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Chelmsford West
Conservative hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Chelmsford West actually includes the whole of the centre of the county town of Essex. If you want to find Chelmsford East, you have to look under Maldon and Chelmsford East. This is one place where a high-profile MP did not necessarily bring electoral rewards for his party, for the Liberals often pressed Norman St John-Stevas very close during his tenure here in the 1970s and early 1980s. Perhaps his style was somewhat effete and cultivated for Essex. In any case when Simon Burns took over in 1987 the Lib Dem threat subsided, and now the opposition is fairly evenly divided between that party and Labour. As long as this remains true, Burns will continue to win comfortably.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Simon Burns was originally elected for Chelmsford in 1987, a seat he rebuilt into a safe one following its decay into a tight Conservative-Liberal marginal during the incumbency of Norman St. John Stevas. A junior minister under Major, he was dropped as an opposition spokesman under Hague in 1999. Born 1952 and educated at Stamford School and Worcester College, Oxford, he worked for Sally Oppenheim MP and for the IOD before becoming an MP. His political leanings have wobbled from Thatcherite zealot to a Major loyalist over Maastricht. Tall, with front combed centrally parted hair and with the jury divided on his cerebral capacity, he has sought to stop the run down of the local Marconi factories, and campaigned against football hooligans.

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ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 19.42% 14.99% 129.54
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.04% 2.13% 2.04
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 1.72% 2.49% 69.08
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 14.61% 4.43% 330.23
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 13.40% 7.27% 184.16
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 4.95% 2.56% 192.89
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 2.18% 2.04% 106.65
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.88% 3.94% 22.30
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 18.75% 13.04% 143.83
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 7.39% 12.70% 58.18
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 8.03% 8.14% 98.56
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 1.97% 4.02% 49.04
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 2.50% 3.19% 78.52
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 2.67% 11.31% 23.61
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.53% 3.06% 17.30
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 0.87% 2.52% 34.72
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.09% 0.06% 137.34
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 6.58% 9.41% 69.93
5-10K 12.34% 16.63% 74.17
10-15K 13.94% 16.58% 84.10
15-20K 12.88% 13.58% 94.80
20-25K 10.89% 10.39% 104.81
25-30K 8.84% 7.77% 113.65
30-35K 7.02% 5.79% 121.25
35-40K 5.53% 4.33% 127.67
40-45K 4.34% 3.27% 133.04
45-50K 3.41% 2.48% 137.49
50-55K 2.69% 1.90% 141.15
55-60K 2.13% 1.47% 144.16
60-65K 1.69% 1.15% 146.62
65-70K 1.35% 0.91% 148.60
70-75K 1.08% 0.72% 150.20
75-80K 0.87% 0.57% 151.47
80-85K 0.71% 0.46% 152.46
85-90K 0.57% 0.37% 153.22
90-95K 0.47% 0.31% 153.79
95-100K 0.39% 0.25% 154.19
100K + 2.06% 1.34% 153.39

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Chelmsford West - Local Map of the constituency

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Chelmsford West - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (11.25%) Liberal Democrat (0.28%)
Conservative (- 14.20%)
Conservative (1.87%) Labour (3.11%)
Liberal Democrat (-  5.92%)
Con - 14.20%
Lab 11.25%
LD 0.28%
Con 1.87%
Lab 3.11%
LD - 5.92%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Simon Burns
Conservative hold
Con Conservative (42.47%) 20,446 42.47%
Lab Labour (29.46%) 14,185 29.46%
LD Liberal Democrat (23.26%) 11,197 23.26%
Oth Other (4.81%) 2,315 4.81%
Maj Majority (13.01%) 6,261 13.01%
Turn Turnout (61.49%) 48,143 61.49%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Simon Burns
Conservative hold
G Eleanor Burgess 837 1.74%
C Simon Burns 20,446 42.47%
L Adrian Longden 14,185 29.46%
LCA Christopher Philbin 693 1.44%
LD Stephen Robinson 11,197 23.26%
UK Ken Wedon 785 1.63%
Candidates representing 6 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Simon Burns
Conservative
Con Conservative (40.60%) 23,781 40.60%
Lab Labour (26.35%) 15,436 26.35%
LD Liberal Democrat (29.18%) 17,090 29.18%
Ref Referendum (2.62%) 1,536 2.62%
Oth Other (1.25%) 734 1.25%
Maj Majority (11.42%) 6,691 11.42%
Turn Turnout (76.99%) 58,577 76.99%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (54.80%) 34,284 54.80%
Lab Labour (15.10%) 9,443 15.10%
LD Liberal Democrat (28.90%) 18,098 28.90%
Oth Other (1.10%) 699 1.10%
Maj Majority (25.90%) 16,186 25.90%
Turn Turnout (84.93%) 62,524 84.93%

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