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Cheltenham
Liberal Democrat hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
As in the case of the other large West Country spa town, Bath, Cheltenham has become a Liberal Democrat stronghold at both local and parliamentary level over the last couple of decades; indeed although their advance started on the council, they are now stronger in General Elections, as the Tories actually outpolled them in May 1999 and May 2000. Although injured in the stabbing assault at his constituency surgery in which his agent was killed, Liberal Democrat MP Nigel Jones will fight Cheltenham for a third time, and a third victory is to be expected as his party is now very well established in the distinguished and elegantly laid out Cotswolds town which is also a prosperous hub of commercial enterprise as well as the well publicised headquarters of the secret government communications centre, GCHQ.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Bearded, former ICI computer consultant Nigel Jones won the seat for the Liberal Democrats in 1992 on the back of white resentment of the black Conservative candidate. He held it in 1997, and narrowly missed being killed in January 1998 by a crazed samurai sword-wielding constituent, who killed a Liberal Democrat councillor during the attack. It was this incident that brought the uncharismatic Jones, born locally in 1944 and educated at Prince Henry's Grammar School, Evesham, to national public attention, though he had long been an effective ward heeler in his constituency, especially on the big local issue of union rights at GCHQ.

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ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 17.63% 14.99% 117.56
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 3.94% 2.49% 158.66
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 1.65% 4.43% 37.17
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 4.62% 7.27% 63.56
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 6.41% 2.56% 250.12
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 1.58% 2.04% 77.23
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 8.12% 3.94% 205.88
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 13.70% 13.04% 105.09
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 11.51% 12.70% 90.59
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 8.73% 8.14% 107.19
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 8.63% 4.02% 214.64
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 2.87% 3.19% 90.09
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 7.16% 11.31% 63.31
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.82% 3.06% 26.79
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 2.37% 2.52% 93.99
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.26% 0.06% 421.12
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 9.29% 9.41% 98.70
5-10K 16.37% 16.63% 98.44
10-15K 16.65% 16.58% 100.42
15-20K 13.82% 13.58% 101.77
20-25K 10.63% 10.39% 102.32
25-30K 7.95% 7.77% 102.30
30-35K 5.90% 5.79% 101.92
35-40K 4.39% 4.33% 101.35
40-45K 3.29% 3.27% 100.68
45-50K 2.48% 2.48% 99.98
50-55K 1.89% 1.90% 99.27
55-60K 1.45% 1.47% 98.58
60-65K 1.13% 1.15% 97.90
65-70K 0.88% 0.91% 97.25
70-75K 0.69% 0.72% 96.63
75-80K 0.55% 0.57% 96.04
80-85K 0.44% 0.46% 95.47
85-90K 0.36% 0.37% 94.93
90-95K 0.29% 0.31% 94.41
95-100K 0.23% 0.25% 93.91
100K + 1.22% 1.34% 90.87

Local Map of the constituency
Cheltenham - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Cheltenham - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (3.44%) Liberal Democrat (1.85%)
Conservative (-  7.96%)
Labour (1.91%)
Conservative (-  1.07%) Liberal Democrat (-  1.72%)
Con - 7.96%
Lab 3.44%
LD 1.85%
Con - 1.07%
Lab 1.91%
LD - 1.72%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Nigel Jones
Liberal Democrat hold
Con Conservative (35.17%) 14,715 35.17%
Lab Labour (12.05%) 5,041 12.05%
LD Liberal Democrat (47.74%) 19,970 47.74%
Oth Other (5.04%) 2,109 5.04%
Maj Majority (12.56%) 5,255 12.56%
Turn Turnout (61.92%) 41,835 61.92%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Nigel Jones
Liberal Democrat hold
G Keith Bessant 735 1.76%
UK Jim Carver 482 1.15%
L Andy Erlam 5,041 12.05%
I Roger Everest 107 0.26%
C Rob Garnham 14,715 35.17%
P Anthony Gates 272 0.65%
ML Dancing Ken Hanks 513 1.23%
LD Nigel Jones 19,970 47.74%
Candidates representing 8 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Nigel Jones
Liberal Democrat
Con Conservative (36.24%) 18,232 36.24%
Lab Labour (10.14%) 5,100 10.14%
LD Liberal Democrat (49.45%) 24,877 49.45%
Ref Referendum (2.12%) 1,065 2.12%
Oth Other (2.05%) 1,029 2.05%
Maj Majority (13.21%) 6,645 13.21%
Turn Turnout (74.03%) 50,303 74.03%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Liberal Democrat
Con Conservative (44.20%) 24,861 44.20%
Lab Labour (6.70%) 3,769 6.70%
LD Liberal Democrat (47.60%) 26,808 47.60%
Oth Other (1.50%) 858 1.50%
Maj Majority (3.50%) 1,947 3.50%
Turn Turnout (81.45%) 56,296 81.45%

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