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Hertford & Stortford
Conservative hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Whereas other county towns like Bedford, Cambridge, Norwich and Northampton are now firmly in Labour hands, Hertford reamins at the heart of a solidly Conservative seat. Why? Partly the explanation lies in the relatively small size of Hertford itself, which with a population of 22,000 contributes only a fraction of the voters to this constituency. Bishop's Stortford is bigger (28,000), and Ware is also a medium sized town (17,000). In addition there are a large number of villages in the flat but pleasant east Hertfordshire countryside. The seat is not made up of industrial or working-class territory, but dominated by prosperous market towns which have developed as favoured office, service and residential centres. Labour advanced into second place in 1997, but remained nearly 7,000 votes behind the retiring Tory, Bowen Wells.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
For Mark Prisk, the new Conservative candidate, it should be third time lucky, after his failed bid for the Commons in two other seats in 1992 and 1997. A chartered surveyor who runs his own PR firm, he was born 1962 and educated at Truro School and Reading University (where he read land management). He is joint national co-ordinator of the Conservative Countryside Campaign, leading local campaigns in target seats on greenbelt, farming and rural issues. As a student he set up 'Youth for Peace through Nato' as part of the Tory response to the Greenham Women. Churchy, he sings in Stanmore Choral Society, is a sidesman at St. Peter's Church, Bushey Heath, and recently played the part of King Herod in Jesus Christ Superstar.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 28.64% 14.99% 191.04
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.14
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 1.63% 2.49% 65.62
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 16.43% 4.43% 371.21
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 12.53% 7.27% 172.21
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 6.27% 2.56% 244.48
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 2.32% 2.04% 113.66
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.12% 3.94% 2.92
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 10.96% 13.04% 84.08
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 3.34% 12.70% 26.30
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 8.16% 8.14% 100.17
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 2.10% 4.02% 52.20
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 1.64% 3.19% 51.43
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 5.51% 11.31% 48.72
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.35% 3.06% 11.58
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 0.00% 2.52% 0.00
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 4.52% 9.41% 48.04
5-10K 9.74% 16.63% 58.58
10-15K 12.02% 16.58% 72.50
15-20K 11.88% 13.58% 87.49
20-25K 10.65% 10.39% 102.42
25-30K 9.08% 7.77% 116.73
30-35K 7.54% 5.79% 130.14
35-40K 6.18% 4.33% 142.53
40-45K 5.02% 3.27% 153.90
45-50K 4.08% 2.48% 164.27
50-55K 3.31% 1.90% 173.72
55-60K 2.69% 1.47% 182.31
60-65K 2.19% 1.15% 190.14
65-70K 1.79% 0.91% 197.27
70-75K 1.47% 0.72% 203.77
75-80K 1.21% 0.57% 209.70
80-85K 1.00% 0.46% 215.14
85-90K 0.82% 0.37% 220.12
90-95K 0.69% 0.31% 224.70
95-100K 0.57% 0.25% 228.91
100K + 3.34% 1.34% 248.14

Local Map of the constituency
Hertford & Stortford - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Hertford & Stortford - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (14.52%)
Conservative (- 12.46%) Liberal Democrat (-  7.76%)
Conservative (0.63%) Labour (1.38%) Liberal Democrat (2.16%)
Con - 12.46%
Lab 14.52%
LD - 7.76%
Con 0.63%
Lab 1.38%
LD 2.16%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Mark Prisk
Conservative hold
Con Conservative (44.67%) 21,074 44.67%
Lab Labour (32.79%) 15,471 32.79%
LD Liberal Democrat (19.90%) 9,388 19.90%
Oth Other (2.63%) 1,243 2.63%
Maj Majority (11.88%) 5,603 11.88%
Turn Turnout (62.78%) 47,176 62.78%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Mark Prisk
Conservative hold
LD Mione Goldspink 9,388 19.90%
C Mark Prisk 21,074 44.67%
UK Stuart Rising 1,243 2.63%
L Simon Speller 15,471 32.79%
Candidates representing 4 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Bowen Wells
Conservative
Con Conservative (44.04%) 24,027 44.04%
Lab Labour (31.42%) 17,142 31.42%
LD Liberal Democrat (17.74%) 9,679 17.74%
Ref Referendum (3.86%) 2,105 3.86%
Oth Other (2.95%) 1,608 2.95%
Maj Majority (12.62%) 6,885 12.62%
Turn Turnout (76.03%) 54,561 76.03%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (56.50%) 31,942 56.50%
Lab Labour (16.90%) 9,529 16.90%
LD Liberal Democrat (25.50%) 14,408 25.50%
Oth Other (1.20%) 660 1.20%
Maj Majority (31.00%) 17,534 31.00%
Turn Turnout (80.11%) 56,539 80.11%

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