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Newark
Conservative gain

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Although it only ranks at number 25 on the list of the Conservatives' top targets among Labour seats gained from them in the 1997 General Election, the Nottinghamshire seat of Newark is well worth watching. First, there is the question of the rocky road navigated by the first term MP Fiona Jones, who was accused along with her agent of exceeding election expenses in that campaign. She has come through that trauma, having been cleared on appeal, but Newark remains a highly vulnerable seat. In the June 1999 European elections, if the votes cast are summed to parliamentary constituency level (they were actually cast for regional party lists) the Conservatives were 23.7pc ahead, the highest in any of the 138 seats presently held by Labour in which the Conservatives obtained a plurality in those Euro-contests. Nor have the May local council elections in Newark/Sherwood and Bassetlaw districts been favourable over the two years before the expected date of the next election. The rural parts of this seat are very Conservative indeed, and Labour performs only patchily in the two largest towns, Retford and Newark itself. Fiona Jones must really pull off a Houdini act to maintain her place in the Commons this time.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Fiona Jones, a journalist, born 1957 and convent-educated in Liverpool, who enjoyed a prominent place within an armís length of Tony Blair in the famous photograph of Labourís women MPs in May 1997, was less prominent in the Commons thereafter, where she was dogged by the accusation of false declaration of election expenses. A court found against her in March 1999 and she was expelled from the House, but on appeal in April this verdict was reversed and she was fully reinstated as MP. Fancying his chances will be Conservative Patrick Mercer, son of a former Bishop of Exeter. Born 1956, public school and Oxford-educated (Kingís, Chester and Exeter College), he is now a journalist on the BBC Radio Fourís Today Programme, but previously served 25 years with the Sherwood Foresters, including nine tours of Northern Ireland. He is Newark-based, with his wife assisting him in his campaign, he narrowly missed selection for safe Leominster in the wake of the floor-crossing Peter Temple-Morris.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 22.14% 14.99% 147.67
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 3.11% 2.13% 146.20
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 2.22% 2.49% 89.27
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 2.64% 4.43% 59.63
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 8.76% 7.27% 120.39
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.82% 2.56% 32.13
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 1.17% 3.94% 29.72
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 12.26% 13.04% 94.05
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 18.66% 12.70% 146.90
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 11.49% 8.14% 141.13
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 1.37% 4.02% 34.10
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 5.69% 3.19% 178.48
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 7.99% 11.31% 70.62
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.50% 3.06% 16.47
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 1.10% 2.52% 43.82
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.07% 0.06% 113.53
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
£0-5K 10.85% 9.41% 115.23
£5-10K 18.85% 16.63% 113.36
£10-15K 18.06% 16.58% 108.92
£15-20K 14.09% 13.58% 103.74
£20-25K 10.25% 10.39% 98.60
£25-30K 7.30% 7.77% 93.85
£30-35K 5.19% 5.79% 89.60
£35-40K 3.72% 4.33% 85.85
£40-45K 2.70% 3.27% 82.57
£45-50K 1.98% 2.48% 79.70
£50-55K 1.47% 1.90% 77.18
£55-60K 1.11% 1.47% 74.97
£60-65K 0.84% 1.15% 73.01
£65-70K 0.65% 0.91% 71.28
£70-75K 0.50% 0.72% 69.74
£75-80K 0.39% 0.57% 68.36
£80-85K 0.31% 0.46% 67.11
£85-90K 0.25% 0.37% 65.99
£90-95K 0.20% 0.31% 64.96
£95-100K 0.16% 0.25% 64.03
£100K + 0.80% 1.34% 59.63

Local Map of the constituency
Newark - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Newark - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (9.41%)
Conservative (- 10.99%) Liberal Democrat (-  1.53%)
Conservative (7.09%) Liberal Democrat (1.76%)
Labour (-  7.74%)
Con - 10.99%
Lab 9.41%
LD - 1.53%
Con 7.09%
Lab - 7.74%
LD 1.76%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Patrick Mercer
Conservative gain
Con Conservative (46.50%) 20,983 46.50%
Lab Labour (37.47%) 16,910 37.47%
LD Liberal Democrat (13.23%) 5,970 13.23%
Oth Other (2.80%) 1,262 2.80%
Maj Majority (9.03%) 4,073 9.03%
Turn Turnout (63.48%) 45,125 63.48%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Patrick Mercer
Conservative gain
LD David Harding-Price 5,970 13.23%
I Donald Haxby 800 1.77%
L Fiona Jones 16,910 37.47%
C Patrick Mercer 20,983 46.50%
SA Ian Thomson 462 1.02%
Candidates representing 5 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Fiona Jones
Labour gain
Con Conservative (39.41%) 20,480 39.41%
Lab Labour (45.21%) 23,496 45.21%
LD Liberal Democrat (11.47%) 5,960 11.47%
Ref Referendum (3.92%) 2,035 3.92%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (5.80%) 3,016 5.80%
Turn Turnout (74.50%) 51,971 74.50%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (50.40%) 28,494 50.40%
Lab Labour (35.80%) 20,265 35.80%
LD Liberal Democrat (13.00%) 7,342 13.00%
Oth Other (0.80%) 435 0.80%
Maj Majority (14.60%) 8,229 14.60%
Turn Turnout (81.52%) 56,536 81.52%

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