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Daventry
Conservative hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
The only Tory seat in Northamptonshire to survive the Blairite surge in 1997, although three others were lost by tiny majorities (see Kettering, Northampton South and Wellingborough), this south Northamptonshire division has always been regarded as by far their best bet in the East Midlands county. It offered a refuge for the right-wing Labour Cabinet minister Reg Prentice, who defected all the way to the Conservatives in protest against the left wingers infiltrating his own constituency party in Newham, east London, in the late 1970s - no bothering with centrists or Liberals in his case. He remained a quiet Tory MP here until his retirement in 1987. This is still safe for his successor Tim Boswell. It is the most extensive and rural seat in the county, and although Daventry itself expanded rapidly in the 1960s and 1970s, most of the population is still in the small towns (Brackley, Towcester) and villages. The British Grand Prix motor racing track at Silverstone, which secured continued rights to hold the annual event in that most money spinning of sports recently, is largely in the seat (it spills over the county boundary into Buckinghamshire). The Conservatives are certain to win the race here in Daventry constituency, even if they lose out in the championship battle, as it were, next time.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Bucolic and chubby-faced farmerís son Tim Boswell, Conservative spokesman for the disabled, is a One Nation Tory with a local 480-acre farm with, he claims, a BSE-free herd, and a background in the Conservative Research Department and as a Maff adviser. Born 1942, educated at Marlborough and New College Oxford, he stood aside as a prominent Daventry Tory to let Reg Prentice have the seat for eight years before inheriting it himself in 1987. A Clarke campaigner in 1997 and a long-time Europhile he would obviously rise under a Clarke leadership. He votes with a small Tory minority in favour of 16 as the homosexual age of consent.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 37.63% 14.99% 250.99
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.43% 2.13% 20.10
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.21% 2.49% 8.26
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 10.07% 4.43% 227.49
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 14.46% 7.27% 198.79
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.08% 2.56% 3.18
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.06% 3.94% 1.47
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 13.94% 13.04% 106.93
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 7.40% 12.70% 58.29
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 5.48% 8.14% 67.33
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 1.27% 4.02% 31.70
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 1.51% 3.19% 47.40
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 7.10% 11.31% 62.76
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.00% 3.06% 0.00
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 0.33% 2.52% 12.92
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.03% 0.06% 50.66
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
£0-5K 5.50% 9.41% 58.43
£5-10K 11.81% 16.63% 70.99
£10-15K 13.89% 16.58% 83.79
£15-20K 12.95% 13.58% 95.33
£20-25K 10.97% 10.39% 105.51
£25-30K 8.90% 7.77% 114.46
£30-35K 7.08% 5.79% 122.32
£35-40K 5.60% 4.33% 129.20
£40-45K 4.42% 3.27% 135.25
£45-50K 3.49% 2.48% 140.58
£50-55K 2.77% 1.90% 145.28
£55-60K 2.20% 1.47% 149.46
£60-65K 1.76% 1.15% 153.18
£65-70K 1.42% 0.91% 156.52
£70-75K 1.15% 0.72% 159.54
£75-80K 0.93% 0.57% 162.28
£80-85K 0.76% 0.46% 164.77
£85-90K 0.63% 0.37% 167.05
£90-95K 0.52% 0.31% 169.16
£95-100K 0.43% 0.25% 171.11
£100K + 2.43% 1.34% 180.95

Local Map of the constituency
Daventry - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Daventry - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (10.49%)
Conservative (- 11.46%) Liberal Democrat (-  2.65%)
Conservative (2.90%) Liberal Democrat (1.15%)
Labour (-  2.17%)
Con - 11.46%
Lab 10.49%
LD - 2.65%
Con 2.90%
Lab - 2.17%
LD 1.15%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Tim Boswell
Conservative hold
Con Conservative (49.24%) 27,911 49.24%
Lab Labour (32.22%) 18,262 32.22%
LD Liberal Democrat (16.11%) 9,130 16.11%
Oth Other (2.44%) 1,381 2.44%
Maj Majority (17.02%) 9,649 17.02%
Turn Turnout (65.50%) 56,684 65.50%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Tim Boswell
Conservative hold
UK Peter Baden 1,381 2.44%
C Tim Boswell 27,911 49.24%
LD Jamie Calder 9,130 16.11%
L Kevin Quigley 18,262 32.22%
Candidates representing 4 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Timothy Boswell
Conservative
Con Conservative (46.34%) 28,615 46.34%
Lab Labour (34.39%) 21,237 34.39%
LD Liberal Democrat (14.95%) 9,233 14.95%
Ref Referendum (3.27%) 2,018 3.27%
Oth Other (1.05%) 647 1.05%
Maj Majority (11.95%) 7,378 11.95%
Turn Turnout (77.04%) 61,750 77.04%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (57.80%) 35,842 57.80%
Lab Labour (23.90%) 14,831 23.90%
LD Liberal Democrat (17.60%) 10,933 17.60%
Oth Other (0.70%) 422 0.70%
Maj Majority (33.90%) 21,011 33.90%
Turn Turnout (82.54%) 62,028 82.54%

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