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Birmingham, Erdington
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
This seat in the north east part of Birmingham saw Labour outvote the Conservatives by about two to one in 1997, and recent evidence suggests that this may well continue to be the pattern. In the May 2000 local elections, when across the city as a whole the Conservatives received more votes than Labour for the first time for many years, Labour held all four wards in this seat: Erdington itself, Kingsbury, Kingstanding, and Stockland Green. Suburban but working class, this represents the Labour traditional heartland, very much on the edge of a very modern and mixed city.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
From an NEC-devised shortlist, Labour have replaced retiring Robin Corbett with the ex-corpulent journalist Sion Simon. Born 1968, son of schoolteachers and educated at Handsworth Grammar School and Magdalen College, Oxford, he worked for two years as a manager with Guinness PLC, and for three years as researcher for Labour's then European spokesman, George Robertson, in the early 'nineties, but since 1997 has been a columnist of the Telegraph, Spectator and News of the World, where he has pragmatically intoned New Labour orthodoxies.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 0.50% 14.99% 3.32
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.00% 2.49% 0.00
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 1.28% 4.43% 28.86
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 1.51% 7.27% 20.82
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 3.17% 2.56% 123.61
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.06% 2.04% 3.12
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 3.62% 3.94% 91.82
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 5.91% 13.04% 45.32
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 16.29% 12.70% 128.24
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 5.95% 8.14% 73.12
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 7.47% 4.02% 185.68
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 4.95% 3.19% 155.28
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 40.91% 11.31% 361.73
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 4.28% 3.06% 139.73
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 4.00% 2.52% 158.63
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.10% 0.06% 163.14
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
£0-5K 13.11% 9.41% 139.22
£5-10K 22.22% 16.63% 133.59
£10-15K 19.90% 16.58% 120.03
£15-20K 14.36% 13.58% 105.72
£20-25K 9.66% 10.39% 92.94
£25-30K 6.38% 7.77% 82.09
£30-35K 4.23% 5.79% 73.03
£35-40K 2.84% 4.33% 65.49
£40-45K 1.93% 3.27% 59.16
£45-50K 1.34% 2.48% 53.84
£50-55K 0.94% 1.90% 49.31
£55-60K 0.67% 1.47% 45.43
£60-65K 0.48% 1.15% 42.07
£65-70K 0.35% 0.91% 39.16
£70-75K 0.26% 0.72% 36.61
£75-80K 0.20% 0.57% 34.35
£80-85K 0.15% 0.46% 32.35
£85-90K 0.11% 0.37% 30.57
£90-95K 0.09% 0.31% 28.97
£95-100K 0.07% 0.25% 27.53
£100K + 0.29% 1.34% 21.26

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

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

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (5.51%)
Conservative (-  9.01%) Liberal Democrat (-  0.02%)
Liberal Democrat (1.59%)
Conservative (-  3.27%) Labour (-  2.04%)
Con - 9.01%
Lab 5.51%
LD - 0.02%
Con - 3.27%
Lab - 2.04%
LD 1.59%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Sion Llewelyn Simon
Labour hold
Con Conservative (24.22%) 7,413 24.22%
Lab Labour (56.77%) 17,375 56.77%
LD Liberal Democrat (11.77%) 3,602 11.77%
Oth Other (7.23%) 2,214 7.23%
Maj Majority (32.55%) 9,962 32.55%
Turn Turnout (46.60%) 30,604 46.60%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Sion Llewelyn Simon
Labour hold
SA Steve Godward 669 2.19%
LD Sandra Johnson 3,602 11.77%
L Sion Llewelyn Simon 17,375 56.77%
C Oliver Lodge 7,413 24.22%
UK Mark Nattrass 521 1.70%
SL Judith Sambrook-Marshall 343 1.12%
NF Michael Shore 681 2.23%
Candidates representing 7 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Robin Corbett
Labour
Con Conservative (27.49%) 11,107 27.49%
Lab Labour (58.81%) 23,764 58.81%
LD Liberal Democrat (10.18%) 4,112 10.18%
Ref Referendum (3.52%) 1,424 3.52%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (31.32%) 12,657 31.32%
Turn Turnout (60.87%) 40,407 60.87%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (36.50%) 18,498 36.50%
Lab Labour (53.30%) 27,021 53.30%
LD Liberal Democrat (10.20%) 5,187 10.20%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (16.80%) 8,523 16.80%
Turn Turnout (67.85%) 50,706 67.85%

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