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

Bromley & Chislehurst
Conservative hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
This is one of only 10 seats that the Conservatives held in London in the 1997 General Election, and it is the third safest of these. In fact the only really solid seat they have left even in the middle class outer south east London Borough of Bromley, which has long been known as one of the three most Tory in the capital along with the upper class west end Kensington / Chelsea, and low tax Wandsworth). The Conservative Eric Forth basically can rely on about half the vote here, and Labour and the Liberal Democrats can get about a quarter each in a good year like 1997.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Eric Forth, a Thatcherite Glaswegian who migrated even further from his former Mid-Worcestershire seat to this one in 1997, has developed an unpopular reputation as a saboteur of Private Members' Bills including even the saintly Sir George Young's attempt to curb the danger of London mini cab drivers. Born 1944 and educated at Jordanhill College School and Glasgow University he sold business machines and computers before coming in on the Thatcher tide of 1983. A root-and-branch Eurosceptic, as an abrasive Trade, then Education, minister before 1997, he was known for his rather flashy "Arthur Daley meets Jimmy Saville" bejewelled appearance. At Education he extolled the virtues of the 5 'Rs' - "reading, riting, rithmetic, right and rong."

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ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 37.93% 14.99% 252.99
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 2.99% 2.49% 120.29
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 0.97% 4.43% 21.87
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 0.18% 7.27% 2.45
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 6.09% 2.56% 237.28
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 10.68% 2.04% 523.18
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 2.29% 3.94% 58.17
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 14.25% 13.04% 109.28
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 9.29% 12.70% 73.14
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 5.04% 8.14% 61.84
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 2.51% 4.02% 62.51
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 1.07% 3.19% 33.51
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 6.29% 11.31% 55.63
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.42% 3.06% 13.85
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 0.00% 2.52% 0.00
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 5.08% 9.41% 54.00
5-10K 9.59% 16.63% 57.66
10-15K 11.42% 16.58% 68.89
15-20K 11.24% 13.58% 82.73
20-25K 10.14% 10.39% 97.57
25-30K 8.76% 7.77% 112.63
30-35K 7.38% 5.79% 127.45
35-40K 6.14% 4.33% 141.79
40-45K 5.08% 3.27% 155.50
45-50K 4.18% 2.48% 168.51
50-55K 3.44% 1.90% 180.80
55-60K 2.84% 1.47% 192.37
60-65K 2.34% 1.15% 203.25
65-70K 1.93% 0.91% 213.46
70-75K 1.60% 0.72% 223.05
75-80K 1.33% 0.57% 232.04
80-85K 1.11% 0.46% 240.48
85-90K 0.93% 0.37% 248.40
90-95K 0.78% 0.31% 255.84
95-100K 0.66% 0.25% 262.83
100K + 4.00% 1.34% 297.36

Local Map of the constituency
Bromley & Chislehurst - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Bromley & Chislehurst - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (8.04%) Liberal Democrat (5.96%)
Conservative (- 15.68%)
Conservative (3.21%) Labour (3.39%)
Liberal Democrat (-  4.84%)
Con - 15.68%
Lab 8.04%
LD 5.96%
Con 3.21%
Lab 3.39%
LD - 4.84%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Eric Forth
Conservative hold
Con Conservative (49.53%) 21,412 49.53%
Lab Labour (28.63%) 12,375 28.63%
LD Liberal Democrat (18.92%) 8,180 18.92%
Oth Other (2.92%) 1,264 2.92%
Maj Majority (20.90%) 9,037 20.90%
Turn Turnout (62.87%) 43,231 62.87%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Eric Forth
Conservative hold
UK Rob Bryant 1,264 2.92%
C Eric Forth 21,412 49.53%
LD Geoff Payne 8,180 18.92%
L Sue Polydorou 12,375 28.63%
Candidates representing 4 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Eric Forth
Conservative
Con Conservative (46.32%) 24,428 46.32%
Lab Labour (25.24%) 13,310 25.24%
LD Liberal Democrat (23.76%) 12,530 23.76%
Ref 0 0.00%
Oth Other (4.68%) 2,470 4.68%
Maj Majority (21.08%) 11,118 21.08%
Turn Turnout (74.17%) 52,738 74.17%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (62.00%) 36,028 62.00%
Lab Labour (17.20%) 10,027 17.20%
LD Liberal Democrat (17.80%) 10,370 17.80%
Oth Other (3.00%) 1,725 3.00%
Maj Majority (44.10%) 25,658 44.10%
Turn Turnout (78.95%) 58,150 78.95%

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