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Essex North
Conservative hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Essex is a large and growing county, and thus it was awarded an extra seat by the Boundary Commission in their 1995 report which came into force at the 1997 General Election. It is arguable that Essex North is that constituency, for it contains what seem to be bits left over from other divisions, most notably the rural areas around Colchester which had to be placed somewhere when that town was united in a single compact urban core. In fact Essex North entirely surrounds Colchester in a doughnut-style boundary solution. The fact that it is a ragbag can also be seen in its name. There are no large towns here, but four with a population of around 7,000: Brightlingsea at the mouth of the river Colne; West Mersea on its island on the Blackwater; Wivenhoe, the site of the most distinguished University of Essex, or in Essex as the political scientist Ivor Crewe who has been its Pro Vice Chancellor says; and Tiptree, known for its manufacture of jam. With the villages in the rural area running from the Blackwater all the way to the Stour on the Suffolk border it is jam today for the Conservative front bencher Bernard Jenkin, and he need not worry about how to preserve his seat in the Commons.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Bernard Jenkin, Shadow Transport Minister, elected first in 1992, is son of former Thatcher Cabinet Minister, Patrick Jenkin, than whom he sees himself as less "cautious" and "more controversial". He says of himself: "I used to be a wet but I'm all right now." But to Tory wet Peter Bottomley his personal and political life is comparable to a large dead fish in a painting by Gail Lilley. Born 1959 and educated at Highgate School, William Ellis School, and Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, he worked as a venture capital manager, and in 1998 voted to lower the homosexual age of consent to 16. As Transport spokesman he wants a full sell-off of the Tube, as Constitution spokesman he opposed devolution. He has been described as "one of the cleverest young dicks on the Eurosceptic benches".
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 42.47% 14.99% 283.25
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 1.79% 2.13% 84.06
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 2.74% 2.49% 110.03
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 5.88% 4.43% 132.92
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 9.71% 7.27% 133.43
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.49% 2.56% 19.25
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.39% 2.04% 19.18
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.09% 3.94% 2.31
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 23.82% 13.04% 182.65
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 4.17% 12.70% 32.84
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 5.66% 8.14% 69.45
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.14% 4.02% 3.44
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 0.46% 3.19% 14.41
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 2.02% 11.31% 17.89
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.18% 3.06% 5.88
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 0.00% 2.52% 0.00
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 7.36% 9.41% 78.22
5-10K 14.34% 16.63% 86.21
10-15K 15.59% 16.58% 94.01
15-20K 13.65% 13.58% 100.52
20-25K 10.98% 10.39% 105.60
25-30K 8.51% 7.77% 109.43
30-35K 6.50% 5.79% 112.25
35-40K 4.95% 4.33% 114.29
40-45K 3.78% 3.27% 115.72
45-50K 2.90% 2.48% 116.69
50-55K 2.23% 1.90% 117.31
55-60K 1.74% 1.47% 117.68
60-65K 1.36% 1.15% 117.86
65-70K 1.07% 0.91% 117.91
70-75K 0.85% 0.72% 117.85
75-80K 0.68% 0.57% 117.72
80-85K 0.54% 0.46% 117.54
85-90K 0.44% 0.37% 117.34
90-95K 0.36% 0.31% 117.11
95-100K 0.29% 0.25% 116.87
100K + 1.55% 1.34% 115.60

Local Map of the constituency
Essex North - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Essex North - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (14.11%)
Conservative (- 13.80%) Liberal Democrat (-  2.62%)
Conservative (3.55%)
Labour (-  1.75%) Liberal Democrat (-  2.08%)
Con - 13.80%
Lab 14.11%
LD - 2.62%
Con 3.55%
Lab - 1.75%
LD - 2.08%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Bernard Jenkin
Conservative hold
Con Conservative (47.45%) 21,325 47.45%
Lab Labour (31.46%) 14,139 31.46%
LD Liberal Democrat (17.50%) 7,867 17.50%
Oth Other (3.59%) 1,613 3.59%
Maj Majority (15.99%) 7,186 15.99%
Turn Turnout (62.70%) 44,944 62.70%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Bernard Jenkin
Conservative hold
UK George Curtis 1,613 3.59%
LD Trevor Ellis 7,867 17.50%
L Philip Hawkins 14,139 31.46%
C Bernard Jenkin 21,325 47.45%
Candidates representing 4 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Bernard Jenkin
Conservative
Con Conservative (43.90%) 22,480 43.90%
Lab Labour (33.21%) 17,004 33.21%
LD Liberal Democrat (19.58%) 10,028 19.58%
Ref 0 0.00%
Oth Other (3.31%) 1,697 3.31%
Maj Majority (10.69%) 5,476 10.69%
Turn Turnout (75.30%) 51,209 75.30%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (57.70%) 31,309 57.70%
Lab Labour (19.10%) 10,347 19.10%
LD Liberal Democrat (22.20%) 12,059 22.20%
Oth Other (1.00%) 544 1.00%
Maj Majority (35.50%) 19,250 35.50%
Turn Turnout (81.30%) 54,259 81.30%

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