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Blackburn
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
The Home Secretary's seat displays a variety of British urban charactersitics without posing any particularly pressing problems. There is a large Asian minority, concentrated in the old terraced housing of Brookhouse ward. There are almost all white council estates such as Shadworth. There are leafy residential areas, particularly to the north west around Corporation Park and the fine East Lancashire cricket club ground. This is a seat with a long and strong tradition of electing senior Labour party figures. Before Jack Straw took over in 1979, the MP for over thirty years had been Barbara Castle, leading member of Harold Wilson's Cabinets and still a fiery campaigner for pensioners as she enters her nineties. Blackburn is not as cast iron in its majorities as some more heterogeneous seats, but it is inconceivable that it should elect a Conservative in foreseeable circumstances.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
As part of the Blairite strategy of outflanking the Tories in policy areas once owned by them (in this case law and order), Home Secretary Jack Straw has fallen foul of the civil libertarians on freedom of information, jury trials, and asylum seekers, prompting backbench revolts, but hopefully playing well with an electorate casting rather more than the 40 votes of the PLP's hardcore rebels. Born 1946, educated at Brentwood School and Leeds University, and nominally a lawyer, he has actually been a professional politician since student days, running the NUS and bag-carrying for Peter Shore and Barbara Castle until taking over her Blackburn seat in 1979. He skilfully played the Pinochet case, bouncing him around the appeal courts for months to please the Left, but then letting him go to please the rest, and so preserve his own leadership hopes. His pinched poker face, small wire-rimmed spectacles, austere demeanour and intense style, recall Sir Stafford Cripps.

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ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 4.95% 14.99% 33.02
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.06% 2.49% 2.55
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 1.46% 4.43% 33.04
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 6.02% 7.27% 82.79
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.45% 2.56% 17.72
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.49% 3.94% 12.51
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 7.11% 13.04% 54.51
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 23.12% 12.70% 182.01
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 6.59% 8.14% 80.98
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 1.70% 4.02% 42.21
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 2.11% 3.19% 66.11
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 22.47% 11.31% 198.67
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 3.81% 3.06% 124.40
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 7.79% 2.52% 309.36
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 11.86% 2.10% 564.64
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.00% 0.06% 0.00
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 14.94% 9.41% 158.66
5-10K 22.13% 16.63% 133.08
10-15K 18.98% 16.58% 114.49
15-20K 13.60% 13.58% 100.12
20-25K 9.23% 10.39% 88.79
25-30K 6.20% 7.77% 79.76
30-35K 4.20% 5.79% 72.47
35-40K 2.88% 4.33% 66.51
40-45K 2.01% 3.27% 61.58
45-50K 1.43% 2.48% 57.45
50-55K 1.03% 1.90% 53.94
55-60K 0.75% 1.47% 50.92
60-65K 0.56% 1.15% 48.30
65-70K 0.42% 0.91% 46.00
70-75K 0.32% 0.72% 43.97
75-80K 0.24% 0.57% 42.16
80-85K 0.19% 0.46% 40.54
85-90K 0.15% 0.37% 39.07
90-95K 0.12% 0.31% 37.74
95-100K 0.09% 0.25% 36.53
100K + 0.42% 1.34% 31.01

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Blackburn - Local Map of the constituency

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Blackburn - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (6.64%)
Conservative (- 12.89%) Liberal Democrat (-  0.99%)
Conservative (6.41%)
Labour (-  1.17%) Liberal Democrat (-  2.44%)
Con - 12.89%
Lab 6.64%
LD - 0.99%
Con 6.41%
Lab - 1.17%
LD - 2.44%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Jack Straw
Labour hold
Con Conservative (31.02%) 12,559 31.02%
Lab Labour (53.87%) 21,808 53.87%
LD Liberal Democrat (8.06%) 3,264 8.06%
Oth Other (7.05%) 2,853 7.05%
Maj Majority (22.85%) 9,249 22.85%
Turn Turnout (55.75%) 40,484 55.75%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Jack Straw
Labour hold
UK Dorothy Baxter 1,185 2.93%
C John Cotton 12,559 31.02%
SL Terence Cullen 559 1.38%
I Paul Morris 577 1.43%
S Frederick Nichol 532 1.31%
LD Imtiaz Patel 3,264 8.06%
L Jack Straw 21,808 53.87%
Candidates representing 7 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Jack Straw
Labour
Con Conservative (24.61%) 11,690 24.61%
Lab Labour (55.04%) 26,141 55.04%
LD Liberal Democrat (10.51%) 4,990 10.51%
Ref Referendum (3.98%) 1,892 3.98%
Oth Other (5.86%) 2,784 5.86%
Maj Majority (30.43%) 14,451 30.43%
Turn Turnout (65.01%) 47,497 65.01%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (37.50%) 20,606 37.50%
Lab Labour (48.40%) 26,633 48.40%
LD Liberal Democrat (11.50%) 6,332 11.50%
Oth Other (2.60%) 1,407 2.60%
Maj Majority (11.00%) 6,027 11.00%
Turn Turnout (74.79%) 54,978 74.79%

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