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Bedfordshire North East
Conservative hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
This safe Conservative seat includes Sandy and Biggleswade on the A1's non-motorway section, formerly in Mid Beds, and a large number of very Conservative villages at the northern end of the county. It should secure a swift return to Parliament for local resident and ex-member for Bury North, Alistair Burt, a 'caring' Tory who was Minister for Social Security and Disabled People in John Major's last cabinet. Sir Nicholas Lyell, the former Attorney-General, is retiring, and in spite of a massive 14pc swing to Labour in the 1997 election bequeathes a 6,000 majority.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Alistair Burt, solicitor and former MP for Bury North, has replaced the departing former Attorney General Sir Nicholas Lyell as Conservative candidate here. Though first elected in the Thatcherite flood of 1983, he is a One Nation Tory, and yet one of a handful of the bloodied infantry of the 1997 campaign to be selected for a safe seat in the coming election, despite the advice from Central Office being not to chicken run, but ‘to stay in your infantry trenches'. He had to wait for Margaret Thatcher's fall before getting a government post, and by the end of the Major government he was Social Security minister responsible for the disabled and the Child Support Agency. An active Christian, born in 1955, and educated at Bury Grammar School and St John's College, Oxford, his record puts him at odds with the current Opposition front bench.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 33.27% 14.99% 221.87
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.50% 2.13% 23.56
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.11% 2.49% 4.28
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 8.41% 4.43% 189.96
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 14.96% 7.27% 205.66
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.27% 2.56% 10.44
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.27% 2.04% 13.22
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.10% 3.94% 2.64
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 19.93% 13.04% 152.81
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 8.22% 12.70% 64.75
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 5.77% 8.14% 70.83
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.13% 4.02% 3.21
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 1.55% 3.19% 48.59
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 6.14% 11.31% 54.32
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.00% 3.06% 0.00
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 0.38% 0.06% 612.13
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
£0-5K 5.63% 9.41% 59.82
£5-10K 11.80% 16.63% 70.96
£10-15K 13.83% 16.58% 83.40
£15-20K 12.92% 13.58% 95.14
£20-25K 10.97% 10.39% 105.53
£25-30K 8.90% 7.77% 114.48
£30-35K 7.07% 5.79% 122.05
£35-40K 5.56% 4.33% 128.41
£40-45K 4.37% 3.27% 133.72
£45-50K 3.43% 2.48% 138.16
£50-55K 2.70% 1.90% 141.87
£55-60K 2.14% 1.47% 144.98
£60-65K 1.70% 1.15% 147.59
£65-70K 1.36% 0.91% 149.79
£70-75K 1.09% 0.72% 151.66
£75-80K 0.88% 0.57% 153.25
£80-85K 0.72% 0.46% 154.61
£85-90K 0.58% 0.37% 155.78
£90-95K 0.48% 0.31% 156.80
£95-100K 0.39% 0.25% 157.69
£100K + 2.17% 1.34% 161.33

Local Map of the constituency
Bedfordshire North East - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Bedfordshire North East - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (12.60%)
Conservative (- 15.02%) Liberal Democrat (-  4.25%)
Conservative (5.64%) Liberal Democrat (2.13%)
Labour (-  1.64%)
Con - 15.02%
Lab 12.60%
LD - 4.25%
Con 5.64%
Lab - 1.64%
LD 2.13%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Alastair Burt
Conservative hold
Con Conservative (49.92%) 22,586 49.92%
Lab Labour (30.96%) 14,009 30.96%
LD Liberal Democrat (16.37%) 7,409 16.37%
Oth Other (2.74%) 1,242 2.74%
Maj Majority (18.96%) 8,577 18.96%
Turn Turnout (65.15%) 45,246 65.15%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Alastair Burt
Conservative hold
C Alastair Burt 22,586 49.92%
UK Ros Hill 1,242 2.74%
LD Dan Rogerson 7,409 16.37%
L Philip Ross 14,009 30.96%
Candidates representing 4 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Nicholas Lyell
Conservative
Con Conservative (44.28%) 22,311 44.28%
Lab Labour (32.60%) 16,428 32.60%
LD Liberal Democrat (14.25%) 7,179 14.25%
Ref Referendum (4.94%) 2,490 4.94%
Oth Other (3.93%) 1,980 3.93%
Maj Majority (11.68%) 5,883 11.68%
Turn Turnout (77.83%) 50,388 77.83%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (59.30%) 31,081 59.30%
Lab Labour (20.00%) 10,478 20.00%
LD Liberal Democrat (18.50%) 9,706 18.50%
Oth Other (2.20%) 1,127 2.20%
Maj Majority (39.30%) 20,603 39.30%
Turn Turnout (84.41%) 52,392 84.41%

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