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Maldon & East Chelmsford
Conservative hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
There was a swing of over 15pc to Labour in Maldon and Chelmsford East in 1997, but the Tories still won by a five figure majority. One of the reasons for this was that previously Labour had been a poor third. They more than doubled their share, from 13pc to 29pc, which was one of the best proportional increases anywhere. Why? Partly the answer was that Essex, having swung away from Old Labour and towards Thatcherism in the 1980s, is now returning to older allegiances; after all, the Conservatives had only beaten them by 600 in the Maldon seat in 1966. Another is that this was a newly drawn seat in 1997, and it was not clear who was likely to come second, so there was little incentive for tactical voting, which clearly helped the Liberal Democrats in so many parts of the country. Nevertheless, the fact is that the seat is, overall, very Conservative, with nearly an absolute majority of the vote, so tactics don't really come into it. It includes none of the county town of Chelmsford itself, but only middle-class suburbs like Great Baddow, and most of the acreage is made up of the flat lands between the broad estuaries and creeks of the Crouch and other rivers, a veritable waterland.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
John Whittingdale, William Hague’s PPS since 1999, was first elected in 1992. A former political secretary of Margaret Thatcher, he rebelled against Maastricht too little for her but too much for John Major. Born 1959 and educated at Winchester (where he was seen as a bit of a Widmerpool) and at University College London, he worked almost exclusively as a party staffer before reaching the Commons, and after voting for Redwood sought to get Margaret Thatcher to block the Clarke-Redwood pact in the leadership election in 1997. His Thatcherism, like that of Portillo (whom he has backed), is modulated by the realism of the professional politician.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 34.96% 14.99% 233.15
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 1.22% 2.13% 57.59
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 1.43% 2.49% 57.58
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 7.31% 4.43% 165.12
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 10.59% 7.27% 145.63
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.22% 2.56% 8.43
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.08% 2.04% 3.81
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.30% 3.94% 7.62
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 21.46% 13.04% 164.62
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 5.89% 12.70% 46.39
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 8.22% 8.14% 100.94
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 2.25% 4.02% 55.95
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 3.33% 3.19% 104.45
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 2.63% 11.31% 23.27
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.11% 3.06% 3.47
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 0.00% 0.06% 0.00
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
£0-5K 6.91% 9.41% 73.44
£5-10K 12.49% 16.63% 75.08
£10-15K 13.73% 16.58% 82.82
£15-20K 12.47% 13.58% 91.82
£20-25K 10.47% 10.39% 100.79
£25-30K 8.50% 7.77% 109.29
£30-35K 6.79% 5.79% 117.19
£35-40K 5.39% 4.33% 124.47
£40-45K 4.28% 3.27% 131.16
£45-50K 3.41% 2.48% 137.31
£50-55K 2.72% 1.90% 142.98
£55-60K 2.19% 1.47% 148.23
£60-65K 1.76% 1.15% 153.09
£65-70K 1.43% 0.91% 157.63
£70-75K 1.16% 0.72% 161.87
£75-80K 0.95% 0.57% 165.85
£80-85K 0.78% 0.46% 169.59
£85-90K 0.65% 0.37% 173.13
£90-95K 0.54% 0.31% 176.47
£95-100K 0.45% 0.25% 179.65
£100K + 2.65% 1.34% 197.19

Local Map of the constituency
Maldon & East Chelmsford - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Maldon & East Chelmsford - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (15.95%)
Conservative (- 15.23%) Liberal Democrat (-  2.63%)
Conservative (0.58%) Labour (1.31%)
Liberal Democrat (-  3.49%)
Con - 15.23%
Lab 15.95%
LD - 2.63%
Con 0.58%
Lab 1.31%
LD - 3.49%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
John Whittingdale
Conservative hold
Con Conservative (49.25%) 21,719 49.25%
Lab Labour (30.06%) 13,257 30.06%
LD Liberal Democrat (15.88%) 7,002 15.88%
Oth Other (4.81%) 2,122 4.81%
Maj Majority (19.19%) 8,462 19.19%
Turn Turnout (63.73%) 44,100 63.73%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
John Whittingdale
Conservative hold
UK Geoffrey Harris 1,135 2.57%
LD Jane Jackson 7,002 15.88%
L Russell Kennedy 13,257 30.06%
G Walter Schwarz 987 2.24%
C John Whittingdale 21,719 49.25%
Candidates representing 5 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
John Whittingdale
Conservative
Con Conservative (48.67%) 24,524 48.67%
Lab Labour (28.75%) 14,485 28.75%
LD Liberal Democrat (19.37%) 9,758 19.37%
Ref 0 0.00%
Oth Other (3.22%) 1,620 3.22%
Maj Majority (19.92%) 10,039 19.92%
Turn Turnout (76.13%) 50,387 76.13%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (63.90%) 32,944 63.90%
Lab Labour (12.80%) 6,592 12.80%
LD Liberal Democrat (22.00%) 11,359 22.00%
Oth Other (1.30%) 696 1.30%
Maj Majority (41.80%) 21,585 41.80%
Turn Turnout (79.72%) 51,591 79.72%

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