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Banbury
Conservative hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Labour finished less than 5,000 votes behind the Conservative Tony Baldry in the 1997 General election, but in May 1999 and May 2000 they won only two of the Cherwell District wards, both in Banbury, out of the 27 within the seat. And in June 1999 the Tories finished 25pc ahead here in the Euro-elections, a swing of more than 8pc in two years. This north Oxfordshire seat has seen urban growth, mainly private, in both main towns, Banbury and Bicester, but the villages remain the true heart of the enduring Tory strength.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Barrister and Freemason Tony Baldry became Conservative MP here in 1983, and served as a minister from 1990 to 1997, ultimately as Fisheries Minister, a post which tested his customary Europhilia, but not sufficiently to ensure his inclusion in William Hague's frontbench following his three-ballot backing for Ken Clarke in 1997. Born 1950 and educated at the Quaker public school, Leighton Park, and at Sussex University, an engagingly pragmatic Wet, he graces the Tory Reform Group and the Bow Group. He was known as 'Baldrick' to his civil servants, one of whom on being asked by him which department was responsible for the decay of the West Pier at Brighton, replied 'Yours, Minister'.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 25.63% 14.99% 170.95
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.45% 2.13% 21.14
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.03% 2.49% 1.38
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 20.87% 4.43% 471.52
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 9.20% 7.27% 126.47
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 2.71% 2.56% 105.80
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 2.11% 3.94% 53.60
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 11.02% 13.04% 84.54
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 6.95% 12.70% 54.75
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 4.21% 8.14% 51.76
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.75% 4.02% 18.71
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 1.98% 3.19% 62.14
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 13.37% 11.31% 118.16
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.39% 3.06% 12.86
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 0.24% 2.52% 9.37
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.07% 0.06% 117.74
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 5.21% 9.41% 55.33
5-10K 11.95% 16.63% 71.87
10-15K 14.53% 16.58% 87.62
15-20K 13.75% 13.58% 101.23
20-25K 11.64% 10.39% 111.98
25-30K 9.32% 7.77% 119.94
30-35K 7.27% 5.79% 125.51
35-40K 5.60% 4.33% 129.18
40-45K 4.29% 3.27% 131.39
45-50K 3.29% 2.48% 132.51
50-55K 2.53% 1.90% 132.84
55-60K 1.96% 1.47% 132.60
60-65K 1.52% 1.15% 131.97
65-70K 1.19% 0.91% 131.08
70-75K 0.94% 0.72% 130.00
75-80K 0.74% 0.57% 128.82
80-85K 0.59% 0.46% 127.58
85-90K 0.47% 0.37% 126.31
90-95K 0.38% 0.31% 125.05
95-100K 0.31% 0.25% 123.80
100K + 1.57% 1.34% 116.55

Local Map of the constituency
Banbury - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Banbury - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (7.90%)
Conservative (- 12.00%) Liberal Democrat (-  1.10%)
Conservative (2.27%) Labour (0.24%)
Liberal Democrat (-  0.75%)
Con - 12.00%
Lab 7.90%
LD - 1.10%
Con 2.27%
Lab 0.24%
LD - 0.75%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Tony Baldry
Conservative hold
Con Conservative (45.17%) 23,271 45.17%
Lab Labour (35.04%) 18,052 35.04%
LD Liberal Democrat (15.95%) 8,216 15.95%
Oth Other (3.84%) 1,976 3.84%
Maj Majority (10.13%) 5,219 10.13%
Turn Turnout (61.77%) 51,515 61.77%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Tony Baldry
Conservative hold
C Tony Baldry 23,271 45.17%
G Bev Cotton 1,281 2.49%
UK Stephen Harris 695 1.35%
L Leslie Sibley 18,052 35.04%
LD Tony Worgan 8,216 15.95%
Candidates representing 5 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Anthony Baldry
Conservative
Con Conservative (42.90%) 25,076 42.90%
Lab Labour (34.80%) 20,339 34.80%
LD Liberal Democrat (16.70%) 9,761 16.70%
Ref Referendum (3.84%) 2,245 3.84%
Oth Other (1.75%) 1,025 1.75%
Maj Majority (8.10%) 4,737 8.10%
Turn Turnout (75.46%) 58,446 75.46%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (54.90%) 30,886 54.90%
Lab Labour (26.90%) 15,155 26.90%
LD Liberal Democrat (17.80%) 10,027 17.80%
Oth Other (0.40%) 241 0.40%
Maj Majority (27.90%) 15,731 27.90%
Turn Turnout (80.95%) 56,309 80.95%

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