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Stevenage
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
It is hard to credit that Labour's Barbara Follett actually gained this Stevenage seat as recently as 1997, when she won by over 11,500, and since Labour candidates were still over 20pc ahead of their Tory counterparts in the May 2000 borough results here (the worst year for council results for Labour for eight years). Stevenage New Town always seemed a slightly odd locus for a Conservative seat, and it would be odder still if it returned to their stewardship next time. It has always included some extraneous and Conservative villages, such as Codicote, Datchworth, Knebworth and Walkern, but it is not these which formed the basis of the Tory vote; they are not populous enough. This seat is won and lost according to the volatile, instrumental mood of the voters of Stevenage itself, the first New Town to be designated under the grand plans of the Reith Commission in the late 1940s, but still a modern and to some extent uprooted part of the world.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Barbara Follett, a Luvvie fallen from Blairite grace along with her airport-bookstall-bestselling-millionnaire-author-husband-Ken, was elected in 1997. Originator, as style and colour coordination consultant to Labour MPs, of the verb 'to Follett', she has also boosted the feminisation of the PLP by setting up Emily's List, to push female candidates. with her husband, she promoted acquisition of the Excalibur computer, used for instant rebuttal during the 1997 campaign, and staged 1,000-a-head fundraising dinners - until Blair excluded them from the inner circle. She is 58 years old going on 18, born 1942, educated in Addis Ababa and Cape Town and eventually at the LSE, and with three husbands before Ken, one of them murdered by the South African security forces. It is hard to believe that she has somehow rather sunk without trace as an MP.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 15.00% 14.99% 100.02
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.25% 2.49% 10.07
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 8.82% 4.43% 199.37
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 5.46% 7.27% 75.08
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 2.10% 2.56% 81.80
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 1.00% 2.04% 49.22
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.85% 3.94% 21.54
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 5.54% 13.04% 42.48
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 14.87% 12.70% 117.05
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 7.62% 8.14% 93.56
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.46% 4.02% 11.35
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 5.76% 3.19% 180.74
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 30.30% 11.31% 267.87
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 1.53% 3.06% 49.97
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 0.45% 2.52% 17.83
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 7.69% 9.41% 81.71
5-10K 14.75% 16.63% 88.66
10-15K 15.79% 16.58% 95.23
15-20K 13.61% 13.58% 100.19
20-25K 10.78% 10.39% 103.72
25-30K 8.25% 7.77% 106.15
30-35K 6.24% 5.79% 107.80
35-40K 4.72% 4.33% 108.91
40-45K 3.58% 3.27% 109.65
45-50K 2.73% 2.48% 110.15
50-55K 2.10% 1.90% 110.49
55-60K 1.63% 1.47% 110.73
60-65K 1.28% 1.15% 110.90
65-70K 1.01% 0.91% 111.04
70-75K 0.80% 0.72% 111.16
75-80K 0.64% 0.57% 111.27
80-85K 0.52% 0.46% 111.37
85-90K 0.42% 0.37% 111.47
90-95K 0.34% 0.31% 111.58
95-100K 0.28% 0.25% 111.69
100K + 1.51% 1.34% 112.68

Local Map of the constituency
Stevenage - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Stevenage - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (16.75%)
Conservative (- 11.09%) Liberal Democrat (-  8.17%)
Liberal Democrat (5.27%)
Conservative (-  1.10%) Labour (-  3.46%)
Con - 11.09%
Lab 16.75%
LD - 8.17%
Con - 1.10%
Lab - 3.46%
LD 5.27%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Barbara Follett
Labour hold
Con Conservative (31.70%) 13,459 31.70%
Lab Labour (51.88%) 22,025 51.88%
LD Liberal Democrat (14.20%) 6,027 14.20%
Oth Other (2.22%) 942 2.22%
Maj Majority (20.18%) 8,566 20.18%
Turn Turnout (61.35%) 42,453 61.35%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Barbara Follett
Labour hold
P Sarah Bell 173 0.41%
LD Harry Davies 6,027 14.20%
L Barbara Follett 22,025 51.88%
SA Steve Glennon 449 1.06%
I Antal Losonczi 320 0.75%
C Graeme Quar 13,459 31.70%
Candidates representing 6 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Barbara Follett
Labour gain
Con Conservative (32.81%) 16,858 32.81%
Lab Labour (55.35%) 28,440 55.35%
LD Liberal Democrat (8.93%) 4,588 8.93%
Ref Referendum (2.32%) 1,194 2.32%
Oth Other (0.60%) 306 0.60%
Maj Majority (22.54%) 11,582 22.54%
Turn Turnout (76.82%) 51,386 76.82%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (43.90%) 24,078 43.90%
Lab Labour (38.60%) 21,159 38.60%
LD Liberal Democrat (17.10%) 9,379 17.10%
Oth Other (0.40%) 220 0.40%
Maj Majority (5.30%) 2,919 5.30%
Turn Turnout (81.83%) 54,836 81.83%

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