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Grantham & Stamford
Conservative hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Set in south west Lincolnshire, this seat looks, feels and plays the part of a solid Conservative banker. Stamford is a delightful example of a relatively unspoilt medieval English town, just off the A1, in the shadow of the Burghley House of the Cecil family, with its town centre of fine churches, houses and shops frequently hijacked by film crews - for example as the setting of Middlemarch. Grantham is the home town of the Iron Lady herself; there is a blue plaque above her father's substantial corner shop, and blue remains the colour of the seat as a whole, despite the usual huge swing to Labour in 1997 and the presence of strongly Labour wards in parts of Grantham such as Harrowby (to the east) and Earlesfield (to the west).

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Quentin Davies, a Defence spokesman, was elected here in 1987, but had to wait until the Conservatives were in opposition to reach the front bench, in 1998. A pin-striped merchant banker (and before that a diplomat) with a loud-voiced arrogant manner, he is seen by one former Commons clerk as "a complete pain in the arse". He is a Thatcherite Europhile who disliked his heroine's Bruges speech, and upped his profile by savaging David Willetts' "dissembling weasel words" over the Hamilton affair. Born 1944, educated at Leighton Park School, Reading, Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge and Harvard, his Europhilia made him a Clarke-backer in 1997, but it is as much his age and unclubbability that probably preclude his ever reaching government office. Labour's John Robinson, born 1958 and educated at Sedgefield Community College and at Teesside College, is a nurse-turned-administrator as Director of Business Development with Hospital Health Care
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 15.99% 14.99% 106.64
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 3.44% 2.13% 161.94
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 3.83% 2.49% 154.02
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 10.04% 4.43% 226.91
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 12.15% 7.27% 167.06
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.02% 2.56% 0.90
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 1.03% 3.94% 26.16
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 20.11% 13.04% 154.19
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 9.78% 12.70% 77.02
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 11.55% 8.14% 141.85
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 2.35% 4.02% 58.42
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 1.41% 3.19% 44.41
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 4.94% 11.31% 43.70
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.32% 3.06% 10.41
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 3.01% 2.52% 119.48
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.02% 0.06% 27.34
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 8.54% 9.41% 90.75
5-10K 16.88% 16.63% 101.49
10-15K 17.55% 16.58% 105.85
15-20K 14.47% 13.58% 106.52
20-25K 10.94% 10.39% 105.31
25-30K 8.02% 7.77% 103.21
30-35K 5.83% 5.79% 100.72
35-40K 4.25% 4.33% 98.12
40-45K 3.12% 3.27% 95.53
45-50K 2.31% 2.48% 93.02
50-55K 1.73% 1.90% 90.63
55-60K 1.30% 1.47% 88.38
60-65K 0.99% 1.15% 86.26
65-70K 0.76% 0.91% 84.28
70-75K 0.59% 0.72% 82.43
75-80K 0.46% 0.57% 80.71
80-85K 0.37% 0.46% 79.10
85-90K 0.29% 0.37% 77.60
90-95K 0.23% 0.31% 76.20
95-100K 0.19% 0.25% 74.90
100K + 0.92% 1.34% 68.39

Local Map of the constituency
Grantham & Stamford - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Grantham & Stamford - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (11.62%)
Conservative (- 15.10%) Liberal Democrat (-  3.52%)
Conservative (3.28%) Liberal Democrat (1.92%)
Labour (-  1.40%)
Con - 15.10%
Lab 11.62%
LD - 3.52%
Con 3.28%
Lab - 1.40%
LD 1.92%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Quentin Davies
Conservative hold
Con Conservative (46.08%) 21,329 46.08%
Lab Labour (36.32%) 16,811 36.32%
LD Liberal Democrat (14.40%) 6,665 14.40%
Oth Other (3.21%) 1,484 3.21%
Maj Majority (9.76%) 4,518 9.76%
Turn Turnout (62.20%) 46,289 62.20%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Quentin Davies
Conservative hold
LD Jane Carr 6,665 14.40%
C Quentin Davies 21,329 46.08%
L John Robinson 16,811 36.32%
UK Marilyn Swain 1,484 3.21%
Candidates representing 4 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Quentin Davies
Conservative
Con Conservative (42.80%) 22,672 42.80%
Lab Labour (37.72%) 19,980 37.72%
LD Liberal Democrat (12.48%) 6,612 12.48%
Ref Referendum (5.14%) 2,721 5.14%
Oth Other (1.86%) 985 1.86%
Maj Majority (5.08%) 2,692 5.08%
Turn Turnout (73.25%) 52,970 73.25%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (57.90%) 31,263 57.90%
Lab Labour (26.10%) 14,105 26.10%
LD Liberal Democrat (16.00%) 8,663 16.00%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (31.80%) 17,158 31.80%
Turn Turnout (80.13%) 54,031 80.13%

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