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Kingston & Surbiton
Liberal Democrat hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
The Liberal Democrats' second closest win in 1997 (56 votes), Kingston and Surbiton is the most vulnerable of the five they are defending in outer SW London. This is not just because of their almost non-existent cushion, but also because Kingston is the weakest of the three London Boroughs involved for the Lib Dems, who have based their success in neighbouring Richmond upon Thames and Sutton on long-term and comfortable control of those boroughs. In May 1998 the Lib Dem candidates in Ed Davey's seat were just one pc ahead in the wards that make up this seat. A close and perhaps abrasive fight may be expected between this able young MP and his new challenger, the experienced former Conservative member for Dover, David Shaw.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Edward Davey, a Liberal Democrat Treasury spokesman, and co-originator of his Party's 'penny on income tax to pay for education' policy, won the seat in 1997 to his great and justifiable surprise given the subsequent loss of his party's control of Kingston Council a year later. A management consultant, he was born in 1965 and educated at Nottingham High School, Jesus College, Oxford and Birkbeck College, London. Clean-cut and personable, if to some patronising, he faces a hard fight against Conservative David Shaw, one of the more controversial partisan Thatcherite backbenchers during the 10 years (1987-97) he represented Dover. Disregarding Central Office advice, he has deserted Dover to seek a comeback in the town where he started his political career as a councillor. Born 1950, educated at King's College School, Wimbledon, and City of London Polytechnic, he was previously a chartered accountant with Coopers and Lybrand, has had directorships in local radio, brewing and pubs, and run a computer consultancy and property company. With a reputation among Labour MPs as a 'muck-raker', he sought to pin charges of nepotism in Monklands Council on Labour leader and local MP, John Smith, and since 1997 has fed Tory spokesmen with material on the financial links between Peter Mandelson and Geoffrey Robinson.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 22.24% 14.99% 148.36
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 1.73% 2.49% 69.56
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 0.44% 4.43% 9.96
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 2.54% 7.27% 34.90
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 7.52% 2.56% 293.08
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 11.79% 2.04% 577.47
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 7.65% 3.94% 193.88
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 16.67% 13.04% 127.83
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 15.50% 12.70% 122.02
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 1.81% 8.14% 22.17
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 4.93% 4.02% 122.70
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 1.43% 3.19% 44.77
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 2.82% 11.31% 24.90
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 2.73% 3.06% 89.06
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 0.00% 2.52% 0.00
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.15% 2.10% 7.26
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.07% 0.06% 108.12
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 4.78% 9.41% 50.76
5-10K 10.15% 16.63% 61.00
10-15K 12.48% 16.58% 75.30
15-20K 12.22% 13.58% 89.99
20-25K 10.80% 10.39% 103.96
25-30K 9.08% 7.77% 116.84
30-35K 7.45% 5.79% 128.54
35-40K 6.03% 4.33% 139.11
40-45K 4.85% 3.27% 148.64
45-50K 3.90% 2.48% 157.25
50-55K 3.14% 1.90% 165.05
55-60K 2.54% 1.47% 172.14
60-65K 2.06% 1.15% 178.61
65-70K 1.67% 0.91% 184.54
70-75K 1.37% 0.72% 190.00
75-80K 1.12% 0.57% 195.05
80-85K 0.92% 0.46% 199.74
85-90K 0.76% 0.37% 204.10
90-95K 0.64% 0.31% 208.19
95-100K 0.53% 0.25% 212.02
100K + 3.12% 1.34% 232.23

Local Map of the constituency
Kingston & Surbiton - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Kingston & Surbiton - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (3.41%) Liberal Democrat (10.77%)
Conservative (- 16.43%)
Liberal Democrat (23.51%)
Conservative (-  8.32%) Labour (- 14.25%)
Con - 16.43%
Lab 3.41%
LD 10.77%
Con - 8.32%
Lab - 14.25%
LD 23.51%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Edward Davey
Liberal Democrat hold
Con Conservative (28.24%) 13,866 28.24%
Lab Labour (8.76%) 4,302 8.76%
LD Liberal Democrat (60.18%) 29,542 60.18%
Oth Other (2.82%) 1,383 2.82%
Maj Majority (31.93%) 15,676 31.93%
Turn Turnout (67.54%) 49,093 67.54%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Edward Davey
Liberal Democrat hold
UK Amy Burns 438 0.89%
LD Edward Davey 29,542 60.18%
SL John Hayball 319 0.65%
U Jeremy Middleton 54 0.11%
C David Shaw 13,866 28.24%
G Chris Spruce 572 1.17%
L Phil Woodford 4,302 8.76%
Candidates representing 7 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Edward Davey
Liberal Democrat gain
Con Conservative (36.57%) 20,355 36.57%
Lab Labour (23.01%) 12,811 23.01%
LD Liberal Democrat (36.67%) 20,411 36.67%
Ref Referendum (2.64%) 1,470 2.64%
Oth Other (1.11%) 618 1.11%
Maj Majority (0.10%) 56 0.10%
Turn Turnout (75.35%) 55,665 75.35%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (53.00%) 29,674 53.00%
Lab Labour (19.60%) 10,991 19.60%
LD Liberal Democrat (25.90%) 14,510 25.90%
Oth Other (1.40%) 762 1.40%
Maj Majority (27.10%) 15,164 27.10%
Turn Turnout (79.64%) 55,937 79.64%

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