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Havant
Conservative hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Situated just north of Portsmouth, Havant is a much larger population centre than is commonly thought. The population of the borough of Havant increased from 35,000 in 1951 to 109,000 in 1971, and some wards have even had to be transferred from this seat bearing its name to Hampshire East. The seat is not particularly middle class, and has a relatively low proportion of voters with advanced educational qualifications; and there are large council estates in the seat in wards like Barncroft, Battins, Bondfields and Warren Park. Yet like other seats in the Portsmouth area (Gosport, Fareham) Havant has demonstrated a consistent loyalty to the Right, and if it is not intellectual itself, it certainly has no objection to returning a multiple brainbox as MP, David Willetts.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
David Willetts, currently Shadow Social Security Secretary, whose two brains did not stop him dissembling over Neil Hamilton, co-authored the book "Is Conservatism Dead?" and concluded it wasn't, so long as one meant "civic conservatism", aka a further retreat of the State. Born 1956 and educated at King Edward's School, Birmingham and Christ Church, Oxford, he spent his entire life as a policy worker for Tory ministers or at the Centre for Policy Studies, until election here in 1992. Apart from his slip-up over Sir Geoffrey Johnson-Smith's "wanting" advice on Neil Hamilton, his rise has been effortless, as befits the professional politician, trimming as required. Otherwise "massively clever", but without "bottomless reserves of humour", he has drawn the short straw as drafter of the Conservative election manifesto.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 22.54% 14.99% 150.30
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 1.42% 2.13% 66.96
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 4.64% 2.49% 186.68
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 0.40% 4.43% 8.93
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 6.23% 7.27% 85.70
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.93% 2.56% 36.20
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.18% 2.04% 8.98
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.46% 3.94% 11.77
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 15.58% 13.04% 119.49
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 10.83% 12.70% 85.26
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 8.74% 8.14% 107.35
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.62% 4.02% 15.41
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 2.57% 3.19% 80.78
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 22.30% 11.31% 197.16
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 1.00% 3.06% 32.68
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 1.55% 2.52% 61.47
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 9.68% 9.41% 102.88
5-10K 18.09% 16.63% 108.76
10-15K 17.86% 16.58% 107.72
15-20K 14.17% 13.58% 104.30
20-25K 10.44% 10.39% 100.44
25-30K 7.53% 7.77% 96.83
30-35K 5.43% 5.79% 93.66
35-40K 3.94% 4.33% 90.95
40-45K 2.89% 3.27% 88.64
45-50K 2.15% 2.48% 86.67
50-55K 1.62% 1.90% 84.98
55-60K 1.23% 1.47% 83.53
60-65K 0.95% 1.15% 82.27
65-70K 0.74% 0.91% 81.16
70-75K 0.58% 0.72% 80.20
75-80K 0.46% 0.57% 79.34
80-85K 0.36% 0.46% 78.58
85-90K 0.29% 0.37% 77.91
90-95K 0.24% 0.31% 77.31
95-100K 0.19% 0.25% 76.78
100K + 1.01% 1.34% 74.94

Local Map of the constituency
Havant - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Havant - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (12.22%)
Conservative (- 13.16%) Liberal Democrat (-  3.74%)
Conservative (4.20%) Labour (1.51%)
Liberal Democrat (-  3.80%)
Con - 13.16%
Lab 12.22%
LD - 3.74%
Con 4.20%
Lab 1.51%
LD - 3.80%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
David Willetts
Conservative hold
Con Conservative (43.94%) 17,769 43.94%
Lab Labour (33.54%) 13,562 33.54%
LD Liberal Democrat (18.57%) 7,508 18.57%
Oth Other (3.95%) 1,598 3.95%
Maj Majority (10.40%) 4,207 10.40%
Turn Turnout (57.56%) 40,437 57.56%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
David Willetts
Conservative hold
LD Helana Coles 7,508 18.57%
UK Tim Cuell 561 1.39%
L Peter Guthrie 13,562 33.54%
G Kevin Jacks 793 1.96%
I Roy Stanley 244 0.60%
C David Willetts 17,769 43.94%
Candidates representing 6 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
David Willetts
Conservative
Con Conservative (39.74%) 19,204 39.74%
Lab Labour (32.02%) 15,475 32.02%
LD Liberal Democrat (22.36%) 10,806 22.36%
Ref Referendum (4.96%) 2,395 4.96%
Oth Other (0.91%) 442 0.91%
Maj Majority (7.72%) 3,729 7.72%
Turn Turnout (70.63%) 48,322 70.63%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (52.90%) 27,981 52.90%
Lab Labour (19.80%) 10,465 19.80%
LD Liberal Democrat (26.10%) 13,812 26.10%
Oth Other (1.30%) 678 1.30%
Maj Majority (26.80%) 14,169 26.80%
Turn Turnout (77.25%) 52,936 77.25%

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