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Gillingham
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
The eight Labour seats in Kent, all gains from the Tories in 1997, include some of their most vulnerable anywhere in Britain, and Gillingham must be regarded as one of the least secure even of these, having been won by Paul Clark by only four per cent after a mighty 16 per cent swing from 1992-7. The seat was coterminous with the Borough of Gillingham, which was abolished in the late 1990s to become part of the new unitary authority of Medway Towns. Due to this change and re-warding, it is difficult to make much of the May 2000 elections there, especially given the Liberal Democrats' strong performance in municipal elections only; but the best estimate places Labour behind the Conservatives in Gillingham wards in 2000 (and actually behind the Lib Dems too, although as they only got 19 per cent in 1997 this is unlikely to be translated into votes in national contests). The conclusion is that the Conservative Tim Butcher is favoured in their No 16 target seat against Labour.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Paul Clark, a rather scrunch-faced, estuarially-accented AEEU apparatchik, involved in TUC educational provision, won here in 1997 as a local born (1957) former local councillor. Educated at Gillingham Grammar School and Keele University, he has been preoccupied as an MP with Thames Corridor issues as one of a rash of Labour MPs who surprisingly swept through North Kent in 1997. As Labour's seventh most unexpected new MP, he must be counted as very exposed to his Tory challenger, Tim Butcher. Born 1957, single, educated at Magna Carta Secondary School, Staines and City of London Polytechnic, he is an underwriting Member of Lloyds and leader (since 1997) of the Tory group on Elmbridge Borough Council. He was Chairman of the rightwing Selsdon Group 1994-98 and is an enthusiast for classic cars and golf.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 11.49% 14.99% 76.65
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.11% 2.49% 4.47
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 9.01% 4.43% 203.54
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 8.78% 7.27% 120.66
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.14% 2.56% 5.28
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.88% 3.94% 22.37
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 11.69% 13.04% 89.65
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 36.56% 12.70% 287.83
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 6.50% 8.14% 79.83
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 3.16% 4.02% 78.65
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 2.79% 3.19% 87.47
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 6.24% 11.31% 55.18
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.72% 3.06% 23.64
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 1.84% 2.52% 73.14
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.09% 0.06% 137.99
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 8.17% 9.41% 86.82
5-10K 15.60% 16.63% 93.79
10-15K 16.50% 16.58% 99.54
15-20K 14.04% 13.58% 103.38
20-25K 10.97% 10.39% 105.54
25-30K 8.28% 7.77% 106.46
30-35K 6.17% 5.79% 106.51
35-40K 4.59% 4.33% 105.98
40-45K 3.43% 3.27% 105.06
45-50K 2.58% 2.48% 103.89
50-55K 1.95% 1.90% 102.57
55-60K 1.49% 1.47% 101.17
60-65K 1.15% 1.15% 99.73
65-70K 0.89% 0.91% 98.28
70-75K 0.70% 0.72% 96.84
75-80K 0.55% 0.57% 95.43
80-85K 0.43% 0.46% 94.04
85-90K 0.35% 0.37% 92.70
90-95K 0.28% 0.31% 91.39
95-100K 0.23% 0.25% 90.12
100K + 1.11% 1.34% 82.61

Local Map of the constituency
Gillingham - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Gillingham - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (16.03%)
Conservative (- 16.08%) Liberal Democrat (-  4.46%)
Conservative (3.19%) Labour (4.66%)
Liberal Democrat (-  5.40%)
Con - 16.08%
Lab 16.03%
LD - 4.46%
Con 3.19%
Lab 4.66%
LD - 5.40%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Paul Clark
Labour hold
Con Conservative (39.11%) 16,510 39.11%
Lab Labour (44.49%) 18,782 44.49%
LD Liberal Democrat (13.63%) 5,755 13.63%
Oth Other (2.76%) 1,165 2.76%
Maj Majority (5.38%) 2,272 5.38%
Turn Turnout (59.54%) 42,212 59.54%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Paul Clark
Labour hold
C Tim Butcher 16,510 39.11%
L Paul Clark 18,782 44.49%
LD Jonathan Hunt 5,755 13.63%
UK Tony Scholefield 933 2.21%
SA Wynford Vaughan 232 0.55%
Candidates representing 5 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Paul Clark
Labour gain
Con Conservative (35.92%) 18,207 35.92%
Lab Labour (39.83%) 20,187 39.83%
LD Liberal Democrat (19.04%) 9,649 19.04%
Ref Referendum (2.94%) 1,492 2.94%
Oth Other (2.27%) 1,148 2.27%
Maj Majority (3.91%) 1,980 3.91%
Turn Turnout (72.00%) 50,683 72.00%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (52.00%) 29,092 52.00%
Lab Labour (23.80%) 13,332 23.80%
LD Liberal Democrat (23.50%) 13,150 23.50%
Oth Other (0.80%) 425 0.80%
Maj Majority (28.10%) 15,760 28.10%
Turn Turnout (79.11%) 55,999 79.11%

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