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Birmingham, Edgbaston
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
The Conservatives will be desperate to achieve the five per cent swing required to prove that Gisela Stuart's dramatic win in 1997 was a one-off in a seat never before held by Labour. Edgbaston is the name most associated with the mansions and institutions of the city's elite. Here are the university, the outstanding achievers of King Edward's Grammar School, and the Test cricket ground - and, until recently, the BBC Midlands studios at Pebble Mill. Even more pertinently this was the seat of Conservative leader and Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, of the dynasty so dominant in the second city's politics in the first part of the twentieth century. The Tories were clearly in the lead in the popular vote in the Birmingham city elections in 1999 and 2000, when they won all four wards, and in the Euro-elections of June 1999. If they do regain this symbolic seat, Labour's overall majority nationally is likely to be reduced to less than 70.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Gisela Stuart, born (1955) Gisela Gschaider in Bavaria, is a rare German in British politics, and in view of the threat to Rover's Longbridge plant by the pull-out of BMW, it may not have been prudent of her to venture the joke that ‘born in Munich, I have ended up inheriting Neville Chamberlain's seat by purely democratic means'. After secondary schooling in Germany she studied at Manchester Poly and London University, becoming a college law lecturer. By 1999 after achingly loyal support for the Blair government, she joined it as a junior Health minister. Her Tory opponent is Nigel Hastilow, born 1956, educated at Mill Hill and Birmingham University, and former editor of the Birmingham Post. He seemed like a good idea until mocked extensively in the Commons by Tony Blair for some appallingly frank remarks on his website about the Conservative party being ‘a lost cause' , with support ‘slipping away'.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 10.79% 14.99% 72.00
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 2.94% 2.49% 118.13
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 0.82% 4.43% 18.57
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 3.38% 7.27% 46.42
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 5.02% 2.56% 195.64
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 11.59% 2.04% 567.90
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 4.59% 3.94% 116.49
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 13.18% 13.04% 101.04
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 3.73% 12.70% 29.34
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 7.13% 8.14% 87.56
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 2.89% 4.02% 71.79
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 6.09% 3.19% 191.15
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 17.84% 11.31% 157.73
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 4.20% 3.06% 137.06
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 2.66% 2.52% 105.65
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 2.91% 2.10% 138.77
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.25% 0.06% 395.90
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
£0-5K 10.31% 9.41% 109.56
£5-10K 16.47% 16.63% 99.00
£10-15K 15.96% 16.58% 96.25
£15-20K 13.04% 13.58% 95.98
£20-25K 10.04% 10.39% 96.65
£25-30K 7.59% 7.77% 97.69
£30-35K 5.73% 5.79% 98.92
£35-40K 4.34% 4.33% 100.25
£40-45K 3.32% 3.27% 101.65
£45-50K 2.56% 2.48% 103.12
£50-55K 1.99% 1.90% 104.63
£55-60K 1.57% 1.47% 106.18
£60-65K 1.24% 1.15% 107.76
£65-70K 0.99% 0.91% 109.37
£70-75K 0.80% 0.72% 110.98
£75-80K 0.65% 0.57% 112.61
£80-85K 0.53% 0.46% 114.24
£85-90K 0.43% 0.37% 115.87
£90-95K 0.36% 0.31% 117.49
£95-100K 0.30% 0.25% 119.11
£100K + 1.75% 1.34% 130.32

Local Map of the constituency
Birmingham, Edgbaston - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Birmingham, Edgbaston - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (9.30%)
Conservative (- 10.69%) Liberal Democrat (-  0.42%)
Labour (0.45%) Liberal Democrat (2.32%)
Conservative (-  2.00%)
Con - 10.69%
Lab 9.30%
LD - 0.42%
Con - 2.00%
Lab 0.45%
LD 2.32%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Gisela Stuart
Labour hold
Con Conservative (36.61%) 13,819 36.61%
Lab Labour (49.05%) 18,517 49.05%
LD Liberal Democrat (12.00%) 4,528 12.00%
Oth Other (2.34%) 885 2.34%
Maj Majority (12.45%) 4,698 12.45%
Turn Turnout (56.00%) 37,749 56.00%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Gisela Stuart
Labour hold
SL Sam Brackenbury 431 1.14%
LD Nicola Davies 4,528 12.00%
PEC John Gretton 454 1.20%
C Nigel Hastilow 13,819 36.61%
L Gisela Stuart 18,517 49.05%
Candidates representing 5 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Gisela Stuart
Labour gain
Con Conservative (38.61%) 18,712 38.61%
Lab Labour (48.60%) 23,554 48.60%
LD Liberal Democrat (9.68%) 4,691 9.68%
Ref Referendum (2.20%) 1,065 2.20%
Oth Other (0.91%) 443 0.91%
Maj Majority (9.99%) 4,842 9.99%
Turn Turnout (69.03%) 48,465 69.03%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (49.30%) 25,059 49.30%
Lab Labour (39.30%) 20,003 39.30%
LD Liberal Democrat (10.10%) 5,158 10.10%
Oth Other (1.30%) 643 1.30%
Maj Majority (9.90%) 5,056 9.90%
Turn Turnout (71.77%) 50,863 71.77%

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