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Wigan
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Labour's Neil Turner slipped almost unnoticed into the Commons in a by-election in September 1999, following the early death of Roger Stott, on a turnout of just 25pc, and will hold the seat just as quietly and convincingly at the general election. This is one of Labour's old-fashioned heartlands, which is recognisable in a few ways from George Orwell's pre-war investigation of working class culture in The Road to Wigan Pier. It has still few non-whites, single parent households, middle class or Tory or even Liberal Democrat wards, and it is still a temple of rugby league success, even if the pits have closed and most of the population now have mobile phones and videos and other methods of keeping in contact with the outside world. Improved communication does not necessarily lead to universal culture, though.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Neil Turner was elected at a by-election in 1999. Whilst no model Blairite, given his beard and reservations about elected mayors, he is otherwise a very safe pair of municipal hands, with 25 years' service on Wigan Council, and a conventional advocate of public-private partnerships. Born 1945 and educated at Carlisle Grammar School, he was formerly a quantity surveyor. Surveying the (small) quantity of electors who bothered to vote in his by-election, he favours various measures - including electronic voting from home - to boost turnout. In March this year he scored something of a first by returning a constituent's letter with spelling mistakes ringed.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 8.09% 14.99% 53.97
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.00% 2.49% 0.00
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 7.16% 4.43% 161.78
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 8.32% 7.27% 114.45
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.00% 2.56% 0.00
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.14% 3.94% 3.63
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 12.62% 13.04% 96.77
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 26.50% 12.70% 208.59
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 11.06% 8.14% 135.88
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 1.25% 4.02% 31.08
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 2.51% 3.19% 78.92
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 15.50% 11.31% 137.08
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 1.76% 3.06% 57.49
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 5.07% 2.52% 201.42
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 10.42% 9.41% 110.68
5-10K 18.58% 16.63% 111.71
10-15K 18.03% 16.58% 108.74
15-20K 14.23% 13.58% 104.75
20-25K 10.46% 10.39% 100.60
25-30K 7.51% 7.77% 96.57
30-35K 5.37% 5.79% 92.75
35-40K 3.86% 4.33% 89.14
40-45K 2.80% 3.27% 85.75
45-50K 2.05% 2.48% 82.56
50-55K 1.52% 1.90% 79.57
55-60K 1.13% 1.47% 76.77
60-65K 0.85% 1.15% 74.15
65-70K 0.65% 0.91% 71.70
70-75K 0.50% 0.72% 69.40
75-80K 0.39% 0.57% 67.25
80-85K 0.30% 0.46% 65.25
85-90K 0.24% 0.37% 63.37
90-95K 0.19% 0.31% 61.60
95-100K 0.15% 0.25% 59.95
100K + 0.70% 1.34% 51.73

Local Map of the constituency
Wigan - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Wigan - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (7.96%)
Conservative (-  8.41%) Liberal Democrat (-  1.68%)
Conservative (3.94%) Liberal Democrat (4.78%)
Labour (-  6.82%)
Con - 8.41%
Lab 7.96%
LD - 1.68%
Con 3.94%
Lab - 6.82%
LD 4.78%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Neil Turner
Labour hold
Con Conservative (20.83%) 6,996 20.83%
Lab Labour (61.74%) 20,739 61.74%
LD Liberal Democrat (14.80%) 4,970 14.80%
Oth Other (2.64%) 886 2.64%
Maj Majority (40.91%) 13,743 40.91%
Turn Turnout (52.45%) 33,591 52.45%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Neil Turner
Labour hold
LD Trevor Beswick 4,970 14.80%
SA Dave Lowe 886 2.64%
C Mark Page 6,996 20.83%
L Neil Turner 20,739 61.74%
Candidates representing 4 parties stood for election to this seat.
Byelection Results
By Election (23 September 1999)
Death of Roger Stott on 9 August 1999
Neil Turner
Labour
Con Conservative (17.99%) 2,912 17.99%
Lab Labour (59.56%) 9,641 59.56%
LD Liberal Democrat (13.27%) 2,148 13.27%
Oth Other (9.18%) 1,486 9.18%
Maj Majority (41.57%) 6,729 41.57%
Turn Turnout (24.99%) 16,187 24.99%
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Roger Stott
Labour
Con Conservative (16.89%) 7,400 16.89%
Lab Labour (68.56%) 30,043 68.56%
LD Liberal Democrat (10.02%) 4,390 10.02%
Ref Referendum (3.31%) 1,450 3.31%
Oth Other (1.22%) 536 1.22%
Maj Majority (51.67%) 22,643 51.67%
Turn Turnout (67.74%) 43,819 67.74%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (25.30%) 12,538 25.30%
Lab Labour (60.60%) 30,028 60.60%
LD Liberal Democrat (11.70%) 5,787 11.70%
Oth Other (2.40%) 1,173 2.40%
Maj Majority (35.30%) 17,490 35.30%
Turn Turnout (75.46%) 49,526 75.46%

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