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Chesham & Amersham
Conservative hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
The Chilterns in Buckinghamshire are a very Conservative area. If an imaginary Tory fanatic were to insist on living in a part of Britain controlled at all levels by that party, they would have no better chance than here: after 1993 only one county council remained under overall control of the Conservatives (Bucks) and within it only the Chiltern, South Bucks and Wycombe districts. Until 1997 the government of the land was of of course Tory. Now this cannot be arranged, but the continued Conservatism of Chesham and Amersham is assured. Even in 1997 Cheryl Gillan won by 26pc of the vote, which puts this tenth in the list of safety.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Cheryl Gillan, a jolly hockey sticks but partisan and occasionally petulant spokesman on foreign affairs, is one of only 14 Tory women MPs , only six of whom are frontbenchers. Elected in 1992, she was born in 1952, educated at Cheltenham Ladies College and at law college, but worked in accountancy marketing. A junior minister at Education and Employment at the fag-end of the Major government, she is one of several MPs to have experienced mugging, bravely chasing her assailant for several hundred yards in stockinged feet. She has been in and out of the Positive Europe Group and was pressed by her constituency party in 1996 to lobby Major against his European policy.

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ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 59.26% 14.99% 395.26
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.09% 2.13% 4.25
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 1.69% 2.49% 68.16
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 3.24% 4.43% 73.27
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 7.78% 7.27% 106.97
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 2.58% 2.56% 100.52
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.55% 2.04% 26.98
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.00% 3.94% 0.00
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 11.19% 13.04% 85.84
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 3.91% 12.70% 30.79
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 2.55% 8.14% 31.28
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.53% 4.02% 13.27
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 2.46% 3.19% 77.12
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 4.12% 11.31% 36.43
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.04% 3.06% 1.25
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% 0.00
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 3.88% 9.41% 41.23
5-10K 8.18% 16.63% 49.18
10-15K 10.34% 16.58% 62.39
15-20K 10.62% 13.58% 78.22
20-25K 9.92% 10.39% 95.44
25-30K 8.81% 7.77% 113.31
30-35K 7.61% 5.79% 131.32
35-40K 6.46% 4.33% 149.12
40-45K 5.44% 3.27% 166.47
45-50K 4.55% 2.48% 183.23
50-55K 3.80% 1.90% 199.31
55-60K 3.16% 1.47% 214.65
60-65K 2.64% 1.15% 229.25
65-70K 2.20% 0.91% 243.10
70-75K 1.84% 0.72% 256.22
75-80K 1.54% 0.57% 268.63
80-85K 1.30% 0.46% 280.36
85-90K 1.09% 0.37% 291.45
90-95K 0.92% 0.31% 301.92
95-100K 0.78% 0.25% 311.81
100K + 4.87% 1.34% 362.06

Local Map of the constituency
Chesham & Amersham - Local Map of the constituency

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Chesham & Amersham - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (9.22%)
Conservative (- 13.02%) Liberal Democrat (-  0.67%)
Conservative (0.12%) Liberal Democrat (0.43%)
Labour (-  0.85%)
Con - 13.02%
Lab 9.22%
LD - 0.67%
Con 0.12%
Lab - 0.85%
LD 0.43%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Cheryl Gillan
Conservative hold
Con Conservative (50.50%) 22,867 50.50%
Lab Labour (18.76%) 8,497 18.76%
LD Liberal Democrat (24.26%) 10,985 24.26%
Oth Other (6.48%) 2,934 6.48%
Maj Majority (26.24%) 11,882 26.24%
Turn Turnout (64.67%) 45,283 64.67%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Cheryl Gillan
Conservative hold
P Gillian Duval 453 1.00%
LD John Ford 10,985 24.26%
C Cheryl Gillan 22,867 50.50%
UK Ian Harvey 1,367 3.02%
L Ken Hulme 8,497 18.76%
G Nick Wilkins 1,114 2.46%
Candidates representing 6 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Cheryl Gillian
Conservative
Con Conservative (50.38%) 26,298 50.38%
Lab Labour (19.62%) 10,240 19.62%
LD Liberal Democrat (23.83%) 12,439 23.83%
Ref Referendum (4.84%) 2,528 4.84%
Oth Other (1.33%) 692 1.33%
Maj Majority (26.55%) 13,859 26.55%
Turn Turnout (75.38%) 52,197 75.38%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (63.40%) 35,207 63.40%
Lab Labour (10.40%) 5,758 10.40%
LD Liberal Democrat (24.50%) 13,606 24.50%
Oth Other (1.80%) 982 1.80%
Maj Majority (38.90%) 21,601 38.90%
Turn Turnout (80.98%) 55,553 80.98%

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