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Wellingborough
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
The third of Labour's super-narrow gains in Northamptonshire in 1997 (majority 187) forms another very vulnerable seat (conversely, this means they can afford to lose it and retain a very large overall majority, although that argument will not impress the sitting MP Paul Stinchcombe much). Peter Bone, who failed to hold Pudsey in West Yorkshire for his party last time, will try again to enter the Commons. He surely will do so, unless Labour does as well or even better than in 1997, which is not entirely impossible. Like the other close Northants seats, Wellingborough is a mixture of town and country. Labour held on well in the towns in the 1999 local elections, and differential turnout could be decisive in a knife-edge outcome; in general rural areas resist sags in turnout better than urban.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Paul Stinchcombe was elected in 1997. Although a barrister reared in the Lord Chancellor's chambers, he is not averse to criticising cuts in the legal aid budget and civil rights infringements in terrorism prevention legislation. He is a thoughtful critic in other areas, such as excessive green field site housing and harsher asylum laws. Born 1962, he was educated at High Wycombe Royal Grammar School, Trinity College Cambridge and Harvard Law School. Peter Bone, statistically the second most likely winner if any seats are to be lost by Labour, was supposed to be elected in 1997 in the previously safe Tory seat of Pudsey but was washed away in the Labour flood. A travel agent made famous by his Tory Party conference exposure in 1995 as an 87 pence an hour, low wage-paying employer, he was born 1952, educated at Westcliff-on-Sea Grammar School and was a Southend councillor for nine years.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 9.91% 14.99% 66.10
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.14% 2.13% 6.52
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.33% 2.49% 13.40
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 9.16% 4.43% 206.92
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 13.69% 7.27% 188.21
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.22% 2.56% 8.43
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.05% 3.94% 1.20
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 11.73% 13.04% 89.95
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 21.37% 12.70% 168.20
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 11.27% 8.14% 138.38
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.64% 4.02% 15.81
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 5.13% 3.19% 161.19
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 11.60% 11.31% 102.53
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.40% 3.06% 13.22
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 4.31% 2.52% 170.94
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.07% 0.06% 107.19
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 8.90% 9.41% 94.60
5-10K 17.07% 16.63% 102.60
10-15K 17.64% 16.58% 106.41
15-20K 14.53% 13.58% 107.00
20-25K 10.97% 10.39% 105.55
25-30K 8.01% 7.77% 102.98
30-35K 5.78% 5.79% 99.87
35-40K 4.18% 4.33% 96.59
40-45K 3.05% 3.27% 93.32
45-50K 2.24% 2.48% 90.19
50-55K 1.66% 1.90% 87.24
55-60K 1.25% 1.47% 84.49
60-65K 0.94% 1.15% 81.94
65-70K 0.72% 0.91% 79.60
70-75K 0.56% 0.72% 77.43
75-80K 0.43% 0.57% 75.43
80-85K 0.34% 0.46% 73.58
85-90K 0.27% 0.37% 71.87
90-95K 0.21% 0.31% 70.29
95-100K 0.17% 0.25% 68.82
100K + 0.83% 1.34% 61.64

Local Map of the constituency
Wellingborough - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Wellingborough - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (10.25%)
Conservative (-  9.58%) Liberal Democrat (-  3.32%)
Labour (2.64%)
Conservative (-  1.65%) Liberal Democrat (-  0.04%)
Con - 9.58%
Lab 10.25%
LD - 3.32%
Con - 1.65%
Lab 2.64%
LD - 0.04%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Paul Stinchcombe
Labour hold
Con Conservative (42.18%) 21,512 42.18%
Lab Labour (46.79%) 23,867 46.79%
LD Liberal Democrat (9.34%) 4,763 9.34%
Oth Other (1.69%) 864 1.69%
Maj Majority (4.62%) 2,355 4.62%
Turn Turnout (65.91%) 51,006 65.91%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Paul Stinchcombe
Labour hold
C Peter Bone 21,512 42.18%
UK Anthony Ellwood 864 1.69%
LD Peter Gaskell 4,763 9.34%
L Paul Stinchcombe 23,867 46.79%
Candidates representing 4 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Paul Stinchcombe
Labour gain
Con Conservative (43.82%) 24,667 43.82%
Lab Labour (44.15%) 24,854 44.15%
LD Liberal Democrat (9.38%) 5,279 9.38%
Ref 0 0.00%
Oth Other (2.65%) 1,489 2.65%
Maj Majority (0.33%) 187 0.33%
Turn Turnout (75.10%) 56,289 75.10%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (53.40%) 32,302 53.40%
Lab Labour (33.90%) 20,486 33.90%
LD Liberal Democrat (12.70%) 7,714 12.70%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (19.50%) 11,816 19.50%
Turn Turnout (81.44%) 60,502 81.44%

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