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Faversham & Mid Kent
Conservative hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
When Kent was granted an extra seat by the Boundary Commission in 1995, this was it. Be not fooled by the name. This constituency does not contain the bulk of either the former seats of Faversham or Mid Kent. Rather it contains territory from four old seats, of which the greatest single element was one not mentioned in the title, Maidstone. The eastern part of that town contains the council housing flavoured wards of Park Wood and Shepway, which Ann Widdecombe will be glad to lose from Maidstone, but they are outvoted by the town of Faversham (most of the seat of that name is in Sittingbourne and Sheppey) and the villages of Mid Kent (most of the former seat of that name is now in Chatham and Aylesford). Labour did well to get within just over 4,000 of the retiring MP Andrew Rowe in 1997, but further progress is unlikely.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
New Conservative candidate Hugh Robertson, as a former officer in the Life Guards (1985-95) comes with a traditional pedigree. Born 1962, he attended King's School Canterbury and Sandhurst, and qualified in land management at Reading University. With service in Northern Ireland, the Gulf War, Bosnia and Cyprus, he quit the Army to find a parliamentary seat, joining the Tories in 1995. Currently with Schroeder Investment Management, in 1993 he commanded the Household Cavalry at Trooping the Colour and at the State Opening of Parliament, and will make a suitable, soldierly chum for Julian Brazier next door in Canterbury.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 26.91% 14.99% 179.51
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.70% 2.13% 32.90
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 1.07% 2.49% 42.93
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 8.67% 4.43% 195.84
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 7.78% 7.27% 106.96
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.04% 2.56% 1.58
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.09% 3.94% 2.22
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 22.78% 13.04% 174.71
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 8.78% 12.70% 69.10
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 8.71% 8.14% 106.95
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 2.51% 4.02% 62.51
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 2.31% 3.19% 72.38
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 6.29% 11.31% 55.64
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.72% 3.06% 23.65
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 2.64% 2.52% 104.64
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.00% 0.06% 7.22
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 7.74% 9.41% 82.25
5-10K 14.08% 16.63% 84.64
10-15K 14.92% 16.58% 89.98
15-20K 13.05% 13.58% 96.06
20-25K 10.61% 10.39% 102.05
25-30K 8.36% 7.77% 107.60
30-35K 6.52% 5.79% 112.58
35-40K 5.07% 4.33% 116.98
40-45K 3.94% 3.27% 120.81
45-50K 3.08% 2.48% 124.11
50-55K 2.42% 1.90% 126.94
55-60K 1.91% 1.47% 129.35
60-65K 1.51% 1.15% 131.39
65-70K 1.21% 0.91% 133.10
70-75K 0.97% 0.72% 134.53
75-80K 0.78% 0.57% 135.71
80-85K 0.63% 0.46% 136.68
85-90K 0.51% 0.37% 137.46
90-95K 0.42% 0.31% 138.08
95-100K 0.35% 0.25% 138.55
100K + 1.86% 1.34% 138.23

Local Map of the constituency
Faversham & Mid Kent - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Faversham & Mid Kent - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (12.97%)
Conservative (- 14.82%) Liberal Democrat (-  4.63%)
Conservative (1.27%) Liberal Democrat (1.10%)
Labour (-  0.51%)
Con - 14.82%
Lab 12.97%
LD - 4.63%
Con 1.27%
Lab - 0.51%
LD 1.10%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Hugh Robertson
Conservative hold
Con Conservative (45.65%) 18,739 45.65%
Lab Labour (35.46%) 14,556 35.46%
LD Liberal Democrat (13.47%) 5,529 13.47%
Oth Other (5.42%) 2,227 5.42%
Maj Majority (10.19%) 4,183 10.19%
Turn Turnout (60.41%) 41,051 60.41%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Hugh Robertson
Conservative hold
L Grahame Birchall 14,556 35.46%
RRL Norman Davidson 600 1.46%
UK Jim Gascoyne 828 2.02%
G Penny Kemp 799 1.95%
C Hugh Robertson 18,739 45.65%
LD Mike Sole 5,529 13.47%
Candidates representing 6 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Andrew Rowe
Conservative
Con Conservative (44.38%) 22,016 44.38%
Lab Labour (35.97%) 17,843 35.97%
LD Liberal Democrat (12.37%) 6,138 12.37%
Ref Referendum (4.18%) 2,073 4.18%
Oth Other (3.10%) 1,536 3.10%
Maj Majority (8.41%) 4,173 8.41%
Turn Turnout (73.50%) 49,606 73.50%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (59.20%) 32,047 59.20%
Lab Labour (23.00%) 12,448 23.00%
LD Liberal Democrat (17.00%) 9,225 17.00%
Oth Other (0.80%) 456 0.80%
Maj Majority (36.20%) 19,599 36.20%
Turn Turnout (81.62%) 54,176 81.62%

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