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Dover
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Despite its problems as a logical first port of call for asylum seekers, topical within this Parliament, Dover seems very unlikely to return to the Conservative allegiance in the near future. Although the refugees do not themselves have votes, of course, the overall social and economic changes affecting so many seaside towns are acting in Labour's long-term favour here, as elsewhere. Besides the working class and depressed elements of Dover itself, the seat contains the remnants of the remote Kent coalfield in Aylesham, a most surprising discovery in rural Kent, a village which in 1999 gave 93pc of its vote to Labour and 7pc to the Conserrvatives in a most one-sided straight fight, and the northern parts of Deal. This actually has the potential to be a safe Labour bastion in the far south east corner of the land.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Stocky, bearded Welshman Gwyn Prosser has had a difficult job as MP for Dover since 1997, dealing with the populist issue of illegal immigration and asylum seeking. Born 1943 in Swansea where he attended technical school and technical college, he was a marine engineer, eventually on local Sealink ferries. He has fought against undermanning of the ferries, opposed the rival Channel Tunnel, and protested about the problems of ex-miners and about joblessness on the defunct Kent coalfield.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 16.73% 14.99% 111.55
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.66% 2.13% 31.07
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 3.02% 2.49% 121.35
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 1.51% 4.43% 34.13
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 4.86% 7.27% 66.82
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.43% 2.56% 16.85
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 4.27% 3.94% 108.21
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 18.49% 13.04% 141.81
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 19.58% 12.70% 154.14
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 8.86% 8.14% 108.78
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 4.52% 4.02% 112.44
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 3.23% 3.19% 101.40
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 11.99% 11.31% 106.00
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.88% 3.06% 28.66
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 0.90% 2.52% 35.88
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.02% 2.10% 0.99
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.06% 0.06% 88.30
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 10.32% 9.41% 109.64
5-10K 18.97% 16.63% 114.04
10-15K 18.50% 16.58% 111.58
15-20K 14.51% 13.58% 106.85
20-25K 10.55% 10.39% 101.47
25-30K 7.47% 7.77% 96.08
30-35K 5.27% 5.79% 90.94
35-40K 3.73% 4.33% 86.13
40-45K 2.67% 3.27% 81.69
45-50K 1.93% 2.48% 77.59
50-55K 1.41% 1.90% 73.83
55-60K 1.04% 1.47% 70.39
60-65K 0.77% 1.15% 67.22
65-70K 0.58% 0.91% 64.31
70-75K 0.44% 0.72% 61.64
75-80K 0.34% 0.57% 59.17
80-85K 0.26% 0.46% 56.90
85-90K 0.21% 0.37% 54.80
90-95K 0.16% 0.31% 52.85
95-100K 0.13% 0.25% 51.04
100K + 0.57% 1.34% 42.27

Local Map of the constituency
Dover - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Dover - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (11.89%)
Conservative (- 11.27%) Liberal Democrat (-  2.86%)
Conservative (4.41%) Liberal Democrat (3.48%)
Labour (-  5.69%)
Con - 11.27%
Lab 11.89%
LD - 2.86%
Con 4.41%
Lab - 5.69%
LD 3.48%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Gwyn Prosser
Labour hold
Con Conservative (37.24%) 16,744 37.24%
Lab Labour (48.81%) 21,943 48.81%
LD Liberal Democrat (11.41%) 5,131 11.41%
Oth Other (2.54%) 1,142 2.54%
Maj Majority (11.56%) 5,199 11.56%
Turn Turnout (65.14%) 44,960 65.14%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Gwyn Prosser
Labour hold
LD Antony Hook 5,131 11.41%
L Gwyn Prosser 21,943 48.81%
C Paul Prosser 16,744 37.24%
UK Lee Speakman 1,142 2.54%
Candidates representing 4 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Gwyn Prosser
Labour gain
Con Conservative (32.83%) 17,796 32.83%
Lab Labour (54.49%) 29,535 54.49%
LD Liberal Democrat (7.94%) 4,302 7.94%
Ref Referendum (3.92%) 2,124 3.92%
Oth Other (0.82%) 443 0.82%
Maj Majority (21.66%) 11,739 21.66%
Turn Turnout (78.93%) 54,200 78.93%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (44.10%) 25,443 44.10%
Lab Labour (42.60%) 24,583 42.60%
LD Liberal Democrat (10.80%) 6,234 10.80%
Oth Other (2.50%) 1,422 2.50%
Maj Majority (1.50%) 860 1.50%
Turn Turnout (82.82%) 57,682 82.82%

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