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Wrekin, The
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
It was always expected that Labour would win the Telford seat after Shropshire was granted an extra constituency in the 1995 boundary changes. However that they should also gain The Wrekin was much more unexpected. This mid Shropshire seat was predominantly rural (Peter Bradley became the chairman of the group of Labour MPs with rural interests, which is larger than one might think, given their broad self-definition of rural, which doesn't mean quite the same as agricultural nowadays in the days of countryside 'wannabees') and included virtually none of the working class new town which had become the largest urban unit in the county. Many observers believe that Bradley will be a one-term MP, but he has been, as he has had to be, lively and may have built up a sufficient incumbency vote to make the difference in the expected close contest at the next general election.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Peter Bradley was elected in 1997 as one of three new Labour MPs to have launched careers as Westminster City councillors in opposition to Shirley Porter's alleged homes-for-votes affair. He has sought to maintain a high profile, as befits a metropolitan PR man unexpectedly located in rural Shropshire, leading calls for a rural affairs ministry. Born 1953 and educated at Abingdon School and Sussex University, he has also spent time targeting Tory Party Treasurer Michael Ashcroft. For the Conservatives Jacob Rees-Mogg presents the eccentric persona of a Woosterish young fogey with plastered-down hair and the datedly impeccable speech of one who might have attended Eton and Trinity College, Oxford in the 1930s rather than the 1980s. Born in 1969 and son of former Times editor, Lord Rees-Mogg, he is a merchant banker, originally with Rothschilds, backs Business for Sterling, and other Eurosceptic groups, and the Countryside Alliance, and fought Central Fife in 1997 with the assistance of his nanny.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 20.99% 14.99% 140.01
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.60% 2.13% 28.21
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.05% 2.49% 1.89
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 11.80% 4.43% 266.58
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 11.22% 7.27% 154.26
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.57% 2.56% 22.38
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.04% 2.04% 2.19
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.15% 3.94% 3.91
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 14.02% 13.04% 107.52
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 9.52% 12.70% 74.91
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 14.21% 8.14% 174.47
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.00% 4.02% 0.00
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 4.53% 3.19% 142.36
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 9.44% 11.31% 83.50
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.61% 3.06% 19.82
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 2.18% 2.52% 86.43
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.07% 0.06% 105.64
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 9.28% 9.41% 98.63
5-10K 16.76% 16.63% 100.77
10-15K 16.88% 16.58% 101.82
15-20K 13.91% 13.58% 102.39
20-25K 10.64% 10.39% 102.42
25-30K 7.92% 7.77% 101.89
30-35K 5.84% 5.79% 100.88
35-40K 4.31% 4.33% 99.48
40-45K 3.19% 3.27% 97.80
45-50K 2.38% 2.48% 95.94
50-55K 1.79% 1.90% 93.98
55-60K 1.36% 1.47% 91.99
60-65K 1.04% 1.15% 90.01
65-70K 0.80% 0.91% 88.07
70-75K 0.62% 0.72% 86.19
75-80K 0.48% 0.57% 84.38
80-85K 0.38% 0.46% 82.64
85-90K 0.30% 0.37% 80.99
90-95K 0.24% 0.31% 79.43
95-100K 0.19% 0.25% 77.94
100K + 0.94% 1.34% 70.03

Local Map of the constituency
Wrekin, The - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Wrekin, The - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (15.03%)
Conservative (-  7.56%) Liberal Democrat (-  6.47%)
Labour (0.15%)
Conservative (-  1.81%) Liberal Democrat (-  1.41%)
Con - 7.56%
Lab 15.03%
LD - 6.47%
Con - 1.81%
Lab 0.15%
LD - 1.41%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Peter Bradley
Labour hold
Con Conservative (38.43%) 15,945 38.43%
Lab Labour (47.08%) 19,532 47.08%
LD Liberal Democrat (11.42%) 4,738 11.42%
Oth Other (3.07%) 1,275 3.07%
Maj Majority (8.65%) 3,587 8.65%
Turn Turnout (100.00%) 41,490 100.00%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Peter Bradley
Labour hold
L Peter Bradley 19,532 47.08%
UK Denis Brookes 1,275 3.07%
LD Ian Jenkins 4,738 11.42%
C Jacob Rees Mogg 15,945 38.43%
Candidates representing 4 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Peter Bradley
Labour gain
Con Conservative (40.24%) 18,218 40.24%
Lab Labour (46.93%) 21,243 46.93%
LD Liberal Democrat (12.83%) 5,807 12.83%
Ref 0 0.00%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (6.68%) 3,025 6.68%
Turn Turnout (76.56%) 45,268 76.56%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (47.80%) 23,259 47.80%
Lab Labour (31.90%) 15,539 31.90%
LD Liberal Democrat (19.30%) 9,391 19.30%
Oth Other (1.00%) 489 1.00%
Maj Majority (15.90%) 7,720 15.90%
Turn Turnout (83.78%) 48,678 83.78%

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