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Exeter
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
The Exeter constituency exactly covers the local government City of Exeter district. In May 2000, by no means a particularly good time for Labour, they still took control of the council with 22 members to six for the Conservatives and eight for the Liberal Democrats; although in terms of percentage vote it was closer, with Labour taking 33pc to the Conservatives' 28pc and the Liberal Democrats' 25pc (Greens and Others accounted for the rest). This all suggests that Ben Bradshaw will start as favourite to retain this hard-fought marginal, but that the result is once again no foregone conclusion. With any luck it will not be as bitter as it was last time, when Bradshaw was attacked for his sexual orientation by the Right-wing Conservative Adrian Rogers, a former director of the Conservative Family Campaign, and gave back as good as he got.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
The former BBC journalist Ben Bradshaw won here in 1997, defeating the Tories' notoriously "homophobic" Dr Adrian Rogers. A parted-down-the-middle Hugh Grant lookalike, he is a vicar's son, born 1960, and educated at Thorpe St Andrew School, Norwich and Sussex University. Though he prefers to be known as "a Labour MP who happens to be gay" he has inevitably been identified as one of six Labour MPs who have declared their homosexuality. He behaves like a very loyal Blairite, favours early entry to a European currency, and has obtained a Commons 'spouse's' pass for his partner.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 6.45% 14.99% 42.99
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 4.87% 2.49% 195.96
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 3.23% 4.43% 72.94
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 5.04% 7.27% 69.34
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 7.02% 2.56% 273.82
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 1.07% 2.04% 52.55
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 6.25% 3.94% 158.40
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 18.47% 13.04% 141.68
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 15.21% 12.70% 119.75
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 8.77% 8.14% 107.75
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 8.90% 4.02% 221.27
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 1.71% 3.19% 53.75
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 10.64% 11.31% 94.10
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 1.30% 3.06% 42.54
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 1.04% 2.52% 41.33
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.01% 0.06% 20.26
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 10.69% 9.41% 113.59
5-10K 20.32% 16.63% 122.17
10-15K 19.54% 16.58% 117.85
15-20K 14.86% 13.58% 109.37
20-25K 10.39% 10.39% 100.01
25-30K 7.08% 7.77% 91.09
30-35K 4.81% 5.79% 83.09
35-40K 3.30% 4.33% 76.13
40-45K 2.29% 3.27% 70.15
45-50K 1.61% 2.48% 65.03
50-55K 1.16% 1.90% 60.66
55-60K 0.84% 1.47% 56.92
60-65K 0.62% 1.15% 53.70
65-70K 0.46% 0.91% 50.92
70-75K 0.35% 0.72% 48.50
75-80K 0.27% 0.57% 46.38
80-85K 0.21% 0.46% 44.51
85-90K 0.16% 0.37% 42.86
90-95K 0.13% 0.31% 41.39
95-100K 0.10% 0.25% 40.07
100K + 0.46% 1.34% 34.31

Local Map of the constituency
Exeter - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Exeter - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (11.32%)
Conservative (- 12.50%) Liberal Democrat (-  1.38%)
Labour (2.26%)
Conservative (-  1.17%) Liberal Democrat (-  5.64%)
Con - 12.50%
Lab 11.32%
LD - 1.38%
Con - 1.17%
Lab 2.26%
LD - 5.64%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Ben Bradshaw
Labour hold
Con Conservative (27.43%) 14,435 27.43%
Lab Labour (49.78%) 26,194 49.78%
LD Liberal Democrat (12.38%) 6,512 12.38%
Oth Other (10.41%) 5,475 10.41%
Maj Majority (22.35%) 11,759 22.35%
Turn Turnout (64.21%) 52,616 64.21%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Ben Bradshaw
Labour hold
L Ben Bradshaw 26,194 49.78%
SA Francis Choules 530 1.01%
LD Richard Copus 6,512 12.38%
G Paul Edwards 1,240 2.36%
C Anne Jobson 14,435 27.43%
Lib David Morrish 2,596 4.93%
UK John Stuart 1,109 2.11%
Candidates representing 7 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Ben Bradshaw
Labour gain
Con Conservative (28.60%) 17,693 28.60%
Lab Labour (47.52%) 29,398 47.52%
LD Liberal Democrat (18.02%) 11,148 18.02%
Ref 0 0.00%
Oth Other (5.86%) 3,625 5.86%
Maj Majority (18.92%) 11,705 18.92%
Turn Turnout (78.16%) 61,864 78.16%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (41.10%) 25,693 41.10%
Lab Labour (36.20%) 22,629 36.20%
LD Liberal Democrat (19.40%) 12,129 19.40%
Oth Other (3.20%) 1,993 3.20%
Maj Majority (4.90%) 3,064 4.90%
Turn Turnout (81.53%) 62,444 81.53%

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