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Dorset West
Conservative hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Despite being next door to Paddy Ashdown's Yeovil, and although the Liberal Democrats cut the Conservative majority to under 2,000 in 1997, the Tory Oliver Letwin is favourite to hold on next time. It was a close run thing in 1997, for the Conservative vote slipped by 10pc, while it was not so much the Lib Dems as Labour who advanced. If the tactical voting rules had applied, Letwin would not have entered the Commons to start what could well be a bright career, and instead the Sherborne based Robin Legg would have joined nearly fifty colleagues in the largets Liberal contingent in the House since 1929. Labour's strength is Bridport, a rather raffish place said to be a centre of smuggling, so perhaps rules do not apply in parts of west Dorset. Letwin must hope that this continues to be the case, in this rather amusing part of the workld, the home of the Piddle valley and the Cerne Abbas Giant, locations which bring a smile to the face of even those who have not been partaking of the local cider.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Oliver Letwin, Shadow Chief Secretary within three years of reaching the Commons in 1997, is one of the most respected of the Tory rightwing intellectuals, a rare Rolls Royce mind in politics. He was born in 1956, educated at Eton, Trinity College Cambridge (with a doctorate in the Philosophy of Education) and ran the international privatisation unit at Rothschilds. A sensitive Hampstead Jewish intellectual, now wading through Wessex mud in green wellies, he is an unremitting opponent of Euro federalism and followed Redwood all the way into the last ditch with Clarke in 1997. The Liberal Democrats 43-year-old Simon Green is an agronomist and lecturer in agriculture as well as a working sheep farmer with a background of a research biochemist with Maff. Green not only by name, he is a campaigner on the environment and on regenerating the rural economy, with a high profile in the local press. His wellies are conspicuously more mud-splattered than Oliver Letwin's.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 15.57% 14.99% 103.83
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 18.39% 2.13% 864.75
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 17.16% 2.49% 690.41
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 1.25% 4.43% 28.35
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 1.69% 7.27% 23.26
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.23% 2.56% 9.13
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.41% 3.94% 10.45
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 17.99% 13.04% 137.97
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 5.81% 12.70% 45.75
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 12.16% 8.14% 149.37
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 3.09% 4.02% 76.73
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 3.77% 3.19% 118.29
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 2.09% 11.31% 18.45
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.34% 3.06% 10.96
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 0.00% 2.52% 0.00
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.05% 0.06% 77.68
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 9.88% 9.41% 104.97
5-10K 18.65% 16.63% 112.14
10-15K 18.66% 16.58% 112.57
15-20K 14.82% 13.58% 109.11
20-25K 10.79% 10.39% 103.80
25-30K 7.61% 7.77% 97.85
30-35K 5.32% 5.79% 91.89
35-40K 3.74% 4.33% 86.23
40-45K 2.64% 3.27% 81.00
45-50K 1.89% 2.48% 76.23
50-55K 1.37% 1.90% 71.91
55-60K 1.00% 1.47% 68.00
60-65K 0.74% 1.15% 64.48
65-70K 0.56% 0.91% 61.30
70-75K 0.42% 0.72% 58.41
75-80K 0.32% 0.57% 55.80
80-85K 0.25% 0.46% 53.42
85-90K 0.19% 0.37% 51.24
90-95K 0.15% 0.31% 49.26
95-100K 0.12% 0.25% 47.43
100K + 0.52% 1.34% 38.99

Local Map of the constituency
Dorset West - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Dorset West - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (4.72%) Liberal Democrat (1.51%)
Conservative (-  9.75%)
Conservative (3.49%) Liberal Democrat (4.07%)
Labour (-  4.14%)
Con - 9.75%
Lab 4.72%
LD 1.51%
Con 3.49%
Lab - 4.14%
LD 4.07%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Oliver Letwin
Conservative hold
Con Conservative (44.63%) 22,126 44.63%
Lab Labour (13.58%) 6,733 13.58%
LD Liberal Democrat (41.78%) 20,712 41.78%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (2.85%) 1,414 2.85%
Turn Turnout (66.97%) 49,571 66.97%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Oliver Letwin
Conservative hold
LD Simon Green 20,712 41.78%
L Richard Hyde 6,733 13.58%
C Oliver Letwin 22,126 44.63%
Candidates representing 3 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Oliver Letwin
Conservative
Con Conservative (41.15%) 22,036 41.15%
Lab Labour (17.72%) 9,491 17.72%
LD Liberal Democrat (37.71%) 20,196 37.71%
Ref 0 0.00%
Oth Other (3.42%) 1,829 3.42%
Maj Majority (3.44%) 1,840 3.44%
Turn Turnout (76.10%) 53,552 76.10%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (50.90%) 27,766 50.90%
Lab Labour (13.00%) 7,082 13.00%
LD Liberal Democrat (36.20%) 19,755 36.20%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (14.70%) 8,011 14.70%
Turn Turnout (81.16%) 54,603 81.16%

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