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Norfolk North West
Conservative gain

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
The north coast of Norfolk will be far from a forgotten backwater at the next general election. This corner of the land will see two dramatic fights of differing natures. In North Norfolk the Liberal Democrats will be striving for their first win in the county since before the Second World War. Here in North West, based on King's Lynn, Labour will be trying to hold on in what is probably their most rural seat in England (certainly one of only three where more than 2,000 workers were employed in farming at the time of the last Census), with a majority from 1997 of just 1,339 in what is very much a two-sided contest against Henry Bellingham, trying again for the Conservatives. Of course Labour do not need to hold seats like this in order to retain a handsome overall majority in the Commons; but George Turner will forget that, as he defends his very own seat. The Conservatives were 8pc ahead in the King's Lynn and West Norfolk local elections in May 1999, but nine predominantly Conservative wards from that local authority are actually in Norfolk South West, and another close result cannot be ruled out, although Bellingham is favourite to regain his place on the green benches. This is one of very few seats where rural issues may be decisive, not least crime, following the murder conviction of Tony Martin, a farmer who shot a teenage burgler.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Dr George Turner, MP here since 1997, has operated as a necessarily diligent constituency MP concerned about alien Yorkshire Television being beamed into Norfolk and taking a nuanced pragmatic line on hunting, and warning Labour rebels not to cherry-pick the Manifesto. Born 1940 of Scots migrants in Corby, he was educated at Laxton Grammar School, Oundle and Imperial College London, and lectured in electronic engineering at East Anglia University. The seat should be vulnerable to its former Tory MP Henry Bellingham, who lost to Turner after 14 years in 1997. Born 1955, former friend of Princess Diana, he would restore a patrician whiff of rolling acres as an Eton and Magdalen-educated landowner, barrister and Member of Lloyds, owning a stud and opposed to gun control and right-to-roam legislation. He carried Malcolm Rifkind's bags as PPS for seven years.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 10.18% 14.99% 67.86
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 9.94% 2.13% 467.37
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 11.26% 2.49% 453.08
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 5.15% 4.43% 116.36
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 4.59% 7.27% 63.10
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 0.49% 3.94% 12.44
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 24.99% 13.04% 191.62
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 7.68% 12.70% 60.45
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 9.61% 8.14% 118.03
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 2.95% 4.02% 73.40
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 1.61% 3.19% 50.57
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 8.08% 11.31% 71.40
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 1.17% 3.06% 38.32
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 2.31% 2.52% 91.56
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 11.03% 9.41% 117.15
5-10K 20.37% 16.63% 122.49
10-15K 19.39% 16.58% 116.96
15-20K 14.75% 13.58% 108.61
20-25K 10.38% 10.39% 99.90
25-30K 7.13% 7.77% 91.66
30-35K 4.87% 5.79% 84.15
35-40K 3.35% 4.33% 77.42
40-45K 2.33% 3.27% 71.43
45-50K 1.64% 2.48% 66.12
50-55K 1.17% 1.90% 61.42
55-60K 0.84% 1.47% 57.24
60-65K 0.62% 1.15% 53.54
65-70K 0.46% 0.91% 50.24
70-75K 0.34% 0.72% 47.29
75-80K 0.26% 0.57% 44.65
80-85K 0.20% 0.46% 42.27
85-90K 0.15% 0.37% 40.14
90-95K 0.12% 0.31% 38.20
95-100K 0.09% 0.25% 36.45
100K + 0.39% 1.34% 28.83

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

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

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (10.24%)
Conservative (- 10.59%) Liberal Democrat (-  4.23%)
Conservative (7.01%)
Labour (-  2.12%) Liberal Democrat (-  1.19%)
Con - 10.59%
Lab 10.24%
LD - 4.23%
Con 7.01%
Lab - 2.12%
LD - 1.19%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Henry Bellingham
Conservative gain
Con Conservative (48.52%) 24,846 48.52%
Lab Labour (41.72%) 21,361 41.72%
LD Liberal Democrat (8.38%) 4,292 8.38%
Oth Other (1.37%) 704 1.37%
Maj Majority (6.81%) 3,485 6.81%
Turn Turnout (66.16%) 51,203 66.16%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Henry Bellingham
Conservative gain
C Henry Bellingham 24,846 48.52%
UK Ian Durrant 704 1.37%
LD Ian Mack 4,292 8.38%
L George Turner 21,361 41.72%
Candidates representing 4 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
George Turner
Labour gain
Con Conservative (41.51%) 23,911 41.51%
Lab Labour (43.84%) 25,250 43.84%
LD Liberal Democrat (9.57%) 5,513 9.57%
Ref Referendum (5.07%) 2,923 5.07%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (2.32%) 1,339 2.32%
Turn Turnout (74.72%) 57,597 74.72%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (52.10%) 32,554 52.10%
Lab Labour (33.60%) 20,990 33.60%
LD Liberal Democrat (13.80%) 8,599 13.80%
Oth Other (0.50%) 330 0.50%
Maj Majority (18.50%) 11,564 18.50%
Turn Turnout (80.48%) 62,473 80.48%

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