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Gravesham
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
The Conservatives' chances of regaining this seat, one of their eight losses in the county of Kent, seem slim, as the Borough of Gravesham returned almost twice as many Labour councillors (29 to 15) in elections on the same boundaries in May 1999, and were nearly nine per cent ahead in the aggregate of the popular vote on a turnout of 32 per cent in a midterm year. Chris Pond, the former director of the Low Pay Unit, looks likely to draw his parliamentary salary for another term.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Chris Pond, PPS to Paymaster General Dawn Primarolo, ought to have expected something better as a high profile social policy expert who ran the Low Pay Unit before being elected here in 1997, but may not have been well served by a soft-spoken, unpartisan manner. A milkman's son, born 1952, educated at secondary schools in Palmers Green and Southgate, and Sussex University, he held various university research posts before spending 17 years at the Low Pay Unit. Now divorced from ex-MEP Carole Tongue, he has been dubbed a "stomach-churning loyalist" by the Independent, and a government "stooge" by Tory MP Julie Kirkbride.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 17.11% 14.99% 114.09
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.07% 2.13% 3.15
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.72% 2.49% 28.91
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 1.85% 4.43% 41.89
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 10.76% 7.27% 147.87
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.62% 2.56% 24.13
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 1.70% 3.94% 43.02
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 10.00% 13.04% 76.66
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 19.69% 12.70% 154.99
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 9.80% 8.14% 120.33
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 4.89% 4.02% 121.70
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 5.36% 3.19% 168.12
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 11.17% 11.31% 98.74
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 1.56% 3.06% 50.89
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 4.41% 2.52% 174.95
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.31% 2.10% 15.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.00% 0.06% 7.04
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 8.60% 9.41% 91.35
5-10K 15.21% 16.63% 91.43
10-15K 15.89% 16.58% 95.86
15-20K 13.63% 13.58% 100.38
20-25K 10.81% 10.39% 104.01
25-30K 8.29% 7.77% 106.65
30-35K 6.28% 5.79% 108.43
35-40K 4.75% 4.33% 109.53
40-45K 3.60% 3.27% 110.11
45-50K 2.74% 2.48% 110.31
50-55K 2.10% 1.90% 110.23
55-60K 1.62% 1.47% 109.95
60-65K 1.26% 1.15% 109.52
65-70K 0.99% 0.91% 109.00
70-75K 0.78% 0.72% 108.41
75-80K 0.62% 0.57% 107.78
80-85K 0.50% 0.46% 107.13
85-90K 0.40% 0.37% 106.45
90-95K 0.32% 0.31% 105.78
95-100K 0.26% 0.25% 105.11
100K + 1.35% 1.34% 100.78

Local Map of the constituency
Gravesham - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Gravesham - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (9.29%)
Conservative (- 10.76%) Liberal Democrat (-  1.15%)
Labour (0.21%) Liberal Democrat (1.49%)
Conservative (-  0.08%)
Con - 10.76%
Lab 9.29%
LD - 1.15%
Con - 0.08%
Lab 0.21%
LD 1.49%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Chris Pond
Labour hold
Con Conservative (38.75%) 16,911 38.75%
Lab Labour (49.89%) 21,773 49.89%
LD Liberal Democrat (9.24%) 4,031 9.24%
Oth Other (2.12%) 924 2.12%
Maj Majority (11.14%) 4,862 11.14%
Turn Turnout (62.71%) 43,639 62.71%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Chris Pond
Labour hold
C Jacques Arnold 16,911 38.75%
UK William Jenner 924 2.12%
LD Bruce Parmenter 4,031 9.24%
L Chris Pond 21,773 49.89%
Candidates representing 4 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Chris Pond
Labour gain
Con Conservative (38.84%) 20,681 38.84%
Lab Labour (49.69%) 26,460 49.69%
LD Liberal Democrat (7.75%) 4,128 7.75%
Ref Referendum (2.71%) 1,441 2.71%
Oth Other (1.02%) 543 1.02%
Maj Majority (10.85%) 5,779 10.85%
Turn Turnout (76.92%) 53,253 76.92%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (49.60%) 29,031 49.60%
Lab Labour (40.40%) 23,663 40.40%
LD Liberal Democrat (8.90%) 5,207 8.90%
Oth Other (1.10%) 634 1.10%
Maj Majority (9.20%) 5,368 9.20%
Turn Turnout (83.01%) 58,535 83.01%

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