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Chatham & Aylesford
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Neither the Medway Kent town of Chatham itself, working class and rough but with a strong historic connection with the services through its dockyard, nor the inland voters around the small town of Aylesford, form good territory for Labour in an even year. This really is a difficult seat for Labour to hold, and if their overall majority is reduced at all in 2001 it will probably fall. The Tonbridge and Malling wards in the seat were all won by other parties in the May 1999 local elections, except those in Snodland, and the Medway Towns unitary authority sector was fairly evenly divided in 2000. The councillors elected for Labour in Holcombe ward were headed by one J.Shaw and Mrs Shaw, and this might indeed represent the future for the current MP.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Jonathan Shaw, one of Labour's surprise winners in 1997, came with the standard pedigree of local councillor and social worker. Born locally in 1966 and educated at Vintners' Boys' School, Maidstone and at colleges of further education, he has concentrated on local concerns such as radiation from nuclear submarines at Chatham, Tory-controlled Kent County Council's school spending cuts, Channel Tunnel safety, and Kent's pressure from asylum seekers. He rebelled on lone parent benefit cuts in 1997 and again in 2000 over air traffic control privatisation, but in March 2001 earned sketch-writers' headlines for a scripted intervention urging Blair to "save the pounds" of Tory spending cuts. His Tory opponent is Sean Holden, a journalist and broadcaster with Meridian TV at Southampton. Born 1955, educated at the Salesian (RC) College, Farnborough and at Exeter University, he was 1997 News Journalist of the Year, having been head of broadcasting at Conservative Central Office under Chris Patten in 1992. More recently he advised General Sir Michael Jackson on media operations before the Kosovo operation.

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ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 8.76% 14.99% 58.41
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.00% 2.49% 0.00
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 10.34% 4.43% 233.60
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 23.57% 7.27% 324.07
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.56% 2.56% 21.65
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.74% 3.94% 18.79
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 10.38% 13.04% 79.59
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 25.93% 12.70% 204.10
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 4.61% 8.14% 56.61
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 1.54% 4.02% 38.41
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 3.64% 3.19% 114.24
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 8.33% 11.31% 73.65
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.95% 3.06% 31.10
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 0.63% 2.52% 24.99
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.03% 0.06% 44.27
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 7.95% 9.41% 84.46
5-10K 15.03% 16.63% 90.37
10-15K 16.22% 16.58% 97.83
15-20K 14.10% 13.58% 103.78
20-25K 11.20% 10.39% 107.81
25-30K 8.56% 7.77% 110.12
30-35K 6.43% 5.79% 111.07
35-40K 4.81% 4.33% 111.01
40-45K 3.60% 3.27% 110.22
45-50K 2.70% 2.48% 108.92
50-55K 2.04% 1.90% 107.29
55-60K 1.55% 1.47% 105.45
60-65K 1.19% 1.15% 103.49
65-70K 0.92% 0.91% 101.48
70-75K 0.72% 0.72% 99.46
75-80K 0.56% 0.57% 97.46
80-85K 0.44% 0.46% 95.50
85-90K 0.35% 0.37% 93.60
90-95K 0.28% 0.31% 91.77
95-100K 0.23% 0.25% 90.01
100K + 1.08% 1.34% 80.48

Local Map of the constituency
Chatham & Aylesford - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Chatham & Aylesford - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (16.41%)
Conservative (- 13.87%) Liberal Democrat (-  6.27%)
Labour (5.16%)
Conservative (-  0.08%) Liberal Democrat (-  3.19%)
Con - 13.87%
Lab 16.41%
LD - 6.27%
Con - 0.08%
Lab 5.16%
LD - 3.19%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Jonathan Shaw
Labour hold
Con Conservative (37.35%) 14,840 37.35%
Lab Labour (48.27%) 19,180 48.27%
LD Liberal Democrat (11.84%) 4,705 11.84%
Oth Other (2.54%) 1,010 2.54%
Maj Majority (10.92%) 4,340 10.92%
Turn Turnout (56.96%) 39,735 56.96%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Jonathan Shaw
Labour hold
C Sean Holden 14,840 37.35%
UK Gregory Knopp 1,010 2.54%
LD David Lettingdon 4,705 11.84%
L Jonathan Shaw 19,180 48.27%
Candidates representing 4 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Jonathan Shaw
Labour gain
Con Conservative (37.43%) 18,401 37.43%
Lab Labour (43.11%) 21,191 43.11%
LD Liberal Democrat (15.03%) 7,389 15.03%
Ref Referendum (3.13%) 1,538 3.13%
Oth Other (1.31%) 642 1.31%
Maj Majority (5.68%) 2,790 5.68%
Turn Turnout (71.07%) 49,161 71.07%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (51.30%) 28,056 51.30%
Lab Labour (26.70%) 14,633 26.70%
LD Liberal Democrat (21.30%) 11,643 21.30%
Oth Other (0.70%) 401 0.70%
Maj Majority (24.50%) 13,423 24.50%
Turn Turnout (78.39%) 54,733 78.39%

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