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Chipping Barnet
Conservative hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
There are some parts of Greater London which were effectively annexed by the capital in the mid 1960s on the creation of the Greater London Council, which lasted just 21 years but which have not been returned to their former counties. Chipping Barnet in many ways feels part of Hertfordshire where it originated, but it is indeed still in the London Borough which bears its second name. This means that when it was held by Sir Sydney Chapman for the Tories by only 1,035 votes in the 1997 General Election, it was technically the second closest seat to yet another Labour gain, after Uxbridge; indeed a similar swing to that in neighbouring Harrow and Enfield seats would have polished it off, for the time being. As it happens, the Conservatives can be relieved, and they were further ahead in the local Barnet elections in May 1998 and the Euro-elections in 1999, and the worst may seem to have passed.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Fading after 21 years as Reggie Maudling’s successor here, Sir Sydney Chapman, a former architect, born 1935, educated at Rugby and Manchester University, was silenced by long years - up to 1997 - in the Whips’ Office. He now emerges as a genial non-partisan figure, keen on tree-planting in the green belt, a Liberal minded environmentalist and a Europhile.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 36.15% 14.99% 241.10
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 3.02% 2.49% 121.61
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 1.08% 4.43% 24.41
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 0.54% 7.27% 7.38
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 9.06% 2.56% 353.16
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 17.98% 2.04% 880.78
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 1.80% 3.94% 45.72
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 9.64% 13.04% 73.93
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 6.35% 12.70% 49.98
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 5.00% 8.14% 61.44
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 4.30% 4.02% 106.98
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 1.00% 3.19% 31.25
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 2.48% 11.31% 21.94
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.94% 3.06% 30.80
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 0.65% 2.52% 25.87
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.01% 0.06% 10.30
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
£0-5K 4.56% 9.41% 48.39
£5-10K 9.37% 16.63% 56.32
£10-15K 11.50% 16.58% 69.37
£15-20K 11.44% 13.58% 84.23
£20-25K 10.35% 10.39% 99.55
£25-30K 8.92% 7.77% 114.67
£30-35K 7.49% 5.79% 129.24
£35-40K 6.20% 4.33% 143.07
£40-45K 5.10% 3.27% 156.08
£45-50K 4.18% 2.48% 168.25
£50-55K 3.42% 1.90% 179.60
£55-60K 2.80% 1.47% 190.16
£60-65K 2.30% 1.15% 199.99
£65-70K 1.90% 0.91% 209.13
£70-75K 1.57% 0.72% 217.64
£75-80K 1.30% 0.57% 225.57
£80-85K 1.08% 0.46% 232.95
£85-90K 0.90% 0.37% 239.85
£90-95K 0.75% 0.31% 246.29
£95-100K 0.63% 0.25% 252.32
£100K + 3.79% 1.34% 282.03

Local Map of the constituency
Chipping Barnet - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Chipping Barnet - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (14.72%)
Conservative (- 13.59%) Liberal Democrat (-  3.75%)
Conservative (3.40%) Liberal Democrat (1.20%)
Labour (-  0.88%)
Con - 13.59%
Lab 14.72%
LD - 3.75%
Con 3.40%
Lab - 0.88%
LD 1.20%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Sydney Chapman
Conservative hold
Con Conservative (46.41%) 19,702 46.41%
Lab Labour (40.04%) 17,001 40.04%
LD Liberal Democrat (13.55%) 5,753 13.55%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (6.36%) 2,701 6.36%
Turn Turnout (60.46%) 42,456 60.46%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Sydney Chapman
Conservative hold
C Sydney Chapman 19,702 46.41%
LD Sean Hooker 5,753 13.55%
L Damien Welfare 17,001 40.04%
Candidates representing 3 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Sidney Chapman
Conservative
Con Conservative (43.01%) 21,317 43.01%
Lab Labour (40.92%) 20,282 40.92%
LD Liberal Democrat (12.35%) 6,121 12.35%
Ref Referendum (2.40%) 1,190 2.40%
Oth Other (1.32%) 655 1.32%
Maj Majority (2.09%) 1,035 2.09%
Turn Turnout (71.78%) 49,565 71.78%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (56.60%) 30,241 56.60%
Lab Labour (26.20%) 14,028 26.20%
LD Liberal Democrat (16.10%) 8,594 16.10%
Oth Other (1.10%) 604 1.10%
Maj Majority (30.30%) 16,213 30.30%
Turn Turnout (77.29%) 53,467 77.29%

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