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Ribble South
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
The south bank of the river Ribble in Lancashire should see one of the closest and most important constituency contests of the next General Election, bar almost none. All the ingredients are there. Last time David Borrow (who subsequently became the fifth current MP to declare his homosexuality) ousted the Conservative Robert Atkins by 9pc or 5,000 votes. If the Tories were to regain the seat on a nationally uniform swing they would win about sixty others from Labour, reducing Tony Blair's overall majority to 60, a third of its present level. The South Ribble area is very evenly divided, and tightly fought at local level. In the 1999 Borough elections Labour won 39pc of the vote here and returned 21 councillors, the Conservatives 37pc with 18, and there are a few very Tory wards from West Lancashire in the seat as well. In the Euro elections the next month, the Tories beat Labour within South Ribble's boundaries by 13pc, making it their 35th best showing in Labour-held seats. The figures point to a battle royal; so does the passion.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
David Borrow is a Labour backbencher emblematic of the 1997 intake: a public sector employee (local government officer) and local (Preston) councillor, diligent over local concerns - in his case the aerospace industry, loyal to the Government and one of a small number of Labour MPs to declare his homosexuality. Born in 1952 and educated at Mirfield Grammar School and Lanchester Polytechnic, less typically he came with a history of factional in-fighting on Preston Council where he was temporarily ousted from the leadership by the hard left Valerie Wise. His right-wing Conservative challenger is Adrian Owens, born 1965 and educated at Marist (RC) College, Hull and Trinity College Cambridge. A manager previously with Rank Hovis McDougall and Robertson's Jams, he currently runs CREATE, training the long-term unemployed. A member of the Institute of Economic Affairs, his past involvement with SPUC will not go amiss in a still strongly Catholic area.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 20.13% 14.99% 134.24
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 1.06% 2.13% 49.90
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.59% 2.49% 23.63
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 6.27% 4.43% 141.76
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 20.74% 7.27% 285.17
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.62% 2.56% 24.17
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.00% 3.94% 0.00
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 22.59% 13.04% 173.21
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 14.61% 12.70% 114.99
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 5.51% 8.14% 67.66
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.26% 4.02% 6.52
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 1.38% 3.19% 43.28
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 4.67% 11.31% 41.30
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.48% 3.06% 15.60
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 1.10% 2.52% 43.54
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 6.59% 9.41% 70.03
5-10K 14.33% 16.63% 86.15
10-15K 16.27% 16.58% 98.14
15-20K 14.47% 13.58% 106.49
20-25K 11.60% 10.39% 111.66
25-30K 8.89% 7.77% 114.33
30-35K 6.67% 5.79% 115.19
35-40K 4.97% 4.33% 114.77
40-45K 3.71% 3.27% 113.50
45-50K 2.77% 2.48% 111.66
50-55K 2.09% 1.90% 109.49
55-60K 1.58% 1.47% 107.11
60-65K 1.20% 1.15% 104.64
65-70K 0.93% 0.91% 102.14
70-75K 0.72% 0.72% 99.66
75-80K 0.56% 0.57% 97.22
80-85K 0.44% 0.46% 94.86
85-90K 0.35% 0.37% 92.56
90-95K 0.28% 0.31% 90.36
95-100K 0.22% 0.25% 88.24
100K + 1.03% 1.34% 76.42

Local Map of the constituency
Ribble South - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Ribble South - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (12.01%)
Conservative (- 12.19%) Liberal Democrat (-  4.16%)
Conservative (0.53%) Liberal Democrat (4.86%)
Labour (-  0.45%)
Con - 12.19%
Lab 12.01%
LD - 4.16%
Con 0.53%
Lab - 0.45%
LD 4.86%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
David Borrow
Labour hold
Con Conservative (38.14%) 17,594 38.14%
Lab Labour (46.36%) 21,386 46.36%
LD Liberal Democrat (15.50%) 7,150 15.50%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (8.22%) 3,792 8.22%
Turn Turnout (62.51%) 46,130 62.51%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
David Borrow
Labour hold
LD Mark Alcock 7,150 15.50%
L David Borrow 21,386 46.36%
C Adrian Owens 17,594 38.14%
Candidates representing 3 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Dennis Golden
Labour gain
Con Conservative (37.61%) 20,772 37.61%
Lab Labour (46.81%) 25,856 46.81%
LD Liberal Democrat (10.64%) 5,879 10.64%
Ref Referendum (2.67%) 1,475 2.67%
Oth Other (2.26%) 1,249 2.26%
Maj Majority (9.20%) 5,084 9.20%
Turn Turnout (77.06%) 55,231 77.06%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (49.80%) 29,366 49.80%
Lab Labour (34.80%) 20,526 34.80%
LD Liberal Democrat (14.80%) 8,695 14.80%
Oth Other (0.60%) 326 0.60%
Maj Majority (15.00%) 8,840 15.00%
Turn Turnout (82.97%) 58,913 82.97%

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