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Workington
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Workington has long been the safest of Labour's four seats in Cumbria - indeed it was actually one of the 50 or so which survived the biggest disaster of all in 1931, but it was once lost, just for three years after a by-election in 1976, one of the last actually lost by an incumbent Labour government. At first sight it seems an odd place to have this odd history, for it includes a considerable part of the Lake District National Park, including Keswick at the very heart of the lakes, and Derwentwater, Buttermere and Crummock Water. But this area is outvoted by the traditionally working class industrial and often depressed west Cumberland coastal strip, with the bleak steel town of Workington itself and Maryport, whose docks fell into decay in the 1960s and 1970s before being revivified and spruced up to effect in more recent years. Dale Campbell Savours has built up the majority to its present level of 19,000, which ensures that it can be passed on to a new Labour MP; there are county council electoral districts where Labour are returned unopposed. This is one of the very weakest areas in the whole country for the Liberal Democrats.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Alongside Jack Cunningham in next-door Copeland, Labour have picked Tony Cunningham as replacement for the retiring Dale Campbell-Savours. A local boy, born 1952 and educated at Workington Grammar School and Liverpool University, he was a teacher for 18 years, did five years as an MEP and latterly has run a human rights organisation. A Labour spokesman on third world issues in the European Parliament, he wrote a report on landmines in 1995, was leader of Allerdale Borough Council from 1992 to 94, and Mayor of Workington in 1990-91.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 7.12% 14.99% 47.48
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 10.34% 2.13% 486.49
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 2.04% 2.49% 81.89
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 1.16% 4.43% 26.17
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 7.73% 7.27% 106.25
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.14% 2.56% 5.30
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.07% 3.94% 1.81
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 14.29% 13.04% 109.56
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 22.87% 12.70% 180.06
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 11.27% 8.14% 138.41
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 2.12% 4.02% 52.79
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 2.88% 3.19% 90.32
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 15.78% 11.31% 139.48
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.81% 3.06% 26.30
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 1.26% 2.52% 49.86
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.14% 0.06% 225.49
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 10.69% 9.41% 113.53
5-10K 19.43% 16.63% 116.81
10-15K 18.68% 16.58% 112.69
15-20K 14.50% 13.58% 106.76
20-25K 10.45% 10.39% 100.51
25-30K 7.35% 7.77% 94.48
30-35K 5.15% 5.79% 88.88
35-40K 3.63% 4.33% 83.75
40-45K 2.58% 3.27% 79.09
45-50K 1.86% 2.48% 74.85
50-55K 1.35% 1.90% 70.99
55-60K 0.99% 1.47% 67.49
60-65K 0.74% 1.15% 64.29
65-70K 0.56% 0.91% 61.36
70-75K 0.42% 0.72% 58.68
75-80K 0.32% 0.57% 56.22
80-85K 0.25% 0.46% 53.95
85-90K 0.19% 0.37% 51.86
90-95K 0.15% 0.31% 49.92
95-100K 0.12% 0.25% 48.12
100K + 0.53% 1.34% 39.43

Local Map of the constituency
Workington - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Workington - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (10.04%) Liberal Democrat (0.53%)
Conservative (- 11.97%)
Conservative (5.12%) Liberal Democrat (4.43%)
Labour (-  8.74%)
Con - 11.97%
Lab 10.04%
LD 0.53%
Con 5.12%
Lab - 8.74%
LD 4.43%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Tony Cunningham
Labour hold
Con Conservative (29.55%) 12,359 29.55%
Lab Labour (55.49%) 23,209 55.49%
LD Liberal Democrat (12.47%) 5,214 12.47%
Oth Other (2.49%) 1,040 2.49%
Maj Majority (25.94%) 10,850 25.94%
Turn Turnout (63.40%) 41,822 63.40%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Tony Cunningham
Labour hold
L Tony Cunningham 23,209 55.49%
LD Ian Francis 5,214 12.47%
LCA John Peacock 1,040 2.49%
C Tim Stoddart 12,359 29.55%
Candidates representing 4 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Dale Campbell-Savour
Labour
Con Conservative (24.43%) 12,061 24.43%
Lab Labour (64.24%) 31,717 64.24%
LD Liberal Democrat (8.03%) 3,967 8.03%
Ref Referendum (2.86%) 1,412 2.86%
Oth Other (0.44%) 217 0.44%
Maj Majority (39.81%) 19,656 39.81%
Turn Turnout (75.08%) 49,374 75.08%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (36.40%) 19,696 36.40%
Lab Labour (54.20%) 29,296 54.20%
LD Liberal Democrat (7.50%) 4,028 7.50%
Oth Other (1.90%) 1,018 1.90%
Maj Majority (17.80%) 9,600 17.80%
Turn Turnout (80.82%) 54,038 80.82%

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