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Bradford West
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
In the 1997 General Election the Conservatives managed, almost uniquely, to slash Labour's lead in this seat, largely, it is thought, due to their selection of a Muslim candidate, Mohammed Riaz, to oppose Labour's choice Marsha Singh, from a much less populous ethnic group here, the Sikhs. The Tories hope to do even better at the next election, and have selected the same candidate to that end. West is the only seat in Bradford which has really seen the impact of race on politics. Over a third of the population was non-white here, concentrated in the inner sections of the seat instead of on the edge of the city at Clayton and Thornton. In general the Asian presence has helped Labour in a seat which is still the most middle class in the city, including its old west end in Heaton. It is clear now that it swings to a different rhthym from that of the rest of Britain, which makes its results unpredictable and exciting.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Marsha Singh is one of Labour's ten non-white MPs, in his case a secular Sikh (born in the Punjab in 1954, educated at Bellvue Boys Upper School, Bradford and Loughborough University), who finds himself representing a large local population of Pakistani muslims, and so exposed to the "ethnic factionalism" he deplores. Such ethnic complexities explain the anti-Labour swing he suffered when elected here in 1997. Inevitably required to articulate Kashmiri grievances, he has sought to focus on non-racial issues such as the meanstesting of applications for local authority residential accommodation, and on pensions linking to average earnings, on which he rebelled in 2000.

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ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 5.52% 14.99% 36.83
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.15% 2.49% 5.84
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 1.18% 4.43% 26.65
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 4.88% 7.27% 67.11
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 3.47% 2.56% 135.17
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.01% 2.04% 0.25
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 3.60% 3.94% 91.28
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 10.78% 13.04% 82.66
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 7.68% 12.70% 60.50
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 2.93% 8.14% 35.96
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 3.57% 4.02% 88.84
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 1.66% 3.19% 52.02
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 19.14% 11.31% 169.20
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 4.37% 3.06% 142.66
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 2.44% 2.52% 96.79
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 28.64% 2.10% 1,363.59
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.00% 0.06% 0.00
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 15.63% 9.41% 165.99
5-10K 22.08% 16.63% 132.76
10-15K 18.63% 16.58% 112.38
15-20K 13.32% 13.58% 98.05
20-25K 9.08% 10.39% 87.37
25-30K 6.15% 7.77% 79.09
30-35K 4.20% 5.79% 72.46
35-40K 2.90% 4.33% 67.04
40-45K 2.04% 3.27% 62.51
45-50K 1.46% 2.48% 58.67
50-55K 1.05% 1.90% 55.37
55-60K 0.77% 1.47% 52.49
60-65K 0.58% 1.15% 49.97
65-70K 0.43% 0.91% 47.72
70-75K 0.33% 0.72% 45.71
75-80K 0.25% 0.57% 43.90
80-85K 0.20% 0.46% 42.26
85-90K 0.15% 0.37% 40.76
90-95K 0.12% 0.31% 39.38
95-100K 0.10% 0.25% 38.12
100K + 0.43% 1.34% 31.99

Local Map of the constituency
Bradford West - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Bradford West - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Liberal Democrat (4.28%)
Conservative (-  0.76%) Labour (- 11.65%)
Conservative (4.06%) Labour (6.41%)
Liberal Democrat (-  8.43%)
Con - 0.76%
Lab - 11.65%
LD 4.28%
Con 4.06%
Lab 6.41%
LD - 8.43%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Marsha Singh
Labour hold
Con Conservative (37.10%) 14,236 37.10%
Lab Labour (47.96%) 18,401 47.96%
LD Liberal Democrat (6.35%) 2,437 6.35%
Oth Other (8.59%) 3,296 8.59%
Maj Majority (10.85%) 4,165 10.85%
Turn Turnout (53.57%) 38,370 53.57%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Marsha Singh
Labour hold
UK Imran Hussain 427 1.11%
AL Farhan Khokhar 197 0.51%
LD Abdul Rauf Khan 2,437 6.35%
C Mohammed Riaz 14,236 37.10%
G John Robinson 2,672 6.96%
L Marsha Singh 18,401 47.96%
Candidates representing 6 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Marsha Singh
Labour
Con Conservative (33.04%) 15,055 33.04%
Lab Labour (41.55%) 18,932 41.55%
LD Liberal Democrat (14.78%) 6,737 14.78%
Ref Referendum (2.96%) 1,348 2.96%
Oth Other (7.67%) 3,496 7.67%
Maj Majority (8.51%) 3,877 8.51%
Turn Turnout (63.32%) 45,568 63.32%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (33.80%) 16,544 33.80%
Lab Labour (53.20%) 26,046 53.20%
LD Liberal Democrat (10.50%) 5,150 10.50%
Oth Other (2.50%) 1,206 2.50%
Maj Majority (19.40%) 9,502 19.40%
Turn Turnout (69.16%) 48,946 69.16%

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