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Basingstoke
Conservative hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Basingstoke is a very modern constituency in the M3 corridor, with rapid office, hi-tech, light industrial and housing development in recent decades. There are plenty of affluent villages too, popular with commuters and frequently expanded with "executive" developments. In the 18 year period of Tory government Basingstoke was a real success story for the Conservatives, and in 1992 Andrew Hunter's majority was about 18,000. Yet New Labour showed they could appeal to modern Britain, and their candidate Nigel Lickley lost by only 2,397 in 1997. This is the sort of seat that is sufficiently rootless that Labour could actually win it one day. High swings are clearly possible, and much will depend on the continually expanding electorate's view of which prospective governing party would put more money in its pockets.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Tall and burly pipesmoking Andrew Hunter has been MP here since 1983. He is a hard rightwinger as a former defender of white South Africa and as one of a small Tory rump which votes with hardline Unionists against all power sharing in Northern Ireland. Born 1943 and educated at St Georges School, Harpenden, Jesus College, Cambridge, and (ecclesiastically) at Westcott House,Cambridge, he was a Classics master at Harrow for 12 years.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 15.35% 14.99% 102.35
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.32% 2.13% 15.18
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.78% 2.49% 31.35
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 22.57% 4.43% 510.14
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 7.32% 7.27% 100.61
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 3.19% 2.56% 124.54
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.26% 2.04% 12.62
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.60% 3.94% 15.26
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 6.25% 13.04% 47.93
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 9.31% 12.70% 73.31
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 4.36% 8.14% 53.57
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.66% 4.02% 16.40
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 3.98% 3.19% 124.94
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 24.04% 11.31% 212.56
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.32% 3.06% 10.48
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 0.46% 2.52% 18.32
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.22% 0.06% 349.63
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 5.56% 9.41% 59.11
5-10K 11.84% 16.63% 71.16
10-15K 13.73% 16.58% 82.84
15-20K 12.73% 13.58% 93.74
20-25K 10.79% 10.39% 103.78
25-30K 8.78% 7.77% 113.00
30-35K 7.03% 5.79% 121.43
35-40K 5.59% 4.33% 129.10
40-45K 4.44% 3.27% 136.02
45-50K 3.53% 2.48% 142.23
50-55K 2.81% 1.90% 147.77
55-60K 2.25% 1.47% 152.66
60-65K 1.81% 1.15% 156.97
65-70K 1.46% 0.91% 160.75
70-75K 1.18% 0.72% 164.03
75-80K 0.96% 0.57% 166.86
80-85K 0.78% 0.46% 169.30
85-90K 0.64% 0.37% 171.37
90-95K 0.53% 0.31% 173.12
95-100K 0.44% 0.25% 174.58
100K + 2.38% 1.34% 177.00

Local Map of the constituency
Basingstoke - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Basingstoke - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (14.03%)
Conservative (- 10.18%) Liberal Democrat (-  3.40%)
Labour (1.73%)
Conservative (-  0.63%) Liberal Democrat (-  3.06%)
Con - 10.18%
Lab 14.03%
LD - 3.40%
Con - 0.63%
Lab 1.73%
LD - 3.06%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Andrew Hunter
Conservative hold
Con Conservative (42.69%) 20,490 42.69%
Lab Labour (40.86%) 19,610 40.86%
LD Liberal Democrat (13.95%) 6,693 13.95%
Oth Other (2.50%) 1,202 2.50%
Maj Majority (1.83%) 880 1.83%
Turn Turnout (60.67%) 47,995 60.67%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Andrew Hunter
Conservative hold
UK Kim-Elisabeth Graham 1,202 2.50%
L Jon Hartley 19,610 40.86%
C Andrew Hunter 20,490 42.69%
LD Steve Sollitt 6,693 13.95%
Candidates representing 4 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Andrew Hunter
Conservative
Con Conservative (43.32%) 24,751 43.32%
Lab Labour (39.13%) 22,354 39.13%
LD Liberal Democrat (17.00%) 9,714 17.00%
Ref 0 0.00%
Oth Other (0.54%) 310 0.54%
Maj Majority (4.20%) 2,397 4.20%
Turn Turnout (74.16%) 57,129 74.16%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (53.50%) 33,695 53.50%
Lab Labour (25.10%) 15,809 25.10%
LD Liberal Democrat (20.40%) 12,819 20.40%
Oth Other (1.00%) 653 1.00%
Maj Majority (28.40%) 17,886 28.40%
Turn Turnout (83.63%) 62,976 83.63%

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