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Wirral South
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Like Wirral West, South counted as a gain in 1997, but it is a more likely seat for Labour to hold. After all, Ben Chapman had already taken the seat in a February 1997 by-election, so he is a two-time winner already. He is likely to make this three, unless the Conservative candidate Tony Millard can magic an eight pc swing, which would mean that his party would be ahead of Labour in the national standings, which has seemed a highly unlikely prospect for almost the whole of this Parliament.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Ben Chapman is a product of one of Labour's stupendous by-election victories, subsequently fallen like the rest into back bench obscurity, if in his case as PPS to Dick Caborn. His moment of triumph came in February 1997 within weeks of Labour's general election landslide. A pleasant-looking man, born 1940 and educated at Appleby Grammar School, he rose through the ranks of the civil service to become a commercial attachÈ in the diplomatic service. He was cynically picked as Labour candidate for his business-friendly image - a "Tory" candidate for a Tory seat, and seen by his Conservative opponent as "a blank piece of paper on which a script can be written". As a symbol of middle class disaffection with the Conservatives 1997-style his fate in 2001 will be instructive.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 30.42% 14.99% 202.87
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.24% 2.13% 11.29
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 1.47% 2.49% 58.95
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 6.31% 4.43% 142.59
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 10.82% 7.27% 148.74
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.58% 2.56% 22.64
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.06% 2.04% 2.88
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.34% 3.94% 8.60
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 21.20% 13.04% 162.55
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 11.46% 12.70% 90.21
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 7.55% 8.14% 92.78
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.59% 4.02% 14.76
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 3.35% 3.19% 105.17
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 4.96% 11.31% 43.89
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.01% 3.06% 0.38
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 0.64% 2.52% 25.44
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 7.91% 9.41% 84.07
£5-10K 15.04% 16.63% 90.41
£10-15K 15.75% 16.58% 95.00
£15-20K 13.45% 13.58% 98.99
£20-25K 10.65% 10.39% 102.49
£25-30K 8.20% 7.77% 105.53
£30-35K 6.26% 5.79% 108.14
£35-40K 4.78% 4.33% 110.36
£40-45K 3.66% 3.27% 112.22
£45-50K 2.82% 2.48% 113.79
£50-55K 2.19% 1.90% 115.09
£55-60K 1.71% 1.47% 116.16
£60-65K 1.35% 1.15% 117.04
£65-70K 1.07% 0.91% 117.75
£70-75K 0.85% 0.72% 118.32
£75-80K 0.68% 0.57% 118.77
£80-85K 0.55% 0.46% 119.11
£85-90K 0.45% 0.37% 119.37
£90-95K 0.36% 0.31% 119.54
£95-100K 0.30% 0.25% 119.65
£100K + 1.59% 1.34% 118.54

Local Map of the constituency
Wirral South - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Wirral South - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (16.34%)
Conservative (- 14.42%) Liberal Democrat (-  2.67%)
Liberal Democrat (7.36%)
Conservative (-  1.62%) Labour (-  3.50%)
Con - 14.42%
Lab 16.34%
LD - 2.67%
Con - 1.62%
Lab - 3.50%
LD 7.36%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Ben Chapman
Labour hold
Con Conservative (34.76%) 13,841 34.76%
Lab Labour (47.44%) 18,890 47.44%
LD Liberal Democrat (17.80%) 7,087 17.80%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (12.68%) 5,049 12.68%
Turn Turnout (65.65%) 39,818 65.65%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Ben Chapman
Labour hold
L Ben Chapman 18,890 47.44%
LD Phillip Gilchrist 7,087 17.80%
C Anthony Millard 13,841 34.76%
Candidates representing 3 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Ben Chapman
Labour gain
Con Conservative (36.38%) 17,495 36.38%
Lab Labour (50.94%) 24,499 50.94%
LD Liberal Democrat (10.43%) 5,018 10.43%
Ref Referendum (1.60%) 768 1.60%
Oth Other (0.65%) 315 0.65%
Maj Majority (14.56%) 7,004 14.56%
Turn Turnout (81.01%) 48,095 81.01%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (50.80%) 25,550 50.80%
Lab Labour (34.60%) 17,382 34.60%
LD Liberal Democrat (13.10%) 6,572 13.10%
Oth Other (1.50%) 765 1.50%
Maj Majority (16.20%) 8,168 16.20%
Turn Turnout (80.94%) 50,269 80.94%

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