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

Redditch
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Redditch has all the hallmarks of a desperately close battle at the next General Election. In the Borough council contests in May 1999 Labour were 8pc ahead, in an unusually good midterm year, and in May 2000 the Tories reversed the position, coming out 12pc ahead. In the 1997 General Election, the first at which this West Midlands seat centred on the Worcestershire 'expanded New Town' was contested, Jacqui Smith won for Labour by a margin of 13pc, exactly the same as their lead in the country as a whole. Most of the neighbourhoods within the town are also closely fought. It is places like this, not more glamorous and better known parts of the country, that will decide the next government of the United Kingdom.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Jacqui Smith. a junior Education Minister (responsible for schools) since 1999, was elected here in 1997, following selection from an all-women shortlist. With a fairly standard Labour pedigree as a teacher and local councillor, she had the additional experience as researcher for Terry Davis MP, who had represented the area in the seventies. Born 1962 in London, as reflected in her speech, she was educated at Perrins High School, Malvern and Hertford College, Oxford. A wholly on-message Blairite, she is one of a handful of the 1997 intake of women to have babies since the election, followed, in her case, a year later by deployment of her combative demeanour as a minister.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 10.88% 14.99% 72.56
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.37% 2.49% 14.99
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 17.08% 4.43% 386.09
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 16.78% 7.27% 230.76
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.46% 2.56% 18.04
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.24% 3.94% 5.99
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 5.47% 13.04% 41.94
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 6.25% 12.70% 49.18
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 5.52% 8.14% 67.81
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.23% 4.02% 5.81
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 3.04% 3.19% 95.51
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 29.25% 11.31% 258.60
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 1.87% 3.06% 61.23
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 2.54% 2.52% 100.87
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 8.54% 9.41% 90.76
5-10K 15.82% 16.63% 95.11
10-15K 16.44% 16.58% 99.19
15-20K 13.81% 13.58% 101.70
20-25K 10.71% 10.39% 103.01
25-30K 8.05% 7.77% 103.53
30-35K 6.00% 5.79% 103.55
35-40K 4.47% 4.33% 103.27
40-45K 3.36% 3.27% 102.81
45-50K 2.54% 2.48% 102.25
50-55K 1.94% 1.90% 101.63
55-60K 1.49% 1.47% 101.00
60-65K 1.16% 1.15% 100.36
65-70K 0.90% 0.91% 99.73
70-75K 0.71% 0.72% 99.11
75-80K 0.57% 0.57% 98.52
80-85K 0.45% 0.46% 97.94
85-90K 0.36% 0.37% 97.39
90-95K 0.30% 0.31% 96.86
95-100K 0.24% 0.25% 96.35
100K + 1.26% 1.34% 93.52

Local Map of the constituency
Redditch - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Redditch - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (9.39%)
Conservative (- 11.00%) Liberal Democrat (-  0.67%)
Conservative (2.82%)
Labour (-  4.16%) Liberal Democrat (-  0.75%)
Con - 11.00%
Lab 9.39%
LD - 0.67%
Con 2.82%
Lab - 4.16%
LD - 0.75%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Jacqui Smith
Labour hold
Con Conservative (38.93%) 14,415 38.93%
Lab Labour (45.63%) 16,899 45.63%
LD Liberal Democrat (10.28%) 3,808 10.28%
Oth Other (5.16%) 1,910 5.16%
Maj Majority (6.71%) 2,484 6.71%
Turn Turnout (59.21%) 37,032 59.21%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Jacqui Smith
Labour hold
G Richard Armstrong 651 1.76%
LD Michael Ashall 3,808 10.28%
UK George Flynn 1,259 3.40%
C Karan Lumley 14,415 38.93%
L Jacqui Smith 16,899 45.63%
Candidates representing 5 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Jacqui Smith
Labour gain
Con Conservative (36.10%) 16,155 36.10%
Lab Labour (49.79%) 22,280 49.79%
LD Liberal Democrat (11.03%) 4,935 11.03%
Ref Referendum (2.57%) 1,151 2.57%
Oth Other (0.51%) 227 0.51%
Maj Majority (13.69%) 6,125 13.69%
Turn Turnout (73.55%) 44,748 73.55%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (47.10%) 22,930 47.10%
Lab Labour (40.40%) 19,643 40.40%
LD Liberal Democrat (11.70%) 5,716 11.70%
Oth Other (0.80%) 384 0.80%
Maj Majority (6.80%) 3,287 6.80%
Turn Turnout (80.86%) 48,673 80.86%

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