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Gosport
Conservative hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
South Hampshire is a rapidly expanding area, but Gosport is a compact, geographically confined and self-contained town on a peninsula over the harbour from Portsmouth, with which it shares a naval and Right-wing tradition, which belies its working class socio-economic structure: it has one of the lowest percentages of professional and managerial workers of any Conservative constituency - only 25 per cent. Unlike Portsmouth though, Gosport remained strongly in the Tory ranks even in 1997 and it looks even more like an aberrant seat now: working class but not Left-wing, or even centrist, densely populated with almost no rural element, resistant to the new appeal of New Labour.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Peter Viggers is a fading, locally born (1938) company solicitor and Lloyds underwriter, educated at Portsmouth Grammar School and Trinity College Cambridge, who nearly drowned in a sailing accident in 1993 but thought of John Major. He was elected here in 1974, and spent three years as a Northern Ireland Minister in the eighties. Since then he has concentrated on defence-related issues without being gung ho, for example on Serbia and Kosovo, where he feared British casualties. Paradoxically a Thatcherite who was also pro-European, he claims to have sung every part in Handel's Messiah and was overdue for a knighthood when the Tories lost office in 1997.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 11.81% 14.99% 78.76
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 5.67% 2.49% 227.90
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 8.40% 4.43% 189.75
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 9.85% 7.27% 135.41
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 2.68% 2.56% 104.49
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 8.61% 13.04% 66.07
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 27.11% 12.70% 213.44
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 7.91% 8.14% 97.14
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.27% 4.02% 6.61
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 2.67% 3.19% 83.92
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 10.43% 11.31% 92.20
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 2.00% 3.06% 65.37
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 2.51% 2.52% 99.71
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.08% 0.06% 130.85
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 8.42% 9.41% 89.41
5-10K 17.18% 16.63% 103.28
10-15K 18.28% 16.58% 110.27
15-20K 15.17% 13.58% 111.70
20-25K 11.36% 10.39% 109.33
25-30K 8.15% 7.77% 104.84
30-35K 5.76% 5.79% 99.41
35-40K 4.06% 4.33% 93.74
40-45K 2.88% 3.27% 88.23
45-50K 2.06% 2.48% 83.08
50-55K 1.49% 1.90% 78.35
55-60K 1.09% 1.47% 74.06
60-65K 0.81% 1.15% 70.19
65-70K 0.60% 0.91% 66.71
70-75K 0.46% 0.72% 63.57
75-80K 0.35% 0.57% 60.74
80-85K 0.27% 0.46% 58.19
85-90K 0.21% 0.37% 55.87
90-95K 0.16% 0.31% 53.77
95-100K 0.13% 0.25% 51.85
100K + 0.58% 1.34% 43.22

Local Map of the constituency
Gosport - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Gosport - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (17.06%)
Conservative (- 14.50%) Liberal Democrat (-  8.00%)
Conservative (0.04%) Labour (6.39%)
Liberal Democrat (-  4.50%)
Con - 14.50%
Lab 17.06%
LD - 8.00%
Con 0.04%
Lab 6.39%
LD - 4.50%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Peter Viggers
Conservative hold
Con Conservative (43.64%) 17,364 43.64%
Lab Labour (37.05%) 14,743 37.05%
LD Liberal Democrat (15.11%) 6,011 15.11%
Oth Other (4.20%) 1,671 4.20%
Maj Majority (6.59%) 2,621 6.59%
Turn Turnout (57.15%) 39,789 57.15%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Peter Viggers
Conservative hold
UK John Bowles 1,162 2.92%
SL Kevin Chetwynd 509 1.28%
LD Roger Roberts 6,011 15.11%
C Peter Viggers 17,364 43.64%
L Richard Williams 14,743 37.05%
Candidates representing 5 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Peter Viggers
Conservative
Con Conservative (43.60%) 21,085 43.60%
Lab Labour (30.66%) 14,827 30.66%
LD Liberal Democrat (19.60%) 9,479 19.60%
Ref Referendum (5.25%) 2,538 5.25%
Oth Other (0.88%) 426 0.88%
Maj Majority (12.94%) 6,258 12.94%
Turn Turnout (70.25%) 48,355 70.25%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (58.10%) 31,094 58.10%
Lab Labour (13.60%) 7,275 13.60%
LD Liberal Democrat (27.60%) 14,776 27.60%
Oth Other (0.60%) 332 0.60%
Maj Majority (30.50%) 16,318 30.50%
Turn Turnout (76.55%) 53,477 76.55%

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