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Wolverhampton North East
Conservative gain

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Another in the belt of Black Country seats with a very working class and council housing profile yet a far from unblemished record of Labour success (see Walsall North, West Bromwich East) North East is a two-party contest (the Liberal Democrats are very weak) which the Conservatives actually won in 1987, and which would still look close if the 12pc swing recorded in 1997 were to be erased. But it cannot be, and it probably won't be reversed either, not in 2001 at any rate.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Ken Purchase, elected in 1992, continues being PPS to Robin Cook with regular visits to Bahrain on whose behalf he proselytises despite its questionable record on human rights. A toolmaker-turned-adviser to worker-controlled co-operatives, he was in 1939 and attended a local secondary modern school and Wolverhampton Polytechnic. In 1994 he voted for Beckett not Blair, and in 1999, unusually for a PPS, he claimed DTI Secretaries, Mandelson and Byers had pressed Robin Cook to agree to supplying Hawk jests to Indonesia.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 0.11% 14.99% 0.73
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 2.57% 4.43% 58.02
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 8.63% 7.27% 118.66
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 1.61% 3.94% 40.75
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 2.65% 13.04% 20.31
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 23.41% 12.70% 184.31
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 17.03% 8.14% 209.19
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.00% 4.02% 0.00
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 5.89% 3.19% 185.03
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 19.63% 11.31% 173.55
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 3.86% 3.06% 125.98
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 13.61% 2.52% 540.33
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 1.00% 2.10% 47.66
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.00% 0.06% 0.00
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 15.37% 9.41% 163.33
5-10K 23.36% 16.63% 140.45
10-15K 19.76% 16.58% 119.18
15-20K 13.86% 13.58% 102.02
20-25K 9.17% 10.39% 88.22
25-30K 5.98% 7.77% 76.96
30-35K 3.92% 5.79% 67.66
35-40K 2.60% 4.33% 59.91
40-45K 1.74% 3.27% 53.40
45-50K 1.19% 2.48% 47.90
50-55K 0.82% 1.90% 43.22
55-60K 0.58% 1.47% 39.22
60-65K 0.41% 1.15% 35.76
65-70K 0.30% 0.91% 32.77
70-75K 0.22% 0.72% 30.16
75-80K 0.16% 0.57% 27.88
80-85K 0.12% 0.46% 25.86
85-90K 0.09% 0.37% 24.07
90-95K 0.07% 0.31% 22.48
95-100K 0.05% 0.25% 21.06
100K + 0.20% 1.34% 15.12

Local Map of the constituency
Wolverhampton North East - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Wolverhampton North East - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (10.26%)
Conservative (- 13.51%) Liberal Democrat (-  2.05%)
Conservative (0.74%) Liberal Democrat (2.57%)
Labour (- 59.26%)
Con - 13.51%
Lab 10.26%
LD - 2.05%
Con 0.74%
Lab - 59.26%
LD 2.57%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Ken Purchase
Conservative gain
Con Conservative (28.63%) 9,019 28.63%
Lab 0 0.00%
LD Liberal Democrat (7.92%) 2,494 7.92%
Oth Other (63.45%) 19,986 63.45%
Maj Majority (20.71%) 6,525 20.71%
Turn Turnout (52.08%) 31,499 52.08%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Ken Purchase
Conservative gain
LD Steven Bourne 2,494 7.92%
UK Thomas McCartney 997 3.17%
C Maria Miller 9,019 28.63%
LC Ken Purchase 18,989 60.28%
Candidates representing 4 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Kenneth Purchase
Labour
Con Conservative (27.89%) 11,547 27.89%
Lab Labour (59.26%) 24,534 59.26%
LD Liberal Democrat (5.35%) 2,214 5.35%
Ref Referendum (2.88%) 1,192 2.88%
Oth Other (4.63%) 1,916 4.63%
Maj Majority (31.37%) 12,987 31.37%
Turn Turnout (67.17%) 41,403 67.17%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (41.40%) 20,528 41.40%
Lab Labour (49.00%) 24,275 49.00%
LD Liberal Democrat (7.40%) 3,657 7.40%
Oth Other (2.20%) 1,087 2.20%
Maj Majority (7.60%) 3,747 7.60%
Turn Turnout (78.17%) 49,547 78.17%

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