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Warrington North
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
This is the linear successor to the seat where Roy Jenkins lost in the SDP's first ever by-election in the autumn of 1981, a defeat which has almost universally been accepted as a victory (who said the big parties invented spinning?), but the actual winner, Doug Hoyle, remained Labour MP until 1997, when he handed over to Helen Jones. The SDP is no more, its mainstream absorbed into the Liberal Democrats, its Owenite minority humiliated and disbanded; but Labour has never again been troubled in Warrington, a mixture of old Lancashire working class town (curiously transferred to Cheshire) and new housing on the plain near the M62 midway between Liverpool and Manchester.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Helen Jones was elected here in 1997, having been surprisingly selected from an all-women shortlist as a last minute replacement for the winkled-out-with-a-peerage Doug Hoyle, in a seat thought to be earmarked for the rising Blairite star, Yvette Cooper. Born 1954 and educated at the Ursuline Convent, Chester, Chester College and at UCL, Manchester Metropolitan University and Liverpool University, she worked variously as a schoolteacher, as 'Justice and Peace Officer' for the Liverpool Catholic Archdiocese and eventually a solicitor. With a forthright, emphatic mode of delivery, she reflected the feminisation of the PLP in her attack on FCO mandarin Sir David Gore-Booth's use of the term "company wife", but whimsically noted that the word 'socialism' did not feature in her election address.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 8.47% 14.99% 56.50
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.60% 2.49% 24.28
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 16.49% 4.43% 372.63
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 15.27% 7.27% 209.94
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.56% 2.56% 21.79
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.43% 3.94% 10.87
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 13.33% 13.04% 102.25
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 12.75% 12.70% 100.36
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 8.48% 8.14% 104.12
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.22% 4.02% 5.55
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 2.31% 3.19% 72.54
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 16.03% 11.31% 141.71
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.74% 3.06% 24.11
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 4.29% 2.52% 170.45
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.03% 0.06% 40.14
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 9.19% 9.41% 97.63
5-10K 16.63% 16.63% 99.98
10-15K 16.66% 16.58% 100.48
15-20K 13.69% 13.58% 100.80
20-25K 10.51% 10.39% 101.08
25-30K 7.87% 7.77% 101.28
30-35K 5.87% 5.79% 101.36
35-40K 4.39% 4.33% 101.29
40-45K 3.30% 3.27% 101.08
45-50K 2.50% 2.48% 100.75
50-55K 1.91% 1.90% 100.30
55-60K 1.47% 1.47% 99.77
60-65K 1.14% 1.15% 99.17
65-70K 0.89% 0.91% 98.52
70-75K 0.70% 0.72% 97.84
75-80K 0.56% 0.57% 97.14
80-85K 0.45% 0.46% 96.43
85-90K 0.36% 0.37% 95.72
90-95K 0.29% 0.31% 95.02
95-100K 0.24% 0.25% 94.33
100K + 1.22% 1.34% 90.68

Local Map of the constituency
Warrington North - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Warrington North - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (8.90%)
Conservative (- 10.90%) Liberal Democrat (-  0.94%)
Liberal Democrat (3.09%)
Conservative (-  1.20%) Labour (-  0.35%)
Con - 10.90%
Lab 8.90%
LD - 0.94%
Con - 1.20%
Lab - 0.35%
LD 3.09%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Helen Jones
Labour hold
Con Conservative (22.80%) 8,870 22.80%
Lab Labour (61.75%) 24,026 61.75%
LD Liberal Democrat (13.45%) 5,232 13.45%
Oth Other (2.01%) 782 2.01%
Maj Majority (38.95%) 15,156 38.95%
Turn Turnout (53.71%) 38,910 53.71%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Helen Jones
Labour hold
L Helen Jones 24,026 61.75%
UK Jack Kirkham 782 2.01%
LD Roy Smith 5,232 13.45%
C James Usher 8,870 22.80%
Candidates representing 4 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Helen Jones
Labour
Con Conservative (24.00%) 12,300 24.00%
Lab Labour (62.10%) 31,827 62.10%
LD Liberal Democrat (10.36%) 5,308 10.36%
Ref Referendum (3.54%) 1,816 3.54%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (38.10%) 19,527 38.10%
Turn Turnout (70.50%) 51,251 70.50%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (34.90%) 19,420 34.90%
Lab Labour (53.20%) 29,626 53.20%
LD Liberal Democrat (11.30%) 6,307 11.30%
Oth Other (0.70%) 366 0.70%
Maj Majority (18.30%) 10,206 18.30%
Turn Turnout (76.90%) 55,719 76.90%

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