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Hertsmere
Conservative hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
The communities of Potters Bar, Borehamwood, Elstree, Bushey and Radlett in south Hertfordshire form the constituency of Hertsmere, once represented by Cecil Parkinson, but held for the last nine years by James Clappison. The Conservative majority over Labour was only 3,000 in the 1997 General Election, after the gap was closed by a mighty 30 per cent, from 36 per cent to 6 per cent, but this trend cannot continue, surely, although it is equally unlikely that it will be fully reversed, in one step at least. Labour can rely in a more even year only on the post-war London County Council overspill estate of Borehamwood, around the ITV studios on the old film production site known as Elstree (although Elstree village is a different matter and votes Conservative). Second place looks like the best they can hope for in Hertsmere.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
James Clappison, elected here in 1992 and a man for all orthodoxies, adhered to the Thatcherite agenda in the 1980s, then bowled stooge questions at ministers in the Major government before joining it for the last two years. He sought to eject anti-Maastricht rightwingers from the 1922 Committee, and now serves Hague (for whom he voted) as No. 4 in the Treasury team. A pudgy-faced, boyish-looking son of a rich farmer, he was born in 1956, and educated at St. Peter's School, York and Queen's College, Oxford. Residually Yorkshire-accented, he assiduously nurses his vulnerable-looking constituency whose Jewish minority warms to his Zionism. Labour's Hilary Broderick was born in 1943, educated at St Edmund's College, Liverpool and Kent University, and trained as a teacher at London and Cambridge.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 33.30% 14.99% 222.10
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 2.67% 2.49% 107.53
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 0.85% 4.43% 19.11
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 4.91% 7.27% 67.47
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 4.21% 2.56% 164.31
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 2.66% 2.04% 130.43
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.18% 3.94% 4.52
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 19.73% 13.04% 151.34
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 6.22% 12.70% 48.96
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 10.16% 8.14% 124.73
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 3.80% 4.02% 94.42
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 2.31% 3.19% 72.51
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 7.42% 11.31% 65.59
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 1.17% 3.06% 38.13
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 0.42% 0.06% 666.81
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 5.27% 9.41% 55.99
5-10K 10.65% 16.63% 64.01
10-15K 12.57% 16.58% 75.83
15-20K 12.05% 13.58% 88.72
20-25K 10.56% 10.39% 101.62
25-30K 8.87% 7.77% 114.04
30-35K 7.28% 5.79% 125.77
35-40K 5.92% 4.33% 136.71
40-45K 4.79% 3.27% 146.84
45-50K 3.88% 2.48% 156.18
50-55K 3.14% 1.90% 164.77
55-60K 2.55% 1.47% 172.66
60-65K 2.07% 1.15% 179.91
65-70K 1.69% 0.91% 186.55
70-75K 1.39% 0.72% 192.65
75-80K 1.14% 0.57% 198.25
80-85K 0.94% 0.46% 203.39
85-90K 0.78% 0.37% 208.12
90-95K 0.65% 0.31% 212.46
95-100K 0.54% 0.25% 216.45
100K + 3.14% 1.34% 233.63

Local Map of the constituency
Hertsmere - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Hertsmere - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (16.39%)
Conservative (- 13.50%) Liberal Democrat (-  6.86%)
Conservative (3.54%) Liberal Democrat (2.34%)
Labour (-  2.17%)
Con - 13.50%
Lab 16.39%
LD - 6.86%
Con 3.54%
Lab - 2.17%
LD 2.34%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
James Clappison
Conservative hold
Con Conservative (47.84%) 19,855 47.84%
Lab Labour (36.03%) 14,953 36.03%
LD Liberal Democrat (15.18%) 6,300 15.18%
Oth Other (0.96%) 397 0.96%
Maj Majority (11.81%) 4,902 11.81%
Turn Turnout (60.34%) 41,505 60.34%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
James Clappison
Conservative hold
L Hilary Broderick 14,953 36.03%
C James Clappison 19,855 47.84%
SL James Dry 397 0.96%
LD Paul Thompson 6,300 15.18%
Candidates representing 4 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
James Clappison
Conservative
Con Conservative (44.30%) 22,305 44.30%
Lab Labour (38.19%) 19,230 38.19%
LD Liberal Democrat (12.84%) 6,466 12.84%
Ref Referendum (3.38%) 1,703 3.38%
Oth Other (1.28%) 644 1.28%
Maj Majority (6.11%) 3,075 6.11%
Turn Turnout (74.03%) 50,348 74.03%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (57.80%) 30,439 57.80%
Lab Labour (21.80%) 11,473 21.80%
LD Liberal Democrat (19.70%) 10,364 19.70%
Oth Other (0.70%) 347 0.70%
Maj Majority (36.00%) 18,966 36.00%
Turn Turnout (79.64%) 52,623 79.64%

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