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Ashford
Conservative hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Although eight seats fell to Labour in Kent in 1997, it is sometimes forgotten that nine remained Conservative. These included Ashford, where growth associated with the Channel Tunnel and the general proximity to the continent has provided wealth and population growth. The seat also includes a large number of very Conservative villages (The Darling Buds of May was filmed here) and the extremely affluent town of Tenterden out towards the Weald and the Sussex border. It looks as if it will provide a comfortable platform for Damian Green's rapidly developing parliamentary career.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Damian Green, an environment spokesman, is one of a mere handful of Ken Clarke-supporting One Nation Conservatives elected in 1997. Born 1958 and educated at Reading School and Balliol College, Oxford, he was a financial journalist before working at Downing Street under John Major. An out-of-step, out-of-time Europhile, he has urged his Tory Reform Group colleagues to resist the rightwing obsession with cutting public spending and pitch for higer standards in public services, and would be high in any Shadow Cabinet under Kenneth Clarke, should his party pitch pragmatically for office post-Hague.

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ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 27.12% 14.99% 180.85
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.65% 2.13% 30.51
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 2.33% 2.49% 93.79
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 5.71% 4.43% 129.08
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 9.20% 7.27% 126.55
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.94% 2.56% 36.84
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.60% 2.04% 29.21
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.30% 3.94% 7.56
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 19.42% 13.04% 148.93
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 8.70% 12.70% 68.46
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 7.16% 8.14% 87.88
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 1.31% 4.02% 32.65
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 0.94% 3.19% 29.39
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 14.68% 11.31% 129.75
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.02% 3.06% 0.60
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 0.85% 2.52% 33.57
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.09% 0.06% 142.18
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 8.53% 9.41% 90.57
5-10K 15.68% 16.63% 94.26
10-15K 16.26% 16.58% 98.05
15-20K 13.65% 13.58% 100.50
20-25K 10.59% 10.39% 101.91
25-30K 7.98% 7.77% 102.60
30-35K 5.95% 5.79% 102.79
35-40K 4.45% 4.33% 102.66
40-45K 3.34% 3.27% 102.31
45-50K 2.53% 2.48% 101.81
50-55K 1.93% 1.90% 101.22
55-60K 1.48% 1.47% 100.58
60-65K 1.15% 1.15% 99.92
65-70K 0.90% 0.91% 99.26
70-75K 0.71% 0.72% 98.60
75-80K 0.56% 0.57% 97.96
80-85K 0.45% 0.46% 97.34
85-90K 0.36% 0.37% 96.75
90-95K 0.29% 0.31% 96.18
95-100K 0.24% 0.25% 95.64
100K + 1.25% 1.34% 92.99

Local Map of the constituency
Ashford - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Ashford - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (11.73%)
Conservative (- 13.19%) Liberal Democrat (-  4.39%)
Conservative (6.02%) Labour (0.36%)
Liberal Democrat (-  4.62%)
Con - 13.19%
Lab 11.73%
LD - 4.39%
Con 6.02%
Lab 0.36%
LD - 4.62%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Damian Green
Conservative hold
Con Conservative (47.44%) 22,739 47.44%
Lab Labour (32.08%) 15,380 32.08%
LD Liberal Democrat (15.09%) 7,236 15.09%
Oth Other (5.39%) 2,582 5.39%
Maj Majority (15.35%) 7,359 15.35%
Turn Turnout (62.50%) 47,937 62.50%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Damian Green
Conservative hold
L John Adams 15,380 32.08%
G Richard Boden 1,353 2.82%
LD Keith Fitchett 7,236 15.09%
C Damian Green 22,739 47.44%
UK David Waller 1,229 2.56%
Candidates representing 5 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Damian Green
Conservative
Con Conservative (41.41%) 22,899 41.41%
Lab Labour (31.73%) 17,544 31.73%
LD Liberal Democrat (19.71%) 10,901 19.71%
Ref Referendum (5.79%) 3,201 5.79%
Oth Other (1.35%) 749 1.35%
Maj Majority (9.68%) 5,355 9.68%
Turn Turnout (74.57%) 55,294 74.57%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (54.60%) 31,030 54.60%
Lab Labour (20.00%) 11,365 20.00%
LD Liberal Democrat (24.10%) 13,671 24.10%
Oth Other (1.40%) 773 1.40%
Maj Majority (30.50%) 17,359 30.50%
Turn Turnout (78.71%) 56,839 78.71%

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