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Stoke-on-Trent Central
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
The Potteries is fairly unrelievedly working class and Labour in nature. There are few regular Conservative wards here, and no sniff of a Tory parliamentary victory, although they did make some council gains in 2000, when Labour was also plagued by Independent and some Liberal Democrat successes for local reasons, but all three Stoke seats rank in ten 14 most working class in the whole of Britain, Central in 6th place. The reason for this probably lies not only in the economic base of skilled manual industries, but also in Stoke on Trent's well known configuration as a federation of small towns (written up by Arnold Bennett) such as, here, Stoke itself and Hanley, along with other neighbourhoods like Etruria, Shelton and Hartshill, and the peripheral council estates of Brookhouse and Abbey. These are not big enough to build up substantial middle class areas, which are in any case more likely to be found in Newcastle under Lyme, and further afield still. It all adds up to a trio of safe Labour seats.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Mark Fisher, dropped in the first reshuffle in 1998 as Arts Minister, is one of Labour's more exotic blooms, as the son of a former Tory MP, and as one the PLP's two Old Etonians (to add to the eight who have gone before). A Friar Tuck look-alike with shiny bald pate, though preferring comparison with Humpty-Dumpty, he was born 1944 and after Eton attended Trinity College, Cambridge. Such a background making it prudent to act Left, he duly joined the Campaign Group on election for Stoke Central in 1983. His patrician voice and film industry interests made him an ideal choice for Arts spokesman from 1987, but his interest in freedom of information involved him in a clash with Irvine, Straw and Mandelson in 1998, just prior to his ministerial exit. Subsequently he has rebelled on incapacity benefit cuts, legal aid curbs, pensions, and freedom of information.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 1.77% 14.99% 11.83
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.21% 2.13% 9.69
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.00% 2.49% 0.00
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 0.18% 4.43% 4.17
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 7.78% 7.27% 106.95
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.01% 2.56% 0.37
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 6.80% 3.94% 172.55
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 2.71% 13.04% 20.76
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 33.52% 12.70% 263.84
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 13.06% 8.14% 160.36
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 3.21% 4.02% 79.73
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 3.20% 3.19% 100.51
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 23.14% 11.31% 204.59
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 2.11% 3.06% 69.00
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 1.24% 2.52% 49.39
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 1.04% 2.10% 49.71
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.01% 0.06% 20.89
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 15.14% 9.41% 160.79
5-10K 25.05% 16.63% 150.63
10-15K 21.05% 16.58% 126.98
15-20K 14.22% 13.58% 104.72
20-25K 8.97% 10.39% 86.30
25-30K 5.56% 7.77% 71.49
30-35K 3.45% 5.79% 59.62
35-40K 2.17% 4.33% 50.08
40-45K 1.38% 3.27% 42.38
45-50K 0.90% 2.48% 36.11
50-55K 0.59% 1.90% 30.99
55-60K 0.39% 1.47% 26.77
60-65K 0.27% 1.15% 23.27
65-70K 0.18% 0.91% 20.35
70-75K 0.13% 0.72% 17.90
75-80K 0.09% 0.57% 15.83
80-85K 0.07% 0.46% 14.07
85-90K 0.05% 0.37% 12.57
90-95K 0.03% 0.31% 11.28
95-100K 0.03% 0.25% 10.16
100K + 0.08% 1.34% 6.14

Local Map of the constituency
Stoke-on-Trent Central - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Stoke-on-Trent Central - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (8.25%)
Conservative (- 11.16%) Liberal Democrat (-  1.65%)
Conservative (2.07%) Liberal Democrat (2.71%)
Labour (-  5.58%)
Con - 11.16%
Lab 8.25%
LD - 1.65%
Con 2.07%
Lab - 5.58%
LD 2.71%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Mark Fisher
Labour hold
Con Conservative (18.82%) 5,325 18.82%
Lab Labour (60.67%) 17,170 60.67%
LD Liberal Democrat (14.66%) 4,148 14.66%
Oth Other (5.86%) 1,657 5.86%
Maj Majority (41.86%) 11,845 41.86%
Turn Turnout (47.36%) 28,300 47.36%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Mark Fisher
Labour hold
C Jill Clark 5,325 18.82%
L Mark Fisher 17,170 60.67%
LD Gavin Webb 4,148 14.66%
I Richard Wise 1,657 5.86%
Candidates representing 4 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Mark Fisher
Labour
Con Conservative (16.74%) 6,738 16.74%
Lab Labour (66.25%) 26,662 66.25%
LD Liberal Democrat (11.95%) 4,809 11.95%
Ref Referendum (2.66%) 1,071 2.66%
Oth Other (2.40%) 965 2.40%
Maj Majority (49.51%) 19,924 49.51%
Turn Turnout (62.77%) 40,245 62.77%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (27.90%) 12,477 27.90%
Lab Labour (58.00%) 25,897 58.00%
LD Liberal Democrat (13.60%) 6,073 13.60%
Oth Other (0.40%) 196 0.40%
Maj Majority (30.10%) 13,420 30.10%
Turn Turnout (67.87%) 44,643 67.87%

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