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New Forest West
Conservative hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
The safer half of the forest by some way for the Conservatives, West lacks its neighbour's industrial element. It too has names of communities associated with the Forest, including the largest, Lymington and Ringwood, but also stretches almost to Christchurch to include New Milton and as far north up the Avon valley to Fordingbridge. The Labour advance was much weaker here than in New Forest East, and the Liberal Democrat performance even more disappointing for them, and Desmond Swayne has a safe seat here.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Desmond Swayne, made a Health spokesman in February this year, attracts a good deal of Labour mockery for his sub-Wintertonesque rightwing bombast delivered in the style of one of Harry Enfield’s caricatures. With his low hairline eliciting werewolf howls, he allegedly stood over a King’s Cross beggar until he had eaten a tuna-filled baguette he had given him and then told him to go home because he was no longer hungry. Born 1956 and educated at Bedford School and St. Andrew’s University, he was a public school master for seven years and then a computer systems manager with a bank. He and his New Forest neighbour, Julian Lewis, are a vintage pair of bookends.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 26.15% 14.99% 174.41
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 1.03% 2.13% 48.24
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 29.06% 2.49% 1,168.78
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 3.03% 4.43% 68.46
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 2.03% 7.27% 27.88
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.44% 2.56% 17.17
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 24.38% 13.04% 186.99
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 2.76% 12.70% 21.75
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 8.85% 8.14% 108.63
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.00% 4.02% 0.00
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 0.29% 3.19% 8.97
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 1.34% 11.31% 11.82
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.66% 3.06% 21.41
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 9.07% 9.41% 96.35
£5-10K 16.11% 16.63% 96.86
£10-15K 16.53% 16.58% 99.68
£15-20K 13.83% 13.58% 101.84
£20-25K 10.71% 10.39% 103.09
£25-30K 8.05% 7.77% 103.60
£30-35K 6.00% 5.79% 103.60
£35-40K 4.47% 4.33% 103.23
£40-45K 3.35% 3.27% 102.63
£45-50K 2.53% 2.48% 101.88
£50-55K 1.92% 1.90% 101.04
£55-60K 1.48% 1.47% 100.15
£60-65K 1.14% 1.15% 99.25
£65-70K 0.89% 0.91% 98.34
£70-75K 0.70% 0.72% 97.45
£75-80K 0.56% 0.57% 96.59
£80-85K 0.44% 0.46% 95.75
£85-90K 0.36% 0.37% 94.95
£90-95K 0.29% 0.31% 94.18
£95-100K 0.23% 0.25% 93.45
£100K + 1.20% 1.34% 89.53

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

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

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (6.06%)
Conservative (- 10.15%) Liberal Democrat (-  2.73%)
Conservative (5.19%) Labour (0.45%)
Liberal Democrat (-  1.95%)
Con - 10.15%
Lab 6.06%
LD - 2.73%
Con 5.19%
Lab 0.45%
LD - 1.95%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Desmond Swayne
Conservative hold
Con Conservative (55.74%) 24,575 55.74%
Lab Labour (14.70%) 6,481 14.70%
LD Liberal Democrat (25.82%) 11,384 25.82%
Oth Other (3.74%) 1,647 3.74%
Maj Majority (29.92%) 13,191 29.92%
Turn Turnout (65.02%) 44,087 65.02%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Desmond Swayne
Conservative hold
LD Mike Bignell 11,384 25.82%
UK Michael Clark 1,647 3.74%
L Crada Onuegbu 6,481 14.70%
C Desmond Swayne 24,575 55.74%
Candidates representing 4 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Desmond Swayne
Conservative
Con Conservative (50.55%) 25,149 50.55%
Lab Labour (14.26%) 7,092 14.26%
LD Liberal Democrat (27.77%) 13,817 27.77%
Ref Referendum (4.32%) 2,150 4.32%
Oth Other (3.10%) 1,542 3.10%
Maj Majority (22.78%) 11,332 22.78%
Turn Turnout (74.79%) 49,750 74.79%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (60.70%) 30,982 60.70%
Lab Labour (8.20%) 4,179 8.20%
LD Liberal Democrat (30.50%) 15,583 30.50%
Oth Other (0.60%) 293 0.60%
Maj Majority (30.20%) 15,399 30.20%
Turn Turnout (79.85%) 51,037 79.85%

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