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Louth & Horncastle
Conservative hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
This attractive seat in the Lincolnshire Wolds, an unexpected and relatively unknown part of that eastern county, should remain very safe for Sir Peter Tapsell, who will thus come out of the next Election as the oldest Conservative MP. Here we have the hilltop town of Louth overlooked by a towering church spire, which was known in the nineteenth century as the "nest of rooks" because of its preponderance of black-coated Church of England clergymen, who felt more comfortable here than in their absentee parishes down in the flatter parts of Lincolnshire, which were left open to the alternative appeal of the more plebeian and radical Primitive Methodists - a case of the 'Tory party in flight', perhaps. These Wolds are also known for originating or harbouring the varied talents in versification of Alfred Lord Tennyson and Elton John's lyricist Bernie Taupin. There must be something in the air.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Sir Peter Tapsell will emerge from the election as the lone Conservative survivor from the 1950s, having been elected in 1959 at Nottingham West. Losing the seat back to Labour in 1964, he migrated to Lincolnshire where he has been an MP since 1965. A Tonbridge and Merton College, Oxford-educated stockbroker, he was born in 1930, the son of a Malayan rubber planter. A Eurosceptic, but from a deviant One Nation Keynesian as well as Germanophobic perspective, he backed Heseltine against Thatcher, having opposed her on the poll tax. One of the last Tories to wear three-piece suits, a ponderous speaker with a patrician lisp and a face permanently tanned - it has been suggested - by the furnace of his tremendous self-esteem, he is one of the last of the grandees. He claimed that had he run for, and been elected, Speaker in 2000 he would have “looked great in tights” (because) “I have very good legs; all the women in my life have commented on this”.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 10.64% 14.99% 70.95
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 24.81% 2.13% 1,166.84
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 14.32% 2.49% 576.15
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 2.45% 4.43% 55.38
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 2.96% 7.27% 40.65
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.03% 2.56% 1.03
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.65% 3.94% 16.53
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 15.70% 13.04% 120.37
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 7.55% 12.70% 59.47
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 14.43% 8.14% 177.25
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 1.45% 4.02% 36.07
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 2.36% 3.19% 74.02
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 2.62% 11.31% 23.17
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.00% 3.06% 0.00
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 0.03% 2.52% 1.18
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.00% 0.06% 1.77
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
£0-5K 11.10% 9.41% 117.95
£5-10K 20.49% 16.63% 123.17
£10-15K 19.41% 16.58% 117.07
£15-20K 14.65% 13.58% 107.82
£20-25K 10.23% 10.39% 98.39
£25-30K 6.98% 7.77% 89.77
£30-35K 4.76% 5.79% 82.20
£35-40K 3.28% 4.33% 75.64
£40-45K 2.28% 3.27% 69.98
£45-50K 1.62% 2.48% 65.08
£50-55K 1.16% 1.90% 60.84
£55-60K 0.84% 1.47% 57.14
£60-65K 0.62% 1.15% 53.90
£65-70K 0.46% 0.91% 51.06
£70-75K 0.35% 0.72% 48.54
£75-80K 0.27% 0.57% 46.31
£80-85K 0.20% 0.46% 44.32
£85-90K 0.16% 0.37% 42.54
£90-95K 0.12% 0.31% 40.94
£95-100K 0.10% 0.25% 39.50
£100K + 0.45% 1.34% 33.38

Local Map of the constituency
Louth & Horncastle - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Louth & Horncastle - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (15.93%)
Conservative (-  9.26%) Liberal Democrat (-  7.26%)
Conservative (5.02%) Labour (1.84%)
Liberal Democrat (-  4.36%)
Con - 9.26%
Lab 15.93%
LD - 7.26%
Con 5.02%
Lab 1.84%
LD - 4.36%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Peter Tapsell
Conservative hold
Con Conservative (48.45%) 21,543 48.45%
Lab Labour (31.46%) 13,989 31.46%
LD Liberal Democrat (20.08%) 8,928 20.08%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (16.99%) 7,554 16.99%
Turn Turnout (62.13%) 44,460 62.13%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Peter Tapsell
Conservative hold
L David Bolland 13,989 31.46%
LD Fiona Martin 8,928 20.08%
C Peter Tapsell 21,543 48.45%
Candidates representing 3 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Peter Tapsell
Conservative
Con Conservative (43.44%) 21,699 43.44%
Lab Labour (29.63%) 14,799 29.63%
LD Liberal Democrat (24.44%) 12,207 24.44%
Ref 0 0.00%
Oth Other (2.50%) 1,248 2.50%
Maj Majority (13.81%) 6,900 13.81%
Turn Turnout (72.58%) 49,953 72.58%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (52.70%) 27,499 52.70%
Lab Labour (13.70%) 7,122 13.70%
LD Liberal Democrat (31.70%) 16,529 31.70%
Oth Other (2.00%) 1,018 2.00%
Maj Majority (21.00%) 10,970 21.00%
Turn Turnout (79.05%) 52,168 79.05%

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