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Stroud
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
One of Labour's unlikely gains in 1997, not so much because it is a rural seat - there is in fact a surprising amount of industry around Chalford, Dursley, Cam and the Golden Valley - but because it required nearly all of the ten per cent plus swing achieved by David Drew in 1997, and would fall on a movement back to the right of only 2.5 per cent. Local and Euro evidence in the last four years suggests that this is probable rather than merely possible. However, this would not be a disaster for Mr Blair and his Third Way project. Stroud was never an essential element in New Labour's plan to regain office after the 18 year gap, but rather a tasty bonus.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
David Drew, residually Gloucestershire-burred and elected in 1997, was a local councillor for eight years and a teacher or lecturer for 21. Born in 1952 and educated at Kingsfield School, Kingswood, Bristol and at Nottingham and Birmingham Universities and at Bristol Polytechnic, he has campaigned for a Rural Affairs ministry as MP for a seat with both a vocal Countryside lobby and Green Party activity. Otherwise he either votes against or abstains on legalising homosexual sex at 16. The Conservatives seek to reverse their surprise 1997 defeat here with a northern (Northumberland-based) farmer, with an even more northern name, Neil Carmichael. Experienced as a (twice) Euro and (once) parliamentary candidate, he was born in 1961, attended St. Peter's School, York, and Nottingham and Newcastle Universities, and has diversified latterly into charitable day care provision for those with learning disabilities.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 32.80% 14.99% 218.79
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.37% 2.13% 17.53
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.95% 2.49% 38.35
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 7.00% 4.43% 158.11
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 7.13% 7.27% 98.04
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.23% 2.56% 8.84
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.29% 3.94% 7.29
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 20.48% 13.04% 157.05
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 10.15% 12.70% 79.91
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 11.99% 8.14% 147.30
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 1.95% 4.02% 48.42
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 2.37% 3.19% 74.34
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 4.28% 11.31% 37.81
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.00% 3.06% 0.00
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 0.00% 2.52% 0.00
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.01% 0.06% 20.46
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 7.82% 9.41% 83.05
5-10K 15.02% 16.63% 90.31
10-15K 16.17% 16.58% 97.55
15-20K 13.96% 13.58% 102.78
20-25K 11.03% 10.39% 106.16
25-30K 8.41% 7.77% 108.18
30-35K 6.33% 5.79% 109.26
35-40K 4.75% 4.33% 109.71
40-45K 3.58% 3.27% 109.74
45-50K 2.72% 2.48% 109.50
50-55K 2.08% 1.90% 109.07
55-60K 1.60% 1.47% 108.52
60-65K 1.24% 1.15% 107.91
65-70K 0.97% 0.91% 107.26
70-75K 0.77% 0.72% 106.60
75-80K 0.61% 0.57% 105.93
80-85K 0.49% 0.46% 105.28
85-90K 0.39% 0.37% 104.64
90-95K 0.32% 0.31% 104.03
95-100K 0.26% 0.25% 103.44
100K + 1.35% 1.34% 100.46

Local Map of the constituency
Stroud - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Stroud - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (12.57%)
Conservative (-  8.89%) Liberal Democrat (-  6.36%)
Conservative (0.11%) Labour (4.58%)
Liberal Democrat (-  4.30%)
Con - 8.89%
Lab 12.57%
LD - 6.36%
Con 0.11%
Lab 4.58%
LD - 4.30%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
David Drew
Labour hold
Con Conservative (37.42%) 20,646 37.42%
Lab Labour (46.55%) 25,685 46.55%
LD Liberal Democrat (10.94%) 6,036 10.94%
Oth Other (5.09%) 2,808 5.09%
Maj Majority (9.13%) 5,039 9.13%
Turn Turnout (69.95%) 55,175 69.95%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
David Drew
Labour hold
LD Janice Beasley 6,036 10.94%
UK Adrian Blake 895 1.62%
C Neil Carmichael 20,646 37.42%
G Kevin Cranston 1,913 3.47%
L David Drew 25,685 46.55%
Candidates representing 5 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
David Drew
Labour gain
Con Conservative (37.31%) 23,260 37.31%
Lab Labour (41.97%) 26,170 41.97%
LD Liberal Democrat (15.24%) 9,502 15.24%
Ref 0 0.00%
Oth Other (5.48%) 3,415 5.48%
Maj Majority (4.67%) 2,910 4.67%
Turn Turnout (80.45%) 62,347 80.45%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (46.20%) 29,032 46.20%
Lab Labour (29.40%) 18,451 29.40%
LD Liberal Democrat (21.60%) 13,582 21.60%
Oth Other (2.70%) 1,718 2.70%
Maj Majority (16.90%) 10,581 16.90%
Turn Turnout (83.43%) 62,783 83.43%

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