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Blaydon
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Although technically included in Tyne and Wear and in Gateshead Borough, this is a County Durham seat which fits the picture of a working class corner of the land steeped in Labour party tradition and with a long and untroubled history of representation. The Liberal Democrat local activity, for example in Whickham and Ryton, surfaced perceptibly in 1997 with a slight increase in the share of the vote and an advance into second place, but this scarcely impacted on the huge lead of John McWilliam, who was not elected Speaker three years later.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
John McWilliam, one of a score of Labour Scots in English seats, was elected here in 1979. Born 1941, educated at Leith Academy, Heriot Watt and Napier Colleges, and a former telephone engineer, he was a whip for three years in the eighties before disappearing into the obscurity of committee chairmanships. Cocky and loquacious he is a soft Eurosceptic who introduced a Bill to tighten rules on phone tapping and defends defence industry jobs.

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ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 5.05% 14.99% 33.65
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.59% 2.49% 23.56
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 3.85% 4.43% 87.06
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 13.75% 7.27% 189.09
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.09% 2.56% 3.56
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.18% 3.94% 4.48
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 14.59% 13.04% 111.93
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 20.88% 12.70% 164.41
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 14.02% 8.14% 172.18
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.19% 4.02% 4.78
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 7.32% 3.19% 229.77
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 15.63% 11.31% 138.23
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.96% 3.06% 31.22
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 2.89% 2.52% 114.83
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 10.77% 9.41% 114.36
5-10K 19.08% 16.63% 114.74
10-15K 18.35% 16.58% 110.66
15-20K 14.38% 13.58% 105.87
20-25K 10.48% 10.39% 100.84
25-30K 7.44% 7.77% 95.76
30-35K 5.26% 5.79% 90.80
35-40K 3.73% 4.33% 86.07
40-45K 2.67% 3.27% 81.63
45-50K 1.92% 2.48% 77.51
50-55K 1.40% 1.90% 73.72
55-60K 1.04% 1.47% 70.23
60-65K 0.77% 1.15% 67.02
65-70K 0.58% 0.91% 64.08
70-75K 0.44% 0.72% 61.37
75-80K 0.34% 0.57% 58.86
80-85K 0.26% 0.46% 56.54
85-90K 0.20% 0.37% 54.39
90-95K 0.16% 0.31% 52.39
95-100K 0.13% 0.25% 50.52
100K + 0.55% 1.34% 41.12

Local Map of the constituency
Blaydon - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Blaydon - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (7.26%) Liberal Democrat (3.10%)
Conservative (- 13.53%)
Liberal Democrat (9.99%)
Conservative (-  1.80%) Labour (-  5.11%)
Con - 13.53%
Lab 7.26%
LD 3.10%
Con - 1.80%
Lab - 5.11%
LD 9.99%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
John McWilliam
Labour hold
Con Conservative (11.37%) 4,215 11.37%
Lab Labour (54.85%) 20,340 54.85%
LD Liberal Democrat (33.79%) 12,531 33.79%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (21.06%) 7,809 21.06%
Turn Turnout (57.43%) 37,086 57.43%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
John McWilliam
Labour hold
LD Peter Maughan 12,531 33.79%
L John McWilliam 20,340 54.85%
C Mark Watson 4,215 11.37%
Candidates representing 3 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
John McWilliam
Labour
Con Conservative (13.17%) 6,048 13.17%
Lab Labour (59.96%) 27,535 59.96%
LD Liberal Democrat (23.80%) 10,930 23.80%
Ref 0 0.00%
Oth Other (3.07%) 1,412 3.07%
Maj Majority (36.16%) 16,605 36.16%
Turn Turnout (70.98%) 45,925 70.98%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (26.70%) 13,685 26.70%
Lab Labour (52.70%) 27,028 52.70%
LD Liberal Democrat (20.70%) 10,602 20.70%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (26.00%) 13,343 26.00%
Turn Turnout (76.82%) 51,315 76.82%

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