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Newbury
Liberal Democrat hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Having first won Newbury in a by-election caused by the unexpected death of the sitting MP Judith Chaplin in 1993, the Liberal Democrats seem very well established, with an extremely strong local election base, and a tradition of squeezing the Labour vote to just about its lowest level anywhere in Britain. David Rendel garnered an absolute majority of votes in 1997, and must now be regarded as one of the safest of all Liberal Democrat members: perhaps a surprising assertion here in west Berkshire, so far from their traditional outposts in the Celtic fringes. It does go to show how important the contingency of a surprise byelection can be, especially when allied to a much longer reinforcing tradition of local government activism.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
David Rendel, the Liberal Democrats’ only Old Etonian MP, until the 3rd Viscount Thurso arrives from Caithness after the election, has been MP here since winning the byelection on a routinely massive 28pc swing in 1993. Born 1949 and educated, after Eton, at Magdalen College Oxford, he was previously an operational analyst with Shell and Esso. He was parachuted into Newbury to plan long-term for a seizure of the seat; his great-uncle had been Liberal MP for Montgomeryshire in the 1880s, with one of his daughter’s married to one of Gladstone’s sons. Rather foolishly, given his very clipped upper class mien, he ran for the Liberal leadership in 1999, polled badly and was thereafter marginalised by Charles Kennedy, having appeared to disparage the new leader’s talented performances on chat shows.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 33.54% 14.99% 223.72
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 1.72% 2.13% 81.01
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 1.50% 2.49% 60.33
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 5.27% 4.43% 119.12
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 15.65% 7.27% 215.16
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 1.94% 2.56% 75.45
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.50% 2.04% 24.66
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 1.16% 3.94% 29.44
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 18.70% 13.04% 143.43
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 5.86% 12.70% 46.16
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 5.30% 8.14% 65.07
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 1.20% 4.02% 29.95
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 1.07% 3.19% 33.74
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 6.03% 11.31% 53.35
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.19% 3.06% 6.26
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 0.34% 0.06% 550.38
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
£0-5K 5.13% 9.41% 54.48
£5-10K 10.55% 16.63% 63.40
£10-15K 12.71% 16.58% 76.67
£15-20K 12.31% 13.58% 90.66
£20-25K 10.82% 10.39% 104.07
£25-30K 9.05% 7.77% 116.38
£30-35K 7.38% 5.79% 127.43
£35-40K 5.95% 4.33% 137.23
£40-45K 4.76% 3.27% 145.88
£45-50K 3.81% 2.48% 153.49
£50-55K 3.05% 1.90% 160.22
£55-60K 2.45% 1.47% 166.17
£60-65K 1.97% 1.15% 171.48
£65-70K 1.60% 0.91% 176.23
£70-75K 1.30% 0.72% 180.52
£75-80K 1.06% 0.57% 184.41
£80-85K 0.87% 0.46% 187.97
£85-90K 0.72% 0.37% 191.24
£90-95K 0.59% 0.31% 194.28
£95-100K 0.49% 0.25% 197.10
£100K + 2.86% 1.34% 212.59

Local Map of the constituency
Newbury - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Newbury - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Liberal Democrat (15.82%)
Conservative (- 18.06%) Labour (-  0.60%)
Conservative (5.64%) Labour (1.43%)
Liberal Democrat (-  4.68%)
Con - 18.06%
Lab - 0.60%
LD 15.82%
Con 5.64%
Lab 1.43%
LD - 4.68%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
David Rendel
Liberal Democrat hold
Con Conservative (43.48%) 22,092 43.48%
Lab Labour (6.93%) 3,523 6.93%
LD Liberal Democrat (48.24%) 24,507 48.24%
Oth Other (1.35%) 685 1.35%
Maj Majority (4.75%) 2,415 4.75%
Turn Turnout (67.30%) 50,807 67.30%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
David Rendel
Liberal Democrat hold
C Richard Benyon 22,092 43.48%
L Steve Billcliffe 3,523 6.93%
UK Delphine Gray-Fisk 685 1.35%
LD David Rendel 24,507 48.24%
Candidates representing 4 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
David Rendel
Liberal Democrat gain
Con Conservative (37.84%) 21,370 37.84%
Lab Labour (5.50%) 3,107 5.50%
LD Liberal Democrat (52.92%) 29,887 52.92%
Ref Referendum (1.76%) 992 1.76%
Oth Other (1.98%) 1,120 1.98%
Maj Majority (15.08%) 8,517 15.08%
Turn Turnout (76.65%) 56,476 76.65%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (55.90%) 32,898 55.90%
Lab Labour (6.10%) 3,584 6.10%
LD Liberal Democrat (37.10%) 21,841 37.10%
Oth Other (0.90%) 539 0.90%
Maj Majority (18.80%) 11,057 18.80%
Turn Turnout (82.79%) 58,862 82.79%

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