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Readers Poll Con 52% Lab 28% LD 18% Nat 2% Enter your vote to win 1M

Bootle
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
The very safest of all the 418 Labour seats won in 1997, with a share of the vote of 82.9pc, 74.4pc ahead of the Conservative in what would be flattering to describe as second place. This is as monolithic as things get in Britain. Locals here might ask what the point is in voting for any other party, or even in voting at all. Turnout in the June 1999 Euro-elections was just 12.6pc, among the lowest in Britain. Clearly affairs in Strasbourg and Brussels impinge little on the electors of Bootle. The winner here is of course without question, but those who care about civics and the health of a democratic society at all as well as about politics will wonder how far affairs in Westminster are perceived to impinge too. Two thirds of those registered did bother to vote in 1997 which is not at all bad by international standards. Nor are the social indicators in general of an extreme nature. This is far from the most working class seat in Britain, and half of the households are owner occupiers. There are no real ethnic problems; there is scarcely an ethnic mix. Neither unemployment nor crime, though above average, are the worst in the land. The extraordinary political result probably owes most of all to region and culture and also perhaps the history of local government. This is the heart of Merseyside without the problems of Liverpool City Council; indeed as part of the bizarrely drawn Sefton Metropolitan Borough, which also includes Crosby, Formby and even Southport, Labour are not even in control here, so cannot be blamed for municipal shortcomings.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Joe Benton, a former Labour whip from a classic working class Liverpool Catholic background, who was elected here in 1990, was born in 1933 and after Catholic schooling worked successively as a clerk in a shipping company and a personnel officer with Girobank. He defends Liverpool pools firms against the National Lottery and as a Catholic opposes abortion, embryo research, homosexuality and euthanasia. He was dropped as a whip on the morrow of victory in 1997.

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ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 0.00% 14.99% 0.00
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.00% 2.49% 0.00
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 0.00% 4.43% 0.00
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 2.11% 7.27% 29.06
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.00% 2.56% 0.00
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 1.58% 3.94% 39.95
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 10.71% 13.04% 82.11
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 17.38% 12.70% 136.80
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 4.11% 8.14% 50.51
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.96% 4.02% 23.80
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 5.13% 3.19% 161.01
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 46.89% 11.31% 414.56
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 3.89% 3.06% 127.07
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 7.25% 2.52% 287.72
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 16.17% 9.41% 171.80
5-10K 25.20% 16.63% 151.48
10-15K 20.76% 16.58% 125.24
15-20K 13.90% 13.58% 102.32
20-25K 8.72% 10.39% 83.94
25-30K 5.40% 7.77% 69.48
30-35K 3.37% 5.79% 58.11
35-40K 2.13% 4.33% 49.13
40-45K 1.37% 3.27% 41.97
45-50K 0.90% 2.48% 36.21
50-55K 0.60% 1.90% 31.52
55-60K 0.41% 1.47% 27.67
60-65K 0.28% 1.15% 24.48
65-70K 0.20% 0.91% 21.81
70-75K 0.14% 0.72% 19.56
75-80K 0.10% 0.57% 17.65
80-85K 0.07% 0.46% 16.00
85-90K 0.05% 0.37% 14.58
90-95K 0.04% 0.31% 13.35
95-100K 0.03% 0.25% 12.27
100K + 0.11% 1.34% 8.14

Local Map of the constituency
Bootle - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Bootle - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (6.35%)
Conservative (-  5.61%) Liberal Democrat (-  0.77%)
Liberal Democrat (2.81%)
Conservative (-  0.54%) Labour (-  5.30%)
Con - 5.61%
Lab 6.35%
LD - 0.77%
Con - 0.54%
Lab - 5.30%
LD 2.81%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Joe Benton
Labour hold
Con Conservative (7.95%) 2,194 7.95%
Lab Labour (77.55%) 21,400 77.55%
LD Liberal Democrat (8.54%) 2,357 8.54%
Oth Other (5.95%) 1,643 5.95%
Maj Majority (69.01%) 19,043 69.01%
Turn Turnout (49.00%) 27,594 49.00%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Joe Benton
Labour hold
L Joe Benton 21,400 77.55%
SL Dave Flynn 971 3.52%
SA Peter Glover 672 2.44%
LD Jim Murray 2,357 8.54%
C Judith Symes 2,194 7.95%
Candidates representing 5 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Joe Benton
Labour
Con Conservative (8.49%) 3,247 8.49%
Lab Labour (82.85%) 31,668 82.85%
LD Liberal Democrat (5.73%) 2,191 5.73%
Ref Referendum (1.49%) 571 1.49%
Oth Other (1.43%) 546 1.43%
Maj Majority (74.36%) 28,421 74.36%
Turn Turnout (66.73%) 38,223 66.73%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (14.10%) 6,130 14.10%
Lab Labour (76.50%) 33,250 76.50%
LD Liberal Democrat (6.50%) 2,812 6.50%
Oth Other (2.90%) 1,248 2.90%
Maj Majority (62.40%) 27,120 62.40%
Turn Turnout (71.31%) 43,440 71.31%

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