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Portsmouth North
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
This seat obtained notoriety in the "anti-paedophile" riots of Paulsgrove of summer 2000, in which the first-term Syd Rapson, a veteran local politician and resident, played a somewhat ambiguous role. He may well feel insecure in a constituency which required most (10pc) of the 13pc swing Labour achieved in 1997 to oust Peter Griffiths. Rapson's party won only two of the six wards within the seat in the borough elections of May 2000, although this included Paulsgrove, on an 18pc turnout, and also the aptly named Nelson (17pc turnout). Working-class neighbourhoods such as these must be much better and positively motivated for Labour to hold this seat.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Syd Rapson won here for Labour in 1997, after 18 years on Portsmouth City Council. A bald and portly aircraft fitter, he was born in 1942 and educated at local secondary modern schools and Portsmouth Dockyard College. An inevitable defender of his city's defence interests, he judged it prudent in 2000 to go along with a local populist wave of hysteria against paedophiles on the Paulsgove estate, where he himself was born. His Conservative challenger is Christopher Day, born 1962, educated at St. Wifrid's School, Crawley and Imperial College London, a professional engineer who switched to management consultancy with Price Waterhouse and is now head of Business Engineering Risk Management for Europe at American Express.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 4.77% 14.99% 31.85
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.33% 2.49% 13.37
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 5.23% 4.43% 118.09
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 0.45% 7.27% 6.21
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.63% 2.56% 24.59
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.47% 3.94% 11.81
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 15.92% 13.04% 122.11
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 40.44% 12.70% 318.38
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 5.28% 8.14% 64.83
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 3.65% 4.02% 90.79
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 3.83% 3.19% 120.12
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 16.52% 11.31% 146.07
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 1.43% 3.06% 46.73
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 1.04% 2.52% 41.45
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 9.62% 9.41% 102.19
5-10K 18.87% 16.63% 113.44
10-15K 18.93% 16.58% 114.18
15-20K 15.01% 13.58% 110.48
20-25K 10.90% 10.39% 104.84
25-30K 7.66% 7.77% 98.54
30-35K 5.34% 5.79% 92.21
35-40K 3.73% 4.33% 86.18
40-45K 2.63% 3.27% 80.57
45-50K 1.87% 2.48% 75.44
50-55K 1.35% 1.90% 70.77
55-60K 0.98% 1.47% 66.54
60-65K 0.72% 1.15% 62.72
65-70K 0.54% 0.91% 59.26
70-75K 0.40% 0.72% 56.13
75-80K 0.31% 0.57% 53.29
80-85K 0.23% 0.46% 50.71
85-90K 0.18% 0.37% 48.36
90-95K 0.14% 0.31% 46.22
95-100K 0.11% 0.25% 44.26
100K + 0.48% 1.34% 35.34

Local Map of the constituency
Portsmouth North - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Portsmouth North - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (13.94%)
Conservative (- 13.11%) Liberal Democrat (-  4.52%)
Labour (3.52%)
Conservative (-  0.85%) Liberal Democrat (-  0.28%)
Con - 13.11%
Lab 13.94%
LD - 4.52%
Con - 0.85%
Lab 3.52%
LD - 0.28%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Sydney Rapson
Labour hold
Con Conservative (36.73%) 13,542 36.73%
Lab Labour (50.66%) 18,676 50.66%
LD Liberal Democrat (10.29%) 3,795 10.29%
Oth Other (2.31%) 853 2.31%
Maj Majority (13.93%) 5,134 13.93%
Turn Turnout (57.37%) 36,866 57.37%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Sydney Rapson
Labour hold
C Chris Day 13,542 36.73%
I Brian Heaney 294 0.80%
UK William McCabe 559 1.52%
L Sydney Rapson 18,676 50.66%
LD Darren Sanders 3,795 10.29%
Candidates representing 5 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Syd Rapson
Labour gain
Con Conservative (37.59%) 17,016 37.59%
Lab Labour (47.14%) 21,339 47.14%
LD Liberal Democrat (10.58%) 4,788 10.58%
Ref Referendum (3.88%) 1,757 3.88%
Oth Other (0.82%) 370 0.82%
Maj Majority (9.55%) 4,323 9.55%
Turn Turnout (70.14%) 45,270 70.14%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (50.70%) 25,368 50.70%
Lab Labour (33.20%) 16,610 33.20%
LD Liberal Democrat (15.10%) 7,529 15.10%
Oth Other (1.00%) 511 1.00%
Maj Majority (17.50%) 8,758 17.50%
Turn Turnout (76.23%) 50,018 76.23%

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