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Hexham
Conservative hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Hexham has two distinctly contrasting features. First, it is the second largest seat in area in England, after Penrith and the Border, sprawling across 250,992 hectares, stretching from south of the river Tyne to the Scottish border, and including the vast forests of Wark and Kielder, as well as the most substantial section of Hadrian's Wall. It covers most of Northumberland. As all this implies, it is heavily skewed to rural employment, not least forestry, with attractive small towns in the Tyne valley such as Hexham itself and Corbridge. Labour's only traditional centre of support is the more industrial town of Prudhoe nearer to Newcastyle, but the seat also includes one of the very best and most expensive neighbourhoods which serve as residential bases for the Geordie city, Darras Hall near Ponteland. Yet the second interesting feature is that this was held by the Conservatives by only 222 votes in 1997, making it their fourth most vulnerable seat and the third on any list of further Labour gains. This shows two things: the true extent of the Labour advance throughout Britain in 1997, and the weakness of the Conservative Party in the North of England, even in a seat which seems designed for them.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Peter Atkinson, on grounds of geographical proximity alone, is the Conservative Whip on Scottish Affairs. Elected here in 1992, he is a journalist-turned-PR man for countryside interests - in his case the British Field Sports Society, and so, predictably, a leading opponent of gun control and anti-hunting legislation. Born 1943 and educated at Cheltenham College, he learnt his free-market Toryism on Wandsworth Council. Labour's Paul Brannen works in political PR (formerly with Sarah Macaulay's company). He was born in 1962, educated at Walbottle High School, Newcastle and Leeds University, and fought Berwick upon Tweed in 1997.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 28.20% 14.99% 188.10
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 12.44% 2.13% 584.99
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 1.54% 2.49% 61.75
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 3.33% 4.43% 75.26
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 3.39% 7.27% 46.60
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 2.56% 2.56% 99.92
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.11% 2.04% 5.43
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.87% 3.94% 22.17
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 17.11% 13.04% 131.25
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 7.43% 12.70% 58.48
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 12.50% 8.14% 153.53
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 1.67% 4.02% 41.42
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 3.49% 3.19% 109.47
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 5.20% 11.31% 45.97
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.10% 3.06% 3.19
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 0.03% 2.52% 1.20
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.03% 0.06% 52.89
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 6.44% 9.41% 68.46
5-10K 13.57% 16.63% 81.58
10-15K 15.05% 16.58% 90.75
15-20K 13.34% 13.58% 98.24
20-25K 10.88% 10.39% 104.66
25-30K 8.57% 7.77% 110.27
30-35K 6.67% 5.79% 115.22
35-40K 5.18% 4.33% 119.58
40-45K 4.03% 3.27% 123.44
45-50K 3.15% 2.48% 126.86
50-55K 2.47% 1.90% 129.88
55-60K 1.95% 1.47% 132.56
60-65K 1.55% 1.15% 134.93
65-70K 1.24% 0.91% 137.03
70-75K 1.00% 0.72% 138.89
75-80K 0.81% 0.57% 140.54
80-85K 0.66% 0.46% 142.01
85-90K 0.54% 0.37% 143.31
90-95K 0.44% 0.31% 144.46
95-100K 0.36% 0.25% 145.49
100K + 2.00% 1.34% 148.99

Local Map of the constituency
Hexham - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Hexham - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (14.07%)
Conservative (- 13.64%) Liberal Democrat (-  4.27%)
Conservative (5.84%) Labour (0.37%)
Liberal Democrat (-  2.38%)
Con - 13.64%
Lab 14.07%
LD - 4.27%
Con 5.84%
Lab 0.37%
LD - 2.38%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Peter Atkinson
Conservative hold
Con Conservative (44.60%) 18,917 44.60%
Lab Labour (38.64%) 16,388 38.64%
LD Liberal Democrat (15.04%) 6,380 15.04%
Oth Other (1.72%) 728 1.72%
Maj Majority (5.96%) 2,529 5.96%
Turn Turnout (70.92%) 42,413 70.92%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Peter Atkinson
Conservative hold
C Peter Atkinson 18,917 44.60%
L Paul Branned 16,388 38.64%
LD Philip Latham 6,380 15.04%
UK Alan Patterson 728 1.72%
Candidates representing 4 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Peter Atkinson
Conservative
Con Conservative (38.76%) 17,701 38.76%
Lab Labour (38.27%) 17,479 38.27%
LD Liberal Democrat (17.43%) 7,959 17.43%
Ref Referendum (2.98%) 1,362 2.98%
Oth Other (2.56%) 1,170 2.56%
Maj Majority (0.49%) 222 0.49%
Turn Turnout (77.52%) 45,671 77.52%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (52.40%) 24,967 52.40%
Lab Labour (24.20%) 11,529 24.20%
LD Liberal Democrat (21.70%) 10,344 21.70%
Oth Other (1.60%) 781 1.60%
Maj Majority (28.20%) 13,438 28.20%
Turn Turnout (82.05%) 47,621 82.05%

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