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Worcester
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
First won by Labour in 1997, despite its famous historical battles between Parliamentarians and Royalists, after boundary changes which came into effect that year and which removed Tory-inclined villages leaving an urban core, Worcester is now a bellwether seat. Whichever party wins Worcester will win the general election. Perhaps that is one reason why the myth of the critical swing voter "Worcester Woman" was invented. Of course this implies targeting run mad. Important as the females of Worcester are, they no more speak for the rest of the country - or each other - than those other creations of dreaming marketing executives, Essex Man and the C2s. The Tories were 14pc behind Michael Foster MP in 1997, but 15.6pc ahead of Labour candidates in May 2000 city elections. The turnout in the former was just under 75pc; in the latter just over 30pc - and the government of the country was not at stake. These figures cannot be broken down by gender. Worcester man as well as woman can be fickle and exercise the right to change mind on a matter. Foster hopes that both sexes won't; Conservative Richard Adams that they will.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Michael Foster, victor for Labour here in 1997, is a very tall, standard on-message loyalist recruited from the chalk-face (as an accountancy lecturer). Born in 1963, he attended Great Wyrley High School, Walsall, Wolverhampton Poly, and the University of Central England. He is defined by his, albeit fleetingly articulated, assault on fox hunting, which set the ball rolling for the permanent booting-around of an issue seen by the focus group analysts as a good mobiliser of populist urban sentiment against the toff-sodden shires.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 10.37% 14.99% 69.19
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 1.05% 2.49% 42.19
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 13.06% 4.43% 295.09
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 8.99% 7.27% 123.58
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.69% 2.56% 26.75
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.16% 2.04% 8.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 2.27% 3.94% 57.64
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 17.21% 13.04% 132.00
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 13.17% 12.70% 103.69
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 5.68% 8.14% 69.73
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 10.21% 4.02% 253.86
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 1.95% 3.19% 61.28
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 11.12% 11.31% 98.30
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 2.34% 3.06% 76.40
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 1.73% 2.52% 68.60
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 9.12% 9.41% 96.86
5-10K 17.06% 16.63% 102.59
10-15K 17.40% 16.58% 104.95
15-20K 14.37% 13.58% 105.77
20-25K 10.96% 10.39% 105.42
25-30K 8.09% 7.77% 104.07
30-35K 5.90% 5.79% 101.94
35-40K 4.30% 4.33% 99.24
40-45K 3.14% 3.27% 96.15
45-50K 2.30% 2.48% 92.84
50-55K 1.70% 1.90% 89.42
55-60K 1.27% 1.47% 85.99
60-65K 0.95% 1.15% 82.61
65-70K 0.72% 0.91% 79.32
70-75K 0.55% 0.72% 76.15
75-80K 0.42% 0.57% 73.13
80-85K 0.32% 0.46% 70.25
85-90K 0.25% 0.37% 67.53
90-95K 0.20% 0.31% 64.95
95-100K 0.16% 0.25% 62.52
100K + 0.68% 1.34% 50.50

Local Map of the constituency
Worcester - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Worcester - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (10.17%)
Conservative (-  9.81%) Liberal Democrat (-  0.58%)
Liberal Democrat (0.10%)
Conservative (-  0.15%) Labour (-  1.49%)
Con - 9.81%
Lab 10.17%
LD - 0.58%
Con - 0.15%
Lab - 1.49%
LD 0.10%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Michael Foster
Labour hold
Con Conservative (35.54%) 15,712 35.54%
Lab Labour (48.58%) 21,478 48.58%
LD Liberal Democrat (12.62%) 5,578 12.62%
Oth Other (3.26%) 1,442 3.26%
Maj Majority (13.04%) 5,766 13.04%
Turn Turnout (62.07%) 44,210 62.07%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Michael Foster
Labour hold
C Richard Adams 15,712 35.54%
UK Richard Chamings 1,442 3.26%
LD Paul Chandler 5,578 12.62%
L Michael Foster 21,478 48.58%
Candidates representing 4 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Michael Foster
Labour gain
Con Conservative (35.69%) 18,423 35.69%
Lab Labour (50.07%) 25,848 50.07%
LD Liberal Democrat (12.52%) 6,462 12.52%
Ref 0 0.00%
Oth Other (1.72%) 886 1.72%
Maj Majority (14.38%) 7,425 14.38%
Turn Turnout (74.56%) 51,619 74.56%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (45.50%) 23,960 45.50%
Lab Labour (39.90%) 21,013 39.90%
LD Liberal Democrat (13.10%) 6,890 13.10%
Oth Other (1.60%) 823 1.60%
Maj Majority (5.60%) 2,947 5.60%
Turn Turnout (82.81%) 52,686 82.81%

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