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Salford
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Coronation Street recently celebrated forty years of chronicling a popular view of working class culture, and make no bones about it, Weatherfield may be fictional, but it is in fact Salford. This is where Granada TV's studios are, with the "Corrie" set that is a popular pilgrimage destination for devotees or the merely curious. But if the nation's favourite soap opera over the years goes on and on, many of the residents of the real Salford do not. The population here has declined from 200,000 to 80,000 since the inter-war period due to slum clearance, and then often the clearance of the new post-wars slums put up in their place. As a result, Salford has been reduced to one seat only, and that with an electorate a dozen thousand less than the national average: after the next set of boundary changes Salford will have to pick up wards from other communities for the first time. Some trees do grow in Salford, on Broughton Park (Kersal ward) next to the affluent Prestwich in the Bury Borough, but more typical are Ordsall, Langworthy, Pendleton and Blackfriars (where the turnout was 13pc in May 2000's local elections). In these wards there are problems which would be too grim to be dramatised on the Street, at least while it occupies a peak hour, often reflecting a dysfunctional lack of community spirit, even while most residents bravely battle on.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Hazel Blears, elected here in 1997, a small, impish-looking solicitor previously employed with Manchester City Council, came with a leftwing reputation as a unilateralist and opponent of the Clause Four redraft, but has performed as a loyalist bowler of stooge questions and, for a while, Alan Millburn's PPS. Born 1956 and educated at Wardley Grammar School, Eccles Sixth Form College, Trent Polytechnic and Chester College of Law, and a Salford City Councillor for eight years, one of her helpful questions in February (2001) implicated former Tory MP Timothy Kirkhope with the Hinduja brothers, in order to take the heat off Mandelson and Vaz.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 2.99% 14.99% 19.95
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 2.19% 2.49% 87.90
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 0.00% 4.43% 0.00
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 2.60% 7.27% 35.81
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 3.84% 2.56% 149.55
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.15% 2.04% 7.19
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 5.79% 3.94% 146.78
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 8.84% 13.04% 67.82
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 18.53% 12.70% 145.87
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 2.43% 8.14% 29.88
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 2.53% 4.02% 63.00
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 3.36% 3.19% 105.40
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 22.07% 11.31% 195.08
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 14.06% 3.06% 459.10
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 8.25% 2.52% 327.72
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 2.37% 2.10% 113.09
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.00% 0.06% 0.00
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 15.41% 9.41% 163.70
5-10K 22.99% 16.63% 138.24
10-15K 19.02% 16.58% 114.71
15-20K 13.22% 13.58% 97.35
20-25K 8.81% 10.39% 84.73
25-30K 5.86% 7.77% 75.40
30-35K 3.96% 5.79% 68.35
35-40K 2.73% 4.33% 62.91
40-45K 1.91% 3.27% 58.64
45-50K 1.37% 2.48% 55.23
50-55K 1.00% 1.90% 52.48
55-60K 0.74% 1.47% 50.24
60-65K 0.56% 1.15% 48.39
65-70K 0.42% 0.91% 46.86
70-75K 0.33% 0.72% 45.59
75-80K 0.26% 0.57% 44.52
80-85K 0.20% 0.46% 43.63
85-90K 0.16% 0.37% 42.88
90-95K 0.13% 0.31% 42.25
95-100K 0.10% 0.25% 41.72
100K + 0.54% 1.34% 40.41

Local Map of the constituency
Salford - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Salford - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (9.88%)
Conservative (-  9.05%) Liberal Democrat (-  2.31%)
Liberal Democrat (5.82%)
Conservative (-  2.18%) Labour (-  4.10%)
Con - 9.05%
Lab 9.88%
LD - 2.31%
Con - 2.18%
Lab - 4.10%
LD 5.82%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Hazel Blears
Labour hold
Con Conservative (15.26%) 3,446 15.26%
Lab Labour (64.88%) 14,649 64.88%
LD Liberal Democrat (16.11%) 3,637 16.11%
Oth Other (3.75%) 846 3.75%
Maj Majority (48.77%) 11,012 48.77%
Turn Turnout (100.28%) 22,578 100.28%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Hazel Blears
Labour hold
L Hazel Blears 14,649 64.88%
SA Peter Grant 414 1.83%
C Chris King 3,446 15.26%
I Roy Masterson 216 0.96%
LD Norman Owen 3,637 16.11%
UK Hazel Wallace 216 0.96%
Candidates representing 6 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Hazel Blears
Labour
Con Conservative (17.45%) 5,779 17.45%
Lab Labour (68.98%) 22,848 68.98%
LD Liberal Democrat (10.29%) 3,407 10.29%
Ref Referendum (2.80%) 926 2.80%
Oth Other (0.49%) 162 0.49%
Maj Majority (51.53%) 17,069 51.53%
Turn Turnout (56.51%) 33,122 56.51%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (26.50%) 10,545 26.50%
Lab Labour (59.10%) 23,532 59.10%
LD Liberal Democrat (12.60%) 5,017 12.60%
Oth Other (1.80%) 711 1.80%
Maj Majority (32.60%) 12,987 32.60%
Turn Turnout (65.10%) 39,805 65.10%

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