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Hastings & Rye
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Like so many south coast resorts, Hastings may now be demonstrating a long-term decline, and a long-term movement towards Labour. It shows signs of going to seed, and many of the guest houses have been converted for use by social security claimants. Having won for the first time in 1997, the party is fairly well established in local elections, and may be able to squeeze a large municipal Liberal Democrat vote to keep the Tories out again at the next Election. Fiona Pitt-Kethley, the poet who lives in Hastings, wrote before the last election that there was little point in voting as she assumed the seat was safely Tory. This is far from being the case any more, or in foreseeable times to come.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Michael Jabez Foster, PPS to the Law Officers, won this seat in 1997 as Labour's second least expected MP. A native son of Hastings, born 1946 and educated at Hastings Grammar School and Leicester University, he has long been active in both Hastings Borough Council and East Sussex County Council and was a local solicitor for nearly twenty years, specialising in employment law. A Methodist, he employs his biblical middle name only to distinguish himself from the anti-hunting Michael Foster, MP for Worcester, whose hate mail from hunting enthusiasts otherwise comes to him. He campaigns on the social problems in Hastings, which were responsible for his election as the first non-Tory MP in 95 years. Despite his fluent advocacy of local needs, not least the jobs-creating Hastings by-pass, he is threatened by schoolteacher Mark Coote, running for the Conservatives. Born 1961 and educated at Cheltenham Grammar School and Nottingham and London Universities, Coote edits Ann Widdecombe's 'Widdy Web' website, and supplied a chapter on 'rationalising healthcare' to a Millennium Think Tank publication "Clear Blue Water".
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 7.63% 14.99% 50.87
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 2.03% 2.13% 95.69
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 10.50% 2.49% 422.41
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 4.50% 4.43% 101.63
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 2.33% 7.27% 32.05
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.00% 2.56% 0.00
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 14.65% 3.94% 371.45
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 16.11% 13.04% 123.56
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 10.49% 12.70% 82.54
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 8.34% 8.14% 102.48
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 9.36% 4.02% 232.68
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 2.31% 3.19% 72.40
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 7.78% 11.31% 68.79
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 1.95% 3.06% 63.74
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 2.02% 2.52% 80.29
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 11.87% 9.41% 126.13
5-10K 20.28% 16.63% 121.95
10-15K 18.97% 16.58% 114.39
15-20K 14.40% 13.58% 106.05
20-25K 10.18% 10.39% 97.94
25-30K 7.03% 7.77% 90.44
30-35K 4.85% 5.79% 83.65
35-40K 3.36% 4.33% 77.57
40-45K 2.36% 3.27% 72.15
45-50K 1.67% 2.48% 67.31
50-55K 1.20% 1.90% 62.99
55-60K 0.87% 1.47% 59.12
60-65K 0.64% 1.15% 55.65
65-70K 0.48% 0.91% 52.52
70-75K 0.36% 0.72% 49.68
75-80K 0.27% 0.57% 47.11
80-85K 0.21% 0.46% 44.78
85-90K 0.16% 0.37% 42.64
90-95K 0.12% 0.31% 40.68
95-100K 0.10% 0.25% 38.88
100K + 0.41% 1.34% 30.46

Local Map of the constituency
Hastings & Rye - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Hastings & Rye - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (18.67%)
Conservative (- 18.44%) Liberal Democrat (-  7.25%)
Conservative (7.46%) Labour (12.70%)
Liberal Democrat (- 17.60%)
Con - 18.44%
Lab 18.67%
LD - 7.25%
Con 7.46%
Lab 12.70%
LD - 17.60%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Michael Foster
Labour hold
Con Conservative (36.62%) 15,094 36.62%
Lab Labour (47.07%) 19,402 47.07%
LD Liberal Democrat (10.35%) 4,266 10.35%
Oth Other (5.96%) 2,456 5.96%
Maj Majority (10.45%) 4,308 10.45%
Turn Turnout (58.36%) 41,218 58.36%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Michael Foster
Labour hold
I Gillian Bargery 486 1.18%
UK Alan Coomber 911 2.21%
C Mark Coote 15,094 36.62%
L Michael Foster 19,402 47.07%
RRL Brett McLean 140 0.34%
ML John Ord-Clarke 198 0.48%
LD Graem Peters 4,266 10.35%
G Sally Phillips 721 1.75%
Candidates representing 8 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Michael Foster
Labour gain
Con Conservative (29.16%) 14,307 29.16%
Lab Labour (34.37%) 16,867 34.37%
LD Liberal Democrat (27.95%) 13,717 27.95%
Ref Referendum (5.12%) 2,511 5.12%
Oth Other (3.40%) 1,667 3.40%
Maj Majority (5.22%) 2,560 5.22%
Turn Turnout (69.71%) 49,069 69.71%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (47.60%) 25,573 47.60%
Lab Labour (15.70%) 8,458 15.70%
LD Liberal Democrat (35.20%) 18,939 35.20%
Oth Other (1.50%) 808 1.50%
Maj Majority (12.30%) 6,634 12.30%
Turn Turnout (73.52%) 53,778 73.52%

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