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Hemel Hempstead
Conservative gain

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
If the Conservatives do not recover seats like Hemel Hempstead in west Hertfordshire, they will come nowhere near approaching governmental office again. This is exactly the sort of seat which may be expected to produce the closest of contests in the 2001 General Election that almost everyone anticipates. A mixture of affluent south east England suburbia and one of the most prosperous of the post-war Reith Commission new towns, it would take a 3.3 per cent swing to dislodge Tony McWalter. This could happen with Labour still holding an overall majority of 100 though, so the Conservatives must hope that he will not even come close again.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Tony McWalter, Labour's balding, red-faced victor here in 1997, cuts an eccentric dash as a Kantian philosopher, who prudently avoids discussing his hero on the doorsteps of Hemel Hempstead. Born 1945 and educated at St. Benedict's (RC), Ealing, he collected four degrees at Aberystwyth and McMaster Universities, and at University College, Oxford. An ex-poly lecturer for 25 years, in philosophy and computing, his Catholicism is reflected in an interest in Northern Ireland, his Kantian idealism in abstentions on lone parent and disability benefit cuts, and his political defeat - which doubtless he will take philosophically - rests with the Tory challenger.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 21.17% 14.99% 141.21
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.59% 2.49% 23.78
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 3.89% 4.43% 88.02
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 8.80% 7.27% 120.96
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 3.93% 2.56% 153.33
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 1.58% 2.04% 77.56
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 1.49% 3.94% 37.88
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 11.86% 13.04% 90.94
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 7.78% 12.70% 61.23
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 11.00% 8.14% 135.13
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.47% 4.02% 11.71
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 3.59% 3.19% 112.78
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 22.35% 11.31% 197.62
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 1.04% 3.06% 33.81
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 0.43% 2.52% 17.06
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.01% 0.06% 23.25
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 6.86% 9.41% 72.86
5-10K 12.80% 16.63% 76.94
10-15K 14.22% 16.58% 85.75
15-20K 12.91% 13.58% 95.01
20-25K 10.77% 10.39% 103.63
25-30K 8.65% 7.77% 111.32
30-35K 6.84% 5.79% 118.05
35-40K 5.37% 4.33% 123.91
40-45K 4.21% 3.27% 128.99
45-50K 3.31% 2.48% 133.42
50-55K 2.61% 1.90% 137.28
55-60K 2.07% 1.47% 140.65
60-65K 1.65% 1.15% 143.62
65-70K 1.33% 0.91% 146.24
70-75K 1.07% 0.72% 148.56
75-80K 0.87% 0.57% 150.62
80-85K 0.71% 0.46% 152.46
85-90K 0.58% 0.37% 154.10
90-95K 0.47% 0.31% 155.58
95-100K 0.39% 0.25% 156.90
100K + 2.18% 1.34% 162.09

Local Map of the constituency
Hemel Hempstead - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Hemel Hempstead - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (13.20%)
Conservative (- 10.80%) Liberal Democrat (-  3.08%)
Conservative (0.20%) Liberal Democrat (0.76%)
Labour (- 45.70%)
Con - 10.80%
Lab 13.20%
LD - 3.08%
Con 0.20%
Lab - 45.70%
LD 0.76%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Tony McWalter
Conservative gain
Con Conservative (39.29%) 17,647 39.29%
Lab 0 0.00%
LD Liberal Democrat (13.09%) 5,877 13.09%
Oth Other (47.62%) 21,389 47.62%
Maj Majority (26.21%) 11,770 26.21%
Turn Turnout (62.30%) 44,913 62.30%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Tony McWalter
Conservative gain
C Paul Ivey 17,647 39.29%
LC Tony McWalter 21,389 47.62%
Barry Newton 0 0.00%
LD Neil Stuart 5,877 13.09%
Candidates representing 4 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Tony McWalter
Labour gain
Con Conservative (39.10%) 21,539 39.10%
Lab Labour (45.70%) 25,175 45.70%
LD Liberal Democrat (12.32%) 6,789 12.32%
Ref Referendum (2.41%) 1,327 2.41%
Oth Other (0.48%) 262 0.48%
Maj Majority (6.60%) 3,636 6.60%
Turn Turnout (77.09%) 55,092 77.09%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (49.90%) 29,248 49.90%
Lab Labour (32.50%) 19,090 32.50%
LD Liberal Democrat (15.40%) 9,005 15.40%
Oth Other (2.20%) 1,313 2.20%
Maj Majority (17.30%) 10,158 17.30%
Turn Turnout (82.07%) 58,656 82.07%

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