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Epping Forest
Conservative hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
That Epping Forest is a very safe Tory seat is demonstrated not only by Eleanor Laing's ability to hold it by 5,000 over Labour in 1997 but also by Steven Norris's victory in a by-election in the middle of the 18 years of Conservative government in 1988. Apart from the untypical Labour strength in the overspill estate of Debden, this inner Essex seat is based on commuter resorts at the very north-eastern end of the Central Line underground at Theydon Bois, Chigwell and Epping itself. Although it escaped being included in the Greater London Council area, there are many London connections here such as the Bank of England printing works at Loughton, and it should not be forgotten that the Epping forest itself belongs to the Corporation of the City of London.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Eleanor Laing, one of a mere handful of new Tory MPs in 1997, was quickly onto the front bench, first as a Whip in 1999, and as a spokesman on Scotland in 2000. Itinerant, as all ambitious Scots Tories must be, she was born in 1958, and educated at St. Columba's School, Kilmacolm and Edinburgh University, where she read law. She became a party apparatchik first for Transport Secretary John MacGregor, then at Central Office. With some courage she spoke and voted for homosexual sex at 16, to the accompaniment of Nick Winterton's bullying interventions. More conventionally, she opposes Scottish devolution, abolition of grant maintained schools, and positive discrimination in favour of women candidates.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 30.70% 14.99% 204.76
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 1.86% 2.49% 74.85
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 0.53% 4.43% 11.87
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 4.27% 7.27% 58.69
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 6.23% 2.56% 242.86
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 3.30% 2.04% 161.69
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.11% 3.94% 2.66
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 18.15% 13.04% 139.23
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 9.48% 12.70% 74.61
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 10.36% 8.14% 127.20
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.59% 4.02% 14.73
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 6.44% 3.19% 202.25
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 6.26% 11.31% 55.36
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 1.34% 3.06% 43.64
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 0.39% 2.52% 15.34
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 6.28% 9.41% 66.70
5-10K 11.21% 16.63% 67.39
10-15K 12.61% 16.58% 76.07
15-20K 11.82% 13.58% 87.00
20-25K 10.25% 10.39% 98.63
25-30K 8.57% 7.77% 110.26
30-35K 7.04% 5.79% 121.55
35-40K 5.73% 4.33% 132.31
40-45K 4.65% 3.27% 142.46
45-50K 3.77% 2.48% 151.96
50-55K 3.06% 1.90% 160.82
55-60K 2.49% 1.47% 169.04
60-65K 2.03% 1.15% 176.65
65-70K 1.67% 0.91% 183.70
70-75K 1.37% 0.72% 190.22
75-80K 1.13% 0.57% 196.25
80-85K 0.93% 0.46% 201.82
85-90K 0.78% 0.37% 206.97
90-95K 0.65% 0.31% 211.73
95-100K 0.54% 0.25% 216.13
100K + 3.17% 1.34% 235.73

Local Map of the constituency
Epping Forest - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Epping Forest - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (12.99%)
Conservative (- 14.30%) Liberal Democrat (-  3.35%)
Conservative (3.62%) Liberal Democrat (5.24%)
Labour (-  6.34%)
Con - 14.30%
Lab 12.99%
LD - 3.35%
Con 3.62%
Lab - 6.34%
LD 5.24%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Eleanor Laing
Conservative hold
Con Conservative (49.12%) 20,833 49.12%
Lab Labour (29.25%) 12,407 29.25%
LD Liberal Democrat (18.59%) 7,884 18.59%
Oth Other (3.04%) 1,290 3.04%
Maj Majority (19.87%) 8,426 19.87%
Turn Turnout (58.39%) 42,414 58.39%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Eleanor Laing
Conservative hold
LD Michael Heavens 7,884 18.59%
C Eleanor Laing 20,833 49.12%
L Christopher Naylor 12,407 29.25%
UK Andrew Smith 1,290 3.04%
Candidates representing 4 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Eleanor Laing
Conservative
Con Conservative (45.50%) 24,117 45.50%
Lab Labour (35.59%) 18,865 35.59%
LD Liberal Democrat (13.35%) 7,074 13.35%
Ref Referendum (4.17%) 2,208 4.17%
Oth Other (1.40%) 743 1.40%
Maj Majority (9.91%) 5,252 9.91%
Turn Turnout (72.82%) 53,007 72.82%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (59.80%) 34,034 59.80%
Lab Labour (22.60%) 12,851 22.60%
LD Liberal Democrat (16.70%) 9,520 16.70%
Oth Other (1.00%) 544 1.00%
Maj Majority (37.20%) 21,183 37.20%
Turn Turnout (79.11%) 56,949 79.11%

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