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Readers Poll Con 52% Lab 28% LD 18% Nat 2% Enter your vote to win 1M

Stoke-on-Trent North
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 the 14 most working class in the whole of Britain - North in first 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, Burslem and Tunstall and the peripheral council estate of Chell. 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
Joan Walley came in here in 1987 as a leftwing replacement for a deselected rightwing Labour MP, and briefly joined the Campaign Group, until opposing Benn and Heffer's challenge to Kinnock and Hattersely in 1988. A Gould voter in 1992 and a Prescott voter in 1994, she was dropped from the front bench by Blair in 1995 after seven years covering Environment and Transport. Pleasant if pedestrian, she was born 1949 and educated at Biddulph Grammar School and Hull University, spent four years as an eventually surcharged Lambeth councillor, worked variously in local government or for NACRO, and is now preoccupied with green causes, notably GM food. In 2000 she rebelled on linking pensions to average earnings.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 6.76% 14.99% 45.07
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.12% 2.49% 4.88
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 0.85% 4.43% 19.24
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 6.07% 7.27% 83.50
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.00% 2.56% 0.00
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.09% 3.94% 2.33
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 3.09% 13.04% 23.73
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 44.98% 12.70% 354.13
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 19.03% 8.14% 233.65
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.00% 4.02% 0.00
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 1.61% 3.19% 50.65
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 15.08% 11.31% 133.28
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.03% 3.06% 0.97
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 2.28% 2.52% 90.62
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 13.39% 9.41% 142.22
5-10K 22.96% 16.63% 138.03
10-15K 20.28% 16.58% 122.31
15-20K 14.39% 13.58% 105.91
20-25K 9.51% 10.39% 91.53
25-30K 6.19% 7.77% 79.60
30-35K 4.05% 5.79% 69.87
35-40K 2.68% 4.33% 61.91
40-45K 1.81% 3.27% 55.35
45-50K 1.24% 2.48% 49.88
50-55K 0.86% 1.90% 45.28
55-60K 0.61% 1.47% 41.35
60-65K 0.44% 1.15% 37.96
65-70K 0.32% 0.91% 35.00
70-75K 0.23% 0.72% 32.41
75-80K 0.17% 0.57% 30.12
80-85K 0.13% 0.46% 28.07
85-90K 0.10% 0.37% 26.24
90-95K 0.08% 0.31% 24.60
95-100K 0.06% 0.25% 23.11
100K + 0.22% 1.34% 16.64

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

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

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (10.35%) Liberal Democrat (0.21%)
Conservative (- 13.53%)
Liberal Democrat (1.18%)
Conservative (-  1.32%) Labour (-  7.17%)
Con - 13.53%
Lab 10.35%
LD 0.21%
Con - 1.32%
Lab - 7.17%
LD 1.18%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Joan Walley
Labour hold
Con Conservative (18.85%) 5,676 18.85%
Lab Labour (57.98%) 17,460 57.98%
LD Liberal Democrat (11.89%) 3,580 11.89%
Oth Other (11.29%) 3,399 11.29%
Maj Majority (39.13%) 11,784 39.13%
Turn Turnout (51.93%) 30,115 51.93%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Joan Walley
Labour hold
C Benjamin Browning 5,676 18.85%
LD Henry Jebb 3,580 11.89%
L Joan Walley 17,460 57.98%
I Lee Wanger 3,399 11.29%
Candidates representing 4 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Joan Whalley
Labour
Con Conservative (20.17%) 7,798 20.17%
Lab Labour (65.15%) 25,190 65.15%
LD Liberal Democrat (10.71%) 4,141 10.71%
Ref Referendum (3.98%) 1,537 3.98%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (44.98%) 17,392 44.98%
Turn Turnout (65.50%) 38,666 65.50%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (33.70%) 15,189 33.70%
Lab Labour (54.80%) 24,693 54.80%
LD Liberal Democrat (10.50%) 4,718 10.50%
Oth Other (1.00%) 466 1.00%
Maj Majority (21.10%) 9,504 21.10%
Turn Turnout (73.58%) 45,066 73.58%

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