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Cambridgeshire South East
Conservative hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Labour can hardly do well here in the farming and light industrial economy of South East Cambridgeshire, which also now includes the small cathedral city of Ely, standing on a slight rise above the former Fenland; and although the Liberal Democrats control East Cambridgeshire council, which covers most of the ground in this constituency, they signally failed to translate this into general election votes in 1997, finishing in third place. Indeed the opposition to the Conservative MP James Paice was almost equally divided in 1997, so that even in a dreadful year for the Tories they still won by over 9,000, making this one of their 40 or 50 safest seats.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
James Paice, an agriculture spokesman and former Employment minister, elected here in 1987, born 1949 and educated at Framlingham College and Writtle College of Agriculture, is a small farmer. Tall blond, balding and with classless speech, he is out of step as one who has said that "the European ideal was the reason I originally came into politics" and for backing Maastricht as an "unashamed supporter." But, like his Cambridgeshire colleague, Malcolm Moss who sits with him on the Opposition frontbench Agriculture team, he prudently backed Hague in the 1997 leadership ballots. He rejects right-to-roam legislation as "totally socialist" and though he doesn't hunt he strongly defends his important local blood-stock industry.

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ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 33.91% 14.99% 226.15
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 1.01% 2.13% 47.47
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.88% 2.49% 35.49
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 10.45% 4.43% 236.15
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 8.08% 7.27% 111.03
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.92% 2.56% 35.87
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.25% 3.94% 6.44
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 30.42% 13.04% 233.31
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 3.80% 12.70% 29.89
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 6.95% 8.14% 85.32
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 1.36% 4.02% 33.88
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 1.36% 3.19% 42.61
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 0.61% 11.31% 5.43
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.00% 3.06% 0.00
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% 1.43
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 6.71% 9.41% 71.31
5-10K 13.42% 16.63% 80.66
10-15K 15.09% 16.58% 91.05
15-20K 13.59% 13.58% 100.06
20-25K 11.14% 10.39% 107.23
25-30K 8.76% 7.77% 112.71
30-35K 6.77% 5.79% 116.84
35-40K 5.20% 4.33% 119.91
40-45K 3.99% 3.27% 122.17
45-50K 3.07% 2.48% 123.83
50-55K 2.38% 1.90% 125.02
55-60K 1.86% 1.47% 125.85
60-65K 1.46% 1.15% 126.42
65-70K 1.15% 0.91% 126.77
70-75K 0.91% 0.72% 126.96
75-80K 0.73% 0.57% 127.02
80-85K 0.59% 0.46% 126.98
85-90K 0.48% 0.37% 126.86
90-95K 0.39% 0.31% 126.67
95-100K 0.32% 0.25% 126.44
100K + 1.66% 1.34% 123.74

Local Map of the constituency
Cambridgeshire South East - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Cambridgeshire South East - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (6.99%) Liberal Democrat (3.88%)
Conservative (- 14.55%)
Conservative (0.88%) Liberal Democrat (1.56%)
Labour (-  0.28%)
Con - 14.55%
Lab 6.99%
LD 3.88%
Con 0.88%
Lab - 0.28%
LD 1.56%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
James Paice
Conservative hold
Con Conservative (43.82%) 22,927 43.82%
Lab Labour (26.21%) 13,714 26.21%
LD Liberal Democrat (26.64%) 13,937 26.64%
Oth Other (3.32%) 1,737 3.32%
Maj Majority (17.18%) 8,990 17.18%
Turn Turnout (64.06%) 52,315 64.06%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
James Paice
Conservative hold
LD Sal Brinton 13,937 26.64%
Ind David Hall 429 0.82%
L Andrew Inchley 13,714 26.21%
C James Paice 22,927 43.82%
UK Neil Scarr 1,308 2.50%
Candidates representing 5 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Jim Paice
Conservative
Con Conservative (42.95%) 24,397 42.95%
Lab Labour (26.49%) 15,048 26.49%
LD Liberal Democrat (25.08%) 14,246 25.08%
Ref Referendum (5.00%) 2,838 5.00%
Oth Other (0.49%) 278 0.49%
Maj Majority (16.46%) 9,349 16.46%
Turn Turnout (75.08%) 56,807 75.08%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (57.50%) 33,080 57.50%
Lab Labour (19.50%) 11,205 19.50%
LD Liberal Democrat (21.20%) 12,217 21.20%
Oth Other (1.80%) 1,050 1.80%
Maj Majority (36.30%) 20,863 36.30%
Turn Turnout (80.30%) 57,552 80.30%

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