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Southampton, Itchen
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Both Southampton seats, though historically critical marginals which played a role in determining the identity of the government of the United Kingdom, must now be regarded as safely Labour in general elections, although the Liberal Democrats perform well in unitary authority elections within the city. This is still a two-party contest at national level, and Labour holds the whip hand - for the time being. Itchen is essentially the eastern half of Southampton, straddling the river whose name it bears, to include neighbourhoods such as Bitterne and Bitterne Park, Woolston, Harefield and Peartree, mixed suburban territory of respectable council estates and lower middle class owner occupiers, along with the heavily redeveloped city centre and the Ocean Village marina area. Itchen was the first of the Southampton seats to fall to Labour, and indeed returned the first ever Labour Speaker of the House of Commons, the former headmaster Dr Horace King - which must be one of this area's greatest and most enduring claims to fame.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
John Denham, Minister of State for Health, was elected third-time-lucky here in 1992, as a former Southampton-based city and county councillor. A one-time unilateralist opponent of Trident and Cruise and proponent of "extra-parliamentary action" to achieve a "democratic socialist society", by 1994 he was apologizing for the factionalism of the 1980s, and as part of Labour's 'Southern strategy' to revive electorally in the south of England, urging the party to acknowledge that nowadays 'ten times as many people sell insurance as dig coal.' Born 1953 and educated at Woodroffe Comprehensive, Lyme Regis and Southampton University, he worked originally for a raft of voluntary sector organisations (War on Want, Friends of the Earth, the British Youth Council), was quickly onto the front bench by 1995 and into government in 1997 as a pensions specialist, where his suit and switched-on rictus make him a model Blairite minister.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 4.15% 14.99% 27.71
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 1.93% 2.49% 77.48
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 0.64% 4.43% 14.37
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 4.24% 7.27% 58.34
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 2.34% 2.56% 91.08
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 4.96% 3.94% 125.80
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 25.85% 13.04% 198.27
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 10.77% 12.70% 84.76
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 9.83% 8.14% 120.73
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 2.27% 4.02% 56.38
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 6.38% 3.19% 200.34
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 15.01% 11.31% 132.66
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 8.19% 3.06% 267.48
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 1.45% 2.52% 57.70
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 1.99% 2.10% 94.63
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.01% 0.06% 11.00
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 11.82% 9.41% 125.61
5-10K 19.98% 16.63% 120.14
10-15K 18.79% 16.58% 113.31
15-20K 14.38% 13.58% 105.89
20-25K 10.24% 10.39% 98.50
25-30K 7.11% 7.77% 91.46
30-35K 4.92% 5.79% 84.93
35-40K 3.42% 4.33% 78.97
40-45K 2.40% 3.27% 73.57
45-50K 1.71% 2.48% 68.70
50-55K 1.22% 1.90% 64.31
55-60K 0.89% 1.47% 60.35
60-65K 0.65% 1.15% 56.78
65-70K 0.49% 0.91% 53.56
70-75K 0.36% 0.72% 50.64
75-80K 0.28% 0.57% 47.98
80-85K 0.21% 0.46% 45.57
85-90K 0.16% 0.37% 43.36
90-95K 0.13% 0.31% 41.35
95-100K 0.10% 0.25% 39.50
100K + 0.42% 1.34% 31.04

Local Map of the constituency
Southampton, Itchen - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Southampton, Itchen - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (10.77%)
Conservative (- 13.71%) Liberal Democrat (-  2.22%)
Liberal Democrat (3.30%)
Conservative (-  1.00%) Labour (-  0.26%)
Con - 13.71%
Lab 10.77%
LD - 2.22%
Con - 1.00%
Lab - 0.26%
LD 3.30%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
John Denham
Labour hold
Con Conservative (27.39%) 11,330 27.39%
Lab Labour (54.51%) 22,553 54.51%
LD Liberal Democrat (14.97%) 6,195 14.97%
Oth Other (3.13%) 1,295 3.13%
Maj Majority (27.13%) 11,223 27.13%
Turn Turnout (54.01%) 41,373 54.01%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
John Denham
Labour hold
LD Mark Cooper 6,195 14.97%
L John Denham 22,553 54.51%
SL Michael Holmes 225 0.54%
SA Gavin Marsh 241 0.58%
C Caroline Noakes 11,330 27.39%
UK Kim Rose 829 2.00%
Candidates representing 6 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
John Denham
Labour
Con Conservative (28.39%) 15,289 28.39%
Lab Labour (54.77%) 29,498 54.77%
LD Liberal Democrat (11.68%) 6,289 11.68%
Ref Referendum (3.08%) 1,660 3.08%
Oth Other (2.08%) 1,122 2.08%
Maj Majority (26.38%) 14,209 26.38%
Turn Turnout (70.06%) 53,858 70.06%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (42.10%) 24,065 42.10%
Lab Labour (44.00%) 25,118 44.00%
LD Liberal Democrat (13.90%) 7,924 13.90%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (1.80%) 1,053 1.80%
Turn Turnout (77.49%) 57,107 77.49%

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