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Sutton Coldfield
Conservative hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Sir Norman Fowler really is retiring from the Commons, whether to spend more time with his family or not, and he will bequeath a very safe seat to the former Nottinghamshire MP Andrew Mitchell. Sutton Coldfield has been subsumed into Birmingham City Council, probably to the distaste of many of its voters, whio always return Conservative candiodates with very large majorities in the three big wards of Vesey, New Hall and, most of all, Four Oaks. This is a seat which is untypical of the rest of Birmingham in all respects: affluence, almost uniformly middle class and owner occupied, and 97pc white. The residents have some kind of a point; this is not really "Brum" at all.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Andrew Mitchell, a merchant banker with Lazards, one of five former MPs who have been selected for safe Conservative seats, was previously (1987-97) MP for Gedling. Son of a former MP (Sir David Mitchell), he was born in 1956, and educated at Rugby, Sandhurst and Jesus College, Cambridge and worked first in his family's wine-importing (El Vino) business before moving to merchant banking, Swiftly rising by 1988 as PPS to William Waldegrave and John Wakeham, he was a Whip by 1992 and a junior social security minister by 1995. He made headlines as the first Tory Whip on the Members' Interests' Committee, attacked by a sit-in by Labour MP Dale Campbell-Savours protesting against Mitchell's mobilising of the committee's Conservative majority in defence of Neil Hamilton.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 45.67% 14.99% 304.61
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 2.21% 2.49% 88.82
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 8.39% 4.43% 189.53
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 6.52% 7.27% 89.61
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 2.30% 2.56% 89.77
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.70% 2.04% 34.14
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.00% 3.94% 0.00
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 23.76% 13.04% 182.22
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 0.56% 12.70% 4.42
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 4.72% 8.14% 57.90
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.36% 4.02% 8.92
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 1.69% 3.19% 53.00
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 2.25% 11.31% 19.85
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.89% 3.06% 29.00
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 0.00% 0.06% 0.00
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 5.80% 9.41% 61.61
5-10K 11.33% 16.63% 68.10
10-15K 13.12% 16.58% 79.16
15-20K 12.38% 13.58% 91.13
20-25K 10.68% 10.39% 102.74
25-30K 8.83% 7.77% 113.54
30-35K 7.15% 5.79% 123.36
35-40K 5.73% 4.33% 132.20
40-45K 4.58% 3.27% 140.13
45-50K 3.65% 2.48% 147.23
50-55K 2.92% 1.90% 153.58
55-60K 2.35% 1.47% 159.28
60-65K 1.89% 1.15% 164.41
65-70K 1.53% 0.91% 169.02
70-75K 1.25% 0.72% 173.20
75-80K 1.02% 0.57% 176.98
80-85K 0.83% 0.46% 180.41
85-90K 0.69% 0.37% 183.54
90-95K 0.57% 0.31% 186.40
95-100K 0.47% 0.25% 189.02
100K + 2.70% 1.34% 200.59

Local Map of the constituency
Sutton Coldfield - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Sutton Coldfield - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (8.83%) Liberal Democrat (0.05%)
Conservative (- 12.96%)
Labour (3.34%)
Conservative (-  1.82%) Liberal Democrat (-  0.32%)
Con - 12.96%
Lab 8.83%
LD 0.05%
Con - 1.82%
Lab 3.34%
LD - 0.32%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Andrew Mitchell
Conservative hold
Con Conservative (50.42%) 21,909 50.42%
Lab Labour (27.17%) 11,805 27.17%
LD Liberal Democrat (19.03%) 8,268 19.03%
Oth Other (3.38%) 1,470 3.38%
Maj Majority (23.25%) 10,104 23.25%
Turn Turnout (60.47%) 43,452 60.47%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Andrew Mitchell
Conservative hold
C Andrew Mitchell 21,909 50.42%
UK Mike Nattrass 1,186 2.73%
L Robert Pocock 11,805 27.17%
I Ian Robinson 284 0.65%
LD Martin Turner 8,268 19.03%
Candidates representing 5 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Norman Fowler
Conservative
Con Conservative (52.24%) 27,373 52.24%
Lab Labour (23.83%) 12,488 23.83%
LD Liberal Democrat (19.35%) 10,139 19.35%
Ref Referendum (4.58%) 2,401 4.58%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (28.41%) 14,885 28.41%
Turn Turnout (72.92%) 52,401 72.92%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (65.20%) 37,001 65.20%
Lab Labour (15.00%) 8,490 15.00%
LD Liberal Democrat (19.30%) 10,965 19.30%
Oth Other (0.60%) 324 0.60%
Maj Majority (45.90%) 26,036 45.90%
Turn Turnout (78.33%) 56,780 78.33%

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