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Worcestershire West
Conservative hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
In constituencies where there was clear tactical voting in 1997 Conservative seats were under demonstrably greater pressure than those where the Labour vote went up even when their cause was hopeless. In Worcestershire West the Liberal Democrat share went up by 8pc while that of the Labour candidate increased by less than 2pc, their 612th best performance. Although Michael Spicer polled a very respectable 45pc, he only won by 3,846. Next door, where the opposition was more evenly split in Worcestershire Mid, Peter Luff managed a lead of over 9,000 with a scarcely larger share. This seat is clearly not good ground for Labour, whatever local arrangements might have been made. The largest urban unit is Great Malvern with its spa and its Victorian ambience; nor are small towns like Pershore or the numerous villages within sight of either the Malverns or Bredon Hill any better. Yet perhaps that numerical Tory majority is not the best way of looking at it. The Labour vote has been squeezed already, and in order to win the Lib Dems will actually have to bite into Spicer's core, which might have reached its floor in the dismal year of 1997. He is therefore almost as safe as Luff next door, and reassuringly close to the security of a certain winning post at 50pc.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Sir Michael Spicer, first elected (for Worcestershire South) in 1974, and sometime protégé of Cecil Parkinson, rose and fell with his patron (as a minister from 1984 to 1990, and as a Party Vice Chairman 1981-84). He discarded his originally 'wet' credentials for free-market zealotry and dropped his earlier Europhila to become one of the leading Maastricht rebels, seeing the single currency as harbinger of a single state. He is a brigadier's son, born 1943 and educated at the soldiers' school, Wellington College, and at Emmanuel College, Cambridge. Dropped by Major in 1990, he backed Michael Howard in 1997, and in 1999 made John Prescott look very foolish by flooring him with a question on the proposed EU withholding tax, about which Prescott clearly knew little.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 46.96% 14.99% 313.18
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 1.78% 2.13% 83.95
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 6.39% 2.49% 257.02
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 1.83% 4.43% 41.30
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 5.37% 7.27% 73.78
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.46% 2.56% 17.79
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.17% 2.04% 8.14
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.09% 3.94% 2.39
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 21.76% 13.04% 166.90
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 2.35% 12.70% 18.47
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 6.26% 8.14% 76.88
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.53% 4.02% 13.16
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 2.16% 3.19% 67.69
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 3.22% 11.31% 28.45
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.19% 3.06% 6.16
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 0.46% 2.52% 18.44
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.03% 0.06% 52.95
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 8.47% 9.41% 89.96
5-10K 15.21% 16.63% 91.45
10-15K 15.82% 16.58% 95.40
15-20K 13.51% 13.58% 99.43
20-25K 10.69% 10.39% 102.90
25-30K 8.22% 7.77% 105.69
30-35K 6.25% 5.79% 107.85
35-40K 4.74% 4.33% 109.47
40-45K 3.61% 3.27% 110.67
45-50K 2.77% 2.48% 111.54
50-55K 2.14% 1.90% 112.14
55-60K 1.66% 1.47% 112.55
60-65K 1.30% 1.15% 112.80
65-70K 1.02% 0.91% 112.94
70-75K 0.81% 0.72% 112.99
75-80K 0.65% 0.57% 112.99
80-85K 0.52% 0.46% 112.93
85-90K 0.42% 0.37% 112.84
90-95K 0.34% 0.31% 112.73
95-100K 0.28% 0.25% 112.61
100K + 1.50% 1.34% 111.90

Local Map of the constituency
Worcestershire West - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Worcestershire West - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (1.88%) Liberal Democrat (7.94%)
Conservative (-  9.66%)
Conservative (0.93%)
Labour (-  1.68%) Liberal Democrat (-  3.27%)
Con - 9.66%
Lab 1.88%
LD 7.94%
Con 0.93%
Lab - 1.68%
LD - 3.27%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Michael Spicer
Conservative hold
Con Conservative (45.97%) 20,597 45.97%
Lab Labour (14.00%) 6,275 14.00%
LD Liberal Democrat (33.97%) 15,223 33.97%
Oth Other (6.05%) 2,712 6.05%
Maj Majority (11.99%) 5,374 11.99%
Turn Turnout (67.11%) 44,807 67.11%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Michael Spicer
Conservative hold
L Waquar Azmi 6,275 14.00%
LD Mike Hadley 15,223 33.97%
UK Ian Morris 1,574 3.51%
C Michael Spicer 20,597 45.97%
G Malcolm Victory 1,138 2.54%
Candidates representing 5 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Michael Spicer
Conservative
Con Conservative (45.04%) 22,223 45.04%
Lab Labour (15.68%) 7,738 15.68%
LD Liberal Democrat (37.24%) 18,377 37.24%
Ref 0 0.00%
Oth Other (2.04%) 1,006 2.04%
Maj Majority (7.79%) 3,846 7.79%
Turn Turnout (76.25%) 49,344 76.25%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (54.70%) 27,654 54.70%
Lab Labour (13.80%) 6,967 13.80%
LD Liberal Democrat (29.30%) 14,785 29.30%
Oth Other (2.20%) 1,104 2.20%
Maj Majority (25.50%) 12,869 25.50%
Turn Turnout (79.99%) 50,510 79.99%

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