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

Rochdale
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Incumbency effects can cut a number of ways, and the departure of Liz Lynne (now a Euro MP) means that after two strong MPs (the first was Cyril Smith), the Liberal Democrats will fight Rochdale next time without a sitting member for the first time for very nearly thirty years. This will make life very much easier for Labour's Lorna Fitzsimons, and Liberal Democrats will probably concentrate more on the nearby Oldham East and Saddleworth division, where they fight to regain the seat from Labour's Phil Woolas. It is to be noted that there really are bitter Labour - Lib Dem contests here at local level, despite Mr Blair and Mr Ashdown's dreams of a co-operative project around the time of the last election.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Lorna Fitzsimons, a loud, locally-accented, fast-talking, pint-sized (5 feet no inches) ex-student leader who claims to "embody New Labour" and was once dubbed by Trotskyite Labour Briefing as "a power-mad parasite", ousted the Liberal Democrats here in 1997 at the age of 29. Born 1967, she was educated at Wardle High School and Rochdale College of Art, and Loughborough College of Art & Design. Rigorously on-message, defending first lone parent benefit cuts as one of the "hard choices", and then endorsing student grant abolition, she slowed down any career that might have beckoned by a somewhat raunchy tabloid interview.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 6.81% 14.99% 45.43
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.01% 2.13% 0.63
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.27% 2.49% 10.77
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 4.59% 4.43% 103.66
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 8.65% 7.27% 118.91
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.00% 2.56% 0.12
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.06% 3.94% 1.53
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 5.27% 13.04% 40.42
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 19.81% 12.70% 155.94
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 6.58% 8.14% 80.82
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.89% 4.02% 22.24
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 5.69% 3.19% 178.72
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 20.12% 11.31% 177.91
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 4.73% 3.06% 154.47
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 7.76% 2.52% 308.11
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 8.75% 2.10% 416.46
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.00% 0.06% 0.00
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 13.38% 9.41% 142.19
5-10K 20.68% 16.63% 124.34
10-15K 18.29% 16.58% 110.29
15-20K 13.58% 13.58% 99.97
20-25K 9.58% 10.39% 92.17
25-30K 6.69% 7.77% 86.02
30-35K 4.69% 5.79% 81.00
35-40K 3.33% 4.33% 76.77
40-45K 2.39% 3.27% 73.11
45-50K 1.74% 2.48% 69.90
50-55K 1.28% 1.90% 67.04
55-60K 0.95% 1.47% 64.46
60-65K 0.72% 1.15% 62.12
65-70K 0.54% 0.91% 59.98
70-75K 0.42% 0.72% 58.01
75-80K 0.32% 0.57% 56.20
80-85K 0.25% 0.46% 54.52
85-90K 0.20% 0.37% 52.96
90-95K 0.16% 0.31% 51.50
95-100K 0.13% 0.25% 50.14
100K + 0.58% 1.34% 43.23

Local Map of the constituency
Rochdale - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Rochdale - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (11.71%) Liberal Democrat (2.06%)
Conservative (- 14.39%)
Conservative (4.57%)
Labour (-  0.17%) Liberal Democrat (-  5.07%)
Con - 14.39%
Lab 11.71%
LD 2.06%
Con 4.57%
Lab - 0.17%
LD - 5.07%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Lorna Fitzsimons
Labour hold
Con Conservative (13.38%) 5,274 13.38%
Lab Labour (49.24%) 19,406 49.24%
LD Liberal Democrat (34.89%) 13,751 34.89%
Oth Other (2.49%) 981 2.49%
Maj Majority (14.35%) 5,655 14.35%
Turn Turnout (56.70%) 39,412 56.70%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Lorna Fitzsimons
Labour hold
C Elaina Cohen 5,274 13.38%
L Lorna Fitzsimons 19,406 49.24%
G Nick Harvey 728 1.85%
LD Paul Rowen 13,751 34.89%
I Mohammed Salim 253 0.64%
Candidates representing 5 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Lorna Fitzsimmons
Labour gain
Con Conservative (8.81%) 4,237 8.81%
Lab Labour (49.41%) 23,758 49.41%
LD Liberal Democrat (39.96%) 19,213 39.96%
Ref 0 0.00%
Oth Other (1.82%) 874 1.82%
Maj Majority (9.45%) 4,545 9.45%
Turn Turnout (70.16%) 48,082 70.16%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Liberal Democrat
Con Conservative (23.20%) 12,378 23.20%
Lab Labour (37.70%) 20,076 37.70%
LD Liberal Democrat (37.90%) 20,204 37.90%
Oth Other (1.20%) 629 1.20%
Maj Majority (0.20%) 128 0.20%
Turn Turnout (77.21%) 53,287 77.21%

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