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Mole Valley
Conservative hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
One of those seat whose name does not instantly divulge its whereabouts except to locals and cognoscenti, Mole Valley might better be described as the Surrey Hills (notably Leith and Box of that ilk), with its main towns Dorking and Leatherhead, and large numbers of not very agricultural villages catering for those liking the appearance and to some extent ambience of living in the countryside. They must be well off to do so here, for in late 2000 it was revealed that house prices in the county of Surrey are not only the highest in the country, but rocketing faster than anywhere else. The political consequences are entirely predictable.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Sir Paul Beresford, a New Zealand dentist, acquired his parliamentary seat and knighthood as a reward for converting Wandsworth Council into a Thatcherite Kingdom of Heaven on Earth in the 1980s, by pioneering the privatisation of local government services, his lasting memorial being a council still in Conservative control and providing from its ranks many of the current aspiring candidates in winnable seats. Born 1946 and educated at schools in Nelson, New Zealand and at Otago and London Universities, he practised dentistry on Park Lane until 1994, having been selected as MP in 1992. Converting badly from Wandsworth Town Hall to the Commons, he was semi-articulate as a Junior Environment Minister and disappeared onto the backbenches under Hague’s leadership.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 55.79% 14.99% 372.07
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.53% 2.13% 25.10
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 4.88% 2.49% 196.38
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 3.07% 4.43% 69.38
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 3.36% 7.27% 46.17
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 2.85% 2.56% 111.01
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 1.73% 2.04% 84.90
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.45% 3.94% 11.52
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 18.46% 13.04% 141.55
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 0.88% 12.70% 6.90
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 4.12% 8.14% 50.62
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.72% 4.02% 17.92
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 0.55% 3.19% 17.15
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 1.97% 11.31% 17.40
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.64% 3.06% 20.84
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 0.01% 2.52% 0.27
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 4.51% 9.41% 47.96
£5-10K 9.01% 16.63% 54.19
£10-15K 11.03% 16.58% 66.50
£15-20K 11.02% 13.58% 81.15
£20-25K 10.06% 10.39% 96.80
£25-30K 8.77% 7.77% 112.76
£30-35K 7.45% 5.79% 128.63
£35-40K 6.25% 4.33% 144.15
£40-45K 5.20% 3.27% 159.17
£45-50K 4.31% 2.48% 173.60
£50-55K 3.57% 1.90% 187.41
£55-60K 2.96% 1.47% 200.58
£60-65K 2.45% 1.15% 213.11
£65-70K 2.04% 0.91% 225.03
£70-75K 1.70% 0.72% 236.35
£75-80K 1.42% 0.57% 247.10
£80-85K 1.19% 0.46% 257.32
£85-90K 1.00% 0.37% 267.03
£90-95K 0.84% 0.31% 276.25
£95-100K 0.71% 0.25% 285.03
£100K + 4.46% 1.34% 332.05

Local Map of the constituency
Mole Valley - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Mole Valley - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (5.38%) Liberal Democrat (0.67%)
Conservative (- 13.39%)
Conservative (2.53%) Labour (1.87%)
Liberal Democrat (-  0.30%)
Con - 13.39%
Lab 5.38%
LD 0.67%
Con 2.53%
Lab 1.87%
LD - 0.30%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Peter Beresford
Conservative hold
Con Conservative (50.54%) 23,790 50.54%
Lab Labour (16.65%) 7,837 16.65%
LD Liberal Democrat (28.97%) 13,637 28.97%
Oth Other (3.84%) 1,808 3.84%
Maj Majority (21.57%) 10,153 21.57%
Turn Turnout (69.46%) 47,072 69.46%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Peter Beresford
Conservative hold
C Peter Beresford 23,790 50.54%
P William Newton 475 1.01%
L Dan Redford 7,837 16.65%
LD Celia Savage 13,637 28.97%
UK Ron Walters 1,333 2.83%
Candidates representing 5 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Paul Beresford
Conservative
Con Conservative (48.01%) 26,178 48.01%
Lab Labour (14.78%) 8,057 14.78%
LD Liberal Democrat (29.27%) 15,957 29.27%
Ref Referendum (4.45%) 2,424 4.45%
Oth Other (3.50%) 1,908 3.50%
Maj Majority (18.75%) 10,221 18.75%
Turn Turnout (78.86%) 54,524 78.86%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (61.40%) 35,313 61.40%
Lab Labour (9.40%) 5,386 9.40%
LD Liberal Democrat (28.60%) 16,486 28.60%
Oth Other (0.60%) 373 0.60%
Maj Majority (32.70%) 18,827 32.70%
Turn Turnout (81.64%) 57,558 81.64%

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