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Waveney
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Although gained by Labour's Bob Blizzard in 1997, defeating the sitting Conservative David Porter, the Waveney seat (the furthest east in England, based as it is on the Suffolk port of Lowestoft) is really on the very fringes of marginal status. Blizzard achieved no less than 56pc of the vote and a lead of over 20pc, usually the outside criterion for any kind of marginality. The Tories only just received the most votes here in the June 1999 Euro-elections, a high water mark for them nationally, despite the fact that seaside areas were among the best areas for the Right. If the Conservatives were to take this seat, they would not only wipe out the Labour overall majority; they themselves would become the largest party in the Commons. It may be some considerable while before that happens.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Bob Blizzard was elected in 1997 as a standard product of the Labour landslide: a 40-something schoolteacher and local councillor, in his case council leader. A burly, vigorous speaker, he was born in 1950, attended Culford School, Bury St. Edmunds, and Birmingham University and taught English for 25 years. An assiduous campaigner on local issues such as poor transport and fishing, he loyally defends government policy across a broad front, and deplores the damaging impact on English-brewed beer of bootlegging from the continent.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 10.43% 14.99% 69.55
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 3.62% 2.13% 170.48
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 6.09% 2.49% 245.11
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 2.88% 4.43% 65.05
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 4.71% 7.27% 64.70
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.36% 2.56% 14.12
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 2.89% 3.94% 73.20
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 16.61% 13.04% 127.37
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 21.59% 12.70% 169.93
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 14.25% 8.14% 175.04
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 2.78% 4.02% 69.15
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 3.99% 3.19% 125.33
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 8.54% 11.31% 75.47
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.71% 3.06% 23.24
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 0.55% 2.52% 21.88
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.00% 0.06% 0.00
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 13.65% 9.41% 145.02
5-10K 21.79% 16.63% 131.00
10-15K 19.26% 16.58% 116.17
15-20K 14.00% 13.58% 103.04
20-25K 9.55% 10.39% 91.93
25-30K 6.43% 7.77% 82.67
30-35K 4.34% 5.79% 74.95
35-40K 2.97% 4.33% 68.47
40-45K 2.06% 3.27% 63.01
45-50K 1.45% 2.48% 58.37
50-55K 1.04% 1.90% 54.40
55-60K 0.75% 1.47% 50.97
60-65K 0.55% 1.15% 47.98
65-70K 0.41% 0.91% 45.37
70-75K 0.31% 0.72% 43.07
75-80K 0.24% 0.57% 41.02
80-85K 0.18% 0.46% 39.20
85-90K 0.14% 0.37% 37.56
90-95K 0.11% 0.31% 36.08
95-100K 0.09% 0.25% 34.75
100K + 0.39% 1.34% 28.77

Local Map of the constituency
Waveney - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Waveney - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (16.55%)
Conservative (- 12.74%) Liberal Democrat (-  3.87%)
Liberal Democrat (2.46%)
Conservative (-  1.69%) Labour (-  5.55%)
Con - 12.74%
Lab 16.55%
LD - 3.87%
Con - 1.69%
Lab - 5.55%
LD 2.46%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Bob Blizzard
Labour hold
Con Conservative (32.57%) 15,361 32.57%
Lab Labour (50.70%) 23,914 50.70%
LD Liberal Democrat (11.39%) 5,370 11.39%
Oth Other (5.35%) 2,522 5.35%
Maj Majority (18.13%) 8,553 18.13%
Turn Turnout (61.59%) 47,167 61.59%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Bob Blizzard
Labour hold
UK Brian Aylett 1,097 2.33%
L Bob Blizzard 23,914 50.70%
G Graham Elliot 983 2.08%
SA Rupert Mallin 442 0.94%
C Lee Scott 15,361 32.57%
LD David Young 5,370 11.39%
Candidates representing 6 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Robert Blizzard
Labour gain
Con Conservative (34.26%) 19,393 34.26%
Lab Labour (56.25%) 31,846 56.25%
LD Liberal Democrat (8.93%) 5,054 8.93%
Ref 0 0.00%
Oth Other (0.56%) 318 0.56%
Maj Majority (22.00%) 12,453 22.00%
Turn Turnout (75.21%) 56,611 75.21%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (47.00%) 28,352 47.00%
Lab Labour (39.70%) 23,976 39.70%
LD Liberal Democrat (12.80%) 7,728 12.80%
Oth Other (0.40%) 265 0.40%
Maj Majority (7.30%) 4,376 7.30%
Turn Turnout (81.16%) 60,321 81.16%

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