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Birmingham, Northfield
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
One of the seats most associated with Britain's car industry, both in its heyday and now in its era of collapse, Northfield on the south west edge of Birmingham has usually been a high-swinging marginal, its political preferences varying with the economic health of the Longbridge car plant, recently saved from closure after BMW decided to sell Rover, and the many dependent industries providing jobs. A huge 13pc movement from Tory to Labour in 1997 means that Northfield now looks safe for the currently governing party. Richard Burden obtained more than twice the number of votes cast for his Conservative opponent. Yet what can swing one way can swing back, and it would be a brave and foolish pundit who predicted that this will never ever be a competitive seat again.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Richard Burden, Labour MP here since 1992, is an ex-Nalgo officer who favours PR, and achieved brief fame in 1995 for attacking Tony Blair's conversion of Labour into Ďa US-style, ruthlessly-effective machine', after Peter Mandelson's orchestration of a dirty campaign against the winning Liberal Democrats in the Littleborough & Saddleworth byelection. Born 1954 and educated at Wallasey Technical Grammar School, Bramall Grammar, and York and Warwick Universities, he is PPS to the departing Jeff Rooker, and supporter of the Palestinian Arabs. Inevitably he has had to fight hard to save 20,000 Longbridge car plant jobs.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 3.61% 14.99% 24.08
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.05% 2.49% 1.84
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 0.74% 4.43% 16.77
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 6.20% 7.27% 85.22
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 1.03% 2.56% 40.15
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 1.48% 3.94% 37.63
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 9.43% 13.04% 72.29
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 21.47% 12.70% 169.05
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 7.82% 8.14% 95.99
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.08% 4.02% 1.90
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 7.44% 3.19% 233.69
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 28.45% 11.31% 251.50
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 3.69% 3.06% 120.34
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 8.52% 2.52% 338.31
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 12.81% 9.41% 136.09
£5-10K 20.43% 16.63% 122.85
£10-15K 18.80% 16.58% 113.39
£15-20K 14.23% 13.58% 104.74
£20-25K 10.04% 10.39% 96.57
£25-30K 6.91% 7.77% 88.93
£30-35K 4.74% 5.79% 81.90
£35-40K 3.27% 4.33% 75.52
£40-45K 2.28% 3.27% 69.76
£45-50K 1.60% 2.48% 64.61
£50-55K 1.14% 1.90% 60.01
£55-60K 0.82% 1.47% 55.90
£60-65K 0.60% 1.15% 52.23
£65-70K 0.44% 0.91% 48.95
£70-75K 0.33% 0.72% 46.01
£75-80K 0.25% 0.57% 43.37
£80-85K 0.19% 0.46% 40.98
£85-90K 0.15% 0.37% 38.83
£90-95K 0.11% 0.31% 36.88
£95-100K 0.09% 0.25% 35.10
£100K + 0.37% 1.34% 27.17

Local Map of the constituency
Birmingham, Northfield - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Birmingham, Northfield - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (11.55%)
Conservative (- 14.51%) Liberal Democrat (-  1.10%)
Conservative (1.57%) Liberal Democrat (0.75%)
Labour (-  1.48%)
Con - 14.51%
Lab 11.55%
LD - 1.10%
Con 1.57%
Lab - 1.48%
LD 0.75%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Richard Burden
Labour hold
Con Conservative (29.56%) 8,730 29.56%
Lab Labour (55.96%) 16,528 55.96%
LD Liberal Democrat (11.25%) 3,322 11.25%
Oth Other (3.23%) 954 3.23%
Maj Majority (26.40%) 7,798 26.40%
Turn Turnout (52.81%) 29,534 52.81%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Richard Burden
Labour hold
L Richard Burden 16,528 55.96%
SL Zane Carpenter 151 0.51%
CM Andrew Chaffer 60 0.20%
C Nils Purser 8,730 29.56%
UK Stephen Rogers 550 1.86%
LD Trevor Sword 3,322 11.25%
SA Clive Walder 193 0.65%
Candidates representing 7 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Richard Burden
Labour
Con Conservative (27.99%) 10,873 27.99%
Lab Labour (57.45%) 22,316 57.45%
LD Liberal Democrat (10.50%) 4,078 10.50%
Ref Referendum (3.20%) 1,243 3.20%
Oth Other (0.87%) 337 0.87%
Maj Majority (29.46%) 11,443 29.46%
Turn Turnout (68.34%) 38,847 68.34%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (42.50%) 17,273 42.50%
Lab Labour (45.90%) 18,652 45.90%
LD Liberal Democrat (11.60%) 4,692 11.60%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (3.40%) 1,379 3.40%
Turn Turnout (74.40%) 40,617 74.40%

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