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Isle of Wight
Conservative gain

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
A place of its own mind in many ways, the Isle of Wight is happy to remain the largest (and hence in theory under-represented) constituency in the United Kingdom, and that by a huge margin of more than 20,000 votes. But there is no apparent feeling here that some voters should be un-detached to influence a "mainland" seat, and this has already been agreed by the next Boundary Commission which will recommend seats which will exist until around 2015 (if there is no major reform of the electoral system). The Isle of Wight is also now a unitary local authority, of which the Liberal Democrats failed to take control in 1998, polling almost exactly the same number of votes as the Conservatives and returning a similar number of councillors (there were quite a few (11) independents too). As might perhaps be expected, well over half of the voters who turned out voted for Euro-sceptic parties in June 1999 too, and this individual and huge seat will make a rather unpredictable decision on the future of Lib Dem MP Dr Peter Brand sometime in 2001. It has been known to remove MPs before, most notably Mark Woodnutt in February 1974 after a much longer tenure that Peter Brand, who must hope he has tended his huge electorate effectively.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Dr Peter Brand, Dutch-born in 1947, married to a great-niece of Clement Attlee, and educated at Thornbury Grammar School and Birmingham University, is a local GP and former councillor. In the Liberal Democrat Health team, he raised eyebrows and the distant prospect of his own arrest last year by admitting that like countless doctors he had assisted patients towards their deaths, though presumably not since becoming an MP here.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 9.56% 14.99% 63.74
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 5.45% 2.13% 256.48
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 19.44% 2.49% 782.08
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 0.32% 4.43% 7.14
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 2.44% 7.27% 33.50
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.10% 2.56% 3.88
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 3.83% 3.94% 97.13
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 23.96% 13.04% 183.75
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 10.90% 12.70% 85.78
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 13.15% 8.14% 161.51
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 3.31% 4.02% 82.39
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 2.33% 3.19% 73.18
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 4.52% 11.31% 39.93
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.67% 3.06% 21.96
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 0.02% 0.06% 34.88
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 12.70% 9.41% 134.87
5-10K 21.30% 16.63% 128.04
10-15K 19.44% 16.58% 117.26
15-20K 14.38% 13.58% 105.88
20-25K 9.90% 10.39% 95.30
25-30K 6.68% 7.77% 85.96
30-35K 4.51% 5.79% 77.88
35-40K 3.07% 4.33% 70.95
40-45K 2.12% 3.27% 65.01
45-50K 1.49% 2.48% 59.91
50-55K 1.06% 1.90% 55.50
55-60K 0.76% 1.47% 51.67
60-65K 0.56% 1.15% 48.34
65-70K 0.41% 0.91% 45.41
70-75K 0.31% 0.72% 42.82
75-80K 0.23% 0.57% 40.53
80-85K 0.18% 0.46% 38.48
85-90K 0.14% 0.37% 36.64
90-95K 0.11% 0.31% 34.99
95-100K 0.08% 0.25% 33.50
100K + 0.36% 1.34% 26.95

Local Map of the constituency
Isle of Wight - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Isle of Wight - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (7.18%)
Conservative (- 13.91%) Liberal Democrat (-  2.85%)
Conservative (5.74%) Labour (2.06%)
Liberal Democrat (-  7.47%)
Con - 13.91%
Lab 7.18%
LD - 2.85%
Con 5.74%
Lab 2.06%
LD - 7.47%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Andrew Turner
Conservative gain
Con Conservative (39.73%) 25,223 39.73%
Lab Labour (15.24%) 9,676 15.24%
LD Liberal Democrat (35.28%) 22,397 35.28%
Oth Other (9.74%) 6,186 9.74%
Maj Majority (4.45%) 2,826 4.45%
Turn Turnout (59.72%) 63,482 59.72%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Andrew Turner
Conservative gain
LD Peter Brand 22,397 35.28%
L Deborah Gardiner 9,676 15.24%
I David Holmes 1,423 2.24%
UK David Lott 2,106 3.32%
IoW Paul Murray 1,164 1.83%
G Paul Scivier 1,279 2.01%
SL James Spensley 214 0.34%
C Andrew Turner 25,223 39.73%
Candidates representing 8 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Peter Brand
Liberal Democrat gain
Con Conservative (33.99%) 24,868 33.99%
Lab Labour (13.18%) 9,646 13.18%
LD Liberal Democrat (42.75%) 31,274 42.75%
Ref Referendum (6.47%) 4,734 6.47%
Oth Other (3.60%) 2,637 3.60%
Maj Majority (8.76%) 6,406 8.76%
Turn Turnout (71.95%) 73,159 71.95%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (47.90%) 38,163 47.90%
Lab Labour (6.00%) 4,784 6.00%
LD Liberal Democrat (45.60%) 36,336 45.60%
Oth Other (0.40%) 350 0.40%
Maj Majority (2.30%) 1,827 2.30%
Turn Turnout (78.24%) 79,633 78.24%

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