By Robert Waller
The 6th variation of The Almanac of British Politics back confirms this books attractiveness because the definitive consultant to the united kingdom political map. It includes biographical sketches of all individuals of Parliament together with the recent consumption following the 1997 Labour election victory, and offers a complete seat-by-seat research of all parliamentary constituencies. The booklet describes their social, financial and political features, and every profile offers the seat's fresh electoral heritage, in addition to watching for the subsequent election.
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HOUSING TENURE The first two of the statistics refer to housing tenure. The variable ‘Own Occ’ refers to the percentage of all households in the seat owned or being bought by the occupiers—this includes ownership with the aid of a mortgage. The ‘Loc Auth’ indicator shows the percentage of housing in a constituency owned by the local authority and rented to the tenants: in other words, council housing. In recent decades it has become clear that housing is an important determinant of voting preferences, regardless of other variables.
The remainder not included in this figure consist of manual workers, whether skilled, semi-skilled or unskilled: traditionally defined, the working class. Owing to the nature of their economies, the non-manual and professional and managerial figures are higher in urban areas, especially the capital cities of London, Edinburgh and Cardiff, and lower in rural constituencies. 4 per cent in all non-manual occupations. AGRICULTURAL SEATS While vast tracts of the country remain rural in aspect, a mere 2 per cent of the workforce is employed in farming, fishing and forestry.
Non-white people, of both Asian and Afro-Caribbean ethnic origin, have tended to be strong supporters of the Labour Party regardless of their occupation, although there is some evidence that growing numbers of middle-class Asian voters have been prepared to support the Conservative party, at least in General Elections, especially in parts of North London such as Harrow and Brent North. 5 per cent. In Wales, there is an additional figure: the percentage who can speak Welsh. This is an accurate indicator of the strength of Plaid Cymru, the Welsh Nationalist Party.
Almanac of British Politics: 6th Edition by Robert Waller