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New Forest East
Conservative hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Rather than a bifurcation of the old New Forest seat, this division is actually the successor to Romsey and Waterside without the town of Romsey itself. This means that it is characterised less by stands of carefully conserved trees than by the huge oil refinery at Fawley, and the population is located more in the west shore parishes on Southampton Water such as Hythe and Dibden and Marchwood than in the heart of the forest in older communities like Lyndhurst and Brockenhurst, still less beauty spots like Bucklers Hard and Beaulieu Abbey. Julian Lewis polled 43pc for the Conservatives in 1997, but would have been pressed much harder had the Labour vote declined or even stayed steady, rather than rising by 12pc to 25pc; the Liberal Democrats actually fell back slightly, and unless they can reverse this trend and encourage tactical voting they may even find themselves third next time.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Dr Julian Lewis, elected here in 1997, has been euphemistically described as an ‘oddball’. A tall, thin man with a set smile, extremely precise diction and an obsessional manner, he is a loner who allegedly shreds newspapers so that no-one will know what he has cut out, as befits one who is still fighting the Cold War and the attendant threat to Western security from leftwing unilateralists. With his paranoia now transferred to the European Community, which he sees as a threat to Nato, he ran out of enthusiasm in the Tory leadership ballots when his man, Redwood, made his pact with the Clarkeian devil. Born 1951 into a Jewish family, and educated at Dynevor Grammar School and Balliol College Oxford, and with a doctorate in strategic studies from St Anthony’s College Oxford, he quit as Deputy Director of the Conservative Research Department in 1996 in order to campaign against Europe.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 24.70% 14.99% 164.76
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 2.83% 2.13% 132.91
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 3.90% 2.49% 156.75
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 13.02% 4.43% 294.29
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 12.75% 7.27% 175.31
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.63% 2.56% 24.49
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.00% 3.94% 0.00
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 19.81% 13.04% 151.91
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 7.39% 12.70% 58.21
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 7.65% 8.14% 93.96
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.01% 4.02% 0.28
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 1.91% 3.19% 59.98
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 3.04% 11.31% 26.85
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.01% 3.06% 0.45
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 2.17% 2.52% 86.27
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.17% 0.06% 277.13
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
£0-5K 6.49% 9.41% 68.98
£5-10K 13.79% 16.63% 82.93
£10-15K 15.75% 16.58% 95.01
£15-20K 14.15% 13.58% 104.14
£20-25K 11.48% 10.39% 110.42
£25-30K 8.89% 7.77% 114.37
£30-35K 6.75% 5.79% 116.57
£35-40K 5.09% 4.33% 117.50
£40-45K 3.84% 3.27% 117.55
£45-50K 2.90% 2.48% 117.00
£50-55K 2.21% 1.90% 116.06
£55-60K 1.69% 1.47% 114.87
£60-65K 1.31% 1.15% 113.54
£65-70K 1.02% 0.91% 112.14
£70-75K 0.80% 0.72% 110.71
£75-80K 0.63% 0.57% 109.28
£80-85K 0.50% 0.46% 107.89
£85-90K 0.40% 0.37% 106.55
£90-95K 0.32% 0.31% 105.25
£95-100K 0.26% 0.25% 104.01
£100K + 1.31% 1.34% 97.56

Local Map of the constituency
New Forest East - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
New Forest East - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (12.09%)
Conservative (- 10.18%) Liberal Democrat (-  1.11%)
Liberal Democrat (1.08%)
Conservative (-  0.48%) Labour (-  3.12%)
Con - 10.18%
Lab 12.09%
LD - 1.11%
Con - 0.48%
Lab - 3.12%
LD 1.08%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Julian Lewis
Conservative hold
Con Conservative (42.44%) 17,902 42.44%
Lab Labour (21.67%) 9,141 21.67%
LD Liberal Democrat (33.37%) 14,073 33.37%
Oth Other (2.52%) 1,062 2.52%
Maj Majority (9.08%) 3,829 9.08%
Turn Turnout (63.17%) 42,178 63.17%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Julian Lewis
Conservative hold
LD Brian Dash 14,073 33.37%
L Alan Goodfellow 9,141 21.67%
UK William Howe 1,062 2.52%
C Julian Lewis 17,902 42.44%
Candidates representing 4 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Julian Lewis
Conservative
Con Conservative (42.92%) 21,053 42.92%
Lab Labour (24.79%) 12,161 24.79%
LD Liberal Democrat (32.29%) 15,838 32.29%
Ref 0 0.00%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (10.63%) 5,215 10.63%
Turn Turnout (74.64%) 49,052 74.64%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (53.10%) 27,980 53.10%
Lab Labour (12.70%) 6,704 12.70%
LD Liberal Democrat (33.40%) 17,632 33.40%
Oth Other (0.80%) 423 0.80%
Maj Majority (19.60%) 10,348 19.60%
Turn Turnout (81.94%) 52,739 81.94%

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