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Buckingham
Conservative hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Buckingham is the 12th safest Tory seat. As befits the site of Britain's first private university, the town itself is very Conservative, and although it grew rapidly in the 1980s it still has a population of only 11,000. The many villages here in that part of north Buckinghamshire not submerged by Milton Keynes are also Tory: Brill with its windmill, and Great Brickhill, Great Horwood and Grendon Underwood, Long Crendon and Marsh Gibbon and Newton Longville, Quainton, Wing and Wingrave and Winslow. It all sounds like a list for Flanders and Swann's The Slow Train, and indeed some sleepy railway lines do still operate in this peaceful neck of the woods. John Bercow obtained nigh on 50pc of the vote even in 1997, more or less an absolute majority and certainly more than both his main opponents put together.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
John Bercow, elected in 1997, is on the Conservatives' Home Office team. A sallow-skinned, pint-sized, highly partisan son of a Jewish taxi driver and car salesman, he was born 1963 and educated at Finchley Manorhill School and Essex University. A former political consultant with Saatchi and a very Eurosceptic Thatcherite, his reputation is for having only his hair parted in the centre. Seen by Lord Parkinson as a "tremendous street fighter," he is one of the few Tories who vote for homosexual sex at 16, has a highly accomplished, fluent style as a Commons debater, and - for all his abrasiveness - is now seen as travelling with Michael Portillo towards a more electable terrain.

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ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 53.39% 14.99% 356.08
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.74% 2.13% 34.94
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.10% 2.49% 3.92
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 13.73% 4.43% 310.31
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 8.24% 7.27% 113.23
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.23% 2.56% 8.88
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 1.91% 3.94% 48.39
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 14.72% 13.04% 112.88
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 0.74% 12.70% 5.81
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 4.65% 8.14% 57.08
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.04% 4.02% 0.93
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 1.04% 3.19% 32.60
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 0.00% 11.31% 0.00
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.00% 3.06% 0.00
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 0.45% 2.52% 17.99
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.03% 0.06% 52.69
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 4.10% 9.41% 43.60
5-10K 9.24% 16.63% 55.56
10-15K 11.68% 16.58% 70.46
15-20K 11.71% 13.58% 86.21
20-25K 10.58% 10.39% 101.76
25-30K 9.06% 7.77% 116.60
30-35K 7.56% 5.79% 130.51
35-40K 6.21% 4.33% 143.40
40-45K 5.07% 3.27% 155.26
45-50K 4.12% 2.48% 166.16
50-55K 3.35% 1.90% 176.16
55-60K 2.73% 1.47% 185.34
60-65K 2.23% 1.15% 193.79
65-70K 1.83% 0.91% 201.57
70-75K 1.50% 0.72% 208.77
75-80K 1.24% 0.57% 215.45
80-85K 1.03% 0.46% 221.66
85-90K 0.85% 0.37% 227.45
90-95K 0.71% 0.31% 232.87
95-100K 0.59% 0.25% 237.97
100K + 3.56% 1.34% 264.96

Local Map of the constituency
Buckingham - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Buckingham - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (8.61%) Liberal Democrat (3.75%)
Conservative (- 12.51%)
Conservative (3.88%)
Labour (-  0.48%) Liberal Democrat (-  4.69%)
Con - 12.51%
Lab 8.61%
LD 3.75%
Con 3.88%
Lab - 0.48%
LD - 4.69%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
John Bercow
Conservative hold
Con Conservative (53.67%) 24,296 53.67%
Lab Labour (24.23%) 10,971 24.23%
LD Liberal Democrat (19.96%) 9,037 19.96%
Oth Other (2.14%) 968 2.14%
Maj Majority (29.43%) 13,325 29.43%
Turn Turnout (69.36%) 45,272 69.36%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
John Bercow
Conservative hold
C John Bercow 24,296 53.67%
L Mark Seddon 10,971 24.23%
UK Christopher Silcock 968 2.14%
LD Isobel Wilson 9,037 19.96%
Candidates representing 4 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
John Bercow
Conservative
Con Conservative (49.79%) 24,594 49.79%
Lab Labour (24.71%) 12,208 24.71%
LD Liberal Democrat (24.65%) 12,175 24.65%
Ref 0 0.00%
Oth Other (0.85%) 421 0.85%
Maj Majority (25.07%) 12,386 25.07%
Turn Turnout (78.48%) 49,398 78.48%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (62.30%) 31,045 62.30%
Lab Labour (16.10%) 7,999 16.10%
LD Liberal Democrat (20.90%) 10,401 20.90%
Oth Other (0.80%) 391 0.80%
Maj Majority (41.40%) 20,644 41.40%
Turn Turnout (83.71%) 49,836 83.71%

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