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Stafford
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
The Conservatives must manage the swing of over four per cent needed to take Stafford if they are to come even close to dislodging Mr Blair and Mr Brown from Downing Street. David Cameron, charged with its defence in 1997, has gone off to better ground at Witney (where Sean Woodward has defected to the Labour Party), but Philip Cochrane takes up the baton. Electoral evidence here since 1997 points towards a photo-finish between Cochrane and the current MP, David Kidney. Stafford is a medium to large self-contained town with a variety of neighbourhoods, although its local authority housing tenure and non-white resident figures are lower than average, which tips it to the Conservatives should there be an even year.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
David Kidney, Labour victor here in 1997, is a local solicitor and former councillor, born 1955 and educated at Longton High School, City of Stoke Sixth Form College and Bristol University. A loyalist to the extent of endorsing the party's volte face between Opposition and Office on air traffic control privatisation, he campaigns on local issues, such as the post-water-privatisation running of small sewage works and the state of the services on the West Coast main line bisecting his constituency. His Tory nemesis looms in the shape of Philip Cochrane, an Ulsterman, born in 1970 and educated at Coleraine Academical Institution and at Aberdeen and Reading Universities, who is a head office manager at Equitable Life. A Buckinghamshire County councillor, and former researcher for ex-MP Dame Angela Rumbold, he has called, as a farmer's son, for better arbitration of tenant farmers' rent reviews, for sensible labelling of alco-pops and for earlier notification of council rate cap limits.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 24.83% 14.99% 165.59
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.26% 2.13% 12.32
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.73% 2.49% 29.26
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 13.55% 4.43% 306.19
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 11.78% 7.27% 162.01
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.84% 2.56% 32.85
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 1.35% 3.94% 34.20
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 9.48% 13.04% 72.67
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 9.95% 12.70% 78.35
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 10.78% 8.14% 132.35
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 4.82% 4.02% 119.92
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 3.93% 3.19% 123.39
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 4.28% 11.31% 37.87
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.61% 3.06% 20.04
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 2.44% 2.52% 96.71
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.37% 0.06% 588.81
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 7.61% 9.41% 80.86
5-10K 15.27% 16.63% 91.81
10-15K 16.31% 16.58% 98.39
15-20K 13.94% 13.58% 102.61
20-25K 10.95% 10.39% 105.39
25-30K 8.34% 7.77% 107.24
30-35K 6.28% 5.79% 108.43
35-40K 4.73% 4.33% 109.11
40-45K 3.57% 3.27% 109.40
45-50K 2.72% 2.48% 109.39
50-55K 2.08% 1.90% 109.13
55-60K 1.60% 1.47% 108.68
60-65K 1.24% 1.15% 108.09
65-70K 0.97% 0.91% 107.38
70-75K 0.77% 0.72% 106.59
75-80K 0.61% 0.57% 105.74
80-85K 0.48% 0.46% 104.85
85-90K 0.39% 0.37% 103.92
90-95K 0.31% 0.31% 102.98
95-100K 0.26% 0.25% 102.02
100K + 1.28% 1.34% 95.56

Local Map of the constituency
Stafford - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Stafford - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (12.63%)
Conservative (-  8.91%) Liberal Democrat (-  5.92%)
Labour (0.45%)
Conservative (-  2.56%) Liberal Democrat (-  1.11%)
Con - 8.91%
Lab 12.63%
LD - 5.92%
Con - 2.56%
Lab 0.45%
LD - 1.11%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
David Kidney
Labour hold
Con Conservative (36.63%) 16,253 36.63%
Lab Labour (47.98%) 21,285 47.98%
LD Liberal Democrat (9.48%) 4,205 9.48%
Oth Other (5.91%) 2,623 5.91%
Maj Majority (11.34%) 5,032 11.34%
Turn Turnout (65.31%) 44,366 65.31%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
David Kidney
Labour hold
UK Earl of Bradford 2,315 5.22%
C Phil Cochrane 16,253 36.63%
RRL Michael Hames 308 0.69%
L David Kidney 21,285 47.98%
LD Jeanne Pinkerton 4,205 9.48%
Candidates representing 5 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
David Kidney
Labour gain
Con Conservative (39.19%) 20,292 39.19%
Lab Labour (47.53%) 24,606 47.53%
LD Liberal Democrat (10.58%) 5,480 10.58%
Ref Referendum (2.21%) 1,146 2.21%
Oth Other (0.48%) 248 0.48%
Maj Majority (8.33%) 4,314 8.33%
Turn Turnout (76.64%) 51,772 76.64%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (48.10%) 26,464 48.10%
Lab Labour (34.90%) 19,229 34.90%
LD Liberal Democrat (16.50%) 9,097 16.50%
Oth Other (0.50%) 257 0.50%
Maj Majority (13.10%) 7,235 13.10%
Turn Turnout (82.93%) 55,047 82.93%

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