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Wansdyke
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Wansdyke has achieved some notability as "the sort of seat that the Tories should never have lost in the first place" (Telegraph commentator Sîon Simon, December 2000). Indeed it was a surprise when Dan Norris took the south western region constituency of Wansdyke for Labour with a swing of over 14 pc in 1997, but it is not as if it has no Labour tradition at all. Besides the mixed town of Keynsham, the site of a bridge cut on more than one occasion during the last major land war campaign in England in the late 1680s, has long been closely contested, as have the Kingswood Borough sections of the seat centring on Bitton and Hanham Abbotts. What is more, the old Somerset coalfield around Paulton, Radstock and Midsomer Norton have a strong history of voting Labour. It would not break too many precedents for Labour to hold on in Wansdyke again next time. The Guardian's political editor Michael White visited the seat at the end of the year 2000, and predicted a Labour hold. He did not draw the conclusion from this, at least in print, which would be that on a uniform swing Labour would therefore be re-elected to a second term in government with an overall majority of at least 70.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Dan Morris was elected in 1997 in his second attempt to win the seat. An orthodox loyalist, he was born in 1960 and educated at Chipping Sodbury Comprehensive and Sussex University. As a former social worker specialising in child abuse, he was well-placed to ride the populist wave when paedophilia hit the headlines, and to make a show of interest in another matter of New-Labour-modish-concern, by riding (investigatively) with the local hunt in the run-up to a fox-hunting vote. With no Labour candidate having won two successive elections here on the old Somerset coalfield, Conservative Chris Watt will hope history repeats itself. A computer company manager, who was born "into farming" in 1968 and educated at Prince Henry's School, Evesham, Frome College, and Cranfield University. He held a commission for four years in the King's Regiment, and is interested in the "European democratic deficit" and transport deregulation.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 27.28% 14.99% 181.93
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.08% 2.13% 3.62
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.86% 2.49% 34.60
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 8.77% 4.43% 198.08
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 18.58% 7.27% 255.49
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.35% 2.56% 13.55
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 17.93% 13.04% 137.48
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 12.84% 12.70% 101.07
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 7.73% 8.14% 94.99
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.00% 4.02% 0.00
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 2.06% 3.19% 64.61
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 3.15% 11.31% 27.89
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.37% 3.06% 12.07
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 0.00% 2.52% 0.00
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.01% 0.06% 10.59
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 6.39% 9.41% 67.90
5-10K 14.27% 16.63% 85.79
10-15K 16.47% 16.58% 99.35
15-20K 14.70% 13.58% 108.20
20-25K 11.75% 10.39% 113.03
25-30K 8.93% 7.77% 114.92
30-35K 6.65% 5.79% 114.87
35-40K 4.92% 4.33% 113.62
40-45K 3.65% 3.27% 111.68
45-50K 2.72% 2.48% 109.38
50-55K 2.04% 1.90% 106.94
55-60K 1.54% 1.47% 104.48
60-65K 1.18% 1.15% 102.07
65-70K 0.90% 0.91% 99.75
70-75K 0.70% 0.72% 97.55
75-80K 0.55% 0.57% 95.47
80-85K 0.43% 0.46% 93.51
85-90K 0.34% 0.37% 91.68
90-95K 0.27% 0.31% 89.95
95-100K 0.22% 0.25% 88.33
100K + 1.08% 1.34% 80.00

Local Map of the constituency
Wansdyke - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Wansdyke - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (16.77%)
Conservative (- 11.90%) Liberal Democrat (-  6.78%)
Conservative (0.57%) Labour (2.22%)
Liberal Democrat (-  2.27%)
Con - 11.90%
Lab 16.77%
LD - 6.78%
Con 0.57%
Lab 2.22%
LD - 2.27%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Dan Norris
Labour hold
Con Conservative (35.87%) 17,593 35.87%
Lab Labour (46.29%) 22,706 46.29%
LD Liberal Democrat (14.55%) 7,135 14.55%
Oth Other (3.29%) 1,613 3.29%
Maj Majority (10.42%) 5,113 10.42%
Turn Turnout (69.35%) 49,047 69.35%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Dan Norris
Labour hold
LD Gail Coleshill 7,135 14.55%
G Francis Hayden 655 1.34%
L Dan Norris 22,706 46.29%
UK Peter Sandell 958 1.95%
C Chris Watt 17,593 35.87%
Candidates representing 5 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Dan Norris
Labour gain
Con Conservative (35.30%) 19,318 35.30%
Lab Labour (44.07%) 24,117 44.07%
LD Liberal Democrat (16.82%) 9,205 16.82%
Ref Referendum (2.42%) 1,327 2.42%
Oth Other (1.38%) 755 1.38%
Maj Majority (8.77%) 4,799 8.77%
Turn Turnout (79.27%) 54,722 79.27%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (47.20%) 27,852 47.20%
Lab Labour (27.30%) 16,082 27.30%
LD Liberal Democrat (23.60%) 13,921 23.60%
Oth Other (1.90%) 1,150 1.90%
Maj Majority (19.90%) 11,770 19.90%
Turn Turnout (85.84%) 59,005 85.84%

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