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Shrewsbury & Atcham
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Deluged by the Severn floods in the latter part of 2000, Shrewsbury may well now see the ebb of Labour's high tide of electoral fortune, which led to their first ever victory here in the 1997 General Election. This will not be because they are blamed for the water damage and inconvenience, but any recovery at all by the Conservatives from their dire showing after 18 years and four full terms of government will bring this seat back to its traditional allegiance. In the May 2000 elections in the borough which shares the name and exact boundaries of the parliamentary constituency the Tories led by 9pc, and this suggests that they are favourites to achieve just that.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Labour's unexpected MP, Paul Marsden, equally unexpectedly announced he would quit in January 2001, over an alleged spat in the local Labour Party, and then unexpectedly "de-quit" in February. One of Labour's youngest MPs in the 1997 intake - unkindly dubbed by his defeated Tory opponent Derek Conway as "a Labour nerd" - he was born in 1968, educated at Helsby High School and Teesside Polytechnic, and previously worked as a quality assurance manager. After four low-profile years seeking to reassure beleaguered farmers in a seat Labour never dreamt of winning, he came to prominence early this year when he called for legislation on recyclable waste. Targeting the seat for the Conservatives is Anthea McIntyre, single, London-born in 1954 and educated at Queen's College, Harley Street, but Herefordshire-based, and Director of MCP Systems Consultants, specialising in business intelligence systems. Long active in the Party and an experienced campaigner, she fought Warley West in 1983 and Redditch in 1997. Statistically the Conservatives' third most likely new woman MP in this election, she has objected to being press-listed as a 'Europhile.'
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 21.25% 14.99% 141.73
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 5.83% 2.13% 274.06
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 1.18% 2.49% 47.54
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 4.37% 4.43% 98.79
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 12.56% 7.27% 172.69
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.74% 2.56% 28.72
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.99% 2.04% 48.33
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.59% 3.94% 14.87
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 20.12% 13.04% 154.32
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 6.73% 12.70% 52.98
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 8.51% 8.14% 104.52
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 5.23% 4.02% 130.04
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 2.21% 3.19% 69.40
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 8.51% 11.31% 75.25
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.70% 3.06% 22.71
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 0.33% 2.52% 13.03
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.16% 0.06% 257.40
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 8.88% 9.41% 94.35
5-10K 17.20% 16.63% 103.39
10-15K 17.77% 16.58% 107.16
15-20K 14.59% 13.58% 107.39
20-25K 10.97% 10.39% 105.59
25-30K 7.98% 7.77% 102.69
30-35K 5.75% 5.79% 99.30
35-40K 4.15% 4.33% 95.74
40-45K 3.01% 3.27% 92.21
45-50K 2.21% 2.48% 88.84
50-55K 1.63% 1.90% 85.67
55-60K 1.22% 1.47% 82.74
60-65K 0.92% 1.15% 80.05
65-70K 0.70% 0.91% 77.60
70-75K 0.54% 0.72% 75.36
75-80K 0.42% 0.57% 73.34
80-85K 0.33% 0.46% 71.50
85-90K 0.26% 0.37% 69.84
90-95K 0.21% 0.31% 68.33
95-100K 0.17% 0.25% 66.96
100K + 0.82% 1.34% 61.25

Local Map of the constituency
Shrewsbury & Atcham - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Shrewsbury & Atcham - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (11.01%)
Conservative (- 11.81%) Liberal Democrat (-  2.00%)
Conservative (3.42%) Labour (7.58%)
Liberal Democrat (- 12.64%)
Con - 11.81%
Lab 11.01%
LD - 2.00%
Con 3.42%
Lab 7.58%
LD - 12.64%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Paul Marsden
Labour hold
Con Conservative (37.42%) 18,674 37.42%
Lab Labour (44.59%) 22,253 44.59%
LD Liberal Democrat (12.37%) 6,173 12.37%
Oth Other (5.63%) 2,809 5.63%
Maj Majority (7.17%) 3,579 7.17%
Turn Turnout (66.58%) 49,909 66.58%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Paul Marsden
Labour hold
G Emma Bullard 931 1.87%
UK Henry Curteis 1,620 3.25%
I James Gollins 258 0.52%
L Paul Marsden 22,253 44.59%
C Anthea McIntyre 18,674 37.42%
LD Jonathan Rule 6,173 12.37%
Candidates representing 6 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Paul Marsden
Labour gain
Con Conservative (33.99%) 18,814 33.99%
Lab Labour (37.01%) 20,484 37.01%
LD Liberal Democrat (25.00%) 13,838 25.00%
Ref Referendum (2.43%) 1,346 2.43%
Oth Other (1.56%) 862 1.56%
Maj Majority (3.02%) 1,670 3.02%
Turn Turnout (75.25%) 55,344 75.25%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (45.80%) 26,681 45.80%
Lab Labour (26.00%) 15,157 26.00%
LD Liberal Democrat (27.00%) 15,716 27.00%
Oth Other (1.20%) 677 1.20%
Maj Majority (18.80%) 10,965 18.80%
Turn Turnout (77.59%) 58,231 77.59%

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