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Northavon
Liberal Democrat hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Although Northavon was not one of the more widely predicted Liberal Democrat gains of 1997, Steve Webb has proved one of the more prominent of his party's 26 new MPs, and clearly has both prospects and ambitions to enter the upper ranks of his party at Westminster. To do so, he must maintain and strengthen his grip on his seat, but this is a task often achieved by Liberal parliamentarians in recent decades. If he can win Northavon at least once more, his position will be further improved by the Boundary Commission, which is creating an extra seat in the area in its next national review, which may be published before the election after next. Webb seems to have his eye on the proposed Yate and Thornbury seat. Will he retain Northavon long enough to enter Yate/Thornbury's first contest as an incumbent? The continued weakness of the Conservatives, the possibility of squeezing Labour's 9,767 voters from 1997, and his own ability and energy all suggest Webb has a good chance.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Steve Webb, surprisingly elected in 1997, and initially keen to be addressed by his recently acquired Bath University professorial rank, is a social policy expert, notably on pensions. Rather exaggeratedly billed (by the Evening Standard) as making David Willetts "look like a thicko", he was born 1965, attended Dartmouth High School, Birmingham and Hertford College Oxford. It was his Liberal-Democrat-tabled amendment on lone parent benefit cuts that sparked Labour's first big backbench revolt in 1997. This unexpected Liberal Democrat MP faces a glamorous Conservative challenger in unmarried mother Dr Carrie Ruxton, Scots-born (and accented) in 1967 and educated at Morrison's Academy, Crieff and Queen Margaret College, Edinburgh (where she acquired a doctorate in 'nutrition'), she is a state-registered dietician, currently with the Sugar Bureau, having earlier lectured in Nutrition. An adviser to fellow Scot, Tory Health spokesman Liam Fox, her son Christopher was born in 2000. Unresistant to being listed as a Europhile, she is willing to be convinced on the single currency, and believes women are not discriminated against in Tory selections. She speaks from experience, having only joined the Party in 1997.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 28.98% 14.99% 193.27
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.64% 2.13% 29.98
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.91% 2.49% 36.50
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 19.20% 4.43% 433.92
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 15.68% 7.27% 215.58
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 1.70% 2.56% 66.16
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.01% 3.94% 0.31
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 13.39% 13.04% 102.66
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 11.53% 12.70% 90.79
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 4.27% 8.14% 52.46
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.00% 4.02% 0.00
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 1.45% 3.19% 45.67
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 2.18% 11.31% 19.26
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.03% 3.06% 1.09
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 0.00% 2.52% 0.07
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.03% 0.06% 43.30
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 4.57% 9.41% 48.50
5-10K 11.42% 16.63% 68.67
10-15K 14.56% 16.58% 87.85
15-20K 14.05% 13.58% 103.44
20-25K 11.96% 10.39% 115.03
25-30K 9.58% 7.77% 123.28
30-35K 7.47% 5.79% 128.99
35-40K 5.76% 4.33% 132.84
40-45K 4.42% 3.27% 135.32
45-50K 3.40% 2.48% 136.81
50-55K 2.62% 1.90% 137.55
55-60K 2.03% 1.47% 137.73
60-65K 1.58% 1.15% 137.51
65-70K 1.24% 0.91% 136.98
70-75K 0.98% 0.72% 136.23
75-80K 0.78% 0.57% 135.31
80-85K 0.62% 0.46% 134.26
85-90K 0.50% 0.37% 133.14
90-95K 0.40% 0.31% 131.95
95-100K 0.33% 0.25% 130.73
100K + 1.64% 1.34% 122.32

Local Map of the constituency
Northavon - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Northavon - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (3.52%) Liberal Democrat (7.88%)
Conservative (- 12.84%)
Liberal Democrat (10.74%)
Conservative (-  3.80%) Labour (-  3.89%)
Con - 12.84%
Lab 3.52%
LD 7.88%
Con - 3.80%
Lab - 3.89%
LD 10.74%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Steven Webb
Liberal Democrat hold
Con Conservative (35.16%) 19,340 35.16%
Lab Labour (11.73%) 6,450 11.73%
LD Liberal Democrat (53.12%) 29,217 53.12%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (17.96%) 9,877 17.96%
Turn Turnout (69.77%) 55,007 69.77%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Steven Webb
Liberal Democrat hold
C Robert Hall 19,340 35.16%
L Carrie Ruxton 6,450 11.73%
LD Steven Webb 29,217 53.12%
Candidates representing 3 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Steven Webb
Liberal Democrat gain
Con Conservative (38.96%) 24,363 38.96%
Lab Labour (15.62%) 9,767 15.62%
LD Liberal Democrat (42.38%) 26,500 42.38%
Ref Referendum (3.04%) 1,900 3.04%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (3.42%) 2,137 3.42%
Turn Turnout (79.21%) 62,530 79.21%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (51.80%) 32,700 51.80%
Lab Labour (12.10%) 7,625 12.10%
LD Liberal Democrat (34.50%) 21,759 34.50%
Oth Other (1.70%) 1,049 1.70%
Maj Majority (17.30%) 10,941 17.30%
Turn Turnout (84.75%) 63,133 84.75%

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