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Dorset South
Labour gain

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Labour's closest effort to yet another gain in the 1997 General Election, it would truly be a shock if they were to go the extra inch and actually take South Dorset. It would show just what a deep pit of trouble the party which has every claim to be the electoral champions of the twentieth century would be in, as the 21st starts. The Labour strength is clearly concentrated in Weymouth and Portland where te Conservatives did not win a single seat in the 1997 county council elections on the same day as they were (just) winning South Dorset, rather than the Purbeck section around Swanage (David Mellor's home town, believe it or not). Labour lost three of the five seats they were defending even in Weymouth and Portland in the council elections in May 2000, so it does not look like Labour will be increasing their overall majority - at least not by gaining Dorset South.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Ian Bruce, a self-made, rightwing, Essex-born businessman in a seat once the property of the Cecils, was elected here for the Tories in 1987. He was born in 1947 and educated at technical schools and technical colleges in Chelmsford, and rose from Marconi electrics apprentice, through work study manager, to factory manager, to running his own employment agency. His reputation is as a techno-nerd who complains about clogged Dorset roads. Bruce is challenged again by Jim Knight, Labour's candidate in 1997 who was born in 1965 and educated at Eltham College in southeast London and Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge. Bruce is challenged again by Labour's candidate, Jim Knight, a publisher.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 16.61% 14.99% 110.77
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 7.43% 2.13% 349.37
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 8.50% 2.49% 342.02
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 2.57% 4.43% 58.00
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 2.47% 7.27% 34.01
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.85% 2.56% 33.07
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 4.28% 3.94% 108.49
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 18.19% 13.04% 139.48
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 11.30% 12.70% 88.96
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 10.98% 8.14% 134.78
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 6.26% 4.02% 155.69
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 3.87% 3.19% 121.39
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 5.25% 11.31% 46.44
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.08% 3.06% 2.71
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 1.37% 2.52% 54.25
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.00% 0.06% 0.00
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 10.02% 9.41% 106.49
5-10K 19.43% 16.63% 116.80
10-15K 19.25% 16.58% 116.12
15-20K 15.05% 13.58% 110.77
20-25K 10.77% 10.39% 103.61
25-30K 7.46% 7.77% 96.01
30-35K 5.14% 5.79% 88.66
35-40K 3.55% 4.33% 81.84
40-45K 2.47% 3.27% 75.67
45-50K 1.74% 2.48% 70.14
50-55K 1.24% 1.90% 65.22
55-60K 0.90% 1.47% 60.85
60-65K 0.66% 1.15% 56.96
65-70K 0.48% 0.91% 53.49
70-75K 0.36% 0.72% 50.40
75-80K 0.27% 0.57% 47.62
80-85K 0.21% 0.46% 45.13
85-90K 0.16% 0.37% 42.87
90-95K 0.12% 0.31% 40.82
95-100K 0.10% 0.25% 38.96
100K + 0.41% 1.34% 30.55

Local Map of the constituency
Dorset South - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Dorset South - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (15.14%)
Conservative (- 14.80%) Liberal Democrat (-  6.40%)
Conservative (5.52%) Labour (6.02%)
Liberal Democrat (-  5.80%)
Con - 14.80%
Lab 15.14%
LD - 6.40%
Con 5.52%
Lab 6.02%
LD - 5.80%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Jim Knight
Labour gain
Con Conservative (41.62%) 18,874 41.62%
Lab Labour (41.96%) 19,027 41.96%
LD Liberal Democrat (14.40%) 6,531 14.40%
Oth Other (2.01%) 913 2.01%
Maj Majority (0.34%) 153 0.34%
Turn Turnout (65.50%) 45,345 65.50%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Jim Knight
Labour gain
C Ian Cameron-Bruce 18,874 41.62%
LD Andrew Canning 6,531 14.40%
L Jim Knight 19,027 41.96%
UK Laurence Moss 913 2.01%
Candidates representing 4 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Ian Bruce
Conservative
Con Conservative (36.10%) 17,755 36.10%
Lab Labour (35.94%) 17,678 35.94%
LD Liberal Democrat (20.20%) 9,936 20.20%
Ref Referendum (5.67%) 2,791 5.67%
Oth Other (2.08%) 1,022 2.08%
Maj Majority (0.16%) 77 0.16%
Turn Turnout (74.16%) 49,182 74.16%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (50.90%) 26,405 50.90%
Lab Labour (20.80%) 10,805 20.80%
LD Liberal Democrat (26.60%) 13,788 26.60%
Oth Other (1.70%) 864 1.70%
Maj Majority (24.30%) 12,617 24.30%
Turn Turnout (76.55%) 51,862 76.55%

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