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Norfolk North
Liberal Democrat gain

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Watch out for a possible surprise Liberal Democrat gain in North Norfolk. Due to boundary changes, it was not clear before the 1997 election which party an anti-Conservative voter should pick; after all, there is little tradition of Liberal success here, or in the large East Anglian county at all, whereas Labour, with its unusual Norfolk rural tradition based largely on a high rate of agricultural trade union membership and activism, won a similar seat from 1945 right through to 1970. Yet it was Norman Lamb for the Lib Dems who pressed David Prior, the replacement for the long-serving Ralph Howell, to a majority of just 1,293. Labour were clearly third, but polled a quarter of the vote, no fewer than 14,736 votes, the most obviously vulnerable to a tactical squeeze and any clandestine arrangement between the non-Tory parties anywhere in England. Prior may well have time to build up a personal vote now, but that Labour percentage should be critical; if it goes down, ironically it is the Conservatives who should emerge as the big losers here.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
David Prior, a multi-faceted company director, son of Jim, but without physical or 'One Nation' ideological resemblance, was elected in 1997. He was born 1954, educated at Charterhouse and Pembroke College Cambridge, and qualified as a barrister but never practised. Though claiming "always" to have been pro-European, he voted against the Amsterdam Treaty, but as Conservative Party Deputy Chairman and Chief Executive since 1999, he is the most senior Tory to vote consistently for legalising homosexual sex at 16. The Liberal Democrats, with their candidate Norman Lamb, are targeting this seat on the basis of his good second place in 1997, amid rumours of a tacit Lib-Lab pact covering this seat and neighbouring NW Norfolk. A solicitor specialising in employment law, Norman Lamb was born in 1967, the son of a UEA academic climatologist, and educated at Wymondham College, Leicester University and City of London Polytechnic. Keen on a decentralised version of the EU, fresh-faced and boyish-looking, he will hope his expertise in employment law lands him a job here.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 5.90% 14.99% 39.37
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 22.17% 2.13% 1,042.89
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 16.76% 2.49% 674.22
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 1.87% 4.43% 42.31
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 1.12% 7.27% 15.39
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.00% 2.56% 0.00
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.05% 3.94% 1.28
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 26.13% 13.04% 200.37
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 4.94% 12.70% 38.87
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 15.38% 8.14% 188.82
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 1.63% 4.02% 40.55
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 2.25% 3.19% 70.67
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 1.74% 11.31% 15.39
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.00% 3.06% 0.00
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 0.06% 0.06% 89.07
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 11.92% 9.41% 126.63
5-10K 20.49% 16.63% 123.20
10-15K 19.37% 16.58% 116.86
15-20K 14.73% 13.58% 108.45
20-25K 10.32% 10.39% 99.32
25-30K 7.02% 7.77% 90.35
30-35K 4.75% 5.79% 82.01
35-40K 3.23% 4.33% 74.53
40-45K 2.22% 3.27% 67.94
45-50K 1.54% 2.48% 62.19
50-55K 1.09% 1.90% 57.20
55-60K 0.78% 1.47% 52.86
60-65K 0.57% 1.15% 49.08
65-70K 0.41% 0.91% 45.78
70-75K 0.31% 0.72% 42.88
75-80K 0.23% 0.57% 40.32
80-85K 0.18% 0.46% 38.05
85-90K 0.13% 0.37% 36.03
90-95K 0.10% 0.31% 34.22
95-100K 0.08% 0.25% 32.59
100K + 0.34% 1.34% 25.64

Local Map of the constituency
Norfolk North - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Norfolk North - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (1.86%) Liberal Democrat (6.88%)
Conservative (- 11.72%)
Conservative (5.31%) Liberal Democrat (8.37%)
Labour (- 11.73%)
Con - 11.72%
Lab 1.86%
LD 6.88%
Con 5.31%
Lab - 11.73%
LD 8.37%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Norman Lamb
Liberal Democrat gain
Con Conservative (41.79%) 23,495 41.79%
Lab Labour (13.32%) 7,490 13.32%
LD Liberal Democrat (42.65%) 23,978 42.65%
Oth Other (2.24%) 1,257 2.24%
Maj Majority (0.86%) 483 0.86%
Turn Turnout (70.22%) 56,220 70.22%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Norman Lamb
Liberal Democrat gain
L Michael Gates 7,490 13.32%
LD Norman Lamb 23,978 42.65%
C David Prior 23,495 41.79%
G Mike Sheridan 649 1.15%
UK Paul Simison 608 1.08%
Candidates representing 5 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
David Prior
Conservative
Con Conservative (36.48%) 21,456 36.48%
Lab Labour (25.06%) 14,736 25.06%
LD Liberal Democrat (34.28%) 20,163 34.28%
Ref Referendum (4.18%) 2,458 4.18%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (2.20%) 1,293 2.20%
Turn Turnout (76.27%) 58,813 76.27%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (48.20%) 28,810 48.20%
Lab Labour (23.20%) 13,850 23.20%
LD Liberal Democrat (27.40%) 16,365 27.40%
Oth Other (1.20%) 726 1.20%
Maj Majority (20.80%) 12,445 20.80%
Turn Turnout (81.04%) 59,751 81.04%

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