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Dorset North
Conservative hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
The Conservatives only just held on to several of their Dorset seats in 1997, including North, but they did manage to make this one of the only two counties, along with Surrey, where they won 100pc of the seats. They are probably just favourites to do so again, especially if they can turn the minds of the electorate towards the question of Britain's role with regard to Europe: they polled over 50pc of the vote in North Dorset in the 1999 Euro-elections compared with 15pc for their nearest challengers, the Liberal Democrats. It is uncertain whether this strategy will be affected here by the fact that the sitting MP, Robert Walter, is one of the few remaining pro-European moderates in the rump of the party left in the Commons after the landslide last time. North Dorset is typified by small independent old market towns like Shaftesbury, Blandford Forum, Gillingham and Wimborne Minster, each with a population of a little over 6,000. there are also over 80 villages. All this covers the dramatic scenery of Cranborne Chase, the Blackmore Vale and the chalk downs. The Conservatives took 16 seats on North Dorset council to the Liberal Democrats' 10 in 1999, and it sounds like the Tories should hold on again.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Robert Walter, a Conservative frontbencher as a spokesman for Wales, is one of the rare Clarke supporters in the 1997 intake. A banker and sheep farmer, born 1948 in Swansea, he attended Colston School Bristol, Lord Weymouth School Warminster and Aston University. He has quit the Carlton Club because it would not admit women, especially his girlfriend Barbara Nutt, and has introduced a Private Memberís Bill on the subject. Emily Gasson, seeking to turn the clock back to 1945 when the Liberals last won the seat, is a solicitor, born in 1970 and educated at Frensham Heights and at Durham University.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 23.86% 14.99% 159.14
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 9.61% 2.13% 452.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 11.39% 2.49% 458.01
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 3.86% 4.43% 87.26
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 4.15% 7.27% 57.10
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.25% 2.56% 9.56
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.13% 2.04% 6.51
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.44% 3.94% 11.18
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 28.77% 13.04% 220.67
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 4.15% 12.70% 32.66
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 6.68% 8.14% 82.01
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.91% 4.02% 22.73
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 0.96% 3.19% 30.26
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 4.62% 11.31% 40.88
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.13% 3.06% 4.16
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 0.03% 2.52% 1.20
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.05% 0.06% 77.99
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
£0-5K 8.44% 9.41% 89.69
£5-10K 16.05% 16.63% 96.48
£10-15K 16.87% 16.58% 101.74
£15-20K 14.25% 13.58% 104.87
£20-25K 11.03% 10.39% 106.13
£25-30K 8.24% 7.77% 106.04
£30-35K 6.08% 5.79% 105.05
£35-40K 4.49% 4.33% 103.52
£40-45K 3.32% 3.27% 101.68
£45-50K 2.47% 2.48% 99.70
£50-55K 1.86% 1.90% 97.66
£55-60K 1.41% 1.47% 95.63
£60-65K 1.08% 1.15% 93.65
£65-70K 0.83% 0.91% 91.73
£70-75K 0.65% 0.72% 89.89
£75-80K 0.51% 0.57% 88.13
£80-85K 0.40% 0.46% 86.44
£85-90K 0.32% 0.37% 84.83
£90-95K 0.25% 0.31% 83.30
£95-100K 0.20% 0.25% 81.83
£100K + 0.99% 1.34% 73.70

Local Map of the constituency
Dorset North - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Dorset North - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (4.23%) Liberal Democrat (1.67%)
Conservative (- 12.20%)
Conservative (2.37%) Labour (0.92%)
Liberal Democrat (-  0.35%)
Con - 12.20%
Lab 4.23%
LD 1.67%
Con 2.37%
Lab 0.92%
LD - 0.35%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Robert Walter
Conservative hold
Con Conservative (46.66%) 22,314 46.66%
Lab Labour (11.15%) 5,334 11.15%
LD Liberal Democrat (38.72%) 18,517 38.72%
Oth Other (3.46%) 1,656 3.46%
Maj Majority (7.94%) 3,797 7.94%
Turn Turnout (66.29%) 47,821 66.29%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Robert Walter
Conservative hold
I Cora Bone 246 0.51%
Ex Joseph Duthie 391 0.82%
LD Emily Gasson 18,517 38.72%
UK Peter Jenkins 1,019 2.13%
C Robert Walter 22,314 46.66%
L Mark Wareham 5,334 11.15%
Candidates representing 6 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Robert Walter
Conservative
Con Conservative (44.30%) 23,294 44.30%
Lab Labour (10.23%) 5,380 10.23%
LD Liberal Democrat (39.07%) 20,548 39.07%
Ref Referendum (4.88%) 2,564 4.88%
Oth Other (1.52%) 801 1.52%
Maj Majority (5.22%) 2,746 5.22%
Turn Turnout (76.30%) 52,587 76.30%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (56.50%) 29,855 56.50%
Lab Labour (6.00%) 3,195 6.00%
LD Liberal Democrat (37.40%) 19,784 37.40%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (19.10%) 10,071 19.10%
Turn Turnout (81.38%) 52,834 81.38%

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