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Birkenhead
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Liverpool's smaller counterpart across the Mersey on the Wirral peninsula, less well known for its dockland tradition but better remembered for its shipbuilding (Cammell Laird, for example), Birkenhead has its own dramatic history and industrial shorescape. As with Liverpool though, this has now become utterly secure in Labour hands, although here too there have been ructions within the party over candidature. Apart from the anomalous Oxton (Liberal Democrat at local Wirral Met Council level), all the wards within the constituency remain massively Labour, and the independently-minded Frank Field, who resigned from the Blair government as social security minister, should have no trouble winning a sixth term here.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Frank Field, an uptight, ascetic, cadaverous bachelor, is one of a clutch of dropped and disaffected Labour ex-ministers. As a Social Security minister for 15 months he was supposed to think the unthinkable on welfare reform, came up with proposals for self-help and compulsory private pensions, and was blocked both by his boss Harriet Harman and by Gordon Brown's Treasury. Born in 1942 and suffering a violent father, he attended Clement Danes Grammar School and Hull University and ran the Child Poverty Action Group until being elected for Birkenhead in 1979, and then spent 12 years fending off would-be Trotskyist deselectors. He is a Germanophobic Eurosceptic and a High Anglican defender of the 1662 Prayer Book.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 6.00% 14.99% 40.04
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 1.74% 2.49% 70.10
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 1.06% 4.43% 24.02
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 6.84% 7.27% 93.97
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 1.56% 2.56% 60.66
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.80% 2.04% 39.09
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 6.19% 3.94% 156.92
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 10.05% 13.04% 77.11
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 23.69% 12.70% 186.46
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 1.85% 8.14% 22.75
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 3.04% 4.02% 75.64
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 1.99% 3.19% 62.58
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 20.14% 11.31% 178.07
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 3.92% 3.06% 127.93
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 11.05% 2.52% 438.68
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.08% 0.06% 126.81
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 15.92% 9.41% 169.12
5-10K 22.72% 16.63% 136.62
10-15K 18.88% 16.58% 113.88
15-20K 13.23% 13.58% 97.42
20-25K 8.86% 10.39% 85.22
25-30K 5.91% 7.77% 76.00
30-35K 3.99% 5.79% 68.88
35-40K 2.74% 4.33% 63.28
40-45K 1.92% 3.27% 58.79
45-50K 1.37% 2.48% 55.14
50-55K 0.99% 1.90% 52.13
55-60K 0.73% 1.47% 49.60
60-65K 0.55% 1.15% 47.46
65-70K 0.41% 0.91% 45.62
70-75K 0.32% 0.72% 44.02
75-80K 0.25% 0.57% 42.63
80-85K 0.19% 0.46% 41.39
85-90K 0.15% 0.37% 40.29
90-95K 0.12% 0.31% 39.30
95-100K 0.10% 0.25% 38.41
100K + 0.46% 1.34% 34.42

Local Map of the constituency
Birkenhead - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Birkenhead - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (7.16%)
Conservative (-  9.89%) Liberal Democrat (-  0.68%)
Conservative (1.45%) Liberal Democrat (3.83%)
Labour (-  0.27%)
Con - 9.89%
Lab 7.16%
LD - 0.68%
Con 1.45%
Lab - 0.27%
LD 3.83%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Frank Field
Labour hold
Con Conservative (16.66%) 4,827 16.66%
Lab Labour (70.49%) 20,418 70.49%
LD Liberal Democrat (12.85%) 3,722 12.85%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (53.82%) 15,591 53.82%
Turn Turnout (47.70%) 28,967 47.70%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Frank Field
Labour hold
L Frank Field 20,418 70.49%
C Brian Stewart 4,827 16.66%
LD Roy Wood 3,722 12.85%
Candidates representing 3 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Frank Field
Labour
Con Conservative (15.21%) 5,982 15.21%
Lab Labour (70.76%) 27,825 70.76%
LD Liberal Democrat (9.02%) 3,548 9.02%
Ref Referendum (2.03%) 800 2.03%
Oth Other (2.97%) 1,168 2.97%
Maj Majority (55.55%) 21,843 55.55%
Turn Turnout (65.78%) 39,323 65.78%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (25.10%) 11,485 25.10%
Lab Labour (63.60%) 29,098 63.60%
LD Liberal Democrat (9.70%) 4,417 9.70%
Oth Other (1.60%) 733 1.60%
Maj Majority (38.50%) 17,613 38.50%
Turn Turnout (71.59%) 45,733 71.59%

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