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Devizes
Conservative hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
The Conservative Party chairman Michael (The Earl of) Ancram should win Devizes again easily, even as his party appears to be heading for a second clear defeat in a General Election. Although affected by the growth of Swindon, the nearest thing we have in England to a boom town as the new century starts, traditional elements still survive here. Devizes itself is one of the most elegant old towns of Wiltshire, with its market square and independent old fashioned tower brewery, Wadworth's; Marlborough is also elegant, pleasantly set beneath the Downs, and has a renowned public school; the Conservatives do not do badly out of Army encampments near the Salisbury plain like North Tidworth. There are plenty of non-Conservatives here, in the orbit of Swindon, in Melksham, a new arrival from Westbury dominated by its Avon Rubber Company tyre factory, and scattered elsewhere. But they are evenly scattered, and even with 43pc of the vote Ancram's majority is still 10,000 in one of the most populous seats in the UK.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Michael Ancram (aka Michael Kerr, Earl of Ancram, heir to the 12th Marquis of Lothian), made Tory Party Chairman by William Hague, has been MP here since 1992. Having earlier represented Edinburgh South and Berwick & East Lothian, he is a classic example of ousted Scots Tories taking the low road south to find somewhere they can get elected. A Scots Advocate, he was born in 1945 and educated at Ampleforth, Christ Church Oxford, and Edinburgh University. He is an Anglicised Scottish aristocrat with an estate in England and married to the daughter of the Duke of Norfolk. Though a One Nation Tory by instinct, he trimmed in 1997, voting for Hague not Clarke, and was rewarded with the Party Chairmanship a year later.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 25.21% 14.99% 168.16
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 3.12% 2.13% 146.68
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 2.29% 2.49% 92.29
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 8.67% 4.43% 195.88
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 8.68% 7.27% 119.38
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.41% 2.56% 16.09
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.10% 2.04% 4.85
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.08% 3.94% 1.92
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 21.31% 13.04% 163.40
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 8.59% 12.70% 67.66
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 10.39% 8.14% 127.58
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.37% 4.02% 9.26
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 2.38% 3.19% 74.62
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 7.84% 11.31% 69.35
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.44% 3.06% 14.24
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 0.10% 2.52% 3.79
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.02% 0.06% 33.44
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 7.20% 9.41% 76.44
5-10K 14.39% 16.63% 86.52
10-15K 16.11% 16.58% 97.14
15-20K 14.18% 13.58% 104.38
20-25K 11.26% 10.39% 108.36
25-30K 8.57% 7.77% 110.21
30-35K 6.42% 5.79% 110.83
35-40K 4.80% 4.33% 110.77
40-45K 3.60% 3.27% 110.32
45-50K 2.72% 2.48% 109.66
50-55K 2.07% 1.90% 108.89
55-60K 1.59% 1.47% 108.05
60-65K 1.23% 1.15% 107.18
65-70K 0.96% 0.91% 106.32
70-75K 0.76% 0.72% 105.48
75-80K 0.60% 0.57% 104.66
80-85K 0.48% 0.46% 103.87
85-90K 0.39% 0.37% 103.13
90-95K 0.31% 0.31% 102.42
95-100K 0.25% 0.25% 101.75
100K + 1.32% 1.34% 98.44

Local Map of the constituency
Devizes - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Devizes - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (12.24%)
Conservative (- 10.18%) Liberal Democrat (-  5.87%)
Conservative (4.42%) Labour (0.67%)
Liberal Democrat (-  4.45%)
Con - 10.18%
Lab 12.24%
LD - 5.87%
Con 4.42%
Lab 0.67%
LD - 4.45%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Michael Ancram
Conservative hold
Con Conservative (47.25%) 25,159 47.25%
Lab Labour (24.91%) 13,263 24.91%
LD Liberal Democrat (22.08%) 11,756 22.08%
Oth Other (5.77%) 3,071 5.77%
Maj Majority (22.34%) 11,896 22.34%
Turn Turnout (63.65%) 53,249 63.65%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Michael Ancram
Conservative hold
C Michael Ancram 25,159 47.25%
LD Helen Frances 11,756 22.08%
I Ludovic Kennedy 1,078 2.02%
ML Vanessa Potter 472 0.89%
L Jim Thorpe 13,263 24.91%
UK Alan Wood 1,521 2.86%
Candidates representing 6 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Michael Ancram
Conservative
Con Conservative (42.82%) 25,710 42.82%
Lab Labour (24.24%) 14,551 24.24%
LD Liberal Democrat (26.53%) 15,928 26.53%
Ref Referendum (5.03%) 3,021 5.03%
Oth Other (1.38%) 826 1.38%
Maj Majority (16.29%) 9,782 16.29%
Turn Turnout (74.69%) 60,036 74.69%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (53.00%) 33,603 53.00%
Lab Labour (12.00%) 7,613 12.00%
LD Liberal Democrat (32.40%) 20,584 32.40%
Oth Other (2.60%) 1,640 2.60%
Maj Majority (20.50%) 13,019 20.50%
Turn Turnout (83.97%) 63,440 83.97%

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