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Staffordshire South
Conservative hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
The Conservatives' one safe seat in Staffordshire is this rather suburban seat in the south west of the county, which has no large or widely recognised towns, but rather a series of owner occupied and mainly middle class communities like Wombourne, Perton, Great Wyrley, Codsall and Brewood. This is terrain for residents of neat and tidy newish private estates, between the West Midlands conurbation and the true countryside, 99pc white and exactly 50pc Conservative, which puts in in the top tenth of Conservatism.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Sir Patrick Cormack, first elected in 1970 (when he despatched Nye Bevan's widow, Jennie Lee, to the House of Lords), has the gratifying knowledge that after the election only one other Tory - Sir Peter Tapsell - will have served longer as a Member of (as he daintily pronounces it) 'Parl-y-a-ment.' An orotund and rather splendidly Trollopian figure, who has fashioned a fruity-voiced, disdainful persona out of a Grimsby (born 1939) childhood and a Hull University education, he has been dubbed variously as "a man of such majesty that even colleagues do not always appreciate how majestic he is" (Matthew Parris), and as one "whose frock-coated presence has lent tone to many a St Margaret's memorial service" (Sir Julian Critchley). He has nonetheless a record as a 'One Nation' rebel against Thatcher on the poll tax, dole cuts, GLC abolition, and eye and dental check charges, even if he voted first for Lilley in 1997, and only thereafter for Clarke.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 26.05% 14.99% 173.75
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.67% 2.13% 31.54
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.34% 2.49% 13.67
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 12.40% 4.43% 280.14
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 17.92% 7.27% 246.34
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.64% 2.56% 25.10
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.00% 3.94% 0.00
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 18.16% 13.04% 139.25
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 8.96% 12.70% 70.53
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 8.05% 8.14% 98.90
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.01% 4.02% 0.32
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 1.84% 3.19% 57.91
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 4.56% 11.31% 40.28
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.40% 3.06% 13.01
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 0.00% 2.52% 0.00
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 7.44% 9.41% 79.09
5-10K 14.02% 16.63% 84.32
10-15K 15.29% 16.58% 92.22
15-20K 13.55% 13.58% 99.72
20-25K 11.02% 10.39% 105.98
25-30K 8.62% 7.77% 110.86
30-35K 6.63% 5.79% 114.48
35-40K 5.07% 4.33% 117.02
40-45K 3.88% 3.27% 118.70
45-50K 2.97% 2.48% 119.70
50-55K 2.29% 1.90% 120.17
55-60K 1.77% 1.47% 120.24
60-65K 1.38% 1.15% 120.01
65-70K 1.08% 0.91% 119.55
70-75K 0.86% 0.72% 118.92
75-80K 0.68% 0.57% 118.18
80-85K 0.54% 0.46% 117.36
85-90K 0.44% 0.37% 116.48
90-95K 0.35% 0.31% 115.57
95-100K 0.29% 0.25% 114.64
100K + 1.46% 1.34% 108.86

Local Map of the constituency
Staffordshire South - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Staffordshire South - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (8.92%)
Conservative (-  9.18%) Liberal Democrat (-  3.76%)
Conservative (0.46%) Liberal Democrat (0.25%)
Labour (-  0.55%)
Con - 9.18%
Lab 8.92%
LD - 3.76%
Con 0.46%
Lab - 0.55%
LD 0.25%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Patrick Cormack
Conservative hold
Con Conservative (50.49%) 21,295 50.49%
Lab Labour (34.17%) 14,414 34.17%
LD Liberal Democrat (11.60%) 4,891 11.60%
Oth Other (3.75%) 1,580 3.75%
Maj Majority (16.31%) 6,881 16.31%
Turn Turnout (60.32%) 42,180 60.32%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Patrick Cormack
Conservative hold
C Patrick Cormack 21,295 50.49%
LD Jo Harrison 4,891 11.60%
L Paul Kalinauckas 14,414 34.17%
UK Mike Lynch 1,580 3.75%
Candidates representing 4 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Patrick Cormack
Conservative
Con Conservative (50.02%) 25,568 50.02%
Lab Labour (34.72%) 17,747 34.72%
LD Liberal Democrat (11.34%) 5,797 11.34%
Ref Referendum (3.92%) 2,002 3.92%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (15.30%) 7,821 15.30%
Turn Turnout (74.19%) 51,114 74.19%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (59.20%) 32,982 59.20%
Lab Labour (25.80%) 14,367 25.80%
LD Liberal Democrat (15.10%) 8,391 15.10%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (33.40%) 18,615 33.40%
Turn Turnout (81.12%) 55,740 81.12%

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