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Arundel & South Downs
Conservative hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
One of the ten safest Conservative seats is to be found here in West Sussex. Arundel is somewhat fortunate to be included in the name of the seat, for its population of 3,000 is one of the smallest of any town so honoured anywhere in Britain. But it does include a mighty castle, the home of the nation's premier Roman Catholic aristocratic family, and a cathedral (heavily associated therewith), and one of the most beautiful first class cricket grounds (ditto) and so fully deserves the mention. Nor are there any other towns of even as many as 10,000 souls. This peaceful, prosperous heartland of the lush southern English countryside is the epitome of the traditional character and virtues of the land, and its political allegiance is undoubting, or certainly unswaying.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Howard Flight, big and breezy and a Treasury spokesman, was elected in 1997. Misleadingly self-described as 'Essex Man', he comes with rather more traditional accoutrements than most of the Romford-born, as a plummy-voiced public school (albeit Brentwood) and Cambridge (Magdalene)-and-Michigan-educated investment manager, whose wife works at Sotheby's. His political pedigree is Right-wing with links to the Freedom Association and the Seldsdon Group, a keen advocate of welfare privatisation and a backer of Redwood in 1997 even into the last ditch with Kenneth Clarke. A defender of capitalism as redolent of a Bach fugue, he prefers its unregulated American to its European version and has opposed the EU's withholding tax. He dismissed Labour's total hand gun ban as 'political correctness'.

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ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 45.26% 14.99% 301.84
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 2.86% 2.13% 134.68
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 5.62% 2.49% 226.02
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 0.44% 4.43% 9.95
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 7.48% 7.27% 102.78
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 1.05% 2.56% 40.88
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.41% 2.04% 20.11
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.00% 3.94% 0.00
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 22.59% 13.04% 173.25
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 2.42% 12.70% 19.02
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 7.32% 8.14% 89.94
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.18% 4.02% 4.42
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 1.04% 3.19% 32.60
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 2.45% 11.31% 21.69
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.88% 3.06% 28.69
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 0.01% 2.52% 0.31
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.00% 0.06% 1.77
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 6.15% 9.41% 65.38
5-10K 11.93% 16.63% 71.75
10-15K 13.57% 16.58% 81.83
15-20K 12.55% 13.58% 92.37
20-25K 10.65% 10.39% 102.45
25-30K 8.69% 7.77% 111.76
30-35K 6.96% 5.79% 120.25
35-40K 5.54% 4.33% 127.93
40-45K 4.40% 3.27% 134.89
45-50K 3.50% 2.48% 141.20
50-55K 2.80% 1.90% 146.92
55-60K 2.24% 1.47% 152.14
60-65K 1.81% 1.15% 156.92
65-70K 1.46% 0.91% 161.31
70-75K 1.19% 0.72% 165.35
75-80K 0.97% 0.57% 169.10
80-85K 0.80% 0.46% 172.58
85-90K 0.66% 0.37% 175.83
90-95K 0.55% 0.31% 178.86
95-100K 0.45% 0.25% 181.70
100K + 2.64% 1.34% 196.30

Local Map of the constituency
Arundel & South Downs - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Arundel & South Downs - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (8.96%) Liberal Democrat (0.64%)
Conservative (-  9.72%)
Labour (2.41%)
Conservative (-  0.85%) Liberal Democrat (-  3.37%)
Con - 9.72%
Lab 8.96%
LD 0.64%
Con - 0.85%
Lab 2.41%
LD - 3.37%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Howard Flight
Conservative hold
Con Conservative (52.23%) 23,969 52.23%
Lab Labour (20.68%) 9,488 20.68%
LD Liberal Democrat (22.37%) 10,265 22.37%
Oth Other (4.72%) 2,167 4.72%
Maj Majority (29.86%) 13,704 29.86%
Turn Turnout (64.67%) 45,889 64.67%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Howard Flight
Conservative hold
LD Derek Deedman 10,265 22.37%
C Howard Flight 23,969 52.23%
UK Robert Perin 2,167 4.72%
L Charles Taylor 9,488 20.68%
Candidates representing 4 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Howard Flight
Conservative
Con Conservative (53.08%) 27,251 53.08%
Lab Labour (18.26%) 9,376 18.26%
LD Liberal Democrat (25.74%) 13,216 25.74%
Ref 0 0.00%
Oth Other (2.91%) 1,494 2.91%
Maj Majority (27.34%) 14,035 27.34%
Turn Turnout (75.90%) 51,337 75.90%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (62.80%) 33,365 62.80%
Lab Labour (9.30%) 4,957 9.30%
LD Liberal Democrat (25.10%) 13,349 25.10%
Oth Other (2.80%) 1,464 2.80%
Maj Majority (37.70%) 20,016 37.70%
Turn Turnout (81.68%) 53,135 81.68%

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