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Walsall North
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Walsall North is a very working class seat. According to the last Census, in 1991 it had the seventh lowest proportion of non-manual (white collar) workers in Britain. It has the second highest percentage of council tenants of any constituency in the West Midlands. Yet it has often only elected David Winnick for Labour with relatively small majorities, although this was disguised in 1997 by a near-average national swing. Why this apparent contradiction? This seat is on the edge of the west Midlands conurbation. Rather than inner city neighbourhoods, it is typified by self contained communities of skilled manual workers such as Willenhall and Bloxwich. It is 94pc white, well above the average in this cosmopolitan conurbation. Its industries are small and medium rather than heavy, and usually private sector. This is a hard, materialist part of the world with little room for left wing or liberal sentiment.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
David Winnick, one of Labour's lone awkward squaddies, was first elected here in 1979, but much earlier (1966-70) sat for Croydon South. He was born in 1933, educated somewhat erratically during the War, and worked variously as a clerk, an advertising manager for Tribune, and in the UK Immigration Advisory Service. Admitting that he is "unclubbable", and dubbed by John Major as having "about as much charm as a puff adder", he was the 23rd most rebellious Labour MP between 1992 and 1997, and vocal in opposition to Blair's dropping of Clause Four. He has opposed the Blair government on lone parent benefit cuts, predatory pricing of the Murdoch press, disability benefit cuts, air traffic control privatisation, and freedom of information. Though an opponent of standard left-wing supporters of Milosevic and Saddam Hussein, he is also a Jew who supports the creation of a Palestinian state.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 1.87% 14.99% 12.49
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.46% 2.49% 18.50
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 4.61% 4.43% 104.22
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 11.46% 7.27% 157.59
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.00% 2.56% 0.00
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.00% 3.94% 0.00
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 0.98% 13.04% 7.52
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 13.48% 12.70% 106.08
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 14.89% 8.14% 182.89
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.00% 4.02% 0.00
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 4.88% 3.19% 153.33
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 35.48% 11.31% 313.66
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 3.11% 3.06% 101.64
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 8.40% 2.52% 333.36
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.37% 2.10% 17.75
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.00% 0.06% 0.00
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 15.12% 9.41% 160.59
5-10K 22.36% 16.63% 134.43
10-15K 19.20% 16.58% 115.81
15-20K 13.84% 13.58% 101.88
20-25K 9.40% 10.39% 90.49
25-30K 6.28% 7.77% 80.75
30-35K 4.19% 5.79% 72.32
35-40K 2.82% 4.33% 65.04
40-45K 1.92% 3.27% 58.76
45-50K 1.32% 2.48% 53.33
50-55K 0.93% 1.90% 48.63
55-60K 0.66% 1.47% 44.55
60-65K 0.47% 1.15% 40.97
65-70K 0.34% 0.91% 37.83
70-75K 0.25% 0.72% 35.05
75-80K 0.19% 0.57% 32.57
80-85K 0.14% 0.46% 30.36
85-90K 0.11% 0.37% 28.38
90-95K 0.08% 0.31% 26.59
95-100K 0.06% 0.25% 24.97
100K + 0.24% 1.34% 17.97

Local Map of the constituency
Walsall North - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Walsall North - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (9.92%)
Conservative (- 11.85%) Liberal Democrat (-  3.35%)
Conservative (1.51%) Labour (1.50%)
Liberal Democrat (-  0.31%)
Con - 11.85%
Lab 9.92%
LD - 3.35%
Con 1.51%
Lab 1.50%
LD - 0.31%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
David Winnick
Labour hold
Con Conservative (29.05%) 9,388 29.05%
Lab Labour (58.12%) 18,779 58.12%
LD Liberal Democrat (9.05%) 2,923 9.05%
Oth Other (3.78%) 1,222 3.78%
Maj Majority (29.06%) 9,391 29.06%
Turn Turnout (48.94%) 32,312 48.94%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
David Winnick
Labour hold
SA Dave Church 410 1.27%
LD Michael Heap 2,923 9.05%
UK Jenny Mayo 812 2.51%
C Melvin Pitt 9,388 29.05%
L David Winnick 18,779 58.12%
Candidates representing 5 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
David Winnick
Labour
Con Conservative (27.55%) 11,929 27.55%
Lab Labour (56.62%) 24,517 56.62%
LD Liberal Democrat (9.35%) 4,050 9.35%
Ref Referendum (3.30%) 1,430 3.30%
Oth Other (3.18%) 1,376 3.18%
Maj Majority (29.07%) 12,588 29.07%
Turn Turnout (64.07%) 43,302 64.07%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (39.40%) 20,563 39.40%
Lab Labour (46.70%) 24,387 46.70%
LD Liberal Democrat (12.70%) 6,629 12.70%
Oth Other (1.20%) 614 1.20%
Maj Majority (7.30%) 3,824 7.30%
Turn Turnout (74.67%) 52,193 74.67%

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