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Southport
Liberal Democrat hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
The popular local figure Ronnie Fearn, long time councillor and serial Mayor, is retirng from Southport after his second term (the two separated by a five year gap) at the age of 70. Many might think that this genteel resort situated between Liverpool and Blackpool, but sharing the characteristics of neither, would now revert to the Conservatives. However, most smart local money is that Fearn will successfully pass it on to his party's Sefton Metropolitan Borough council leader John Pugh, who is in the best position to tap into the Lib Dems' effective and established local machine.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
In place of their retiring pantomime dame Ronnie Fearn, the Liberal Democrats have selected Dr John Pugh, leader of Sefton Borough Council and Head of Philosophy at the nearby private Merchant Taylors' School, Crosby. A teacher for thirty years, he was born in 1948, and educated at Maidstone Grammar School and Durham University. Somewhat menacingly, the Conservative candidate Laurence Jones is an undertaker from the Wirral, and a member of the George Formby Society.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 22.78% 14.99% 151.95
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 11.05% 2.49% 444.62
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 1.11% 4.43% 25.11
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 3.45% 7.27% 47.39
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 2.47% 2.56% 96.19
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 9.13% 3.94% 231.38
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 38.96% 13.04% 298.81
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 2.14% 12.70% 16.85
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 6.46% 8.14% 79.28
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.97% 4.02% 24.21
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 0.19% 3.19% 5.84
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 0.63% 11.31% 5.60
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.00% 3.06% 0.00
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 0.66% 2.52% 26.31
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.00% 0.06% 0.00
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 8.58% 9.41% 91.13
5-10K 16.51% 16.63% 99.27
10-15K 17.28% 16.58% 104.23
15-20K 14.37% 13.58% 105.83
20-25K 10.95% 10.39% 105.36
25-30K 8.07% 7.77% 103.83
30-35K 5.90% 5.79% 101.84
35-40K 4.32% 4.33% 99.72
40-45K 3.19% 3.27% 97.63
45-50K 2.37% 2.48% 95.67
50-55K 1.79% 1.90% 93.85
55-60K 1.36% 1.47% 92.18
60-65K 1.04% 1.15% 90.67
65-70K 0.81% 0.91% 89.29
70-75K 0.63% 0.72% 88.04
75-80K 0.50% 0.57% 86.90
80-85K 0.40% 0.46% 85.86
85-90K 0.32% 0.37% 84.91
90-95K 0.26% 0.31% 84.03
95-100K 0.21% 0.25% 83.22
100K + 1.06% 1.34% 79.14

Local Map of the constituency
Southport - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Southport - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (1.91%) Liberal Democrat (6.62%)
Conservative (- 11.06%)
Conservative (0.52%) Labour (4.46%)
Liberal Democrat (-  4.35%)
Con - 11.06%
Lab 1.91%
LD 6.62%
Con 0.52%
Lab 4.46%
LD - 4.35%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
John Pugh
Liberal Democrat hold
Con Conservative (36.46%) 15,004 36.46%
Lab Labour (16.56%) 6,816 16.56%
LD Liberal Democrat (43.77%) 18,011 43.77%
Oth Other (3.21%) 1,322 3.21%
Maj Majority (7.31%) 3,007 7.31%
Turn Turnout (58.14%) 41,153 58.14%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
John Pugh
Liberal Democrat hold
L Paul Brant 6,816 16.56%
LB David Green 767 1.86%
C Laurence Jones 15,004 36.46%
UK Gerry Kelley 555 1.35%
LD John Pugh 18,011 43.77%
Candidates representing 5 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Ronnie Fearn
Liberal Democrat gain
Con Conservative (35.94%) 18,186 35.94%
Lab Labour (12.11%) 6,125 12.11%
LD Liberal Democrat (48.12%) 24,346 48.12%
Ref Referendum (2.70%) 1,368 2.70%
Oth Other (1.13%) 571 1.13%
Maj Majority (12.17%) 6,160 12.17%
Turn Turnout (72.08%) 50,596 72.08%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (47.00%) 26,081 47.00%
Lab Labour (10.20%) 5,637 10.20%
LD Liberal Democrat (41.50%) 23,018 41.50%
Oth Other (1.30%) 704 1.30%
Maj Majority (5.50%) 3,063 5.50%
Turn Turnout (76.33%) 55,440 76.33%

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