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Stone
Conservative hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Although it is not clear that Referendum and UK Independence Party candidates actually cost the Conservatives more than a handful of seats in 1997, their absence where the Tory MP is known for his or her opposition to further European integration undoubtedly made a few incumbents breathe a little easier as their colleagues were going down like ninepins on Mayday 1997. One of these was Bill Cash of Stone in mid Staffordshire, who held on by just 7pc on a swing which was slightly below the national average. Cash still looks isolated even in his party as at present constituted, but he should hold on again in Stone, which consists of a broad swathe of countryside with no towns apart from Stone itself, population 12,000, and Gnosall and Eccleshall, which are scarcely more than large villages at between 4,000 and 5,000.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Bill Cash, his party's leading Maastricht Eurosceptic and scourge of the federasts, was elected MP for Stafford in 1984 and for this seat in 1997. Voting against Maastricht 47 times, he toned down from outright defiance to abstention in the run-up to gaining reselection in the much changed map of Staffordshire seats. An immensely tall and earnest solicitor wrapped in a conspicuous pin stripe, he is an outsider as a Catholic (born 1940, educated at Stonyhurst and Lincoln College, Oxford) with a Quaker father (killed in action near Caen in 1944), and a sense that "we were definitely not part of the Establishment". He backed Redwood, then Hague, in 1997.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 34.61% 14.99% 230.83
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 1.60% 2.13% 75.17
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.18% 2.49% 7.09
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 9.96% 4.43% 225.08
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 8.53% 7.27% 117.32
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 25.63% 13.04% 196.58
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 8.05% 12.70% 63.33
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 6.84% 8.14% 84.03
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.67% 4.02% 16.70
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 1.58% 3.19% 49.67
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 2.00% 11.31% 17.65
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.13% 3.06% 4.22
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 0.22% 2.52% 8.90
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 6.11% 9.41% 64.87
5-10K 13.38% 16.63% 80.43
10-15K 15.39% 16.58% 92.83
15-20K 13.93% 13.58% 102.58
20-25K 11.42% 10.39% 109.89
25-30K 8.95% 7.77% 115.18
30-35K 6.89% 5.79% 118.87
35-40K 5.26% 4.33% 121.32
40-45K 4.01% 3.27% 122.84
45-50K 3.07% 2.48% 123.67
50-55K 2.36% 1.90% 123.98
55-60K 1.83% 1.47% 123.92
60-65K 1.42% 1.15% 123.57
65-70K 1.12% 0.91% 123.03
70-75K 0.88% 0.72% 122.34
75-80K 0.70% 0.57% 121.54
80-85K 0.56% 0.46% 120.67
85-90K 0.45% 0.37% 119.76
90-95K 0.36% 0.31% 118.81
95-100K 0.29% 0.25% 117.85
100K + 1.49% 1.34% 111.20

Local Map of the constituency
Stone - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Stone - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (10.74%)
Conservative (-  9.16%) Liberal Democrat (-  1.56%)
Conservative (2.23%) Liberal Democrat (3.05%)
Labour (-  3.80%)
Con - 9.16%
Lab 10.74%
LD - 1.56%
Con 2.23%
Lab - 3.80%
LD 3.05%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
William Cash
Conservative hold
Con Conservative (49.07%) 22,395 49.07%
Lab Labour (35.84%) 16,359 35.84%
LD Liberal Democrat (15.09%) 6,888 15.09%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (13.22%) 6,036 13.22%
Turn Turnout (66.29%) 45,642 66.29%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
William Cash
Conservative hold
C William Cash 22,395 49.07%
LD Brendan McKeown 6,888 15.09%
L John Palfreyman 16,359 35.84%
Candidates representing 3 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
William Cash
Conservative
Con Conservative (46.84%) 24,859 46.84%
Lab Labour (39.64%) 21,041 39.64%
LD Liberal Democrat (12.04%) 6,392 12.04%
Ref 0 0.00%
Oth Other (1.47%) 782 1.47%
Maj Majority (7.19%) 3,818 7.19%
Turn Turnout (77.77%) 53,074 77.77%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (56.00%) 31,156 56.00%
Lab Labour (28.90%) 16,077 28.90%
LD Liberal Democrat (13.60%) 7,554 13.60%
Oth Other (1.50%) 854 1.50%
Maj Majority (27.10%) 15,079 27.10%
Turn Turnout (83.76%) 55,641 83.76%

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