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Poole
Conservative hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
An affluent and economically booming seat containing one of the two or three areas of highest residential land value in the whole of Britain (Sandbanks on Poole Harbour) according to a 2000 report, Poole should remain Conservative. In the May 1999 unitary authority elections here they returned 15 councillors to the Liberal Democrats' six and Labour's three; the wards split 5:2:1.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Robert Syms, an Environment spokesman, was elected in 1997, a rightwing Eurosceptic and owner of a Chippenham-based family building and plant hire firm, who rose politically as leader of North Wiltshire District Council. Born 1956 and educated at Colston's School, Bristol, a would-be Portillo-supporter who backed Lilley in 1997, he favours first-past-the-post over PR.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 17.64% 14.99% 117.64
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 1.59% 2.13% 74.62
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 16.90% 2.49% 679.59
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 0.55% 4.43% 12.42
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 6.82% 7.27% 93.77
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.36% 2.56% 14.19
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 1.23% 2.04% 60.40
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 2.35% 3.94% 59.56
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 27.92% 13.04% 214.11
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 6.32% 12.70% 49.76
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 4.73% 8.14% 58.03
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 3.58% 4.02% 89.09
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 3.68% 3.19% 115.46
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 4.30% 11.31% 38.02
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 1.63% 3.06% 53.08
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 0.41% 2.52% 16.36
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 9.13% 9.41% 97.02
5-10K 17.40% 16.63% 104.60
10-15K 17.73% 16.58% 106.94
15-20K 14.42% 13.58% 106.16
20-25K 10.78% 10.39% 103.73
25-30K 7.82% 7.77% 100.63
30-35K 5.64% 5.79% 97.40
35-40K 4.09% 4.33% 94.32
40-45K 2.99% 3.27% 91.52
45-50K 2.21% 2.48% 89.05
50-55K 1.66% 1.90% 86.90
55-60K 1.25% 1.47% 85.06
60-65K 0.96% 1.15% 83.50
65-70K 0.74% 0.91% 82.18
70-75K 0.58% 0.72% 81.07
75-80K 0.46% 0.57% 80.14
80-85K 0.37% 0.46% 79.37
85-90K 0.29% 0.37% 78.73
90-95K 0.24% 0.31% 78.21
95-100K 0.19% 0.25% 77.78
100K + 1.03% 1.34% 77.00

Local Map of the constituency
Poole - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Poole - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (9.88%) Liberal Democrat (1.52%)
Conservative (- 12.96%)
Conservative (3.00%) Labour (5.30%)
Liberal Democrat (-  5.31%)
Con - 12.96%
Lab 9.88%
LD 1.52%
Con 3.00%
Lab 5.30%
LD - 5.31%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Robert Syms
Conservative hold
Con Conservative (45.14%) 17,710 45.14%
Lab Labour (26.88%) 10,544 26.88%
LD Liberal Democrat (25.52%) 10,011 25.52%
Oth Other (2.47%) 968 2.47%
Maj Majority (18.27%) 7,166 18.27%
Turn Turnout (60.69%) 39,233 60.69%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Robert Syms
Conservative hold
UK John Bass 968 2.47%
C Robert Syms 17,710 45.14%
L David Watt 10,544 26.88%
LD Nick Westbrook 10,011 25.52%
Candidates representing 4 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Robert Syms
Conservative
Con Conservative (42.14%) 19,726 42.14%
Lab Labour (21.58%) 10,100 21.58%
LD Liberal Democrat (30.82%) 14,428 30.82%
Ref Referendum (4.13%) 1,932 4.13%
Oth Other (1.33%) 624 1.33%
Maj Majority (11.32%) 5,298 11.32%
Turn Turnout (70.84%) 46,810 70.84%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (55.10%) 27,768 55.10%
Lab Labour (11.70%) 5,880 11.70%
LD Liberal Democrat (29.30%) 14,787 29.30%
Oth Other (3.90%) 1,950 3.90%
Maj Majority (25.80%) 12,981 25.80%
Turn Turnout (78.38%) 50,385 78.38%

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