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

Reading West
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
The feisty Martin Salter, a rebel in late 2000 over his party's proposal partially to sell off the air traffic control service, faces another struggle to hold his seat in the forthcoming General Election. As in Reading East, the seat is divided between Reading unitary authority wards (in this case more solidly Labour) and a more Conservatives set of suburbs, largely along the river Thames in pleasant Pangbourne, Purley, and Tilehurst. This seat requires an even smaller swing than East, just over three pc, and like East it is a toss-up to be watched very closely.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Martin Salter, an estuarially-accented cheeky-chappy, has moved from Blairite loyalism to rebellious mode on air traffic control privatisation, whilst also heading-up a campaign of resistance against bank branch closures. A former Reading Councillor (and deputy leader), elected here in 1997, he was born in 1954 and educated at Hampton Grammar School and Sussex University, and now resists overcrowding of jobs and housing in the booming Thames corridor. His possible Conservative nemesis is Stephen Reid, a computer consultant, previously recalled as the Tory who lost the Eastleigh byelection to the Liberal Democrats in 1994 and failed to win the seat back in 1997. Born 1951 and educated at Queen Mary's Grammar School, Basingstoke and Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, as a Basingstoke councillor for seven years he claims to have sold off more council houses than any other local authority.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 9.86% 14.99% 65.78
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.01% 2.13% 0.47
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 1.67% 2.49% 66.99
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 9.16% 4.43% 207.03
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 14.91% 7.27% 204.98
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 3.46% 2.56% 134.93
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.92% 2.04% 45.31
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 2.37% 3.94% 59.98
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 14.28% 13.04% 109.48
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 11.95% 12.70% 94.08
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 9.98% 8.14% 122.60
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 5.32% 4.02% 132.38
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 2.15% 3.19% 67.54
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 10.21% 11.31% 90.23
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 2.88% 3.06% 94.16
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 0.80% 2.52% 31.65
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.07% 0.06% 111.18
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 5.93% 9.41% 63.02
5-10K 12.15% 16.63% 73.04
10-15K 14.32% 16.58% 86.35
15-20K 13.42% 13.58% 98.81
20-25K 11.36% 10.39% 109.29
25-30K 9.15% 7.77% 117.65
30-35K 7.19% 5.79% 124.09
35-40K 5.59% 4.33% 128.91
40-45K 4.32% 3.27% 132.44
45-50K 3.35% 2.48% 134.94
50-55K 2.60% 1.90% 136.64
55-60K 2.03% 1.47% 137.72
60-65K 1.59% 1.15% 138.32
65-70K 1.26% 0.91% 138.55
70-75K 1.00% 0.72% 138.51
75-80K 0.79% 0.57% 138.26
80-85K 0.64% 0.46% 137.84
85-90K 0.51% 0.37% 137.30
90-95K 0.42% 0.31% 136.68
95-100K 0.34% 0.25% 135.99
100K + 1.75% 1.34% 130.40

Local Map of the constituency
Reading West - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Reading West - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (16.44%)
Conservative (- 13.46%) Liberal Democrat (-  5.08%)
Labour (7.98%) Liberal Democrat (0.11%)
Conservative (-  6.91%)
Con - 13.46%
Lab 16.44%
LD - 5.08%
Con - 6.91%
Lab 7.98%
LD 0.11%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Martin Salter
Labour hold
Con Conservative (32.04%) 13,451 32.04%
Lab Labour (53.11%) 22,300 53.11%
LD Liberal Democrat (12.83%) 5,387 12.83%
Oth Other (2.02%) 848 2.02%
Maj Majority (21.08%) 8,849 21.08%
Turn Turnout (58.57%) 41,986 58.57%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Martin Salter
Labour hold
UK David Black 848 2.02%
LD Polly Martin 5,387 12.83%
C Stephen Reid 13,451 32.04%
L Martin Salter 22,300 53.11%
Candidates representing 4 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Martin Salter
Labour gain
Con Conservative (38.94%) 18,844 38.94%
Lab Labour (45.14%) 21,841 45.14%
LD Liberal Democrat (12.72%) 6,153 12.72%
Ref Referendum (2.02%) 976 2.02%
Oth Other (1.19%) 575 1.19%
Maj Majority (6.19%) 2,997 6.19%
Turn Turnout (70.05%) 48,389 70.05%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (52.40%) 27,888 52.40%
Lab Labour (28.70%) 15,256 28.70%
LD Liberal Democrat (17.80%) 9,461 17.80%
Oth Other (1.20%) 638 1.20%
Maj Majority (23.70%) 12,632 23.70%
Turn Turnout (77.33%) 53,243 77.33%

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