
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 2.00% 2.49% 80.54
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 1.24% 4.43% 28.11
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 3.18% 7.27% 43.72
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.00% 2.56% 0.00
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.12% 2.04% 5.87
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.47% 3.94% 12.01
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 15.98% 13.04% 122.55
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 11.44% 12.70% 90.06
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 16.80% 8.14% 206.36
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 3.25% 4.02% 80.89
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 4.04% 3.19% 126.96
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 11.72% 11.31% 103.60
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 1.01% 3.06% 32.83
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 1.52% 2.52% 60.52
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 10.26% 9.41% 108.97
5-10K 19.35% 16.63% 116.33
10-15K 18.81% 16.58% 113.45
15-20K 14.59% 13.58% 107.40
20-25K 10.47% 10.39% 100.72
25-30K 7.33% 7.77% 94.33
30-35K 5.13% 5.79% 88.53
35-40K 3.61% 4.33% 83.36
40-45K 2.57% 3.27% 78.80
45-50K 1.86% 2.48% 74.77
50-55K 1.36% 1.90% 71.20
55-60K 1.00% 1.47% 68.03
60-65K 0.75% 1.15% 65.19
65-70K 0.57% 0.91% 62.65
70-75K 0.43% 0.72% 60.35
75-80K 0.33% 0.57% 58.26
80-85K 0.26% 0.46% 56.36
85-90K 0.20% 0.37% 54.62
90-95K 0.16% 0.31% 53.02
95-100K 0.13% 0.25% 51.54
100K + 0.60% 1.34% 44.40

Local Map of the constituency
Berwick-upon-Tweed - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Berwick-upon-Tweed - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (3.33%) Liberal Democrat (1.07%)
Conservative (-  8.74%)
Conservative (4.02%) Liberal Democrat (5.90%)
Labour (-  8.51%)
Con - 8.74%
Lab 3.33%
LD 1.07%
Con 4.02%
Lab - 8.51%
LD 5.90%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Alan Beith
Liberal Democrat hold
Con Conservative (28.07%) 10,193 28.07%
Lab Labour (17.72%) 6,435 17.72%
LD Liberal Democrat (51.37%) 18,651 51.37%
Oth Other (2.83%) 1,029 2.83%
Maj Majority (23.30%) 8,458 23.30%
Turn Turnout (63.79%) 36,308 63.79%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Alan Beith
Liberal Democrat hold
LD Alan Beith 18,651 51.37%
UK John Pearson 1,029 2.83%
C Glen Sanderson 10,193 28.07%
L Martin Walker 6,435 17.72%
Candidates representing 4 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Alan Beith
Liberal Democrat
Con Conservative (24.06%) 10,056 24.06%
Lab Labour (26.23%) 10,965 26.23%
LD Liberal Democrat (45.47%) 19,007 45.47%
Ref Referendum (3.40%) 1,423 3.40%
Oth Other (0.84%) 352 0.84%
Maj Majority (19.24%) 8,042 19.24%
Turn Turnout (74.08%) 41,803 74.08%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Liberal Democrat
Con Conservative (32.80%) 14,240 32.80%
Lab Labour (22.90%) 9,933 22.90%
LD Liberal Democrat (44.40%) 19,283 44.40%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (11.60%) 5,043 11.60%
Turn Turnout (78.45%) 43,456 78.45%

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