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Stoke-on-Trent South
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, 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, Longton and Fenton and the peripheral council estates of Meir Green and Blurton. These are not big enough to build up substantial middle class areas, although the one reliably Conservative ward in the whole of Stoke, Trentham Park, is here; South has been the least monolithic of the trio of safe Labour seats.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
George Stevenson, Labour MP here since 1992, comes with impeccable if rare working class credentials as a former bus driver, pottery worker and miner, and miner's son. Born in the Yorkshire coalfield in 1938, he was educated at Queensbury Road Secondary Modern, Stoke, and reached the Commons after 14 years on Stoke City Council and ten years in the European Parliament. Dark and stocky, he protests at defective rail transport, and has rebelled on the pensions link to average earnings, disability benefit cuts and air traffic control privatisation. Less parochially he attacks the Chinese occupation of Tibet, as secure a business as Labour's occupation since 1935 of Stoke South.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 3.26% 14.99% 21.75
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.01% 2.49% 0.21
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 9.49% 4.43% 214.47
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 11.64% 7.27% 160.05
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 0.00% 3.94% 0.00
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 5.89% 13.04% 45.16
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 35.07% 12.70% 276.05
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 13.52% 8.14% 166.08
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.04% 4.02% 0.87
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 2.99% 3.19% 93.98
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 15.79% 11.31% 139.59
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.43% 3.06% 14.17
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 1.87% 2.52% 74.29
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 11.87% 9.41% 126.09
5-10K 22.00% 16.63% 132.29
10-15K 20.31% 16.58% 122.49
15-20K 14.84% 13.58% 109.23
20-25K 10.02% 10.39% 96.39
25-30K 6.62% 7.77% 85.10
30-35K 4.37% 5.79% 75.50
35-40K 2.92% 4.33% 67.44
40-45K 1.98% 3.27% 60.68
45-50K 1.36% 2.48% 54.98
50-55K 0.95% 1.90% 50.14
55-60K 0.68% 1.47% 46.01
60-65K 0.49% 1.15% 42.44
65-70K 0.36% 0.91% 39.34
70-75K 0.26% 0.72% 36.62
75-80K 0.20% 0.57% 34.22
80-85K 0.15% 0.46% 32.08
85-90K 0.11% 0.37% 30.16
90-95K 0.09% 0.31% 28.44
95-100K 0.07% 0.25% 26.87
100K + 0.27% 1.34% 19.85

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

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

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (12.15%)
Conservative (- 14.33%) Liberal Democrat (-  2.81%)
Conservative (3.24%) Liberal Democrat (3.44%)
Labour (-  6.10%)
Con - 14.33%
Lab 12.15%
LD - 2.81%
Con 3.24%
Lab - 6.10%
LD 3.44%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
George Stevenson
Labour hold
Con Conservative (25.60%) 8,877 25.60%
Lab Labour (55.86%) 19,366 55.86%
LD Liberal Democrat (13.63%) 4,724 13.63%
Oth Other (4.91%) 1,703 4.91%
Maj Majority (30.25%) 10,489 30.25%
Turn Turnout (49.51%) 34,670 49.51%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
George Stevenson
Labour hold
C Philip Bastiman 8,877 25.60%
LD Christopher Coleman 4,724 13.63%
I Adrian Knapper 1,703 4.91%
L George Stevenson 19,366 55.86%
Candidates representing 4 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
George Stevenson
Labour
Con Conservative (22.37%) 10,342 22.37%
Lab Labour (61.95%) 28,645 61.95%
LD Liberal Democrat (10.19%) 4,710 10.19%
Ref Referendum (2.39%) 1,103 2.39%
Oth Other (3.11%) 1,436 3.11%
Maj Majority (39.59%) 18,303 39.59%
Turn Turnout (66.08%) 46,236 66.08%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (36.70%) 19,471 36.70%
Lab Labour (49.80%) 26,380 49.80%
LD Liberal Democrat (13.00%) 6,870 13.00%
Oth Other (0.50%) 291 0.50%
Maj Majority (13.00%) 6,909 13.00%
Turn Turnout (73.47%) 53,012 73.47%

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