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Epsom & Ewell
Conservative hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
One of those Conservative holds in 1997 which retained a majority of over 10,000 because Labour and the Liberal Democrats shared the opposition vote very evenly, which also militated against tactical voting, Epsom and Ewell is a three quarters middle class, five-sixths owner occupied Surrey seat where those other parties had no substantial areas of success at local government level. Indeed the main party in Epsom is caused by a successful and well oiled Residents machine, which won 27 seats on the council in 1999 to the LDs' 9 and Labour's 3. The Conservatives did not put up a single candidate, which may actually say something about the Residents and about their own strength here. Fighting under their own colours, they will be able to get a new candidate elected in 2001 to replace the very tall Sir Archie Hamilton.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
The new Conservative candidate here is Chris Grayling, a balding international management consultant, and former television journalist and producer for BBC and Channel Four. Active in Wimbledon as a Merton Borough councillor since 1998, he was born 1962, and educated at Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe and Sidney Sussex, Cambridge (reading History). He is the author of books on the Bridgewater Canal, the brewer Joseph Holt, English life in the 1920s and Anglo-American relations since 1945; and claims he once hit Dennis Lillee for four.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 48.91% 14.99% 326.23
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 4.85% 2.49% 195.26
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 0.67% 4.43% 15.04
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 3.32% 7.27% 45.59
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 3.65% 2.56% 142.42
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 3.25% 2.04% 159.40
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 1.46% 3.94% 37.07
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 19.16% 13.04% 146.94
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 2.97% 12.70% 23.35
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 4.98% 8.14% 61.13
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.81% 4.02% 20.19
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 1.18% 3.19% 37.12
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 4.18% 11.31% 36.91
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.13% 3.06% 4.13
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 0.03% 2.52% 1.25
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.45% 0.06% 725.64
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 4.35% 9.41% 46.18
5-10K 9.12% 16.63% 54.84
10-15K 11.35% 16.58% 68.45
15-20K 11.38% 13.58% 83.81
20-25K 10.35% 10.39% 99.61
25-30K 8.95% 7.77% 115.16
30-35K 7.54% 5.79% 130.09
35-40K 6.25% 4.33% 144.20
40-45K 5.14% 3.27% 157.39
45-50K 4.21% 2.48% 169.65
50-55K 3.45% 1.90% 180.99
55-60K 2.82% 1.47% 191.46
60-65K 2.32% 1.15% 201.10
65-70K 1.90% 0.91% 209.98
70-75K 1.57% 0.72% 218.15
75-80K 1.30% 0.57% 225.67
80-85K 1.08% 0.46% 232.60
85-90K 0.90% 0.37% 238.98
90-95K 0.75% 0.31% 244.87
95-100K 0.63% 0.25% 250.30
100K + 3.69% 1.34% 274.75

Local Map of the constituency
Epsom & Ewell - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Epsom & Ewell - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (9.25%)
Conservative (- 15.48%) Liberal Democrat (-  0.35%)
Conservative (2.47%) Labour (2.13%)
Liberal Democrat (-  0.73%)
Con - 15.48%
Lab 9.25%
LD - 0.35%
Con 2.47%
Lab 2.13%
LD - 0.73%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Chris Grayling
Conservative hold
Con Conservative (48.09%) 22,430 48.09%
Lab Labour (26.48%) 12,350 26.48%
LD Liberal Democrat (22.12%) 10,316 22.12%
Oth Other (3.32%) 1,547 3.32%
Maj Majority (21.61%) 10,080 21.61%
Turn Turnout (62.81%) 46,643 62.81%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Chris Grayling
Conservative hold
C Chris Grayling 22,430 48.09%
L Charles Mansell 12,350 26.48%
LD John Vincent 10,316 22.12%
UK Graham Webster-Gardiner 1,547 3.32%
Candidates representing 4 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Archie Hamilton
Conservative
Con Conservative (45.62%) 24,717 45.62%
Lab Labour (24.35%) 13,192 24.35%
LD Liberal Democrat (22.85%) 12,380 22.85%
Ref Referendum (4.35%) 2,355 4.35%
Oth Other (2.84%) 1,537 2.84%
Maj Majority (21.27%) 11,525 21.27%
Turn Turnout (74.00%) 54,181 74.00%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (61.10%) 35,621 61.10%
Lab Labour (15.10%) 8,789 15.10%
LD Liberal Democrat (23.20%) 13,561 23.20%
Oth Other (0.60%) 372 0.60%
Maj Majority (37.80%) 22,060 37.80%
Turn Turnout (79.97%) 58,343 79.97%

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