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Telford
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
This seat is something of an oddity in the heart of Shropshire. It is named after a new town, which has expanded greatly as the main growth point for the whole of the West Midlands region since the 1950s; yet on the other hand this area has a claim to be the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, not only in England but in Britain and even the world, if one considers the history of Abraham Darby's Coalbrookedale works, where iron was first smelted with coke in the first decade after 1700, and also other elements in the Ironbridge industrial museum, the most extensive of its kind in the country. There was pre-Telford coal mining around Oakengates, and engineering around Wellington and Dawley existed as a town before it was chosen as the site of what became Telford. Known as The Wrekin after Shropshire's distinctive volcanic hill (definitely pre-Darby!) the forerunner of this seat was won ten times by Labour between their first success back in 1923 and 1992; but it was never truly safe, because of the inclusion of electors from rural Shropshire. Now these have departed with the Wrekin name, and ironically that seat too was won by Labour in the sweep forged in 1997.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
In succession to Tony Blair's PPS Bruce Grocott, Labour has picked former Wrekin and Telford councillor Dave Wright. Born 1966 and educated at Wrockwardine Wood Comprehensive, Telford and Wolverhampton Polytechnic, he worked for thirteen years as a housing strategy manager with Sandwell Council and describes himself as a "specialist in the development of housing strategies and public private partnerships".
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 7.75% 14.99% 51.72
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.00% 2.49% 0.00
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 12.16% 4.43% 274.73
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 13.82% 7.27% 189.98
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.18% 2.56% 7.03
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.78% 3.94% 19.88
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 4.36% 13.04% 33.45
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 12.94% 12.70% 101.83
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 12.30% 8.14% 151.09
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.00% 4.02% 0.00
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 4.15% 3.19% 130.41
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 29.01% 11.31% 256.49
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 1.17% 3.06% 38.08
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 1.38% 2.52% 54.61
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 10.89% 9.41% 115.72
5-10K 19.83% 16.63% 119.24
10-15K 18.92% 16.58% 114.11
15-20K 14.52% 13.58% 106.88
20-25K 10.34% 10.39% 99.53
25-30K 7.21% 7.77% 92.69
30-35K 5.01% 5.79% 86.53
35-40K 3.51% 4.33% 81.05
40-45K 2.49% 3.27% 76.16
45-50K 1.78% 2.48% 71.81
50-55K 1.29% 1.90% 67.91
55-60K 0.95% 1.47% 64.42
60-65K 0.71% 1.15% 61.26
65-70K 0.53% 0.91% 58.40
70-75K 0.40% 0.72% 55.79
75-80K 0.31% 0.57% 53.41
80-85K 0.24% 0.46% 51.22
85-90K 0.18% 0.37% 49.20
90-95K 0.14% 0.31% 47.33
95-100K 0.11% 0.25% 45.60
100K + 0.50% 1.34% 37.00

Local Map of the constituency
Telford - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Telford - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (5.01%)
Conservative (-  5.91%) Liberal Democrat (-  0.62%)
Conservative (0.04%) Liberal Democrat (1.12%)
Labour (-  3.23%)
Con - 5.91%
Lab 5.01%
LD - 0.62%
Con 0.04%
Lab - 3.23%
LD 1.12%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
David Wright
Labour hold
Con Conservative (27.44%) 8,471 27.44%
Lab Labour (54.59%) 16,854 54.59%
LD Liberal Democrat (12.90%) 3,983 12.90%
Oth Other (5.08%) 1,567 5.08%
Maj Majority (27.15%) 8,383 27.15%
Turn Turnout (51.90%) 30,875 51.90%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
David Wright
Labour hold
UK Nicola Brookes 1,098 3.56%
C Andrew Henderson 8,471 27.44%
SA Mike Jeffries 469 1.52%
LD Sally Wiggin 3,983 12.90%
L David Wright 16,854 54.59%
Candidates representing 5 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Bruce Grocott
Labour
Con Conservative (27.39%) 10,166 27.39%
Lab Labour (57.81%) 21,456 57.81%
LD Liberal Democrat (11.78%) 4,371 11.78%
Ref Referendum (3.02%) 1,119 3.02%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (30.42%) 11,290 30.42%
Turn Turnout (65.62%) 37,112 65.62%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (33.30%) 13,546 33.30%
Lab Labour (52.80%) 21,473 52.80%
LD Liberal Democrat (12.40%) 5,049 12.40%
Oth Other (1.60%) 634 1.60%
Maj Majority (19.50%) 7,927 19.50%
Turn Turnout (71.16%) 40,702 71.16%

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