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Harrogate & Knaresborough
Liberal Democrat hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Norman Lamont's bid to move his parliamentary base to Harrogate in 1997 failed miserably against the local Liberal Democrat stalwart Phil Willis, and a more local candidate is unlikely to do much better. Harrogate showed in 1997 that a large northern spa town can show itself every bit as sympathetic to the Liberal Democrats in a general election as its south western counterparts Bath and Cheltenham, and Phil Willis will hope for as long as tenure as Don Foster and Nigel Jones. Liberal Democrat efforts will die hard here.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Phil Willis, a white-haired, black-bushy-eye-browed school teacher of Irish descent, won here for the Liberal Democrats in 1997, by ending the Commons' career of Norman Lamont. Typecast as the Party's education spokesman, he can sound like a fairly routine NUT activist on abolishing grammar schools, disliking Chris Woodhead, and in opposing Tory plans for opted-out schools. A policeman's son, born 1941, he was educated at Burnley Grammar School, City of Leeds and Carnegie College, and Birmingham University, and spent 35 years at the chalk face. He opposes revision of the Commons oath for the benefit of Sinn Fein's MPs, and calls for the 30pc 'No' minority in Northern Ireland not to be forgotten.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 26.26% 14.99% 175.18
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 4.52% 2.49% 181.65
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 4.37% 4.43% 98.67
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 4.64% 7.27% 63.80
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 6.40% 2.56% 249.40
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.56% 2.04% 27.29
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 4.96% 3.94% 125.85
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 19.73% 13.04% 151.28
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 10.71% 12.70% 84.29
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 5.28% 8.14% 64.84
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 5.93% 4.02% 147.44
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 0.70% 3.19% 21.84
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 3.65% 11.31% 32.31
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 1.59% 3.06% 51.87
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 0.68% 2.52% 26.83
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.04% 0.06% 61.80
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 6.90% 9.41% 73.25
5-10K 13.83% 16.63% 83.14
10-15K 15.45% 16.58% 93.16
15-20K 13.77% 13.58% 101.38
20-25K 11.19% 10.39% 107.62
25-30K 8.72% 7.77% 112.18
30-35K 6.68% 5.79% 115.40
35-40K 5.09% 4.33% 117.58
40-45K 3.88% 3.27% 118.96
45-50K 2.97% 2.48% 119.74
50-55K 2.29% 1.90% 120.07
55-60K 1.77% 1.47% 120.04
60-65K 1.38% 1.15% 119.74
65-70K 1.08% 0.91% 119.25
70-75K 0.85% 0.72% 118.60
75-80K 0.68% 0.57% 117.83
80-85K 0.54% 0.46% 116.97
85-90K 0.43% 0.37% 116.05
90-95K 0.35% 0.31% 115.08
95-100K 0.29% 0.25% 114.07
100K + 1.43% 1.34% 106.64

Local Map of the constituency
Harrogate & Knaresborough - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Harrogate & Knaresborough - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Liberal Democrat (18.14%)
Conservative (- 13.35%) Labour (-  4.77%)
Labour (25.89%) Liberal Democrat (4.05%)
Conservative (- 31.10%)
Con - 13.35%
Lab - 4.77%
LD 18.14%
Con - 31.10%
Lab 25.89%
LD 4.05%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Phil Willis
Liberal Democrat hold
Con Conservative (7.35%) 3,101 7.35%
Lab Labour (34.61%) 14,600 34.61%
LD Liberal Democrat (55.58%) 23,445 55.58%
Oth Other (2.45%) 1,033 2.45%
Maj Majority (20.97%) 8,845 20.97%
Turn Turnout (64.71%) 42,179 64.71%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Phil Willis
Liberal Democrat hold
UK Bill Brown 761 1.80%
P John Cornforth 272 0.64%
L Andrew Jones 14,600 34.61%
C Alastair MacDonald 3,101 7.35%
LD Phil Willis 23,445 55.58%
Candidates representing 5 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Phil Willis
Liberal Democrat gain
Con Conservative (38.45%) 18,322 38.45%
Lab Labour (8.73%) 4,159 8.73%
LD Liberal Democrat (51.54%) 24,558 51.54%
Ref 0 0.00%
Oth Other (1.29%) 614 1.29%
Maj Majority (13.09%) 6,236 13.09%
Turn Turnout (73.14%) 47,653 73.14%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (51.80%) 25,909 51.80%
Lab Labour (13.50%) 6,777 13.50%
LD Liberal Democrat (33.40%) 16,698 33.40%
Oth Other (1.30%) 658 1.30%
Maj Majority (18.40%) 9,211 18.40%
Turn Turnout (76.68%) 50,042 76.68%

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