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Lichfield

2010 Results:
Conservative: 28048 (54.4%)
Labour: 10230 (19.84%)
Liberal Democrat: 10365 (20.1%)
UKIP: 2920 (5.66%)
Majority: 17683 (34.3%)

Notional 2005 Results:
Conservative: 23010 (48.8%)
Labour: 15217 (32.2%)
Liberal Democrat: 7269 (15.4%)
Other: 1702 (3.6%)
Majority: 7793 (16.5%)

Actual 2005 result
Conservative: 21274 (48.6%)
Labour: 14194 (32.4%)
Liberal Democrat: 6804 (15.6%)
UKIP: 1472 (3.4%)
Majority: 7080 (16.2%)

2001 Result
Conservative: 20480 (49.1%)
Labour: 16054 (38.5%)
Liberal Democrat: 4462 (10.7%)
UKIP: 684 (1.6%)
BNP: 5.1 (0%)
Majority: 4426 (10.6%)

1997 Result
Conservative: 20853 (42.9%)
Labour: 20615 (42.4%)
Liberal Democrat: 5473 (11.3%)
Referendum: 1652 (3.4%)
Majority: 238 (0.5%)

Boundary changes: gains the ward of Needwood and a small part of Yoxall from Burton.

Profile: The Lichfield seat contains Lichfield itself – a small Staffordshire cathedral city, once an ecclesiastical centre and place of pilgramage, later a centre for coaching and brewing, Burntwood – a former mining town, and a several rural villages to the North of the city, such as Armitage, Kings Bromley, Handsacre, Abbots Bromley and Barton-under-Needwood.

The rural villages tend to lean towards the Conservatives, as do suburban areas in Lichfield like Boley Park, cancelling out the Labour strength in Burntwood, meaning that in past elections the seat has been a tight marginal. In 1997 the Conservative majority was reduced to only 237.

portraitCurrent MP: Michael Fabricant(Conservative) born 1950, Brighton. Educated at Brighton and Hove Grammar and Loughborough University, Doctorate from the University of Southern California. Prior to being elected he was the director of a broadcast manufacturing and management group. Contested South Shields in 1987. First elected as MP for Mid Staffordshire in 1992. PPS in the last Conservative government, shadow spokesman on trade and industry and economic affairs under Michael Howard, Conservative whip since 2005. Unfortunately best known for his unusual hair, which has been relentlessly mocked by Parliamentary sketchwriters (more information at They work for you)

2010 election candidates:
portraitMichael Fabricant(Conservative) born 1950, Brighton. Educated at Brighton and Hove Grammar and Loughborough University, Doctorate from the University of Southern California. Prior to being elected he was the director of a broadcast manufacturing and management group. Contested South Shields in 1987. First elected as MP for Mid Staffordshire in 1992. PPS in the last Conservative government, shadow spokesman on trade and industry and economic affairs under Michael Howard, Conservative whip since 2005. Unfortunately best known for his unusual hair, which has been relentlessly mocked by Parliamentary sketchwriters (more information at They work for you)
portraitSteve Hyden (Labour)
portraitIan Jackson (Liberal Democrat)
portraitKaren Maunder (UKIP)

2001 Census Demographics

Total 2001 Population: 86111
Male: 48.9%
Female: 51.1%
Under 18: 22.1%
Over 60: 21.3%
Born outside UK: 2.7%
White: 98.5%
Black: 0.2%
Asian: 0.5%
Mixed: 0.5%
Other: 0.3%
Christian: 80.9%
Full time students: 2.2%
Graduates 16-74: 20%
No Qualifications 16-74: 27.5%
Owner-Occupied: 79.9%
Social Housing: 12.9% (Council: 1.9%, Housing Ass.: 11%)
Privately Rented: 4.5%
Homes without central heating and/or private bathroom: 5%

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