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Harborough
Conservative hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Leicester, like Nottingham, is actually a larger conurbation than the Census population figures at first sight indicate. There are very substantial parts of the built-up area which are outside the city boundaries and placed in seats without the name Leicester in the title. Perhaps the most notable of these is Harborough, which includes the substantial communities of Wigston and Oadby to the south and south east of the city. Oadby is extremely middle class and owner-occupied, Wigston a little more mixed. Their political preferences are far removed from those of the three safe Labour seats in Leicester, with a Conservative predominance and a Liberal Democrat presence. With the addition of the south eastern section of the countryside of the county, including the town of Market Harborough after which the seat is somewhat misleadingly titled, Labour can do no better than third, although they advanced by 13 per cent in 1997 to run the LDs very close for second place, letting Edward Garnier, who must have been worried about tactical voting, through fairly easily with a 42 per cent share.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Edward Garnier, a QC specialising in libel, elected here in 1992, is Shadow Attorney General. His vote for Clarke in 1997 underlined his strong support for the Maastricht Treaty and so his detachment from the Eurosceptic orthodoxy. Born 1952 into an army family, and self-described as "on the left wing of the party on social affairs" but "rather more rightwing on economics", he is drawn from a grander Tory tradition as the grandson of the 8th Baron Walsingham, and was educated at Wellington and Jesus College, Oxford. He has all the clipped mannerisms of the political lawyer.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 25.24% 14.99% 168.35
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.34% 2.13% 15.89
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 1.79% 2.49% 72.10
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 9.26% 4.43% 209.36
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 19.82% 7.27% 272.47
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.13% 2.56% 4.97
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.40% 2.04% 19.72
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.00% 3.94% 0.00
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 17.35% 13.04% 133.05
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 14.94% 12.70% 117.63
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 5.68% 8.14% 69.79
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.04% 4.02% 0.91
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 3.04% 3.19% 95.57
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 1.19% 11.31% 10.51
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.77% 3.06% 25.23
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 0.00% 2.52% 0.00
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.00% 0.06% 0.00
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 7.41% 9.41% 78.70
5-10K 14.90% 16.63% 89.58
10-15K 16.26% 16.58% 98.10
15-20K 14.10% 13.58% 103.80
20-25K 11.15% 10.39% 107.25
25-30K 8.48% 7.77% 109.09
30-35K 6.36% 5.79% 109.87
35-40K 4.76% 4.33% 109.95
40-45K 3.58% 3.27% 109.59
45-50K 2.70% 2.48% 108.97
50-55K 2.06% 1.90% 108.20
55-60K 1.58% 1.47% 107.35
60-65K 1.23% 1.15% 106.48
65-70K 0.96% 0.91% 105.62
70-75K 0.75% 0.72% 104.78
75-80K 0.60% 0.57% 103.97
80-85K 0.48% 0.46% 103.21
85-90K 0.38% 0.37% 102.49
90-95K 0.31% 0.31% 101.82
95-100K 0.25% 0.25% 101.18
100K + 1.32% 1.34% 98.00

Local Map of the constituency
Harborough - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Harborough - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (12.85%)
Conservative (- 10.88%) Liberal Democrat (-  4.88%)
Conservative (2.86%) Liberal Democrat (3.86%)
Labour (-  5.18%)
Con - 10.88%
Lab 12.85%
LD - 4.88%
Con 2.86%
Lab - 5.18%
LD 3.86%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Edward Garnier
Conservative hold
Con Conservative (44.69%) 20,748 44.69%
Lab Labour (19.97%) 9,271 19.97%
LD Liberal Democrat (33.38%) 15,496 33.38%
Oth Other (1.96%) 912 1.96%
Maj Majority (11.31%) 5,252 11.31%
Turn Turnout (63.34%) 46,427 63.34%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Edward Garnier
Conservative hold
C Edward Garnier 20,748 44.69%
LD Jill Hope 15,496 33.38%
L Raj Jethwa 9,271 19.97%
UK David Knight 912 1.96%
Candidates representing 4 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Edward Garnier
Conservative
Con Conservative (41.82%) 22,170 41.82%
Lab Labour (25.15%) 13,332 25.15%
LD Liberal Democrat (29.52%) 15,646 29.52%
Ref Referendum (3.51%) 1,859 3.51%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (12.31%) 6,524 12.31%
Turn Turnout (75.27%) 53,007 75.27%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (52.70%) 29,274 52.70%
Lab Labour (12.30%) 6,828 12.30%
LD Liberal Democrat (34.40%) 19,122 34.40%
Oth Other (0.50%) 290 0.50%
Maj Majority (18.30%) 10,152 18.30%
Turn Turnout (81.49%) 55,514 81.49%

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