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Eastbourne
Conservative hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Apart from a by-election following the murder of Ian Gow in 1990, Eastbourne has largely avoided the drift away from the Conservatives found in so many less genteel south coast seaside resorts, and despite a tradition of Liberal Democrat local activism here they seem in relatively good shape; for example, they outpolled the Liberal Democrats by 36pc in the European elections here in 1999 and on stronger ground for their main opponents they were nearly 20pc clear in the May 2000 elections in Eastbourne Borough, in all probability the last test of public opinion before the next General Election. 56.5 pc of those on the electoral roll in Eastbourne are over 50 years of age, the third highest of the 26 in all where a majority are of this age; 15 are currently Tory, seven Labour and four Liberal Democrat. A sign of "grey power" is that the top five on the list are all classed as marginals: Christchurch, Harwich, Eastbourne, Norfolk North and Totnes. All politicians shoud be very aware that there is no maximum age for voting.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Burly, mild-looking solicitor, Nigel Waterson, Conservative environment spokesman, was born in 1950 and educated at Leeds Grammar School and Queen's College, Oxford. A mainstream Eurosceptic loyalist, he campaigns against his town's downward mobility, as hotels convert to DSS hostels or berths for dispersed asylum seekers, and against the locally-prominent Lib Dems, whose MP David Bellotti he ousted in 1992. His conventional rise in the Tory party was via law and order conference speeches. He wavered in the leadership ballots in 1997 between Redwood and Hague, but voted for Lilley. His current spokesmanship involves him opposing housing sprawl in the Tory shires.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 9.49% 14.99% 63.28
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.28% 2.13% 13.28
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 25.82% 2.49% 1,038.48
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 1.99% 4.43% 44.87
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 2.12% 7.27% 29.17
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 1.06% 2.56% 41.48
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.04% 2.04% 1.80
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 6.46% 3.94% 163.78
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 18.32% 13.04% 140.48
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 6.70% 12.70% 52.75
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 9.21% 8.14% 113.11
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 5.59% 4.02% 139.12
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 4.70% 3.19% 147.67
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 6.55% 11.31% 57.89
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.54% 3.06% 17.53
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 1.10% 2.52% 43.51
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.03% 0.06% 55.82
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 10.08% 9.41% 107.13
5-10K 18.67% 16.63% 112.24
10-15K 18.14% 16.58% 109.39
15-20K 14.15% 13.58% 104.16
20-25K 10.27% 10.39% 98.84
25-30K 7.32% 7.77% 94.15
30-35K 5.22% 5.79% 90.18
35-40K 3.76% 4.33% 86.84
40-45K 2.74% 3.27% 84.03
45-50K 2.03% 2.48% 81.64
50-55K 1.52% 1.90% 79.56
55-60K 1.15% 1.47% 77.74
60-65K 0.88% 1.15% 76.13
65-70K 0.68% 0.91% 74.67
70-75K 0.53% 0.72% 73.35
75-80K 0.41% 0.57% 72.13
80-85K 0.33% 0.46% 71.01
85-90K 0.26% 0.37% 69.97
90-95K 0.21% 0.31% 68.99
95-100K 0.17% 0.25% 68.07
100K + 0.85% 1.34% 63.08

Local Map of the constituency
Eastbourne - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Eastbourne - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (7.79%)
Conservative (- 10.88%) Liberal Democrat (-  2.87%)
Conservative (1.97%) Labour (0.84%) Liberal Democrat (0.94%)
Con - 10.88%
Lab 7.79%
LD - 2.87%
Con 1.97%
Lab 0.84%
LD 0.94%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Nigel Waterson
Conservative hold
Con Conservative (44.09%) 19,738 44.09%
Lab Labour (13.33%) 5,967 13.33%
LD Liberal Democrat (39.28%) 17,584 39.28%
Oth Other (3.31%) 1,481 3.31%
Maj Majority (4.81%) 2,154 4.81%
Turn Turnout (60.68%) 44,770 60.68%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Nigel Waterson
Conservative hold
LD Chris Berry 17,584 39.28%
UK Barry Jones 907 2.03%
L Gillian Roles 5,967 13.33%
C Nigel Waterson 19,738 44.09%
Lib Maria Williamson 574 1.28%
Candidates representing 5 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Nigel Waterson
Conservative
Con Conservative (42.12%) 22,183 42.12%
Lab Labour (12.49%) 6,576 12.49%
LD Liberal Democrat (38.33%) 20,189 38.33%
Ref Referendum (5.17%) 2,724 5.17%
Oth Other (1.89%) 995 1.89%
Maj Majority (3.79%) 1,994 3.79%
Turn Turnout (72.80%) 52,667 72.80%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (53.00%) 30,548 53.00%
Lab Labour (4.70%) 2,697 4.70%
LD Liberal Democrat (41.20%) 23,739 41.20%
Oth Other (1.10%) 643 1.10%
Maj Majority (11.80%) 6,809 11.80%
Turn Turnout (81.62%) 57,627 81.62%

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