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Kensington & Chelsea
Conservative hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Surely one of the safest Conservative seats in the country, if not the safest, it is a fair bet that whatever his longer-term future, Michael Portillo will not suffer another public humiliation on Election Night 2001 as in Enfield Southgate in 1997. The Tory vote here is not only massive, but it is solid, and low-swinging. With its convenient location in southwest-central London, and omitting the Labour-inclined wards of far north Kensington at the 'wrong' end of Ladbroke Grove, it is indeed a plum seat for whichever Conservative (in recent years these have been a colourful breed in Kensington and Chelsea) holds it.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Michael Portillo, the emblematically unpopular, if dignified, Thatcherite victim of May 1997, was elected here at the November 1999 byelection in revamped socially-conscious form, including admission of his earlier homosexuality. Born 1953 and educated at Harrow County School for Boys and Peterhouse, Cambridge, he worked as a party apparatchik for eight years until first entering the Commons in 1984. A consummate professional politician, as demonstrated by first his advocacy, and then demolition, of the poll tax, and his rebranding in opposition, his move from Shadow Chancellor to Leader of the Opposition depends on the scale of the Conservatives' anticipated second defeat.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 0.25% 14.99% 1.64
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.05% 2.13% 2.57
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.98% 2.49% 39.40
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 0.03% 4.43% 0.76
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 0.01% 7.27% 0.14
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 22.20% 2.56% 865.75
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 7.31% 2.04% 358.16
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 63.73% 3.94% 1,616.02
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 0.20% 13.04% 1.53
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 0.00% 12.70% 0.00
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 0.00% 8.14% 0.00
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.41% 4.02% 10.18
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 0.00% 3.19% 0.00
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 0.00% 11.31% 0.00
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 2.62% 3.06% 85.55
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 0.00% 2.52% 0.00
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 2.08% 2.10% 99.13
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.12% 0.06% 195.54
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 2.55% 9.41% 27.10
5-10K 6.22% 16.63% 37.43
10-15K 8.70% 16.58% 52.48
15-20K 9.61% 13.58% 70.77
20-25K 9.48% 10.39% 91.20
25-30K 8.78% 7.77% 112.97
30-35K 7.85% 5.79% 135.46
35-40K 6.85% 4.33% 158.17
40-45K 5.90% 3.27% 180.77
45-50K 5.04% 2.48% 203.01
50-55K 4.28% 1.90% 224.72
55-60K 3.62% 1.47% 245.77
60-65K 3.06% 1.15% 266.12
65-70K 2.59% 0.91% 285.70
70-75K 2.19% 0.72% 304.52
75-80K 1.85% 0.57% 322.57
80-85K 1.57% 0.46% 339.87
85-90K 1.34% 0.37% 356.43
90-95K 1.14% 0.31% 372.28
95-100K 0.97% 0.25% 387.44
100K + 6.33% 1.34% 470.70

Local Map of the constituency
Kensington & Chelsea - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Kensington & Chelsea - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (11.26%) Liberal Democrat (2.08%)
Conservative (- 14.58%)
Conservative (0.84%) Liberal Democrat (0.47%)
Labour (-  4.78%)
Con - 14.58%
Lab 11.26%
LD 2.08%
Con 0.84%
Lab - 4.78%
LD 0.47%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Michael Portillo
Conservative hold
Con Conservative (54.46%) 15,270 54.46%
Lab Labour (23.18%) 6,499 23.18%
LD Liberal Democrat (15.75%) 4,416 15.75%
Oth Other (6.61%) 1,853 6.61%
Maj Majority (31.28%) 8,771 31.28%
Turn Turnout (45.22%) 28,038 45.22%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Michael Portillo
Conservative hold
JW Ginger Crab 100 0.36%
LD Kishwer Falkner 4,416 15.75%
UK Nicholas Hockney 416 1.48%
C Michael Portillo 15,270 54.46%
P Josephine Quintavalle 179 0.64%
L Simon Stanley 6,499 23.18%
G Julia Stephenson 1,158 4.13%
Candidates representing 7 parties stood for election to this seat.
Byelection Results
By Election (25 November 1999)
Death of Rt Hon Alan Kenneth Mackenzie Clark on 5 September 1999
Michael Portillo
Conservative
Con Conservative (56.39%) 11,004 56.39%
Lab Labour (22.03%) 4,298 22.03%
LD Liberal Democrat (9.38%) 1,831 9.38%
Oth Other (12.20%) 2,380 12.20%
Maj Majority (34.37%) 6,706 34.37%
Turn Turnout (29.68%) 19,513 29.68%
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Alan Clark
Conservative
Con Conservative (53.62%) 19,887 53.62%
Lab Labour (27.96%) 10,368 27.96%
LD Liberal Democrat (15.28%) 5,668 15.28%
Ref 0 0.00%
Oth Other (3.14%) 1,165 3.14%
Maj Majority (25.67%) 9,519 25.67%
Turn Turnout (54.71%) 37,088 54.71%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (68.20%) 28,979 68.20%
Lab Labour (16.70%) 7,080 16.70%
LD Liberal Democrat (13.20%) 5,590 13.20%
Oth Other (2.00%) 855 2.00%
Maj Majority (51.50%) 21,899 51.50%
Turn Turnout (66.36%) 42,504 66.36%

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