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Stourbridge
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
The West Midlands returned some of Labour's worst results in the May 2000 local elections, and this very definitely included the Borough of Dudley, where there was a 21pc swing to the Tories since 1996, the highest figure of any Metropolitan Borough. Stourbridge is the strongest Tory area in that borough, indeed retaining many characteristics of its Worcestershire origins, and the Conservative candidates outpolled Labour by 18pc in 2000. This gives the new Tory parliamentary hopeful Stephen Eyre a very realistic chance of ending Debra Shipley's four year span in the Commons - although we should be careful not to place all our predictive weight on recent local election evidence.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Debra Shipley, elected in 1997 after selection from an all-women shortlist, is one of the Blair's Babes who took to producing babes of her own after the election, if discreet about all aspects of her family relationships. Born 1957 and educated at Kidderminster High School, Oxford Polytechnic and London University, she previously worked on "course development" at the University of Central England. As an MP she has majored in child abuse (with her Protection of Children Act in 1999) and environmental pollution, raising in February this year the issue of radiation from mobile phone masts. This drew from the Tory MP Michael Fabricant the response that such masts had an effect equivalent to a 50 watt light bulb.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 19.11% 14.99% 127.48
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.75% 2.49% 30.11
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 9.80% 4.43% 221.50
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 14.73% 7.27% 202.53
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.60% 2.56% 23.47
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 11.95% 13.04% 91.63
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 12.31% 12.70% 96.91
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 14.33% 8.14% 176.00
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.05% 4.02% 1.31
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 4.78% 3.19% 150.04
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 10.04% 11.31% 88.80
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 1.25% 3.06% 40.85
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 0.29% 2.52% 11.32
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 9.13% 9.41% 97.01
5-10K 16.32% 16.63% 98.13
10-15K 16.84% 16.58% 101.55
15-20K 14.11% 13.58% 103.89
20-25K 10.89% 10.39% 104.75
25-30K 8.12% 7.77% 104.40
30-35K 5.98% 5.79% 103.22
35-40K 4.40% 4.33% 101.54
40-45K 3.25% 3.27% 99.58
45-50K 2.42% 2.48% 97.52
50-55K 1.82% 1.90% 95.45
55-60K 1.38% 1.47% 93.43
60-65K 1.05% 1.15% 91.50
65-70K 0.81% 0.91% 89.67
70-75K 0.63% 0.72% 87.96
75-80K 0.50% 0.57% 86.35
80-85K 0.39% 0.46% 84.85
85-90K 0.31% 0.37% 83.45
90-95K 0.25% 0.31% 82.15
95-100K 0.20% 0.25% 80.93
100K + 1.00% 1.34% 74.66

Local Map of the constituency
Stourbridge - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Stourbridge - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (8.89%) Liberal Democrat (2.53%)
Conservative (- 12.97%)
Conservative (1.77%)
Labour (-  0.04%) Liberal Democrat (-  2.23%)
Con - 12.97%
Lab 8.89%
LD 2.53%
Con 1.77%
Lab - 0.04%
LD - 2.23%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Debra Shipley
Labour hold
Con Conservative (37.60%) 15,011 37.60%
Lab Labour (47.15%) 18,823 47.15%
LD Liberal Democrat (12.11%) 4,833 12.11%
Oth Other (3.15%) 1,257 3.15%
Maj Majority (9.55%) 3,812 9.55%
Turn Turnout (61.79%) 39,924 61.79%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Debra Shipley
Labour hold
SL Mick Atherton 494 1.24%
LD Chris Bramall 4,833 12.11%
C Stephen Eyre 15,011 37.60%
UK John Knotts 763 1.91%
L Debra Shipley 18,823 47.15%
Candidates representing 5 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Debra Shipley
Labour gain
Con Conservative (35.83%) 17,807 35.83%
Lab Labour (47.19%) 23,452 47.19%
LD Liberal Democrat (14.33%) 7,123 14.33%
Ref Referendum (2.65%) 1,319 2.65%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (11.36%) 5,645 11.36%
Turn Turnout (76.50%) 49,701 76.50%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (48.80%) 24,907 48.80%
Lab Labour (38.30%) 19,519 38.30%
LD Liberal Democrat (11.80%) 6,011 11.80%
Oth Other (1.10%) 566 1.10%
Maj Majority (10.60%) 5,388 10.60%
Turn Turnout (77.34%) 51,003 77.34%

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