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Cambridgeshire North West
Conservative hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
A new seat in 1997, this provided a refuge for the Chairman of the Conservative Party, Brian Mawhinney, as it took in four wards of his former Peterborough seat south of the River Nene, as well as about half of John Major's oversized Huntingdon. Mawhinney was lucky in a way, for Peterborough itself fell to Labour and Cambridgeshire North West remained safely Conservative, but he scarcely had a party left to chair, as his neighbour led it to the worst defeat for a hundred years. He should be able to remain MP here as long as he wants, but surely the chance of recovering office is very slim.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
A rare Ulsterman in mainland politics, Sir Brian Mawhinney, who moved from Peterborough to this safer seat, comes with an oddly mirthless smile and a reputation as something of a martinet. A hapless Tory Party chairman under Major, he at least got into a lifeboat as the rest went down with the sliding deckchairs in May 1997 - the worst Tory sinking in 150 years - and has oddly lingered since. Entering the Commons in 1979, he rose through posts in Ulster, Health and Transport. Born 1940, he attended Royal Belfast Academical Institution and Queen's University Belfast, Michigan University and London University (where he obtained a doctorate in radiation biology). An Anglican, but with Plymouth Brethren origins, his civil servants reputedly greeted his arrival with "the Ego has landed."

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ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 25.34% 14.99% 168.98
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 1.05% 2.13% 49.53
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 2.48% 2.49% 99.83
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 15.47% 4.43% 349.70
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 13.40% 7.27% 184.28
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.57% 2.56% 22.11
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.08% 3.94% 2.15
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 12.04% 13.04% 92.36
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 9.95% 12.70% 78.32
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 5.61% 8.14% 68.84
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.48% 4.02% 11.94
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 2.94% 3.19% 92.22
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 9.97% 11.31% 88.14
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.13% 3.06% 4.19
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 0.44% 2.52% 17.62
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.04% 0.06% 68.02
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 7.44% 9.41% 79.09
5-10K 14.69% 16.63% 88.33
10-15K 16.03% 16.58% 96.70
15-20K 13.96% 13.58% 102.78
20-25K 11.10% 10.39% 106.80
25-30K 8.50% 7.77% 109.29
30-35K 6.41% 5.79% 110.67
35-40K 4.82% 4.33% 111.29
40-45K 3.64% 3.27% 111.38
45-50K 2.76% 2.48% 111.10
50-55K 2.11% 1.90% 110.57
55-60K 1.62% 1.47% 109.87
60-65K 1.26% 1.15% 109.07
65-70K 0.98% 0.91% 108.21
70-75K 0.77% 0.72% 107.30
75-80K 0.61% 0.57% 106.38
80-85K 0.49% 0.46% 105.46
85-90K 0.39% 0.37% 104.55
90-95K 0.32% 0.31% 103.65
95-100K 0.26% 0.25% 102.76
100K + 1.31% 1.34% 97.45

Local Map of the constituency
Cambridgeshire North West - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Cambridgeshire North West - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (6.33%) Liberal Democrat (6.43%)
Conservative (- 14.29%)
Conservative (1.70%) Liberal Democrat (0.69%)
Labour (-  0.85%)
Con - 14.29%
Lab 6.33%
LD 6.43%
Con 1.70%
Lab - 0.85%
LD 0.69%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Brian Mawhinney
Conservative hold
Con Conservative (49.81%) 21,895 49.81%
Lab Labour (31.38%) 13,794 31.38%
LD Liberal Democrat (15.83%) 6,957 15.83%
Oth Other (2.98%) 1,310 2.98%
Maj Majority (18.43%) 8,101 18.43%
Turn Turnout (62.29%) 43,956 62.29%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Brian Mawhinney
Conservative hold
L Anthea Cox 13,794 31.38%
I David Hall 429 0.98%
UK Barry Hudson 881 2.00%
C Brian Mawhinney 21,895 49.81%
LD Alastair Taylor 6,957 15.83%
Candidates representing 5 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Brian Mawhinney
Conservative
Con Conservative (48.11%) 23,488 48.11%
Lab Labour (32.23%) 15,734 32.23%
LD Liberal Democrat (15.13%) 7,388 15.13%
Ref Referendum (3.97%) 1,939 3.97%
Oth Other (0.55%) 269 0.55%
Maj Majority (15.88%) 7,754 15.88%
Turn Turnout (74.20%) 48,818 74.20%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (62.40%) 32,170 62.40%
Lab Labour (25.90%) 13,361 25.90%
LD Liberal Democrat (8.70%) 4,503 8.70%
Oth Other (3.00%) 1,559 3.00%
Maj Majority (36.50%) 18,809 36.50%
Turn Turnout (78.60%) 51,593 78.60%

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