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Thurrock
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
It is hard to believe that the unglamorous south Essex seat of Thurrock, based on Grays, Tilbury, Purfleet, South Ockendon/Belhus and South Ockendon elected a Conservative in 1987. It had returned a 20,000 Labour majority in 1974, but three successive large swings to Mrs Thatcher's party eventually ousted Oonagh McDonald. Now the wheel has turned full circle, and after a huge swing of over 17pc Labour is almost back to its former strength. The seat is situated at the north end of the Thames crossing to Dartford, and features a couple of newish developments: the huge retail centre of Lakeside and the new private housing of Chafford Hundred - which elected a Conservative councillor to Thurrock unitary authority, by 12 votes on a 17pc turnout, in May 2000.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Andrew Mackinlay, a short, chirpy, cockney sparrow who started out on the Right but outflanked there by the Blairites, now seems almost Left-wing as a populist critic of backbench sycophancy and the bowling of "patsy soft-ball questions." This gave him some backing in last year's Parliamentary Labour Party chairmanship's election, though not that much, because he polled only 77 votes. Born 1949 and educated at the Salesian (RC) College, Chertsey, he worked initially as a clerk with Surrey County Council and then for ten years as a NALGO official. A Beckett, not Blair, voter in 1994, he fought four parliamentary contests before winning here in 1992, and has made a mark with his campaign to get pardons for First World War deserters.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 2.75% 14.99% 18.32
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.06% 2.49% 2.49
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 5.32% 4.43% 120.20
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 8.44% 7.27% 116.10
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 4.52% 2.56% 176.26
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.50% 3.94% 12.73
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 10.72% 13.04% 82.24
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 25.39% 12.70% 199.91
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 13.66% 8.14% 167.74
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.54% 4.02% 13.51
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 6.17% 3.19% 193.57
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 17.15% 11.31% 151.63
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 1.49% 3.06% 48.54
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 2.97% 2.52% 117.77
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.31% 0.06% 504.32
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 8.61% 9.41% 91.43
5-10K 15.53% 16.63% 93.35
10-15K 16.23% 16.58% 97.89
15-20K 13.86% 13.58% 102.07
20-25K 10.94% 10.39% 105.24
25-30K 8.34% 7.77% 107.33
30-35K 6.28% 5.79% 108.43
35-40K 4.71% 4.33% 108.67
40-45K 3.53% 3.27% 108.22
45-50K 2.66% 2.48% 107.21
50-55K 2.01% 1.90% 105.77
55-60K 1.53% 1.47% 104.01
60-65K 1.17% 1.15% 102.02
65-70K 0.91% 0.91% 99.88
70-75K 0.70% 0.72% 97.63
75-80K 0.55% 0.57% 95.34
80-85K 0.43% 0.46% 93.04
85-90K 0.34% 0.37% 90.74
90-95K 0.27% 0.31% 88.49
95-100K 0.22% 0.25% 86.28
100K + 0.99% 1.34% 73.72

Local Map of the constituency
Thurrock - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Thurrock - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (17.42%)
Conservative (- 16.93%) Liberal Democrat (-  1.36%)
Conservative (3.00%) Liberal Democrat (2.15%)
Labour (-  6.79%)
Con - 16.93%
Lab 17.42%
LD - 1.36%
Con 3.00%
Lab - 6.79%
LD 2.15%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Andrew Mackinlay
Labour hold
Con Conservative (29.77%) 11,124 29.77%
Lab Labour (56.53%) 21,121 56.53%
LD Liberal Democrat (10.29%) 3,846 10.29%
Oth Other (3.40%) 1,271 3.40%
Maj Majority (26.76%) 9,997 26.76%
Turn Turnout (48.82%) 37,362 48.82%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Andrew Mackinlay
Labour hold
LD John Lathan 3,846 10.29%
L Andrew Mackinlay 21,121 56.53%
C Mike Penning 11,124 29.77%
UK Christopher Sheppard 1,271 3.40%
Candidates representing 4 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Andrew MacKinlay
Labour
Con Conservative (26.77%) 12,640 26.77%
Lab Labour (63.32%) 29,896 63.32%
LD Liberal Democrat (8.14%) 3,843 8.14%
Ref 0 0.00%
Oth Other (1.76%) 833 1.76%
Maj Majority (36.55%) 17,256 36.55%
Turn Turnout (65.94%) 47,212 65.94%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (43.70%) 23,619 43.70%
Lab Labour (45.90%) 24,791 45.90%
LD Liberal Democrat (9.50%) 5,145 9.50%
Oth Other (0.90%) 508 0.90%
Maj Majority (2.20%) 1,172 2.20%
Turn Turnout (78.15%) 54,063 78.15%

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