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Hampshire East
Conservative hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Apparently made up of the leftovers from other seats as Hampshire has frequently had to have its boundaries redrawn due to the most rapid population growth in absolute terms of any county in Britain, East Hampshire is a very safe Conservative seat. Less than 40 of these retained an overall majority in the five figure range in the 1997 election, but Michael Mates's seat comfortably did so. It ranges from the country town of Petersfield and the suburbs of Havant in the south up to Alton and the nearby villages which were formerly in the Winchester seat.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Michael Mates, of Asil Nadir 'Don't Let the Buggers Get You Down' fame, has been MP here (previously Petersfield) since 1974. Big, burly, bushy-eye-browed and of military bearing, Lt. Colonel Mates was born in 1934, attended Blundell's School and (inconclusively) King's College, Cambridge and served in the Queen's Dragoon Guards for twenty years. Somewhat mired in allegations over links with arms companies while a member of the Defence Select Committee, as a One Nation Europhile, and leading the Heseltine (1990) and Clarke (1997) campaigns, he also angered Thatcherites by heading the poll-tax rebellion. He has to dream of a Clarke leadership as his only route to redemption.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 40.01% 14.99% 266.88
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 2.08% 2.13% 97.94
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 2.68% 2.49% 107.99
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 10.97% 4.43% 247.90
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 11.04% 7.27% 151.73
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 1.21% 2.56% 47.08
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.65% 2.04% 32.02
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.00% 3.94% 0.00
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 18.17% 13.04% 139.36
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 2.32% 12.70% 18.25
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 3.71% 8.14% 45.60
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.00% 4.02% 0.00
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 1.34% 3.19% 42.02
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 5.14% 11.31% 45.46
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.48% 3.06% 15.51
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 0.18% 2.52% 7.09
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.01% 0.06% 22.86
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 5.52% 9.41% 58.60
5-10K 11.84% 16.63% 71.19
10-15K 14.01% 16.58% 84.51
15-20K 13.10% 13.58% 96.47
20-25K 11.09% 10.39% 106.71
25-30K 8.97% 7.77% 115.37
30-35K 7.11% 5.79% 122.72
35-40K 5.59% 4.33% 128.98
40-45K 4.39% 3.27% 134.37
45-50K 3.45% 2.48% 139.05
50-55K 2.73% 1.90% 143.15
55-60K 2.16% 1.47% 146.79
60-65K 1.73% 1.15% 150.04
65-70K 1.39% 0.91% 152.97
70-75K 1.12% 0.72% 155.64
75-80K 0.91% 0.57% 158.08
80-85K 0.74% 0.46% 160.34
85-90K 0.61% 0.37% 162.43
90-95K 0.50% 0.31% 164.39
95-100K 0.42% 0.25% 166.22
100K + 2.37% 1.34% 176.32

Local Map of the constituency
Hampshire East - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Hampshire East - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (7.71%) Liberal Democrat (0.61%)
Conservative (- 12.56%)
Labour (2.51%) Liberal Democrat (1.84%)
Conservative (-  0.42%)
Con - 12.56%
Lab 7.71%
LD 0.61%
Con - 0.42%
Lab 2.51%
LD 1.84%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Michael Mates
Conservative hold
Con Conservative (47.62%) 23,950 47.62%
Lab Labour (19.62%) 9,866 19.62%
LD Liberal Democrat (29.95%) 15,060 29.95%
Oth Other (2.81%) 1,413 2.81%
Maj Majority (17.68%) 8,890 17.68%
Turn Turnout (63.82%) 50,289 63.82%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Michael Mates
Conservative hold
LD Robert Booker 15,060 29.95%
L Barbara Burfoot 9,866 19.62%
UK Stephen Coles 1,413 2.81%
C Michael Mates 23,950 47.62%
Candidates representing 4 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Michael Mates
Conservative
Con Conservative (48.04%) 27,927 48.04%
Lab Labour (17.11%) 9,945 17.11%
LD Liberal Democrat (28.11%) 16,337 28.11%
Ref Referendum (4.74%) 2,757 4.74%
Oth Other (2.00%) 1,162 2.00%
Maj Majority (19.94%) 11,590 19.94%
Turn Turnout (75.88%) 58,128 75.88%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (60.60%) 35,960 60.60%
Lab Labour (9.40%) 5,605 9.40%
LD Liberal Democrat (27.50%) 16,303 27.50%
Oth Other (2.40%) 1,451 2.40%
Maj Majority (33.10%) 19,657 33.10%
Turn Turnout (80.43%) 59,319 80.43%

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