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Cornwall South East
Liberal Democrat hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
The Conservatives' one strong issue in Cornwall would seem to be Europe, judging from their very strong showing in the European elections here in June 1999, when they outpolled the Liberal Democrats by 7pc within the South East Cornwall seat. But before the relatively less known Colin Breed is written off, it should be noted that the Conservatives were as far or even further ahead in seats like Truro and North Cornwall, which are generally regarded as rock-solid. The single issue Euro contests, with their very low turnout, are probably are very poor predictor of the next General Election, and Breed should be regarded as the favourite against the Conservatives' Ashley Gray, even if his fairly comfortable 6,500 majority may be dented.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Bearded Colin Breed, an uncharismatic self-employed small businessman, and Lib Dem Agriculture spokesman, won this seat in 1997. Born in London in 1947, educated at Torquay Grammar School, he was a Midland Bank employee for 17 years before setting up on his own in finance and regional distribution businesses. A Methodist lay preacher who votes conservatively on guns, hunting and homosexuality, he represents a seat held between the wars (as ‘Bodmin’) by Isaac Foot, father of Michael, for the Liberals. Otherwise, foot and mouth has also put him on the map.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 10.43% 14.99% 69.53
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 18.97% 2.13% 892.40
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 2.29% 2.49% 92.24
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 1.81% 4.43% 40.88
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 8.74% 7.27% 120.22
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.01% 2.56% 0.54
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.10% 3.94% 2.54
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 28.01% 13.04% 214.81
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 7.48% 12.70% 58.89
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 11.92% 8.14% 146.35
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 3.82% 4.02% 94.90
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 1.68% 3.19% 52.58
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 4.23% 11.31% 37.37
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.01% 3.06% 0.39
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 0.50% 2.52% 19.94
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 10.46% 9.41% 111.17
£5-10K 19.64% 16.63% 118.09
£10-15K 19.30% 16.58% 116.39
£15-20K 15.03% 13.58% 110.69
£20-25K 10.73% 10.39% 103.22
£25-30K 7.41% 7.77% 95.30
£30-35K 5.07% 5.79% 87.62
£35-40K 3.49% 4.33% 80.47
£40-45K 2.42% 3.27% 73.98
£45-50K 1.69% 2.48% 68.14
£50-55K 1.20% 1.90% 62.93
£55-60K 0.86% 1.47% 58.28
£60-65K 0.62% 1.15% 54.14
£65-70K 0.46% 0.91% 50.44
£70-75K 0.34% 0.72% 47.14
£75-80K 0.25% 0.57% 44.18
£80-85K 0.19% 0.46% 41.52
£85-90K 0.15% 0.37% 39.12
£90-95K 0.11% 0.31% 36.95
£95-100K 0.09% 0.25% 34.99
£100K + 0.35% 1.34% 26.41

Local Map of the constituency
Cornwall South East - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Cornwall South East - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (3.61%) Liberal Democrat (8.99%)
Conservative (- 15.19%)
Conservative (-  0.29%) Labour (-  0.39%) Liberal Democrat (-  1.19%)
Con - 15.19%
Lab 3.61%
LD 8.99%
Con - 0.29%
Lab - 0.39%
LD - 1.19%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Colin Breed
Liberal Democrat hold
Con Conservative (35.52%) 18,381 35.52%
Lab Labour (12.42%) 6,429 12.42%
LD Liberal Democrat (45.90%) 23,756 45.90%
Oth Other (6.16%) 3,187 6.16%
Maj Majority (10.39%) 5,375 10.39%
Turn Turnout (65.44%) 51,753 65.44%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Colin Breed
Liberal Democrat hold
LD Colin Breed 23,756 45.90%
MK Ken George 1,209 2.34%
L Ashley Gray 6,429 12.42%
UK Graham Palmer 1,978 3.82%
C Bill Stevens 18,381 35.52%
Candidates representing 5 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Colin Breed
Liberal Democrat gain
Con Conservative (35.81%) 20,564 35.81%
Lab Labour (12.81%) 7,358 12.81%
LD Liberal Democrat (47.09%) 27,044 47.09%
Ref 0 0.00%
Oth Other (4.29%) 2,466 4.29%
Maj Majority (11.28%) 6,480 11.28%
Turn Turnout (75.74%) 57,432 75.74%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (51.00%) 30,565 51.00%
Lab Labour (9.20%) 5,536 9.20%
LD Liberal Democrat (38.10%) 22,861 38.10%
Oth Other (1.70%) 1,026 1.70%
Maj Majority (12.80%) 7,704 12.80%
Turn Turnout (81.14%) 59,988 81.14%

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