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Southampton, Test
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
From 1945 to 1997 Test was one of the few weathervane seats which was won by whichever party won the general election as a whole, and as a consequence it changed hands five times in our fairly evenly contested two party system between 1955 and 1979. Then in the most recent boundary changes it was tipped to the left by the removal of the Tories' safest ward, Bassett, to join the Romsey seat. This probably added about 3,000 votes to Labour's relative position. Combined with the much larger effect of the national double figure swing to Labour, this added up to a majority of over 13,500 for Alan Whitehead, a perennial candidate here in west Southampton, which does not seem marginal at all any longer. The demographics tell the story: although very much in southern England, households here are decidedly less wealthy than the British average. Although including most of the attractive central Common in this green city of parks, and the educational centre of Shirley ward, Test is a not an affluent seat and will now prove a stern trial to any Tory attempting recovery.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Dr Alan Whitehead, former leader of Southampton City Council and ex "Professor of Public Policy at Southampton Institute", was third time lucky here in 1997, when on the one last avalanche principle, he replaced a 585 Tory majority with his own 13,684 majority. An airbrushed ex-leftwinger who attacked as "electoralism" Denis Healey's call at the 1983 Party Conference for Labour to become a mainstream party again, he now, with beard reduced to bushy moustache, mundanely extols the merits of regional government, and intones the mantra of an "integrated transport policy" (having wanted to build a light railway in Southampton), and has joined fellow intellectual Baroness Blackstone as her PPS. Born 1950 and educated at Isleworth Grammar School and Southampton University, acquiring a PhD in politics, he ran the British Institute of Industrial Therapy. He plausibly mocks the Liberal Democrats as 'a franchise party', with whoever controls the local photocopier leading the local policy.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 6.83% 14.99% 45.55
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.16% 2.13% 7.35
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 2.33% 2.49% 93.60
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 0.41% 4.43% 9.30
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 1.90% 7.27% 26.06
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 9.56% 2.56% 372.94
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 1.14% 2.04% 56.07
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 10.80% 3.94% 273.81
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 12.60% 13.04% 96.65
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 10.55% 12.70% 83.05
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 4.17% 8.14% 51.18
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 9.03% 4.02% 224.58
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 6.59% 3.19% 206.94
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 18.75% 11.31% 165.77
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 2.67% 3.06% 87.12
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 1.74% 2.52% 69.03
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.76% 2.10% 36.30
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.01% 0.06% 17.33
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 11.39% 9.41% 121.01
5-10K 19.16% 16.63% 115.20
10-15K 18.29% 16.58% 110.31
15-20K 14.21% 13.58% 104.64
20-25K 10.26% 10.39% 98.72
25-30K 7.23% 7.77% 92.98
30-35K 5.08% 5.79% 87.65
35-40K 3.59% 4.33% 82.81
40-45K 2.56% 3.27% 78.49
45-50K 1.85% 2.48% 74.65
50-55K 1.36% 1.90% 71.25
55-60K 1.01% 1.47% 68.24
60-65K 0.75% 1.15% 65.57
65-70K 0.57% 0.91% 63.19
70-75K 0.44% 0.72% 61.07
75-80K 0.34% 0.57% 59.18
80-85K 0.27% 0.46% 57.49
85-90K 0.21% 0.37% 55.96
90-95K 0.17% 0.31% 54.59
95-100K 0.13% 0.25% 53.35
100K + 0.65% 1.34% 48.16

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

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

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (8.65%) Liberal Democrat (0.57%)
Conservative (- 12.35%)
Liberal Democrat (4.42%)
Conservative (-  2.52%) Labour (-  1.66%)
Con - 12.35%
Lab 8.65%
LD 0.57%
Con - 2.52%
Lab - 1.66%
LD 4.42%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Alan Whitehead
Labour hold
Con Conservative (25.54%) 10,617 25.54%
Lab Labour (52.49%) 21,824 52.49%
LD Liberal Democrat (18.09%) 7,522 18.09%
Oth Other (3.88%) 1,612 3.88%
Maj Majority (26.96%) 11,207 26.96%
Turn Turnout (56.26%) 41,575 56.26%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Alan Whitehead
Labour hold
SA Mark Abel 442 1.06%
SL Paramjit Bahia 378 0.91%
C Richard Gueterbock 10,617 25.54%
UK Garry Rankin-Moore 792 1.90%
LD John Shaw 7,522 18.09%
L Alan Whitehead 21,824 52.49%
Candidates representing 6 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Alan Whitehead
Labour
Con Conservative (28.05%) 14,712 28.05%
Lab Labour (54.15%) 28,396 54.15%
LD Liberal Democrat (13.67%) 7,171 13.67%
Ref Referendum (2.66%) 1,397 2.66%
Oth Other (1.46%) 765 1.46%
Maj Majority (26.09%) 13,684 26.09%
Turn Turnout (71.85%) 52,441 71.85%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (40.40%) 21,843 40.40%
Lab Labour (45.50%) 24,565 45.50%
LD Liberal Democrat (13.10%) 7,087 13.10%
Oth Other (1.00%) 537 1.00%
Maj Majority (5.00%) 2,722 5.00%
Turn Turnout (75.09%) 54,032 75.09%

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