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Bath
Liberal Democrat hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
The Liberal Democrats returned by far the largest number of councillors on the new unitary authority of Bath and North East Somerset in its inaugural elections in 1999 and are strong favourites to hold the spa town again in the forthcoming general election. Don Foster capitalised on local election success to defeat the Conservative MP Chris Patten even as the latter was orchestrating John Major's single general election win in 1992. Patten has gone on to new challenges with the European Commission, but Foster is now established as a senior and well-entrenched Liberal Democrat.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Don Foster, who won the seat in 1992 is currently Lib Dem Environment spokesman, having long shadowed Education. An ambitious and abrasive former public school science teacher, he was born in 1947 and educated at Lancaster Royal Grammar School and Keele University, and reached Bath via educational research at Bristol University. He takes an urban PC line against rural interests such as gun control and hunting, and a suburban line against the scourge of Leylandii, and backs Lib-Lab tactical voting. In a seat held uninterruptedly by the Conservatives for 68 years before his victory, he faces 31-year-old Bristol solicitor Ashley Fox as his new Tory opponent.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 18.36% 14.99% 122.45
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 4.57% 2.49% 183.97
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 1.00% 4.43% 22.53
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 1.22% 7.27% 16.83
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 11.00% 2.56% 428.72
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.57% 2.04% 27.93
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 13.39% 3.94% 339.43
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 11.20% 13.04% 85.90
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 8.02% 12.70% 63.16
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 9.18% 8.14% 112.75
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 10.18% 4.02% 253.10
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 3.45% 3.19% 108.40
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 5.79% 11.31% 51.21
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 1.45% 3.06% 47.23
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 0.58% 2.52% 23.22
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.03% 0.06% 54.79
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 9.91% 9.41% 105.28
5-10K 16.76% 16.63% 100.78
10-15K 16.65% 16.58% 100.41
15-20K 13.66% 13.58% 100.55
20-25K 10.45% 10.39% 100.56
25-30K 7.80% 7.77% 100.37
30-35K 5.79% 5.79% 99.99
35-40K 4.31% 4.33% 99.49
40-45K 3.23% 3.27% 98.90
45-50K 2.44% 2.48% 98.28
50-55K 1.86% 1.90% 97.63
55-60K 1.43% 1.47% 96.98
60-65K 1.11% 1.15% 96.33
65-70K 0.87% 0.91% 95.70
70-75K 0.68% 0.72% 95.09
75-80K 0.54% 0.57% 94.50
80-85K 0.43% 0.46% 93.92
85-90K 0.35% 0.37% 93.37
90-95K 0.28% 0.31% 92.83
95-100K 0.23% 0.25% 92.31
100K + 1.20% 1.34% 89.20

Local Map of the constituency
Bath - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Bath - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (8.15%) Liberal Democrat (1.57%)
Conservative (- 12.19%)
Liberal Democrat (2.01%)
Conservative (-  2.10%) Labour (-  0.65%)
Con - 12.19%
Lab 8.15%
LD 1.57%
Con - 2.10%
Lab - 0.65%
LD 2.01%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Don Foster
Liberal Democrat hold
Con Conservative (29.11%) 13,478 29.11%
Lab Labour (15.70%) 7,269 15.70%
LD Liberal Democrat (50.48%) 23,372 50.48%
Oth Other (4.70%) 2,177 4.70%
Maj Majority (21.37%) 9,894 21.37%
Turn Turnout (64.87%) 46,296 64.87%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Don Foster
Liberal Democrat hold
G Mike Boulton 1,469 3.17%
LD Don Foster 23,372 50.48%
C Ashley Fox 13,478 29.11%
L Marilyn Hawkings 7,269 15.70%
UK Andrew Tettenborn 708 1.53%
Candidates representing 5 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Don Foster
Liberal Democrat
Con Conservative (31.21%) 16,850 31.21%
Lab Labour (16.35%) 8,828 16.35%
LD Liberal Democrat (48.47%) 26,169 48.47%
Ref Referendum (2.21%) 1,192 2.21%
Oth Other (1.76%) 950 1.76%
Maj Majority (17.26%) 9,319 17.26%
Turn Turnout (76.24%) 53,989 76.24%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Liberal Democrat
Con Conservative (43.40%) 25,289 43.40%
Lab Labour (8.20%) 4,761 8.20%
LD Liberal Democrat (46.90%) 27,298 46.90%
Oth Other (1.50%) 874 1.50%
Maj Majority (3.50%) 2,009 3.50%
Turn Turnout (82.85%) 58,222 82.85%

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