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Devon North
Liberal Democrat hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Although the Conservatives polled the most votes cast within Devon North in the regional - Euro-elections in 1999, the sitting MP Nick Harvey is generally regarded as the most sceptical parliamentarian in his party (on this issue), and this should serve his bid for re-election well here in an archetypal West Country Liberal seat. North Devon is stepped with Liberalism. This was the seat of former party leader Jeremy Thorpe for 20 years before his defeat, and that was largely because of the court case in which he was acquitted of a conspiracy plot involving attempted murder and other "unnatural" practices such as homosexuality and canicide. At local level the Liberal Democrats sweep home in the largest town, the surprisingly industrial and working class Barnstaple, and fading seaside resorts like Ilfracombe on the so-called Golden Coast. Nick Harvey appears safe here for the time being.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Nick Harvey has held this seat for the Liberal Democrats since 1992, when he avenged the 1979 defeat of the hapless Jeremy Thorpe. His Party's Health spokesman, he is tall, balding, genial and with a slight lisp. He was born 1961, educated at Queen's College, Taunton, and Middlesex Polytechnic, and worked in parliamentary consultancy. For long his party’s sole Eurosceptic, voting against Maastricht, he was a good deal more representative of his Devonian electors than the Eurofanatics at the top of his party; though latterly he has trimmed to accept the reality of the Euro.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 8.65% 14.99% 57.67
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 21.81% 2.13% 1,025.64
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 7.99% 2.49% 321.29
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 2.92% 4.43% 65.91
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 1.21% 7.27% 16.64
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.38% 2.56% 14.87
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 2.20% 3.94% 55.83
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 20.57% 13.04% 157.73
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 11.75% 12.70% 92.51
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 6.35% 8.14% 77.93
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 5.90% 4.02% 146.80
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 3.61% 3.19% 113.27
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 4.86% 11.31% 42.95
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.66% 3.06% 21.46
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 1.13% 2.52% 44.91
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.03% 0.06% 41.47
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
£0-5K 10.85% 9.41% 115.29
£5-10K 21.29% 16.63% 128.03
£10-15K 20.34% 16.58% 122.68
£15-20K 15.14% 13.58% 111.45
£20-25K 10.33% 10.39% 99.41
£25-30K 6.87% 7.77% 88.32
£30-35K 4.56% 5.79% 78.64
£35-40K 3.05% 4.33% 70.36
£40-45K 2.07% 3.27% 63.33
£45-50K 1.42% 2.48% 57.34
£50-55K 0.99% 1.90% 52.24
£55-60K 0.71% 1.47% 47.85
£60-65K 0.51% 1.15% 44.06
£65-70K 0.37% 0.91% 40.77
£70-75K 0.27% 0.72% 37.89
£75-80K 0.20% 0.57% 35.35
£80-85K 0.15% 0.46% 33.11
£85-90K 0.12% 0.37% 31.11
£90-95K 0.09% 0.31% 29.32
£95-100K 0.07% 0.25% 27.71
£100K + 0.28% 1.34% 20.82

Local Map of the constituency
Devon North - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Devon North - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (3.89%) Liberal Democrat (3.64%)
Conservative (-  6.23%)
Labour (0.35%)
Conservative (-  1.30%) Liberal Democrat (-  6.51%)
Con - 6.23%
Lab 3.89%
LD 3.64%
Con - 1.30%
Lab 0.35%
LD - 6.51%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Nick Harvey
Liberal Democrat hold
Con Conservative (38.17%) 18,800 38.17%
Lab Labour (10.14%) 4,995 10.14%
LD Liberal Democrat (44.23%) 21,784 44.23%
Oth Other (7.46%) 3,675 7.46%
Maj Majority (6.06%) 2,984 6.06%
Turn Turnout (68.31%) 49,254 68.31%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Nick Harvey
Liberal Democrat hold
C Clive Allen 18,800 38.17%
G Tony Bown 1,191 2.42%
L Viv Gale 4,995 10.14%
LD Nick Harvey 21,784 44.23%
UK Roger Knapman 2,484 5.04%
Candidates representing 5 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Nick Harvey
Liberal Democrat
Con Conservative (39.47%) 21,643 39.47%
Lab Labour (9.79%) 5,367 9.79%
LD Liberal Democrat (50.74%) 27,824 50.74%
Ref 0 0.00%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (11.27%) 6,181 11.27%
Turn Turnout (77.94%) 54,834 77.94%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Liberal Democrat
Con Conservative (45.70%) 26,596 45.70%
Lab Labour (5.90%) 3,406 5.90%
LD Liberal Democrat (47.10%) 27,389 47.10%
Oth Other (1.30%) 764 1.30%
Maj Majority (1.40%) 793 1.40%
Turn Turnout (83.02%) 58,155 83.02%

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