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Colchester
Liberal Democrat hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Predictions in the very tight three-way marginal of Colchester are almost impossible to make. The latest evidence is from the May 2000 local elections in the Borough of Colchester, in which the Liberal Democrats carried six wards, the Conservatives four and Labour three; but the Lib Dems do better in municipal contests than in parliamentary battles in most places, so that is inconclusive. Two factors in the favour of their sitting MP Bob Russell may be his personal vote now he is an active incumbent, and the possibility of a tactical squeeze on Labour, although the latter seems unlikely when Labour were themselves less than 2,000 votes short of victory in the 1997 General Election. Best to keep an open eye and an open mind on this one.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Bob Russell, Liberal-Democrat victor here in 1997, big-spectacled and with a white front-combed pudding basin haircut, looks like a cross between a scout master and the Milky Bar Kid 40 years on. Born 1946, Colchester exudes from every pore. Schooled here at St Helena’s Secondary Modern, and at North East Essex Technical College, he was in turn a local Labour, SDP and - still is - a Lib Dem councillor, and worked before 1997 as press officer at the local Essex University. He will also tell you that Humpty Dumpty was a Royalist gun on Colchester Town wall, knocked out during the Civil War. He likes Morris dancing, but not homosexual sex at 16, and wants darts made an Olympic sport. His Tory opponent is Kevin Bentley, a reporter on BBC TV East Born 1946, educated at Alderman Leach School, Gorleston, Norfolk, he left school at 16 to work as an accounts clerk at the BBC, later took a BBC journalism course, and is currently a partner in Writtle Communications, a PR and media training company.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 14.58% 14.99% 97.25
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 1.23% 2.49% 49.44
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 12.11% 4.43% 273.63
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 9.28% 7.27% 127.57
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 5.95% 2.56% 232.10
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.12% 2.04% 5.67
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 3.34% 3.94% 84.79
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 16.14% 13.04% 123.76
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 8.18% 12.70% 64.41
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 9.04% 8.14% 111.06
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 6.02% 4.02% 149.70
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 2.08% 3.19% 65.30
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 9.28% 11.31% 82.09
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 1.11% 3.06% 36.14
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 1.29% 2.52% 51.10
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.25% 0.06% 395.53
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
£0-5K 9.20% 9.41% 97.69
£5-10K 16.87% 16.63% 101.43
£10-15K 17.16% 16.58% 103.50
£15-20K 14.12% 13.58% 103.98
£20-25K 10.73% 10.39% 103.21
£25-30K 7.90% 7.77% 101.63
£30-35K 5.77% 5.79% 99.60
£35-40K 4.22% 4.33% 97.39
£40-45K 3.11% 3.27% 95.15
£45-50K 2.31% 2.48% 92.98
£50-55K 1.73% 1.90% 90.93
£55-60K 1.31% 1.47% 89.02
£60-65K 1.00% 1.15% 87.25
£65-70K 0.78% 0.91% 85.63
£70-75K 0.61% 0.72% 84.14
£75-80K 0.48% 0.57% 82.78
£80-85K 0.38% 0.46% 81.53
£85-90K 0.30% 0.37% 80.38
£90-95K 0.24% 0.31% 79.32
£95-100K 0.20% 0.25% 78.34
£100K + 0.99% 1.34% 73.46

Local Map of the constituency
Colchester - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Colchester - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (6.46%) Liberal Democrat (1.69%)
Conservative (- 10.65%)
Liberal Democrat (8.20%)
Conservative (-  6.37%) Labour (-  0.66%)
Con - 10.65%
Lab 6.46%
LD 1.69%
Con - 6.37%
Lab - 0.66%
LD 8.20%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Bob Russell
Liberal Democrat hold
Con Conservative (24.98%) 10,925 24.98%
Lab Labour (29.89%) 13,074 29.89%
LD Liberal Democrat (42.59%) 18,627 42.59%
Oth Other (2.54%) 1,110 2.54%
Maj Majority (12.70%) 5,553 12.70%
Turn Turnout (55.39%) 43,736 55.39%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Bob Russell
Liberal Democrat hold
L Kevin Bentley 13,074 29.89%
C Chris Fegan 10,925 24.98%
UK Roger Lord 631 1.44%
Grey Leonard Overy-Owen 479 1.10%
LD Bob Russell 18,627 42.59%
Candidates representing 5 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Bob Russell
Liberal Democrat gain
Con Conservative (31.35%) 16,305 31.35%
Lab Labour (30.56%) 15,891 30.56%
LD Liberal Democrat (34.39%) 17,886 34.39%
Ref Referendum (3.41%) 1,776 3.41%
Oth Other (0.28%) 148 0.28%
Maj Majority (3.04%) 1,581 3.04%
Turn Turnout (69.58%) 52,006 69.58%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (42.00%) 23,692 42.00%
Lab Labour (24.10%) 13,582 24.10%
LD Liberal Democrat (32.70%) 18,424 32.70%
Oth Other (1.20%) 658 1.20%
Maj Majority (9.30%) 5,268 9.30%
Turn Turnout (76.83%) 56,356 76.83%

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