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Oxford West & Abingdon
Liberal Democrat hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
The sophisticated and intellectual seat of Oxford West and Abingdon is liberally inclined, well used to tactical voting, and well disposed to Liberal Democrats in local government elections; they have 22 out of 23 councillors (in the most recent May 1999 elections) in that part of the Vale of White Horse district within this seat, and if any other party is on the advance in west Oxford it is the Greens. The Conservatives have no councillors in this part of Oxford, nor have had for some years, and do not seem credible challengers to Evan Harris in this constituency, which includes the vast majority of the 'dreaming spires' of the elite and ancient collegiate university, and not a few of its aspiring dreams.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Dr Evan Harris, currently Liberal Democrat higher education spokesman, was elected here, in a seat where the higher education scarcely gets any higher, in 1997. A former hospital doctor at the Radcliffe, he was born in 1965 and educated at the Blue Coat School, Liverpool and Wadham College, Oxford. Handsome - if with a rather staring gaze - he was previously as Health spokesman strongly in favour of legalising homosexual sex at 16 to make young men more accessible to medical advice, and in February 2001 introduced a bill to legalise human embryo cloning.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 20.85% 14.99% 139.04
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.28% 2.13% 12.96
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 1.77% 2.49% 71.25
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 10.17% 4.43% 229.93
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 9.22% 7.27% 126.81
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 9.25% 2.56% 360.67
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 5.05% 2.04% 247.27
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 13.57% 3.94% 344.00
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 15.86% 13.04% 121.62
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 2.30% 12.70% 18.14
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 3.74% 8.14% 45.97
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 1.33% 4.02% 33.11
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 1.07% 3.19% 33.73
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 4.89% 11.31% 43.21
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 0.64% 0.06% 1,034.50
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 5.43% 9.41% 57.69
5-10K 11.52% 16.63% 69.25
10-15K 13.74% 16.58% 82.85
15-20K 13.00% 13.58% 95.72
20-25K 11.12% 10.39% 107.03
25-30K 9.07% 7.77% 116.65
30-35K 7.23% 5.79% 124.74
35-40K 5.70% 4.33% 131.52
40-45K 4.48% 3.27% 137.21
45-50K 3.53% 2.48% 142.01
50-55K 2.78% 1.90% 146.09
55-60K 2.21% 1.47% 149.59
60-65K 1.76% 1.15% 152.61
65-70K 1.41% 0.91% 155.25
70-75K 1.13% 0.72% 157.57
75-80K 0.92% 0.57% 159.64
80-85K 0.75% 0.46% 161.48
85-90K 0.61% 0.37% 163.15
90-95K 0.50% 0.31% 164.67
95-100K 0.42% 0.25% 166.07
100K + 2.32% 1.34% 172.84

Local Map of the constituency
Oxford West & Abingdon - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Oxford West & Abingdon - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (4.10%) Liberal Democrat (7.12%)
Conservative (- 13.55%)
Liberal Democrat (4.92%)
Conservative (-  2.63%) Labour (-  2.53%)
Con - 13.55%
Lab 4.10%
LD 7.12%
Con - 2.63%
Lab - 2.53%
LD 4.92%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Evan Harris
Liberal Democrat hold
Con Conservative (30.03%) 15,485 30.03%
Lab Labour (17.67%) 9,114 17.67%
LD Liberal Democrat (47.84%) 24,670 47.84%
Oth Other (4.46%) 2,299 4.46%
Maj Majority (17.81%) 9,185 17.81%
Turn Turnout (64.53%) 51,568 64.53%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Evan Harris
Liberal Democrat hold
LD Evan Harris 24,670 47.84%
L Gillian Kirk 9,114 17.67%
C Ed Matts 15,485 30.03%
I Sigrid Shreeve 332 0.64%
EC Robert Twigger 93 0.18%
UK Marcus Watney 451 0.87%
G Mike Woodin 1,423 2.76%
Candidates representing 7 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Evan Harris
Liberal Democrat gain
Con Conservative (32.65%) 19,983 32.65%
Lab Labour (20.20%) 12,361 20.20%
LD Liberal Democrat (42.92%) 26,268 42.92%
Ref Referendum (2.06%) 1,258 2.06%
Oth Other (2.17%) 1,326 2.17%
Maj Majority (10.27%) 6,285 10.27%
Turn Turnout (77.14%) 61,196 77.14%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (46.20%) 27,630 46.20%
Lab Labour (16.10%) 9,642 16.10%
LD Liberal Democrat (35.80%) 21,408 35.80%
Oth Other (1.80%) 1,069 1.80%
Maj Majority (10.40%) 6,222 10.40%
Turn Turnout (76.73%) 59,749 76.73%

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