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Suffolk Central & Ipswich North
Conservative hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
This is a clumsily named but well described seat. Ipswich is a little large for a single seat of its own, so it loses four northern wards, two basically Labour (the council estates of Whitton and White House) and two Conservative residential areas (Broom Hill and Castle Hill) on its northern periphery; these are placed together with a ragbag of central Suffolk left over from the creation of the Coastal, South, West and Bury St Edmunds divisions. This includes diverse territory such as the sprawling suburb of Kesgrave to the east of Ipswich, and Framlingham with its fine castle and public school, and a swathe of fertile and gently rolling farmland, golden with corn and dark green with oak trees in the summer. Like all the other mainly rural Suffolk seats, it was held by the Conservatives over Labour in 1997, but not by a large margin.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Michael Lord, a bald and pleasant arboriculturalist of Thatcherite hue, and first elected on the high rightwing tide of 1983, was the 16th most rebellious Tory MP on the Maastricht Bill. Born 1938 and educated at William Hulme's Grammar School, Manchester, and Christ's College, Cambridge, he worked previously in his own tree-selling business, and has fallen silent since 1997 as one of the Speaker's three deputies, in his case as Deputy Chairman of Ways & Means.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 25.77% 14.99% 171.88
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 8.99% 2.13% 422.94
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 1.17% 2.49% 46.94
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 1.50% 4.43% 33.95
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 6.58% 7.27% 90.44
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.83% 2.56% 32.41
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 30.88% 13.04% 236.81
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 10.00% 12.70% 78.72
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 7.44% 8.14% 91.37
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.54% 4.02% 13.53
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 2.14% 3.19% 67.27
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 2.78% 11.31% 24.57
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.21% 3.06% 6.99
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 1.16% 2.52% 45.98
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 8.34% 9.41% 88.62
5-10K 16.18% 16.63% 97.26
10-15K 16.91% 16.58% 102.00
15-20K 14.17% 13.58% 104.35
20-25K 10.93% 10.39% 105.15
25-30K 8.16% 7.77% 104.99
30-35K 6.04% 5.79% 104.24
35-40K 4.47% 4.33% 103.14
40-45K 3.33% 3.27% 101.84
45-50K 2.49% 2.48% 100.44
50-55K 1.88% 1.90% 98.98
55-60K 1.44% 1.47% 97.51
60-65K 1.11% 1.15% 96.06
65-70K 0.86% 0.91% 94.63
70-75K 0.67% 0.72% 93.24
75-80K 0.53% 0.57% 91.90
80-85K 0.42% 0.46% 90.60
85-90K 0.33% 0.37% 89.35
90-95K 0.27% 0.31% 88.14
95-100K 0.22% 0.25% 86.98
100K + 1.08% 1.34% 80.36

Local Map of the constituency
Suffolk Central & Ipswich North - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Suffolk Central & Ipswich North - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (15.18%)
Conservative (- 13.22%) Liberal Democrat (-  1.29%)
Conservative (1.84%) Labour (1.17%)
Liberal Democrat (-  4.49%)
Con - 13.22%
Lab 15.18%
LD - 1.29%
Con 1.84%
Lab 1.17%
LD - 4.49%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Michael Lord
Conservative hold
Con Conservative (44.42%) 20,924 44.42%
Lab Labour (37.06%) 17,455 37.06%
LD Liberal Democrat (16.12%) 7,593 16.12%
Oth Other (2.40%) 1,132 2.40%
Maj Majority (7.36%) 3,469 7.36%
Turn Turnout (63.48%) 47,104 63.48%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Michael Lord
Conservative hold
LD Ann Elvin 7,593 16.12%
L Carole Jones 17,455 37.06%
C Michael Lord 20,924 44.42%
UK Jonathan Wright 1,132 2.40%
Candidates representing 4 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Michael Lord
Conservative
Con Conservative (42.58%) 22,493 42.58%
Lab Labour (35.88%) 18,955 35.88%
LD Liberal Democrat (20.61%) 10,886 20.61%
Ref 0 0.00%
Oth Other (0.93%) 489 0.93%
Maj Majority (6.70%) 3,538 6.70%
Turn Turnout (75.22%) 52,823 75.22%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (55.80%) 29,610 55.80%
Lab Labour (20.70%) 10,980 20.70%
LD Liberal Democrat (21.90%) 11,604 21.90%
Oth Other (1.60%) 850 1.60%
Maj Majority (33.90%) 18,006 33.90%
Turn Turnout (80.14%) 53,044 80.14%

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