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Hove
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Like many south coast seats, Hove has changed in character and moved to the left, which is good news for the first-term MP Ivon Caplin. The newish unitary authority which combines Brighton and Hove (at one time proudly independent of each other but now much more indistinguishable) is controlled by Labour, who may well hold all three constituencies within its area against a declining local Conservative Party. Hove is widely redarded to have declind socially and economically, and although there are still excellent residential areas inland around Hove Park, the sea front has not entirely avoided the social security claimants, bedsit tenants, and assorted radicals so common in neighbouring Brighton Kempton and Pavilion, and there are much older working class centres of Labour support in places like Portslade near Shoreham Harbour and the council estate part of Hangleton. Caplin may well be the narrow favourite in Hove, actually.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Ivor Caplin, one of Labour's winners in the three-seat Brighton conurbation in 1997, is a staunchly on-message Blairite MP. A former local councillor and council leader, he was born locally in 1958, educated at King Edward's School, Witley and Brighton College of Technology, and worked in insurance for 20 years. He is keen on sport and animal welfare and saw his ultra-loyalty recognised in his appointment as Margaret Beckett's PPS. Conservative candidate Jenny Langston is the fifth likeliest woman to win a new seat for the Tories. Born 1950 and educated at Sussex University, atypically for a Tory she comes from a solid local government background, as an East Sussex County Councillor 1987-97, a Hove Councillor 1991-97, and a Brighton & Hove Councillor since 1996, and Deputy Group Leader 1996-99. She was Mayor of Brighton & Hove in 1999, and has specialised in education, social services and health.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 11.23% 14.99% 74.89
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 15.53% 2.49% 624.58
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 0.50% 4.43% 11.38
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 2.68% 7.27% 36.85
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 5.49% 2.56% 214.04
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 3.75% 2.04% 183.73
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 15.78% 3.94% 400.12
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 17.94% 13.04% 137.58
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 7.65% 12.70% 60.25
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 4.18% 8.14% 51.39
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 5.65% 4.02% 140.37
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 1.42% 3.19% 44.72
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 5.35% 11.31% 47.26
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 2.44% 3.06% 79.55
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 0.41% 2.52% 16.29
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 8.56% 9.41% 90.93
5-10K 15.25% 16.63% 91.66
10-15K 15.85% 16.58% 95.59
15-20K 13.51% 13.58% 99.46
20-25K 10.67% 10.39% 102.68
25-30K 8.18% 7.77% 105.21
30-35K 6.21% 5.79% 107.17
35-40K 4.71% 4.33% 108.66
40-45K 3.59% 3.27% 109.80
45-50K 2.75% 2.48% 110.65
50-55K 2.12% 1.90% 111.29
55-60K 1.65% 1.47% 111.74
60-65K 1.29% 1.15% 112.06
65-70K 1.02% 0.91% 112.27
70-75K 0.81% 0.72% 112.38
75-80K 0.65% 0.57% 112.42
80-85K 0.52% 0.46% 112.39
85-90K 0.42% 0.37% 112.31
90-95K 0.34% 0.31% 112.18
95-100K 0.28% 0.25% 112.01
100K + 1.48% 1.34% 109.79

Local Map of the constituency
Hove - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Hove - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (20.09%)
Conservative (- 12.64%) Liberal Democrat (-  9.75%)
Conservative (1.94%) Labour (1.26%)
Liberal Democrat (-  0.55%)
Con - 12.64%
Lab 20.09%
LD - 9.75%
Con 1.94%
Lab 1.26%
LD - 0.55%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Ivor Caplin
Labour hold
Con Conservative (38.30%) 16,082 38.30%
Lab Labour (45.85%) 19,253 45.85%
LD Liberal Democrat (9.10%) 3,823 9.10%
Oth Other (6.74%) 2,830 6.74%
Maj Majority (7.55%) 3,171 7.55%
Turn Turnout (59.23%) 41,988 59.23%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Ivor Caplin
Labour hold
G Anthea Ballam 1,369 3.26%
L Ivor Caplin 19,253 45.85%
LD Harold de Souza 3,823 9.10%
FP Simon Dobbshead 196 0.47%
LIB Nigel Donovan 316 0.75%
UK Richard Franklin 358 0.85%
C Jenny Langston 16,082 38.30%
I Thomas Major 60 0.14%
SA Andy Richards 531 1.26%
Candidates representing 9 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Ivor Caplin
Labour gain
Con Conservative (36.36%) 17,499 36.36%
Lab Labour (44.59%) 21,458 44.59%
LD Liberal Democrat (9.65%) 4,645 9.65%
Ref Referendum (4.01%) 1,931 4.01%
Oth Other (5.38%) 2,588 5.38%
Maj Majority (8.23%) 3,959 8.23%
Turn Turnout (69.72%) 48,121 69.72%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (49.00%) 24,525 49.00%
Lab Labour (24.50%) 12,257 24.50%
LD Liberal Democrat (19.40%) 9,709 19.40%
Oth Other (7.20%) 3,598 7.20%
Maj Majority (24.50%) 12,268 24.50%
Turn Turnout (72.29%) 50,089 72.29%

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