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Warwickshire North
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
A very close marginal in 1992, this constituency is now effectively safe for the high-profile Home Office Minister Mike O'Brien, who is thought to be potential material for a future Labour Cabinet. The deciding factor in the last ten years has been Labour's strength not only in the largest town, Bedworth near Nuneaton, but in large industrial villages which belie the culture and preferences of the Warwickshire coalfield, although that is long since defunct: places like Arley and Baddesley Ensor, and the larger Atherstone just off the A5. This is an unglamorous part of the world, but it and places like it are as valuable a part of the coalition that elects and will probably re-elect Tony Blair's government as more spectacular and metropolitan seats like, to name but a few, Basildon, Birmingham Edgbaston, Enfield Southgate, Hammersmith and Fulham, Wimbledon, Edinburgh Pentlands, Hove, Cardiff Central, Bristol West and Shipley.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Mike O'Brien, junior minister at the Home Office, was first elected in 1992, and has recently been dubbed (by The Telegraph) as "so quiet it is easy to assume he is harmless". Yet by insisting he had received a phone call from Peter Mandelson in the Hinduja passport affair, secured that minister's resignation. A dapper solicitor of Irish good looks, born in 1954, he attended the Blessed Edward Oldcombe (RC) School, Worcester, Worcester Technical College and North Staffs Polytechnic. He was relieved in 1999 of the hornet's nest of immigration control, swapping it for the political football of the this-year-next-year-sometime-never banning of hunting.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 11.22% 14.99% 74.84
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.06% 2.13% 2.98
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.18% 2.49% 7.13
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 6.36% 4.43% 143.64
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 11.98% 7.27% 164.73
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.24% 2.56% 9.29
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 11.63% 13.04% 89.18
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 29.32% 12.70% 230.81
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 14.38% 8.14% 176.59
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.00% 4.02% 0.00
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 3.64% 3.19% 114.36
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 10.72% 11.31% 94.82
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.24% 3.06% 7.71
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 0.00% 2.52% 0.17
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.03% 0.06% 40.60
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 8.53% 9.41% 90.59
5-10K 15.90% 16.63% 95.62
10-15K 16.72% 16.58% 100.86
15-20K 14.17% 13.58% 104.33
20-25K 11.02% 10.39% 106.07
25-30K 8.28% 7.77% 106.48
30-35K 6.14% 5.79% 105.95
35-40K 4.54% 4.33% 104.79
40-45K 3.37% 3.27% 103.22
45-50K 2.52% 2.48% 101.42
50-55K 1.89% 1.90% 99.48
55-60K 1.44% 1.47% 97.50
60-65K 1.10% 1.15% 95.51
65-70K 0.85% 0.91% 93.56
70-75K 0.66% 0.72% 91.67
75-80K 0.52% 0.57% 89.84
80-85K 0.41% 0.46% 88.10
85-90K 0.32% 0.37% 86.43
90-95K 0.26% 0.31% 84.84
95-100K 0.21% 0.25% 83.32
100K + 1.01% 1.34% 75.39

Local Map of the constituency
Warwickshire North - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Warwickshire North - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (12.29%)
Conservative (- 12.44%) Liberal Democrat (-  2.85%)
Conservative (1.23%) Liberal Democrat (3.93%)
Labour (-  4.29%)
Con - 12.44%
Lab 12.29%
LD - 2.85%
Con 1.23%
Lab - 4.29%
LD 3.93%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Mike O'Brien
Labour hold
Con Conservative (32.39%) 14,384 32.39%
Lab Labour (54.09%) 24,023 54.09%
LD Liberal Democrat (11.38%) 5,052 11.38%
Oth Other (2.14%) 950 2.14%
Maj Majority (21.71%) 9,639 21.71%
Turn Turnout (100.00%) 44,409 100.00%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Mike O'Brien
Labour hold
UK John Flynn 950 2.14%
L Mike O'Brien 24,023 54.09%
C Geoff Parsons 14,384 32.39%
LD William Powell 5,052 11.38%
Candidates representing 4 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Michael O'Brien
Labour
Con Conservative (31.16%) 16,902 31.16%
Lab Labour (58.39%) 31,669 58.39%
LD Liberal Democrat (7.45%) 4,040 7.45%
Ref Referendum (1.69%) 917 1.69%
Oth Other (1.31%) 711 1.31%
Maj Majority (27.23%) 14,767 27.23%
Turn Turnout (74.71%) 54,239 74.71%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (43.60%) 26,124 43.60%
Lab Labour (46.10%) 27,577 46.10%
LD Liberal Democrat (10.30%) 6,161 10.30%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (2.40%) 1,453 2.40%
Turn Turnout (82.78%) 59,862 82.78%

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