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Portsmouth South
Liberal Democrat hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
If Syd Rapson and Labour are in trouble in Portsmouth North, so are the Liberal Democrats and Mike Hancock MP in South. In May 2000 the Conservatives won four of the seven wards in the local elections, and two of the others were held by Mr and Mrs Hancock (Fratton and Charles Dickens respectively). Hancock's best chance is of squeezing the large Labour vote from 1997 on tactical grounds, to prevent recapture by Philip Warr, the new Tory candidate.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Mike Hancock recaptured this seat in 1997 having held it for three years earlier after a 1984 byelection. A former Labour-then-SDP-then-Lib-Dem Portsmouth councillor for 24 years, and on Hampshire County Council, which he led 1993-97, he brings to his Party working class origins as a former engineering worker and AEU shop steward. A heavily-bearded ex-Salvationist and a sailor's son, born 1946 and educated at Copnor and Portsea School, he is a campaigner for animal welfare and for the disabled (as a former Mencap district officer).
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 0.80% 14.99% 5.37
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.10% 2.13% 4.76
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 6.53% 2.49% 262.77
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 2.22% 4.43% 50.09
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 0.08% 7.27% 1.16
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 5.54% 2.56% 215.99
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.95% 2.04% 46.34
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 11.63% 3.94% 294.88
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 1.63% 13.04% 12.47
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 35.52% 12.70% 279.66
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 0.48% 8.14% 5.89
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 14.51% 4.02% 360.76
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 2.45% 3.19% 76.94
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 2.12% 11.31% 18.73
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 8.74% 3.06% 285.57
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 5.31% 2.52% 210.99
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 1.38% 0.06% 2,211.27
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 11.92% 9.41% 126.67
5-10K 19.14% 16.63% 115.05
10-15K 17.91% 16.58% 108.00
15-20K 13.86% 13.58% 102.04
20-25K 10.04% 10.39% 96.60
25-30K 7.12% 7.77% 91.64
30-35K 5.05% 5.79% 87.19
35-40K 3.61% 4.33% 83.23
40-45K 2.60% 3.27% 79.74
45-50K 1.90% 2.48% 76.68
50-55K 1.41% 1.90% 74.01
55-60K 1.06% 1.47% 71.67
60-65K 0.80% 1.15% 69.63
65-70K 0.61% 0.91% 67.84
70-75K 0.48% 0.72% 66.27
75-80K 0.37% 0.57% 64.90
80-85K 0.29% 0.46% 63.68
85-90K 0.23% 0.37% 62.61
90-95K 0.19% 0.31% 61.67
95-100K 0.15% 0.25% 60.83
100K + 0.78% 1.34% 57.68

Local Map of the constituency
Portsmouth South - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Portsmouth South - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (10.71%)
Conservative (- 11.37%) Liberal Democrat (-  2.50%)
Liberal Democrat (5.10%)
Conservative (-  2.07%) Labour (-  1.44%)
Con - 11.37%
Lab 10.71%
LD - 2.50%
Con - 2.07%
Lab - 1.44%
LD 5.10%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Mike Hancock
Liberal Democrat hold
Con Conservative (29.06%) 11,396 29.06%
Lab Labour (23.87%) 9,361 23.87%
LD Liberal Democrat (44.60%) 17,490 44.60%
Oth Other (2.47%) 968 2.47%
Maj Majority (15.54%) 6,094 15.54%
Turn Turnout (50.87%) 39,215 50.87%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Mike Hancock
Liberal Democrat hold
L Graham Hancock 9,361 23.87%
LD Mike Hancock 17,490 44.60%
SA John Molyneux 647 1.65%
UK Michael Tarrant 321 0.82%
C Philip Warr 11,396 29.06%
Candidates representing 5 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Mike Hancock
Liberal Democrat gain
Con Conservative (31.13%) 16,094 31.13%
Lab Labour (25.31%) 13,086 25.31%
LD Liberal Democrat (39.50%) 20,421 39.50%
Ref Referendum (3.15%) 1,629 3.15%
Oth Other (0.90%) 465 0.90%
Maj Majority (8.37%) 4,327 8.37%
Turn Turnout (64.21%) 51,695 64.21%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (42.50%) 22,798 42.50%
Lab Labour (14.60%) 7,857 14.60%
LD Liberal Democrat (42.00%) 22,556 42.00%
Oth Other (0.80%) 440 0.80%
Maj Majority (0.50%) 242 0.50%
Turn Turnout (69.44%) 53,651 69.44%

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