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Wirral West
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Traditionally considering itself far removed from the salty and scouse atmosphere of the city in which many of its residents work, the north western corner of the Wirral peninsula centred on Hoylake and West Kirby - not West Kirkby note, and very definitely not Kirkby - shocked many including many of its own residents by falling to Labour in the 1997 landslide. Another Tory of Cabinet rank was cast adrift, David Hunt. Merseyside appeared to have come to Cheshire. Can this happen again - or will the red, or at least pink tide, be rolled back from whence it came? Local elections since 1997 suggest a return to the established order of things is the most likely outcome, should the Conservatives gain even a couple of dozen seats in 2001; but, whisper it soft and in modulated tones, even that is not absolutely certain.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Stephen Hesford, a Gray's Inn barrister who happens to be a Labour MP rather than vice versa, is an unobtrusive Labour backbencher elected in 1997. His opposition to grammar schools led to unfounded allegations of his using private schools for his own children. He was born in 1951 and educated at Urmston Grammar School, Bradford University, Central London Polytechnic and the Inns of Court School of Law. The boyish-looking Conservative candidate, Chris Lynch, a Manchester-based chartered accountant originally with Ernst & Young and latterly with Price Waterhouse Coopers, was born in 1963 and educated at St. Richard of Chichester Secondary School, London and Manchester University and boasts a season ticket to Wirral-based Tranmere Rovers Football Club. He wants "never" to abolish the pound.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 28.00% 14.99% 186.77
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 3.38% 2.49% 136.07
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 3.91% 4.43% 88.45
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 9.67% 7.27% 132.94
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 4.07% 2.56% 158.52
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.07% 2.04% 3.34
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.39% 3.94% 9.87
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 31.61% 13.04% 242.40
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 1.02% 12.70% 8.02
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 3.37% 8.14% 41.39
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 2.08% 4.02% 51.77
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 2.93% 3.19% 92.11
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 8.44% 11.31% 74.59
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 1.06% 3.06% 34.55
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 0.00% 2.52% 0.00
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 8.43% 9.41% 89.56
5-10K 15.13% 16.63% 91.00
10-15K 15.75% 16.58% 95.00
15-20K 13.46% 13.58% 99.11
20-25K 10.66% 10.39% 102.59
25-30K 8.19% 7.77% 105.35
30-35K 6.22% 5.79% 107.47
35-40K 4.73% 4.33% 109.07
40-45K 3.60% 3.27% 110.25
45-50K 2.76% 2.48% 111.11
50-55K 2.13% 1.90% 111.70
55-60K 1.65% 1.47% 112.07
60-65K 1.29% 1.15% 112.28
65-70K 1.02% 0.91% 112.35
70-75K 0.81% 0.72% 112.31
75-80K 0.64% 0.57% 112.18
80-85K 0.52% 0.46% 111.97
85-90K 0.42% 0.37% 111.71
90-95K 0.34% 0.31% 111.39
95-100K 0.28% 0.25% 111.04
100K + 1.45% 1.34% 107.85

Local Map of the constituency
Wirral West - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Wirral West - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (13.86%)
Conservative (- 13.68%) Liberal Democrat (-  1.92%)
Labour (2.34%) Liberal Democrat (2.89%)
Conservative (-  1.79%)
Con - 13.68%
Lab 13.86%
LD - 1.92%
Con - 1.79%
Lab 2.34%
LD 2.89%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Stephen Hesford
Labour hold
Con Conservative (37.23%) 15,070 37.23%
Lab Labour (47.20%) 19,105 47.20%
LD Liberal Democrat (15.57%) 6,300 15.57%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (9.97%) 4,035 9.97%
Turn Turnout (64.97%) 40,475 64.97%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Stephen Hesford
Labour hold
L Stephen Hesford 19,105 47.20%
LD Simon Holbrook 6,300 15.57%
C Chris Lynch 15,070 37.23%
Candidates representing 3 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Stephen Hesford
Labour gain
Con Conservative (39.02%) 18,297 39.02%
Lab Labour (44.86%) 21,035 44.86%
LD Liberal Democrat (12.68%) 5,945 12.68%
Ref Referendum (3.44%) 1,613 3.44%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (5.84%) 2,738 5.84%
Turn Turnout (76.98%) 46,890 76.98%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (52.70%) 26,852 52.70%
Lab Labour (31.00%) 15,788 31.00%
LD Liberal Democrat (14.60%) 7,420 14.60%
Oth Other (1.70%) 888 1.70%
Maj Majority (21.70%) 11,064 21.70%
Turn Turnout (80.37%) 50,948 80.37%

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