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Bristol South
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Always the safest Labour seat in Bristol, this was the constituency of the "austerity" Chancellor in Attlee's government, Sir Stafford Cripps, and more recently of their chief whip Michael Cocks. The seat includes many of the city's peripheral council estates, such as Hartcliffe, which Cocks (who died in March 2001) took into his title when he entered the Lords, and Bishopsworth, Whitchurch and Filwood (not to be confused with the Rolls Royce aircraft engine manufacturing Filton, which is in North West the other side of the city). South stretches inwards through the more middle class Knowle to the more inner city terraces of Bedminster: appropriately enough the best place in Bristol to find a B & B, as well as Bristol City FC.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Dawn Primarolo, MP here since 1987, is one of the surprise ministerial successes of the Blair government. Originally - but no longer - a Campaign Grouper and on paper one of the most leftwing members, with a background of poll tax non-payment, Gulf War rebellion, resister of OMOV, and - as Tony Benn's deaconess-on-earth - toppler of Benn's Bristol nemesis, the rightwing Chief Whip, Michael Cocks. A Treasury minister since 1997, she has transmuted from 'Red Dawn' to 'Rosy Pink', but doesn't think she's sold out, claiming that being in government "certainly beats Opposition." Her primary school teacher deliberate mode of speech doubtless lies behind the soubriquet 'Dumb Spice,' and a former Tory MP's barb that "her backside is so much more appealing than her mind."

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ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 0.84% 14.99% 5.63
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 0.38% 4.43% 8.49
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 5.10% 7.27% 70.15
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.08% 2.56% 3.03
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 2.37% 3.94% 60.21
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 12.05% 13.04% 92.40
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 22.12% 12.70% 174.16
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 13.41% 8.14% 164.69
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 11.40% 4.02% 283.43
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 5.13% 3.19% 161.03
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 21.36% 11.31% 188.82
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 1.82% 3.06% 59.59
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 3.93% 2.52% 156.20
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 12.15% 9.41% 129.07
5-10K 21.32% 16.63% 128.21
10-15K 19.84% 16.58% 119.67
15-20K 14.81% 13.58% 109.04
20-25K 10.21% 10.39% 98.26
25-30K 6.85% 7.77% 88.11
30-35K 4.57% 5.79% 78.92
35-40K 3.06% 4.33% 70.74
40-45K 2.07% 3.27% 63.55
45-50K 1.42% 2.48% 57.26
50-55K 0.99% 1.90% 51.77
55-60K 0.69% 1.47% 46.97
60-65K 0.49% 1.15% 42.77
65-70K 0.35% 0.91% 39.09
70-75K 0.26% 0.72% 35.85
75-80K 0.19% 0.57% 32.99
80-85K 0.14% 0.46% 30.46
85-90K 0.11% 0.37% 28.21
90-95K 0.08% 0.31% 26.20
95-100K 0.06% 0.25% 24.40
100K + 0.23% 1.34% 16.99

Local Map of the constituency
Bristol South - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Bristol South - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (12.65%)
Conservative (- 12.02%) Liberal Democrat (-  4.58%)
Conservative (1.48%) Liberal Democrat (1.69%)
Labour (-  2.03%)
Con - 12.02%
Lab 12.65%
LD - 4.58%
Con 1.48%
Lab - 2.03%
LD 1.69%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Dawn Primarolo
Labour hold
Con Conservative (22.67%) 9,118 22.67%
Lab Labour (57.92%) 23,299 57.92%
LD Liberal Democrat (15.11%) 6,078 15.11%
Oth Other (4.30%) 1,729 4.30%
Maj Majority (35.26%) 14,181 35.26%
Turn Turnout (55.49%) 40,224 55.49%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Dawn Primarolo
Labour hold
SA Brian Drummond 496 1.23%
C Richard Eddy 9,118 22.67%
LD James Main 6,078 15.11%
L Dawn Primarolo 23,299 57.92%
G Glen Vowles 1,233 3.07%
Candidates representing 5 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Dawn Primarolo
Labour
Con Conservative (21.18%) 10,562 21.18%
Lab Labour (59.95%) 29,890 59.95%
LD Liberal Democrat (13.42%) 6,691 13.42%
Ref Referendum (2.98%) 1,486 2.98%
Oth Other (2.47%) 1,230 2.47%
Maj Majority (38.77%) 19,328 38.77%
Turn Turnout (68.87%) 49,859 68.87%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (33.20%) 19,144 33.20%
Lab Labour (47.30%) 27,259 47.30%
LD Liberal Democrat (18.00%) 10,361 18.00%
Oth Other (1.60%) 911 1.60%
Maj Majority (14.10%) 8,115 14.10%
Turn Turnout (76.03%) 57,675 76.03%

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