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Blackpool South
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Until 1997 the idea of Labour MPs actually representing, rather than just visiting, the great northern seaside resort of Blackpool seemed counter-intuitive. Despite the bustling resort's plebeian qualities, and reputation built up as the destination for day and week trippers from the industrial powerhouses of the Lancashire towns, the image of the formidable seaside landlady in an economy based on services and tourism did not square easily with the Left. Yet things have changed. The British seaside has been very seriously challenged by affluence in general and by the aeroplane, and its ability to offer year round access at affordable prices to much more sun and sand, or even commodities which exercise the curiosity and intellect. Thousands of guest houses have been sold or have had to take in the sort of guests once rigorously excluded by the puritanical archetype of commercial prudery and snobbery. Although owner occupied, Blackpool is not middle class in residency, never mind guests. The bulk of the town is in this seat, which went Labour at local level years before electing Gordon Marsden as its first ever Labour MP in 1997. Even though the town in general and the Winter Gardens in particular do not offer the standard of facilities which satisfy New Labour, who confer elsewhere (the symbolism has not gone unnoticed) the permanent economic winter conditions In Blackpool should in the long run help the rather improbable figure of Gordon Marsden win again.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Gordon Marsden, born 1953, educated at Stockport Grammar School and New College Oxford is one of six declared homosexuals in the PLP. Elected here in 1997, a loyal Blairite - at least publicly - he knows as a professional historian how rarely Labour wins workable majorities. Self-assured, discerning and cerebral with closely-cropped peroxide-looking hair and matinée idol features, he retains his Brighton home, handier now for more Party Conferences than his address in unfashionable Blackpool, whose declining interests he inevitably defends as an MP.

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ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 2.44% 14.99% 16.31
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 2.84% 2.13% 133.69
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.49% 2.49% 19.78
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 0.22% 4.43% 4.98
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 0.91% 7.27% 12.49
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 1.87% 2.56% 72.84
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 8.94% 3.94% 226.58
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 18.66% 13.04% 143.07
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 31.42% 12.70% 247.38
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 9.81% 8.14% 120.53
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 8.61% 4.02% 214.14
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 4.18% 3.19% 131.22
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 6.38% 11.31% 56.44
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 2.99% 3.06% 97.51
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 0.23% 2.52% 9.23
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 11.43% 9.41% 121.39
5-10K 20.63% 16.63% 124.06
10-15K 19.55% 16.58% 117.90
15-20K 14.83% 13.58% 109.17
20-25K 10.38% 10.39% 99.88
25-30K 7.07% 7.77% 90.92
30-35K 4.79% 5.79% 82.69
35-40K 3.26% 4.33% 75.31
40-45K 2.25% 3.27% 68.79
45-50K 1.56% 2.48% 63.05
50-55K 1.10% 1.90% 58.01
55-60K 0.79% 1.47% 53.58
60-65K 0.57% 1.15% 49.68
65-70K 0.42% 0.91% 46.23
70-75K 0.31% 0.72% 43.17
75-80K 0.23% 0.57% 40.45
80-85K 0.18% 0.46% 38.02
85-90K 0.13% 0.37% 35.83
90-95K 0.10% 0.31% 33.86
95-100K 0.08% 0.25% 32.08
100K + 0.33% 1.34% 24.30

Local Map of the constituency
Blackpool South - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Blackpool South - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (13.64%)
Conservative (-  9.69%) Liberal Democrat (-  3.55%)
Liberal Democrat (2.05%)
Conservative (-  1.42%) Labour (-  2.75%)
Con - 9.69%
Lab 13.64%
LD - 3.55%
Con - 1.42%
Lab - 2.75%
LD 2.05%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Gordon Marsden
Labour hold
Con Conservative (32.99%) 12,798 32.99%
Lab Labour (54.29%) 21,060 54.29%
LD Liberal Democrat (10.61%) 4,115 10.61%
Oth Other (2.11%) 819 2.11%
Maj Majority (21.30%) 8,262 21.30%
Turn Turnout (52.20%) 38,792 52.20%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Gordon Marsden
Labour hold
UK Val Cowell 819 2.11%
LD Doreen Holt 4,115 10.61%
L Gordon Marsden 21,060 54.29%
C David Morris 12,798 32.99%
Candidates representing 4 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Gordon Marsden
Labour gain
Con Conservative (34.41%) 17,666 34.41%
Lab Labour (57.04%) 29,282 57.04%
LD Liberal Democrat (8.55%) 4,392 8.55%
Ref 0 0.00%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (22.63%) 11,616 22.63%
Turn Turnout (67.80%) 51,340 67.80%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (44.10%) 25,957 44.10%
Lab Labour (43.40%) 25,563 43.40%
LD Liberal Democrat (12.10%) 7,148 12.10%
Oth Other (0.40%) 233 0.40%
Maj Majority (0.70%) 394 0.70%
Turn Turnout (78.53%) 58,901 78.53%

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