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Ludlow
Liberal Democrat gain

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
South Shropshire is an exceptionally attractive residential area, its ranges of hills building up towards the Welsh border, the eponymous town with its great castle and medieval streets a centre of civilisation, not least with a battery of high-quality restaurants such as the Merchant Houset of Shaun Hill; yet it does not seem so happy a ground for its Conservative MPs, who tend to depart at unusually short notice. Eric Cockeram withdrew from the 1987 election after multiple share dealing in privatised industries; his replacement Christopher Gill, an ardent euro-sceptic, announced his disillusionment at the end of 2000 with his party's failure to stand even more strongly against the incursions of the putative super-state. Opposition is evenly divided enough to keep these soft acres in Tory hands for yet another new candidate, though.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
With the retirement of the Eurosceptic ‘Butcher of Ludlow’ Christopher Gill, the Conservatives have selected Martin Taylor-Smith, who worked for 13 years for IBM before setting up as a software consultant operating in the UK and USA and who is currently vice-president of Geneva Technology Ltd. Linked to the leading Eurosceptic Shadow Defence Secretary Iain Duncan-Smith, whom he has served as an adviser on army equipment, he is from a military background, having attended Mons Officer Cadet School and Sandhurst, and served three years in the Royal Artillery. Born 1952 and educated at Peter Symonds Grammar School, Winchester, and Harvey Grammar School, Folkestone, a Monday Clubber and a family farmer and backer of Countryside Alliance, he finds himself selected for a blue-chip seat with no previous experience as a parliamentary candidate.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 14.27% 14.99% 95.18
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 26.22% 2.13% 1,233.09
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 3.88% 2.49% 156.25
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 0.66% 4.43% 14.87
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 6.69% 7.27% 91.95
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.04% 2.56% 1.75
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.53% 2.04% 25.79
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.18% 3.94% 4.45
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 15.96% 13.04% 122.44
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 11.13% 12.70% 87.62
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 9.77% 8.14% 120.01
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 3.59% 4.02% 89.39
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 3.25% 3.19% 102.15
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 3.16% 11.31% 27.98
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.00% 3.06% 0.00
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 0.65% 2.52% 25.89
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.00% 0.06% 0.00
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
£0-5K 9.23% 9.41% 98.06
£5-10K 16.91% 16.63% 101.67
£10-15K 17.12% 16.58% 103.26
£15-20K 14.03% 13.58% 103.29
£20-25K 10.65% 10.39% 102.44
£25-30K 7.86% 7.77% 101.15
£30-35K 5.77% 5.79% 99.68
£35-40K 4.25% 4.33% 98.15
£40-45K 3.16% 3.27% 96.65
£45-50K 2.36% 2.48% 95.22
£50-55K 1.79% 1.90% 93.87
£55-60K 1.37% 1.47% 92.62
£60-65K 1.05% 1.15% 91.46
£65-70K 0.82% 0.91% 90.40
£70-75K 0.64% 0.72% 89.42
£75-80K 0.51% 0.57% 88.53
£80-85K 0.41% 0.46% 87.72
£85-90K 0.33% 0.37% 86.98
£90-95K 0.26% 0.31% 86.30
£95-100K 0.21% 0.25% 85.68
£100K + 1.12% 1.34% 83.18

Local Map of the constituency
Ludlow - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Ludlow - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (3.98%) Liberal Democrat (4.05%)
Conservative (-  9.18%)
Liberal Democrat (13.53%)
Conservative (-  3.02%) Labour (- 11.96%)
Con - 9.18%
Lab 3.98%
LD 4.05%
Con - 3.02%
Lab - 11.96%
LD 13.53%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Matthew Green
Liberal Democrat gain
Con Conservative (39.40%) 16,990 39.40%
Lab Labour (13.41%) 5,785 13.41%
LD Liberal Democrat (43.18%) 18,620 43.18%
Oth Other (4.01%) 1,729 4.01%
Maj Majority (3.78%) 1,630 3.78%
Turn Turnout (100.00%) 43,124 100.00%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Matthew Green
Liberal Democrat gain
G Jim Gaffney 871 2.02%
LD Matthew Green 18,620 43.18%
UK Phil Gutteridge 858 1.99%
L Nigel Knowles 5,785 13.41%
C Martin Taylor-Smith 16,990 39.40%
Candidates representing 5 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Christopher Gill
Conservative
Con Conservative (42.42%) 19,633 42.42%
Lab Labour (25.38%) 11,745 25.38%
LD Liberal Democrat (29.65%) 13,724 29.65%
Ref 0 0.00%
Oth Other (2.56%) 1,183 2.56%
Maj Majority (12.77%) 5,909 12.77%
Turn Turnout (75.55%) 46,285 75.55%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (51.60%) 24,415 51.60%
Lab Labour (21.40%) 10,134 21.40%
LD Liberal Democrat (25.60%) 12,108 25.60%
Oth Other (1.40%) 643 1.40%
Maj Majority (26.00%) 12,307 26.00%
Turn Turnout (81.11%) 47,300 81.11%

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