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Hereford
Liberal Democrat hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Providing the debate in the next General Election campaign does not centre on Europe (the Conservatives were well ahead here in the Euro-elections in 1999) the Liberal Democrats' Paul Keetch should retain this 1997 gain, with his strength based on the Lib Dems' long-term local dominance of the city of Hereford, although it is now subsumed in the new unitary authority of Herefordshire, revived in time for all-out elections in May 2000.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Paul Keetch, victor here in 1997, is in the Liberal tradition of local boy made good - born (1961) in Hereford, educated at Hereford High School and Sixth Form College, a former local councillor, with an ear close to the ground as an ex-PR man, defending Hereford cattle farmers and voting conservatively on hunting, and a Defence spokesman by 2000, reflecting the importance of the local presence of the SAS HQ. A classic Liberal Democrat professional politician, right down to the statement that for him "cider has always been a passion".
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 15.58% 14.99% 103.92
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 10.16% 2.13% 477.66
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 1.87% 2.49% 75.34
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 4.28% 4.43% 96.74
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 4.45% 7.27% 61.16
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.91% 2.56% 35.41
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 2.84% 3.94% 72.12
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 15.62% 13.04% 119.81
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 8.66% 12.70% 68.15
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 9.64% 8.14% 118.38
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 4.30% 4.02% 106.88
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 3.38% 3.19% 106.12
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 16.70% 11.31% 147.61
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 1.35% 3.06% 44.01
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 0.19% 2.52% 7.49
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.08% 0.06% 125.54
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 9.98% 9.41% 106.05
5-10K 18.96% 16.63% 113.97
10-15K 18.59% 16.58% 112.16
15-20K 14.54% 13.58% 107.06
20-25K 10.52% 10.39% 101.17
25-30K 7.42% 7.77% 95.44
30-35K 5.23% 5.79% 90.21
35-40K 3.71% 4.33% 85.55
40-45K 2.66% 3.27% 81.45
45-50K 1.93% 2.48% 77.85
50-55K 1.42% 1.90% 74.68
55-60K 1.06% 1.47% 71.90
60-65K 0.80% 1.15% 69.43
65-70K 0.61% 0.91% 67.24
70-75K 0.47% 0.72% 65.28
75-80K 0.37% 0.57% 63.53
80-85K 0.29% 0.46% 61.94
85-90K 0.23% 0.37% 60.50
90-95K 0.18% 0.31% 59.19
95-100K 0.14% 0.25% 58.00
100K + 0.70% 1.34% 52.37

Local Map of the constituency
Hereford - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Hereford - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (1.95%) Liberal Democrat (6.65%)
Conservative (- 11.70%)
Conservative (3.43%) Labour (2.56%)
Liberal Democrat (-  7.09%)
Con - 11.70%
Lab 1.95%
LD 6.65%
Con 3.43%
Lab 2.56%
LD - 7.09%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Paul Keetch
Liberal Democrat hold
Con Conservative (38.73%) 17,276 38.73%
Lab Labour (15.11%) 6,739 15.11%
LD Liberal Democrat (40.86%) 18,224 40.86%
Oth Other (5.30%) 2,365 5.30%
Maj Majority (2.13%) 948 2.13%
Turn Turnout (63.44%) 44,604 63.44%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Paul Keetch
Liberal Democrat hold
UK Clive Easton 1,184 2.65%
G David Gillet 1,181 2.65%
L David Hallam 6,739 15.11%
LD Paul Keetch 18,224 40.86%
C Virginia Taylor 17,276 38.73%
Candidates representing 5 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Paul Keetch
Liberal Democrat gain
Con Conservative (35.30%) 18,550 35.30%
Lab Labour (12.55%) 6,596 12.55%
LD Liberal Democrat (47.95%) 25,198 47.95%
Ref Referendum (4.20%) 2,209 4.20%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (12.65%) 6,648 12.65%
Turn Turnout (75.22%) 52,553 75.22%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (47.00%) 26,217 47.00%
Lab Labour (10.60%) 5,910 10.60%
LD Liberal Democrat (41.30%) 23,063 41.30%
Oth Other (1.10%) 587 1.10%
Maj Majority (5.70%) 3,154 5.70%
Turn Turnout (80.77%) 55,777 80.77%

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