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St Albans
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
With its Roman heritage as Verulamium, and its medieval cathedral, St Albans looks the part of a historic Tory stronghold. Yet another of Labour's surprise gains in 1997, Kerry Pollard must be very careful and energetic in defending his 4,459 majority. It may well be very close. The Conservatives were 10pc ahead in the Euro elections of 1999, their best set of results in recent years, but the local election figures from 2000 were almost dead even. Seeing as these were also a better than average set of May figures than in other years during this Parliament, Pollard may even be slight favourite to hold on here, in by far the oldest urban unit in the modern county of Hertfordshire, with an end of term turnout and verdict.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Kerry Pollard, elected in 1997 as only the second-ever Labour MP for St Albans - the 1945 landslide having produced the first - is rare among the big 1997 intake as a fairly regular backbench rebel, on student grant abolition, criminal justice, Nato bombing of Kosovo, disability benefit cuts, and pensions link to earnings. A Catholic, trim-bearded, former local councillor, he was born in 1944, educated at Thornleigh Grammar School and Thornleigh College, Bolton, and worked for over 30 years as an engineer with British Gas. The 28th least-expected Labour MP in 1997 and calling in March this year for rail nationalisation, he is now confronting his potential nemesis in the shape of Conservative, Charles Elphicke. A tax barrister, born 1971 and educated at Felstead School and Nottingham University, he was reared on an Essex farm, served 4 years on Lambeth Council, and has served as an adviser to Francis Maude, as Shadow Chancellor.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 32.16% 14.99% 214.47
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 1.36% 2.49% 54.87
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 4.20% 4.43% 94.88
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 6.75% 7.27% 92.83
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 10.28% 2.56% 400.77
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 8.21% 2.04% 402.22
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 1.33% 3.94% 33.65
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 14.52% 13.04% 111.39
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 3.92% 12.70% 30.88
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 6.72% 8.14% 82.48
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 4.94% 4.02% 122.89
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 0.95% 3.19% 29.81
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 3.39% 11.31% 29.97
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.48% 3.06% 15.66
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 0.00% 2.52% 0.00
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.72% 2.10% 34.31
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.07% 0.06% 107.93
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 4.69% 9.41% 49.85
5-10K 9.53% 16.63% 57.31
10-15K 11.60% 16.58% 69.97
15-20K 11.46% 13.58% 84.38
20-25K 10.32% 10.39% 99.29
25-30K 8.87% 7.77% 114.10
30-35K 7.44% 5.79% 128.45
35-40K 6.16% 4.33% 142.17
40-45K 5.07% 3.27% 155.17
45-50K 4.16% 2.48% 167.42
50-55K 3.41% 1.90% 178.93
55-60K 2.80% 1.47% 189.73
60-65K 2.30% 1.15% 199.85
65-70K 1.90% 0.91% 209.34
70-75K 1.57% 0.72% 218.24
75-80K 1.30% 0.57% 226.61
80-85K 1.08% 0.46% 234.46
85-90K 0.91% 0.37% 241.86
90-95K 0.76% 0.31% 248.83
95-100K 0.64% 0.25% 255.41
100K + 3.90% 1.34% 289.85

Local Map of the constituency
St Albans - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
St Albans - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (17.00%)
Conservative (- 12.48%) Liberal Democrat (-  6.95%)
Conservative (2.02%) Labour (3.45%)
Liberal Democrat (-  3.11%)
Con - 12.48%
Lab 17.00%
LD - 6.95%
Con 2.02%
Lab 3.45%
LD - 3.11%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Kerry Pollard
Labour hold
Con Conservative (35.24%) 15,423 35.24%
Lab Labour (45.45%) 19,889 45.45%
LD Liberal Democrat (17.93%) 7,847 17.93%
Oth Other (1.38%) 602 1.38%
Maj Majority (10.21%) 4,466 10.21%
Turn Turnout (66.26%) 43,761 66.26%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Kerry Pollard
Labour hold
C Charles Elphicke 15,423 35.24%
L Kerry Pollard 19,889 45.45%
LD Nick Rijke 7,847 17.93%
UK Christopher Sherwin 602 1.38%
Candidates representing 4 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Kerry Pollard
Labour gain
Con Conservative (33.22%) 16,879 33.22%
Lab Labour (42.00%) 21,338 42.00%
LD Liberal Democrat (21.05%) 10,692 21.05%
Ref Referendum (3.19%) 1,619 3.19%
Oth Other (0.55%) 277 0.55%
Maj Majority (8.78%) 4,459 8.78%
Turn Turnout (77.49%) 50,805 77.49%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (45.70%) 23,586 45.70%
Lab Labour (25.00%) 12,932 25.00%
LD Liberal Democrat (28.00%) 14,452 28.00%
Oth Other (1.30%) 690 1.30%
Maj Majority (17.70%) 9,134 17.70%
Turn Turnout (79.76%) 51,660 79.76%

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