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Bedfordshire Mid
Conservative hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
The rural parts of Bedfordshire are very Conservative and this constituency centres around small market towns such as Ampthill and the expanding commuting developments of Flitwick. In spite of a 14pc swing to Labour in 1977, Jonathan Sayeed still won by 7,000, which seems insurance enough for any year - no matter how disastrous for his party nationally.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Jonathan Sayeed, the Conservatives' only non-white MP, does not - as half-Indian - wish to be so categorised. He was elected here in 1997, having earlier made his name as the Tory who beat Tony Benn at Bristol South East in 1983, a seat he retained until 1992. Born 1948 and educated at Wolverstone Hall School and Dartmouth Naval College, he served in the Navy for seven years before founding a shipping company, and - after his 1992 defeat - a PR business. Ranked among the Eurosceptics, especially on the single currency, he takes a cautious stance on military intervention in Iraq and Kosovo, and is concerned about the vulnerability to terrorists of the former Soviet Union's nuclear arsenal. He sought disclosure of religious affiliation in the 2001 Census.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 46.38% 14.99% 309.33
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.03% 2.13% 1.36
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.52% 2.49% 21.00
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 8.63% 4.43% 195.04
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 19.63% 7.27% 269.90
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.18% 2.56% 7.13
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.41% 3.94% 10.44
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 14.16% 13.04% 108.58
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 3.23% 12.70% 25.45
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 4.44% 8.14% 54.49
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.00% 4.02% 0.00
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 0.90% 3.19% 28.11
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 0.80% 11.31% 7.04
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.35% 3.06% 11.46
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 0.34% 0.06% 549.10
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 4.79% 9.41% 50.90
5-10K 10.45% 16.63% 62.85
10-15K 12.87% 16.58% 77.65
15-20K 12.57% 13.58% 92.52
20-25K 11.05% 10.39% 106.32
25-30K 9.23% 7.77% 118.67
30-35K 7.50% 5.79% 129.54
35-40K 6.02% 4.33% 138.99
40-45K 4.81% 3.27% 147.19
45-50K 3.83% 2.48% 154.28
50-55K 3.06% 1.90% 160.42
55-60K 2.44% 1.47% 165.74
60-65K 1.96% 1.15% 170.36
65-70K 1.58% 0.91% 174.39
70-75K 1.28% 0.72% 177.91
75-80K 1.04% 0.57% 180.99
80-85K 0.85% 0.46% 183.70
85-90K 0.70% 0.37% 186.08
90-95K 0.57% 0.31% 188.19
95-100K 0.48% 0.25% 190.05
100K + 2.65% 1.34% 197.01

Local Map of the constituency
Bedfordshire Mid - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Bedfordshire Mid - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (12.73%) Liberal Democrat (1.00%)
Conservative (- 16.36%)
Conservative (1.37%) Liberal Democrat (2.94%)
Labour (-  2.42%)
Con - 16.36%
Lab 12.73%
LD 1.00%
Con 1.37%
Lab - 2.42%
LD 2.94%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Jonathan Sayeed
Conservative hold
Con Conservative (47.41%) 22,109 47.41%
Lab Labour (30.11%) 14,043 30.11%
LD Liberal Democrat (19.74%) 9,205 19.74%
Oth Other (2.75%) 1,281 2.75%
Maj Majority (17.29%) 8,066 17.29%
Turn Turnout (66.07%) 46,638 66.07%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Jonathan Sayeed
Conservative hold
UK Christopher Laurence 1,281 2.75%
LD Graham Mabbutt 9,205 19.74%
C Jonathan Sayeed 22,109 47.41%
L James Valentine 14,043 30.11%
Candidates representing 4 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Jonathan Sayeed
Conservative
Con Conservative (46.04%) 24,176 46.04%
Lab Labour (32.53%) 17,086 32.53%
LD Liberal Democrat (16.80%) 8,823 16.80%
Ref Referendum (4.30%) 2,257 4.30%
Oth Other (0.33%) 174 0.33%
Maj Majority (13.50%) 7,090 13.50%
Turn Turnout (78.41%) 52,516 78.41%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (62.40%) 31,561 62.40%
Lab Labour (19.80%) 10,016 19.80%
LD Liberal Democrat (15.80%) 7,973 15.80%
Oth Other (2.00%) 1,022 2.00%
Maj Majority (42.60%) 21,545 42.60%
Turn Turnout (83.28%) 50,572 83.28%

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