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Warwick & Leamington
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
This West Midlands seat is widely regarded as one of the most likely regains for the Tories in a 2001 General Election. It can be placed fairly clearly in its correct approximate position in the target list: 22nd most vulnerable to the Tories in 1997 results, 20th according the European election breakdown of June 1999; however this should not be regarded as an automatic shoo-in from the new Tory challenger David Campbell-Bannerman. Labour still have some very strong areas, as may be seen in the most recent local elections in Warwick District, when they won 16 councillors, some in very safe wards like Brunswick and Willes (southern Leamington Spa) and Warwick North and West. The Conservatives fight back strongly in the smaller villages, but there are mixed results in places like Milverton, Bishop's Tachbrook and Radford Semele. The fact is that it was Kenilworth, now departed to join Rugby, which was the real Conservative stronghold here and James Plaskitt may just win again in another very good Labour general election year.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
James Plaskitt, who won the seat in 1997, has lived a parliamentary life of relative obscurity, as a loyalist who has stepped out of line only minimally as when dubbing the Dome "a white elephant". Backing PR, he was born 1954, educated at Pilgrim School, Bedford, and University College, Oxford, and initially taught politics at Brunel and Oxford Universities and then worked as a business consultant. Expecting to reverse the aberration of the Conservatives' loss of Sir Anthony Eden's former seat is the bearer of another famous prime ministerial surname, David Campbell Bannerman. An ex-Chairman of the Bow Group and PR man, formerly with his own company but now with the Association of Train Operating Companies, he was born in 1960 in Bombay and educated at Bryanston, and Edinburgh and Pennsylvania Universities. He worked as political adviser to Sir Patrick Mayhew after four years on the council in Mayhew's Tunbridge Wells constituency. He had a trial run in Glasgow Rutherglen in 1997. His great, great, great uncle Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman's Downing Street desk is in his family's possesion.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 24.02% 14.99% 160.17
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.05% 2.13% 2.30
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 4.30% 2.49% 173.12
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 4.61% 4.43% 104.11
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 7.54% 7.27% 103.65
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 3.26% 2.56% 127.12
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 1.09% 2.04% 53.35
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 5.36% 3.94% 135.91
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 14.74% 13.04% 113.02
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 5.92% 12.70% 46.59
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 8.04% 8.14% 98.78
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 5.11% 4.02% 127.16
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 4.39% 3.19% 137.83
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 10.07% 11.31% 89.01
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.47% 3.06% 15.22
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 1.00% 2.52% 39.69
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.04% 0.06% 62.06
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 7.85% 9.41% 83.42
5-10K 14.84% 16.63% 89.19
10-15K 15.73% 16.58% 94.90
15-20K 13.51% 13.58% 99.46
20-25K 10.71% 10.39% 103.03
25-30K 8.23% 7.77% 105.89
30-35K 6.27% 5.79% 108.25
35-40K 4.78% 4.33% 110.26
40-45K 3.66% 3.27% 112.00
45-50K 2.82% 2.48% 113.53
50-55K 2.19% 1.90% 114.91
55-60K 1.71% 1.47% 116.15
60-65K 1.35% 1.15% 117.28
65-70K 1.07% 0.91% 118.31
70-75K 0.86% 0.72% 119.26
75-80K 0.69% 0.57% 120.14
80-85K 0.56% 0.46% 120.96
85-90K 0.46% 0.37% 121.73
90-95K 0.37% 0.31% 122.44
95-100K 0.31% 0.25% 123.12
100K + 1.71% 1.34% 126.90

Local Map of the constituency
Warwick & Leamington - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Warwick & Leamington - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (13.31%)
Conservative (- 10.64%) Liberal Democrat (-  5.23%)
Labour (4.25%)
Conservative (-  1.21%) Liberal Democrat (-  0.73%)
Con - 10.64%
Lab 13.31%
LD - 5.23%
Con - 1.21%
Lab 4.25%
LD - 0.73%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
James Plaskitt
Labour hold
Con Conservative (37.65%) 20,155 37.65%
Lab Labour (48.76%) 26,108 48.76%
LD Liberal Democrat (11.14%) 5,964 11.14%
Oth Other (2.45%) 1,312 2.45%
Maj Majority (11.12%) 5,953 11.12%
Turn Turnout (65.77%) 53,539 65.77%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
James Plaskitt
Labour hold
C David Bannerman 20,155 37.65%
LD Linda Forbes 5,964 11.14%
SA Clare Kime 664 1.24%
L James Plaskitt 26,108 48.76%
UK Greville Warwick 648 1.21%
Candidates representing 5 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
James Plaskitt
Labour gain
Con Conservative (38.86%) 23,349 38.86%
Lab Labour (44.51%) 26,747 44.51%
LD Liberal Democrat (11.87%) 7,133 11.87%
Ref Referendum (2.47%) 1,484 2.47%
Oth Other (2.29%) 1,378 2.29%
Maj Majority (5.65%) 3,398 5.65%
Turn Turnout (75.71%) 60,091 75.71%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (49.50%) 31,028 49.50%
Lab Labour (31.20%) 19,564 31.20%
LD Liberal Democrat (17.10%) 10,729 17.10%
Oth Other (2.10%) 1,303 2.10%
Maj Majority (18.30%) 11,464 18.30%
Turn Turnout (80.44%) 62,624 80.44%

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