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St Helens North
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
St Helens North contains only the northern edge of the town itself, the wards around the A580 East Lancs Road. Most of its population is in previously independent communities, sucked into the Borough of St Helens and into Merseyside in the local government reforms of the early 1970s, such as Billinge, Haydock (the site of Haydock Park racecourse, the track in Merseyside on which the Grand National is not run), Rainford and Newton-le-Willows. This is slightly the more affluent and less working class of the two St Helens seats, with desirable residential areas in the two usually Tory wards of Windle (north west St Helens) and Rainford (not to be confused with Rainhill, which is not far away). It is also very slightly the less overwhelmingly Labour, but that scarcely matters.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Dave Watts, PPS to John Spellar, is a low-flying 1997 entrant off the local council, which he led for four years, still locally-focused on regional-necessary EU grants and resentful of the rate support disparity between (Tory) Westminster Council and St Helens. Born 1951 and educated at a secondary modern in Huyton, he worked for his predecessor John Evans MP and before that was a shop steward at a United Biscuits factory. He backs first-past-the-post voting and the Greeks in Cyprus.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 7.61% 14.99% 50.78
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.24% 2.49% 9.80
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 1.48% 4.43% 33.52
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 23.30% 7.27% 320.38
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.00% 2.56% 0.00
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 10.75% 13.04% 82.41
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 19.98% 12.70% 157.32
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 14.43% 8.14% 177.20
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.11% 4.02% 2.77
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 4.01% 3.19% 125.83
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 15.56% 11.31% 137.58
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.51% 3.06% 16.74
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 2.00% 2.52% 79.55
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 10.49% 9.41% 111.45
5-10K 17.95% 16.63% 107.92
10-15K 17.48% 16.58% 105.44
15-20K 14.07% 13.58% 103.55
20-25K 10.56% 10.39% 101.57
25-30K 7.72% 7.77% 99.25
30-35K 5.59% 5.79% 96.58
35-40K 4.06% 4.33% 93.65
40-45K 2.96% 3.27% 90.58
45-50K 2.17% 2.48% 87.45
50-55K 1.61% 1.90% 84.34
55-60K 1.20% 1.47% 81.30
60-65K 0.90% 1.15% 78.37
65-70K 0.68% 0.91% 75.57
70-75K 0.52% 0.72% 72.90
75-80K 0.40% 0.57% 70.38
80-85K 0.31% 0.46% 68.00
85-90K 0.25% 0.37% 65.77
90-95K 0.19% 0.31% 63.66
95-100K 0.15% 0.25% 61.68
100K + 0.70% 1.34% 51.98

Local Map of the constituency
St Helens North - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
St Helens North - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (7.01%)
Conservative (- 11.16%) Liberal Democrat (-  0.36%)
Conservative (1.48%) Liberal Democrat (4.84%)
Labour (-  3.80%)
Con - 11.16%
Lab 7.01%
LD - 0.36%
Con 1.48%
Lab - 3.80%
LD 4.84%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Dave Watts
Labour hold
Con Conservative (18.82%) 7,076 18.82%
Lab Labour (61.11%) 22,977 61.11%
LD Liberal Democrat (17.58%) 6,609 17.58%
Oth Other (2.50%) 939 2.50%
Maj Majority (42.29%) 15,901 42.29%
Turn Turnout (53.30%) 37,601 53.30%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Dave Watts
Labour hold
LD John Beirne 6,609 17.58%
C Simon Pearce 7,076 18.82%
L Dave Watts 22,977 61.11%
SL Stephen Whatam 939 2.50%
Candidates representing 4 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Dave Watts
Labour
Con Conservative (17.34%) 8,536 17.34%
Lab Labour (64.91%) 31,953 64.91%
LD Liberal Democrat (12.74%) 6,270 12.74%
Ref Referendum (2.59%) 1,276 2.59%
Oth Other (2.43%) 1,195 2.43%
Maj Majority (47.57%) 23,417 47.57%
Turn Turnout (68.97%) 49,230 68.97%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (28.50%) 15,686 28.50%
Lab Labour (57.90%) 31,930 57.90%
LD Liberal Democrat (13.10%) 7,224 13.10%
Oth Other (0.50%) 287 0.50%
Maj Majority (29.50%) 16,244 29.50%
Turn Turnout (76.68%) 55,127 76.68%

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