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Wansbeck
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Some may never have heard of Wansbeck, or be able to locate it on a map. It is in fact in south east Northumberland, based on the middle class market and commuting town of Morpeth, on the A1 a dozen miles north of Newcastle upon Tyne, and three altogether more gritty communities, the ex mining Ashington, home of the footballing Charlton brothers, Bedlington, and Newbiggin by the Sea, where retired pit ponies used to be seen grazing on the fields at the top of the low cliffs fringing on the grey North Sea. This seat was solidly Labour even when named after the anomalous Morpeth, and usually represented by a quiet NUM backed MP. there is Liberal Democrat activity on Wansbeck council, where in 1999 20 LD councillors were elected to Labour's 25, and they held their vote in 1997 to move up to second in the General Election; but as that steady share was just over 15pc, Denis Murphy won massively to continue the traditional type of representation in this division.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Denis Murphy was a novelty in Labour's 183-strong 1997 intake as the sole miner, having worked as an electrician for nearly 30 years at the local Ashington-Ellington pit until made redundant in 1994. Born 1948 and educated at St. Cuthbert's Grammar School, Newcastle and Northumberland College, he has inevitably attacked the decline of the mining industry and less-inevitably rebelled against disability benefit spending cuts.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 8.30% 14.99% 55.34
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.07% 2.13% 3.49
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.98% 2.49% 39.37
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 7.72% 4.43% 174.37
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 6.13% 7.27% 84.34
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 1.95% 2.56% 76.00
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 4.25% 13.04% 32.56
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 24.49% 12.70% 192.80
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 19.22% 8.14% 236.08
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.76% 4.02% 18.89
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 7.07% 3.19% 221.91
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 13.91% 11.31% 123.02
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 1.85% 3.06% 60.45
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 3.17% 2.52% 125.75
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.13% 0.06% 205.37
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 12.88% 9.41% 136.83
5-10K 20.17% 16.63% 121.26
10-15K 18.16% 16.58% 109.53
15-20K 13.68% 13.58% 100.74
20-25K 9.76% 10.39% 93.86
25-30K 6.86% 7.77% 88.27
30-35K 4.84% 5.79% 83.56
35-40K 3.44% 4.33% 79.47
40-45K 2.48% 3.27% 75.84
45-50K 1.80% 2.48% 72.55
50-55K 1.32% 1.90% 69.55
55-60K 0.98% 1.47% 66.79
60-65K 0.74% 1.15% 64.24
65-70K 0.56% 0.91% 61.88
70-75K 0.43% 0.72% 59.69
75-80K 0.33% 0.57% 57.67
80-85K 0.26% 0.46% 55.79
85-90K 0.20% 0.37% 54.04
90-95K 0.16% 0.31% 52.42
95-100K 0.13% 0.25% 50.91
100K + 0.59% 1.34% 43.66

Local Map of the constituency
Wansbeck - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Wansbeck - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (5.76%) Liberal Democrat (0.64%)
Conservative (-  9.66%)
Conservative (8.81%)
Labour (-  7.69%) Liberal Democrat (-  3.19%)
Con - 9.66%
Lab 5.76%
LD 0.64%
Con 8.81%
Lab - 7.69%
LD - 3.19%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Denis Murphy
Labour hold
Con Conservative (22.76%) 8,516 22.76%
Lab Labour (57.77%) 21,617 57.77%
LD Liberal Democrat (12.76%) 4,774 12.76%
Oth Other (6.71%) 2,512 6.71%
Maj Majority (35.01%) 13,101 35.01%
Turn Turnout (59.41%) 37,419 59.41%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Denis Murphy
Labour hold
UK Gavin Attwell 482 1.29%
G Nic Best 954 2.55%
I Michael Kirkup 1,076 2.88%
C Rachael Lake 8,516 22.76%
L Denis Murphy 21,617 57.77%
LD Alan Thompson 4,774 12.76%
Candidates representing 6 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Dennis Murphy
Labour
Con Conservative (13.94%) 6,299 13.94%
Lab Labour (65.46%) 29,569 65.46%
LD Liberal Democrat (15.94%) 7,202 15.94%
Ref Referendum (2.54%) 1,146 2.54%
Oth Other (2.12%) 956 2.12%
Maj Majority (49.52%) 22,367 49.52%
Turn Turnout (71.70%) 45,172 71.70%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (23.60%) 11,872 23.60%
Lab Labour (59.70%) 30,046 59.70%
LD Liberal Democrat (15.30%) 7,691 15.30%
Oth Other (1.40%) 710 1.40%
Maj Majority (36.10%) 18,174 36.10%
Turn Turnout (79.58%) 50,319 79.58%

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