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Norfolk South
Conservative hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
The only Tory seat of the four they still hold in Norfolk which looks at all safe is South, but that is something of an illusion. The 40pc share that John MacGregor achieved here was not as high as that in Norfolk South West, nor even as high as that in Norfolk North West, where they actually lost to Labour, and the 7,378 majority only appears comfortable because of the very even division of over 54pc of the total vote between the Liberal Democrats and Labour. The Liberal Democrats control the local council; Labour did very well nationally and increased their share by 8pc in 1997. If some kind of arrangement could be sorted out down here in Diss and Wymondham and Harleston and Loddon and the villages extending to the Suffolk border, the successor to the small Scottish conjuror might look as if he is in trouble.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Richard Bacon has replaced the retiring John MacGregor for the Conservatives here. Formerly a merchant banker with Barclays de Zoete Wedd, and a financial journalist with Euromoney Publications, he is now a partner in the Brunswick Group, a financial communications consultancy. He lists himself as hostile to devolution and proportional representation, and in favour of "retaining control of tax and spending in the UK", and of setting by ability in schools. Born 1962 and educated at King's School, Worcester and the LSE, he fought Vauxhall in 1997, and campaigned against devolved London government.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 33.55% 14.99% 223.76
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 4.24% 2.13% 199.52
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 4.02% 2.49% 161.56
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 5.81% 4.43% 131.39
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 5.33% 7.27% 73.29
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.42% 2.56% 16.44
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 34.15% 13.04% 261.88
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 2.58% 12.70% 20.35
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 7.00% 8.14% 86.00
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.15% 4.02% 3.66
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 1.44% 3.19% 45.33
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 1.30% 11.31% 11.49
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 0.00% 0.06% 0.00
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 8.58% 9.41% 91.11
5-10K 16.63% 16.63% 99.96
10-15K 17.35% 16.58% 104.63
15-20K 14.46% 13.58% 106.43
20-25K 11.04% 10.39% 106.26
25-30K 8.15% 7.77% 104.83
30-35K 5.95% 5.79% 102.65
35-40K 4.33% 4.33% 100.03
40-45K 3.17% 3.27% 97.20
45-50K 2.34% 2.48% 94.28
50-55K 1.74% 1.90% 91.38
55-60K 1.31% 1.47% 88.53
60-65K 0.99% 1.15% 85.79
65-70K 0.75% 0.91% 83.15
70-75K 0.58% 0.72% 80.64
75-80K 0.45% 0.57% 78.26
80-85K 0.35% 0.46% 76.00
85-90K 0.28% 0.37% 73.85
90-95K 0.22% 0.31% 71.82
95-100K 0.17% 0.25% 69.90
100K + 0.80% 1.34% 59.86

Local Map of the constituency
Norfolk South - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Norfolk South - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (7.67%) Liberal Democrat (1.37%)
Conservative (- 12.25%)
Conservative (2.02%) Liberal Democrat (1.58%)
Labour (-  1.54%)
Con - 12.25%
Lab 7.67%
LD 1.37%
Con 2.02%
Lab - 1.54%
LD 1.58%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Richard Bacon
Conservative hold
Con Conservative (42.18%) 23,589 42.18%
Lab Labour (24.53%) 13,719 24.53%
LD Liberal Democrat (29.85%) 16,696 29.85%
Oth Other (3.44%) 1,925 3.44%
Maj Majority (12.32%) 6,893 12.32%
Turn Turnout (67.62%) 55,929 67.62%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Richard Bacon
Conservative hold
C Richard Bacon 23,589 42.18%
LD Anne Lee 16,696 29.85%
UK Joseph Neal 856 1.53%
G Stephanie Ross-Wagenknecht 1,069 1.91%
L Mark Wells 13,719 24.53%
Candidates representing 5 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
John MacGregor
Conservative
Con Conservative (40.15%) 24,935 40.15%
Lab Labour (26.07%) 16,188 26.07%
LD Liberal Democrat (28.27%) 17,557 28.27%
Ref Referendum (4.08%) 2,533 4.08%
Oth Other (1.42%) 884 1.42%
Maj Majority (11.88%) 7,378 11.88%
Turn Turnout (78.37%) 62,097 78.37%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (52.40%) 33,669 52.40%
Lab Labour (18.40%) 11,841 18.40%
LD Liberal Democrat (26.90%) 17,305 26.90%
Oth Other (2.30%) 1,495 2.30%
Maj Majority (25.40%) 16,364 25.40%
Turn Turnout (84.07%) 64,310 84.07%

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