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Tamworth
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Brian Jenkins won South East Staffordshire in a by-election in 1996 caused by the death of Sir David Lightbown, and defeated his widow by 15pc in the successor seat named Tamworth the next year. The seat will continue to see significant contests. In the May 2000 local elections in Tamworth Borough, the Conservatives won 11 out of 12 wards and beat Labour by nearly 20pc, registering a huge swing since the last contests in those divisions. In 1999 the Conservatives also did very much better than Labour in a handful of rural wards from Lichfield District which are also included in the Tamworth seat. Taken all factors into account, Tamworth is more likely to fall to the new Conservative candidate Luise Gunter than strict consideration of its numerical position on the list of targets suggests. For a start, this seat is in the West Midlands, where Labour has been doing worse than average, and second, the effects of a by-election often take two general elections to work out. Watch out for an aberrant result.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Brian Jenkins, PPS to Joyce Quin, hit the headlines by winning the Staffordshire South East by-election by miles in 1996, and then sank without trace under the huge Blairite intake of 1997 as an inconspicuous backbencher of impeccably loyalist credentials. The archetypal local (FE) lecturer and councillor, he was born 1942 and educated at Kingsbury High School, Tamworth, Coventry College, Coleg Harlech, the LSE and Wolverhampton Polytechnic, and rose from initial occupations as an instrument mechanic and engineer. He has campaigned against the Birmingham Northern Relief Road opposed by Labour in opposition, but sanctioned in office.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 14.23% 14.99% 94.93
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.31% 2.13% 14.37
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.00% 2.49% 0.00
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 9.73% 4.43% 219.99
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 20.80% 7.27% 285.94
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.04% 2.56% 1.63
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.18% 3.94% 4.57
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 5.46% 13.04% 41.84
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 15.09% 12.70% 118.77
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 10.77% 8.14% 132.30
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.93% 4.02% 23.24
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 1.72% 3.19% 54.11
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 16.27% 11.31% 143.81
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 1.32% 3.06% 43.02
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 3.15% 2.52% 125.04
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 8.70% 9.41% 92.44
5-10K 16.12% 16.63% 96.89
10-15K 16.72% 16.58% 100.83
15-20K 14.06% 13.58% 103.54
20-25K 10.90% 10.39% 104.88
25-30K 8.17% 7.77% 105.09
30-35K 6.05% 5.79% 104.47
35-40K 4.48% 4.33% 103.32
40-45K 3.33% 3.27% 101.85
45-50K 2.49% 2.48% 100.21
50-55K 1.88% 1.90% 98.51
55-60K 1.43% 1.47% 96.80
60-65K 1.10% 1.15% 95.14
65-70K 0.85% 0.91% 93.53
70-75K 0.66% 0.72% 92.01
75-80K 0.52% 0.57% 90.57
80-85K 0.41% 0.46% 89.21
85-90K 0.33% 0.37% 87.92
90-95K 0.26% 0.31% 86.72
95-100K 0.21% 0.25% 85.58
100K + 1.07% 1.34% 79.79

Local Map of the constituency
Tamworth - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Tamworth - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (12.57%)
Conservative (- 12.57%) Liberal Democrat (-  1.83%)
Conservative (0.84%) Liberal Democrat (3.66%)
Labour (-  2.77%)
Con - 12.57%
Lab 12.57%
LD - 1.83%
Con 0.84%
Lab - 2.77%
LD 3.66%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Brian Jenkins
Labour hold
Con Conservative (37.58%) 15,124 37.58%
Lab Labour (49.00%) 19,722 49.00%
LD Liberal Democrat (11.73%) 4,721 11.73%
Oth Other (1.70%) 683 1.70%
Maj Majority (11.42%) 4,598 11.42%
Turn Turnout (57.83%) 40,250 57.83%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Brian Jenkins
Labour hold
C Luise Gunter 15,124 37.58%
L Brian Jenkins 19,722 49.00%
LD Jennifer Pinkett 4,721 11.73%
UK Paul Sootheran 683 1.70%
Candidates representing 4 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Brian Jenkins
Labour gain
Con Conservative (36.73%) 18,312 36.73%
Lab Labour (51.77%) 25,808 51.77%
LD Liberal Democrat (8.07%) 4,025 8.07%
Ref Referendum (2.33%) 1,163 2.33%
Oth Other (1.10%) 546 1.10%
Maj Majority (15.04%) 7,496 15.04%
Turn Turnout (74.18%) 49,854 74.18%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (49.30%) 26,209 49.30%
Lab Labour (39.20%) 20,804 39.20%
LD Liberal Democrat (9.90%) 5,275 9.90%
Oth Other (1.60%) 825 1.60%
Maj Majority (10.20%) 5,405 10.20%
Turn Turnout (81.60%) 53,113 81.60%

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