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Carshalton & Wallington
Liberal Democrat hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Although it must rank as a top Tory target seat in the south west London band of five which were taken from them by the Liberal Democrats in 1997, it would be unwise to write off Tom Brake's chances of winning a second term. This is because of three main reasons: the ability of so many Liberal MPs to build up a personal and to some extent independent vote based on hard work and local service; the continued dominance of Sutton Borough politics by the Liberal Democrats; and the reluctance of Conservative voters to return to the fold, as evidenced by midterm elections and opinion polls alike (in December 2000 an Evening Standard poll suggested no significant overall movement in London between the three main parties since the 1997 General Election). There is a significant working class bloc in the old London County Council overspill estate of St Helier, which must provide a substantial part of Labour's 24pc share in 1997. This could be a profitable source of tactical voting to enable Tom Brake to hold on against a Tory revival.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Tom Brake, a young (born 1962) computer software consultant, educated at the Lycee International in Paris and Imperial College London, won here for the Liberal Democrats in 1997. Tall, lean, an Environment spokesman and Whip, he has the easy job of complaining about awful rail services and road congestion on behalf of his suburban audience. A former local (Sutton) councillor who fought the seat in 1992 before winning in 1997, his local roots are effective as he confronts his potential nemesis in the shape of Tory, Dr. Ken Andrew. Born 1944, and educated at Downhills School, Enfield College and the Universities of Wales and London, he is a former marketing director with Nat West and Chase Manhattan and a commercial director with the National and Provincial Building Society, and currently joint owner of Serviced Office Company and a non-executive director of Sherwood International. He presents himself as a response to the Conservative Party's call for successful businessmen to pursue a parliamentary career, but in his case at the age of 56.

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ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 23.54% 14.99% 157.01
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.05% 2.13% 2.14
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 1.31% 2.49% 52.73
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 0.18% 4.43% 3.98
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 5.03% 7.27% 69.13
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 10.19% 2.56% 397.30
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 1.89% 2.04% 92.62
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 1.04% 3.94% 26.39
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 14.40% 13.04% 110.43
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 13.86% 12.70% 109.09
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 3.81% 8.14% 46.78
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.75% 4.02% 18.55
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 2.98% 3.19% 93.48
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 17.34% 11.31% 153.33
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 2.56% 3.06% 83.58
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 0.99% 2.52% 39.17
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.10% 0.06% 156.39
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 6.28% 9.41% 66.66
5-10K 12.29% 16.63% 73.87
10-15K 13.94% 16.58% 84.10
15-20K 12.85% 13.58% 94.62
20-25K 10.86% 10.39% 104.49
25-30K 8.81% 7.77% 113.35
30-35K 7.01% 5.79% 121.11
35-40K 5.54% 4.33% 127.79
40-45K 4.36% 3.27% 133.46
45-50K 3.43% 2.48% 138.22
50-55K 2.71% 1.90% 142.18
55-60K 2.14% 1.47% 145.44
60-65K 1.71% 1.15% 148.10
65-70K 1.36% 0.91% 150.22
70-75K 1.09% 0.72% 151.89
75-80K 0.88% 0.57% 153.17
80-85K 0.71% 0.46% 154.11
85-90K 0.58% 0.37% 154.76
90-95K 0.47% 0.31% 155.16
95-100K 0.39% 0.25% 155.35
100K + 2.03% 1.34% 151.24

Local Map of the constituency
Carshalton & Wallington - Local Map of the constituency

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Carshalton & Wallington - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (6.18%) Liberal Democrat (7.28%)
Conservative (- 16.20%)
Conservative (0.33%) Liberal Democrat (6.85%)
Labour (-  5.50%)
Con - 16.20%
Lab 6.18%
LD 7.28%
Con 0.33%
Lab - 5.50%
LD 6.85%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Thomas Brake
Liberal Democrat hold
Con Conservative (33.84%) 13,742 33.84%
Lab Labour (18.38%) 7,466 18.38%
LD Liberal Democrat (45.03%) 18,289 45.03%
Oth Other (2.75%) 1,115 2.75%
Maj Majority (11.20%) 4,547 11.20%
Turn Turnout (60.31%) 40,612 60.31%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Thomas Brake
Liberal Democrat hold
C Ken Andrew 13,742 33.84%
LD Thomas Brake 18,289 45.03%
L Margaret Cooper 7,466 18.38%
G Simon Dixon 614 1.51%
UK Martin Haley 501 1.23%
Candidates representing 5 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Thomas Brake
Liberal Democrat gain
Con Conservative (33.50%) 16,223 33.50%
Lab Labour (23.88%) 11,565 23.88%
LD Liberal Democrat (38.18%) 18,490 38.18%
Ref Referendum (2.66%) 1,289 2.66%
Oth Other (1.77%) 856 1.77%
Maj Majority (4.68%) 2,267 4.68%
Turn Turnout (73.33%) 48,423 73.33%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (49.70%) 26,243 49.70%
Lab Labour (17.70%) 9,333 17.70%
LD Liberal Democrat (30.90%) 16,300 30.90%
Oth Other (1.70%) 880 1.70%
Maj Majority (18.80%) 9,943 18.80%
Turn Turnout (80.93%) 52,756 80.93%

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