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

Reading East
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Be ready for two very tough battles in the critical marginal Reading seats at the next General Election. In East, which would be vulnerable to a swing of just under four pc, Jane Griffiths is up against Barry Tanswell, and should be ahead in the eight Reading wards in the seat, but she will struggle in the four suburban Woodley wards, and overall will be fortunate to obtain a second term. Labour can win a second term nationally without her, but their overall majority would probably be reduced below 100.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Jane Griffiths, a former Caversham-based BBC translator, was surprisingly elected here for Labour in 1997. Born 1954 and educated at Cedars Grammar School, Leighton Buzzard and Durham University, she rose politically as a Reading councillor. She has protested at Tory MPs' sexism, campaigned on prostate cancer, and called for a discouragement of new jobs in the overheated Thames Valley in order to ease pressure on housing. Her Conservative challenger, Barry Tanswell, is Marks & Spencers' regional manager in Oxfordshire, born 1958 and educated at Devizes Comprehensive. In 1997 he was campaign director in Witney for the subsequently floor-crossing Shaun Woodward, and oddly dubs himself a "turquoise Tory".
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 18.63% 14.99% 124.27
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 1.35% 2.49% 54.46
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 3.27% 4.43% 73.89
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 12.86% 7.27% 176.76
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 11.43% 2.56% 445.87
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 4.93% 2.04% 241.65
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 12.45% 3.94% 315.63
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 8.22% 13.04% 63.06
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 6.99% 12.70% 55.00
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 2.80% 8.14% 34.36
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 8.75% 4.02% 217.69
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 0.46% 3.19% 14.55
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 4.58% 11.31% 40.50
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 1.69% 3.06% 55.33
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 1.05% 2.52% 41.63
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.50% 2.10% 23.63
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.03% 0.06% 43.29
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 5.60% 9.41% 59.51
5-10K 11.29% 16.63% 67.85
10-15K 13.35% 16.58% 80.50
15-20K 12.69% 13.58% 93.45
20-25K 10.96% 10.39% 105.47
25-30K 9.03% 7.77% 116.17
30-35K 7.27% 5.79% 125.49
35-40K 5.79% 4.33% 133.52
40-45K 4.58% 3.27% 140.40
45-50K 3.63% 2.48% 146.27
50-55K 2.88% 1.90% 151.29
55-60K 2.29% 1.47% 155.58
60-65K 1.83% 1.15% 159.25
65-70K 1.47% 0.91% 162.40
70-75K 1.19% 0.72% 165.12
75-80K 0.96% 0.57% 167.47
80-85K 0.78% 0.46% 169.51
85-90K 0.64% 0.37% 171.28
90-95K 0.53% 0.31% 172.83
95-100K 0.44% 0.25% 174.18
100K + 2.41% 1.34% 179.26

Local Map of the constituency
Reading East - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Reading East - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (13.83%)
Conservative (- 13.92%) Liberal Democrat (-  1.87%)
Labour (2.04%)
Conservative (-  3.21%) Liberal Democrat (-  0.01%)
Con - 13.92%
Lab 13.83%
LD - 1.87%
Con - 3.21%
Lab 2.04%
LD - 0.01%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Jane Griffiths
Labour hold
Con Conservative (31.97%) 13,943 31.97%
Lab Labour (44.78%) 19,531 44.78%
LD Liberal Democrat (18.52%) 8,078 18.52%
Oth Other (4.74%) 2,066 4.74%
Maj Majority (12.81%) 5,588 12.81%
Turn Turnout (58.44%) 43,618 58.44%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Jane Griffiths
Labour hold
LD Tom Dobrashian 8,078 18.52%
L Jane Griffiths 19,531 44.78%
I Peter Hammerson 94 0.22%
G Miriam Kennett 1,053 2.41%
C Barry Tanswell 13,943 31.97%
UK Amy Thornton 525 1.20%
SA Darren Williams 394 0.90%
Candidates representing 7 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Jane Griffiths
Labour gain
Con Conservative (35.18%) 17,666 35.18%
Lab Labour (42.73%) 21,461 42.73%
LD Liberal Democrat (18.53%) 9,307 18.53%
Ref Referendum (2.07%) 1,042 2.07%
Oth Other (1.48%) 744 1.48%
Maj Majority (7.56%) 3,795 7.56%
Turn Turnout (70.15%) 50,220 70.15%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (49.10%) 25,699 49.10%
Lab Labour (28.90%) 15,115 28.90%
LD Liberal Democrat (20.40%) 10,684 20.40%
Oth Other (1.60%) 814 1.60%
Maj Majority (20.20%) 10,584 20.20%
Turn Turnout (74.93%) 52,312 74.93%

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