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Gainsborough
Conservative hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
In the north west corner of Lincolnshire one finds the local government district of West Lindsey and the parliamentary constituency of Gainsborough. The River Trent is wide here, and there are often some miles between bridges into Nottinghamshire. Beside the river are to be found the industrial accoutrements of agriculture, such as grain silos and warehouses, and light engineering works manufacturing farm machinery and equipment. Gainsborough has always, since the war, remained Conservative, in the hands of Right-wing incumbents such as the fox hunting Sir Marcus Kimball and now the active and vocal Edward Leigh. At times, perhaps because the Tories have vacated the centre ground, it has seemed likely that a serious Liberal challenge has been developing, as in 1983 for example, but they have flattered only to deceive and steadily dropped back since then. In 1997 Labour took second place, but only narrowly, and with an evenly divided opposition Leigh survived easily. This pattern seems set to continue one more time at least.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Edward Leigh, a gargoyle-faced Roman Catholic right-wing Thatcherite, was elected here in 1983, rose as a minister under Margaret Thatcher but was sacked in 1993 by John Major for encouraging Europhobic Tories to oppose the Maastricht Treaty. Born 1950, son of Sir Neville Leigh KCVO, Clerk to the Privy Council, he attended the Oratory (RC) School, the French Lycee, London and Durham University. Of Margaret Thatcher he has said: "I was with her from the beginning to the end, she has been a dominant influence in my life." But he voted for Heseltine in 1990, saying he'd rather back someone who stabbed her in the front than those who had stabbed her in the back. He is solidly Catholic on divorce, embryo research, abortion and homosexuality.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 28.10% 14.99% 187.41
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 9.98% 2.13% 469.42
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 3.80% 2.49% 152.71
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 4.26% 4.43% 96.18
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 4.02% 7.27% 55.28
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.00% 2.56% 0.00
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.00% 3.94% 0.00
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 21.76% 13.04% 166.89
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 12.48% 12.70% 98.27
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 7.74% 8.14% 95.10
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 1.46% 4.02% 36.37
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 1.58% 3.19% 49.50
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 2.15% 11.31% 19.03
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.10% 3.06% 3.16
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 2.57% 2.52% 102.01
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 9.63% 9.41% 102.27
5-10K 18.38% 16.63% 110.52
10-15K 18.31% 16.58% 110.42
15-20K 14.54% 13.58% 107.07
20-25K 10.66% 10.39% 102.55
25-30K 7.60% 7.77% 97.79
30-35K 5.40% 5.79% 93.19
35-40K 3.85% 4.33% 88.90
40-45K 2.77% 3.27% 84.96
45-50K 2.02% 2.48% 81.37
50-55K 1.49% 1.90% 78.12
55-60K 1.11% 1.47% 75.18
60-65K 0.83% 1.15% 72.51
65-70K 0.64% 0.91% 70.08
70-75K 0.49% 0.72% 67.88
75-80K 0.38% 0.57% 65.87
80-85K 0.30% 0.46% 64.03
85-90K 0.23% 0.37% 62.35
90-95K 0.19% 0.31% 60.80
95-100K 0.15% 0.25% 59.38
100K + 0.71% 1.34% 52.72

Local Map of the constituency
Gainsborough - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Gainsborough - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (7.90%) Liberal Democrat (2.31%)
Conservative (- 10.31%)
Conservative (3.12%)
Labour (-  1.67%) Liberal Democrat (-  1.46%)
Con - 10.31%
Lab 7.90%
LD 2.31%
Con 3.12%
Lab - 1.67%
LD - 1.46%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Edward Leigh
Conservative hold
Con Conservative (46.21%) 19,555 46.21%
Lab Labour (27.14%) 11,484 27.14%
LD Liberal Democrat (26.65%) 11,280 26.65%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (19.07%) 8,071 19.07%
Turn Turnout (64.25%) 42,319 64.25%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Edward Leigh
Conservative hold
C Edward Leigh 19,555 46.21%
L Alan Rhodes 11,484 27.14%
LD Steve Taylor 11,280 26.65%
Candidates representing 3 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Edward Leigh
Conservative
Con Conservative (43.09%) 20,593 43.09%
Lab Labour (28.80%) 13,767 28.80%
LD Liberal Democrat (28.11%) 13,436 28.11%
Ref 0 0.00%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (14.28%) 6,826 14.28%
Turn Turnout (74.56%) 47,796 74.56%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (53.40%) 26,919 53.40%
Lab Labour (20.90%) 10,533 20.90%
LD Liberal Democrat (25.80%) 12,993 25.80%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (27.60%) 13,926 27.60%
Turn Turnout (80.33%) 50,445 80.33%

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