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Putney
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Elections in the London Borough of Wandsworth are always hard to call, because they have been skewed strongly towards the Conservative for many years due to the popular low-tax policies of the borough council, which has remained in their hands since 1978 while most others in London have slipped from their grasp on more than one occasion. In the most recent (May 1998), Tory candidates outpolled Labour by no less than 29pc here, the highest margin in the country in a Labour seat. Yet in 2001, if the General Election is indeed then, it is not council tax in Wandsworth which is at stake but the governance of the country, the future of New Labour, and of first-term MP Tony Colman, who slipped past the spectacular election night row between the defeated candidates David Mellor and Sir James Goldsmith almost unnoticed. The focus is more likely to be on him next time.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Tony Coleman, an unusual Labour figure as a former company director-turned-Council-leader, won this seat in 1997. Inevitably a campaigner against aircraft noise, and previously for six years leader of Merton Council and before that a chief executive, then director, at Burton's Group plc, he was born 1943 and attended Paston Grammar School, North Walsham and Magdalene College, Cambridge. Variously described as "prissy", "dapper" and "camp", with a record of complaint about the local Tory flagship, Wandsworth Council, he now faces a Conservative candidate straight off it, in Michael Simpson, winner of the Labour-held Roehampton ward as recently as 1998. Putney-based though Australian-born in 1964, he was educated at St. George's School, Harpenden and Nottingham University, served in the Royal Artillery for 4 years, and then worked in marketing, successively for Proctor & Gamble, Price Waterhouse Coopers, and currently Johnson & Johnson, where he is European Marketing Manager.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 2.01% 14.99% 13.40
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 1.15% 2.49% 46.41
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 0.00% 4.43% 0.00
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 0.00% 7.27% 0.00
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 10.37% 2.56% 404.21
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 37.74% 2.04% 1,849.03
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 12.41% 3.94% 314.65
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 0.62% 13.04% 4.76
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 3.07% 12.70% 24.17
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 0.59% 8.14% 7.26
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 3.00% 4.02% 74.51
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 0.36% 3.19% 11.25
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 3.70% 11.31% 32.72
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 20.36% 3.06% 665.02
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 0.00% 2.52% 0.00
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 4.52% 2.10% 215.43
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.10% 0.06% 153.60
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 6.13% 9.41% 65.14
5-10K 10.46% 16.63% 62.89
10-15K 11.79% 16.58% 71.10
15-20K 11.20% 13.58% 82.42
20-25K 9.88% 10.39% 95.03
25-30K 8.41% 7.77% 108.11
30-35K 7.02% 5.79% 121.27
35-40K 5.82% 4.33% 134.27
40-45K 4.80% 3.27% 146.97
45-50K 3.95% 2.48% 159.31
50-55K 3.26% 1.90% 171.25
55-60K 2.69% 1.47% 182.78
60-65K 2.23% 1.15% 193.91
65-70K 1.85% 0.91% 204.64
70-75K 1.55% 0.72% 214.99
75-80K 1.29% 0.57% 224.97
80-85K 1.09% 0.46% 234.60
85-90K 0.91% 0.37% 243.91
90-95K 0.77% 0.31% 252.90
95-100K 0.65% 0.25% 261.59
100K + 4.21% 1.34% 313.42

Local Map of the constituency
Putney - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Putney - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (9.05%) Liberal Democrat (1.17%)
Conservative (- 13.31%)
Labour (0.80%) Liberal Democrat (2.86%)
Conservative (-  0.53%)
Con - 13.31%
Lab 9.05%
LD 1.17%
Con - 0.53%
Lab 0.80%
LD 2.86%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Anthony Colman
Labour hold
Con Conservative (38.36%) 13,140 38.36%
Lab Labour (46.45%) 15,911 46.45%
LD Liberal Democrat (13.64%) 4,671 13.64%
Oth Other (1.55%) 532 1.55%
Maj Majority (8.09%) 2,771 8.09%
Turn Turnout (56.48%) 34,254 56.48%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Anthony Colman
Labour hold
LD Tony Burrett 4,671 13.64%
L Anthony Colman 15,911 46.45%
C Michael Simpson 13,140 38.36%
UK Pat Wild 347 1.01%
P Yvonne Windsor 185 0.54%
Candidates representing 5 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Anthony Colman
Labour gain
Con Conservative (38.89%) 17,108 38.89%
Lab Labour (45.65%) 20,084 45.65%
LD Liberal Democrat (10.77%) 4,739 10.77%
Ref Referendum (3.45%) 1,518 3.45%
Oth Other (1.24%) 546 1.24%
Maj Majority (6.76%) 2,976 6.76%
Turn Turnout (73.11%) 43,995 73.11%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (52.20%) 25,188 52.20%
Lab Labour (36.60%) 17,662 36.60%
LD Liberal Democrat (9.60%) 4,636 9.60%
Oth Other (1.60%) 757 1.60%
Maj Majority (15.60%) 7,526 15.60%
Turn Turnout (77.96%) 48,243 77.96%

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