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Reigate
Conservative hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
The safety of this mid Surrey seat for the Conservatives could not have been better demonstrated than in 1997. In a year of general disaster for them, they were further plagued here by the candidature of the sitting MP, Sir George Gardiner, who had defected to the Referendum party (after a spell of deprivation of the Tory whip for rebellion against the Maastricht treaty). Fears that he would split their vote were to some extent justified, as he saved his deposit with a 7pc share. Labour did advance by 10pc too, but Crispin Blunt withstood all this trouble to take his place in the Commons with a majority of nearly 8,000. He can assume that this is likely to increase under at least slightly easier circumstances in the forthcoming general election.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Crispin Blunt won Reigate in 1997 as replacement for the expelled Sir George Gardiner. Son of a general, and a former captain (for 11 years) in the Royal Hussars, he was born in 1960 and educated at the military public school, Wellington, as a prelude to nearby Sandhurst, and Durham University. A former adviser both as Defence and Foreign minister of Sir Malcolm Rifkind, he followed Rifkind's journey from pro-European to Eurosceptic, favouring "a Europe of nation states" and opposing the Amsterdam Treaty. Seen by some as patronising, he lives up to both his names as both 'crisp' and 'blunt', though the nickname of 'Crippen' is said to be a joke.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 41.27% 14.99% 275.24
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.05% 2.13% 2.15
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 2.28% 2.49% 91.62
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 1.53% 4.43% 34.49
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 10.79% 7.27% 148.29
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 3.85% 2.56% 150.16
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 4.08% 2.04% 199.68
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.76% 3.94% 19.23
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 20.34% 13.04% 156.02
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 3.51% 12.70% 27.66
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 6.73% 8.14% 82.59
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.78% 4.02% 19.29
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 1.03% 3.19% 32.37
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 2.06% 11.31% 18.24
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.88% 3.06% 28.72
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 0.08% 0.06% 128.08
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 4.06% 9.41% 43.09
5-10K 9.03% 16.63% 54.30
10-15K 11.49% 16.58% 69.32
15-20K 11.63% 13.58% 85.65
20-25K 10.61% 10.39% 102.08
25-30K 9.17% 7.77% 118.00
30-35K 7.71% 5.79% 133.06
35-40K 6.37% 4.33% 147.11
40-45K 5.23% 3.27% 160.08
45-50K 4.27% 2.48% 171.98
50-55K 3.48% 1.90% 182.85
55-60K 2.84% 1.47% 192.74
60-65K 2.32% 1.15% 201.71
65-70K 1.90% 0.91% 209.84
70-75K 1.56% 0.72% 217.19
75-80K 1.29% 0.57% 223.84
80-85K 1.06% 0.46% 229.83
85-90K 0.88% 0.37% 235.24
90-95K 0.73% 0.31% 240.11
95-100K 0.61% 0.25% 244.48
100K + 3.50% 1.34% 260.64

Local Map of the constituency
Reigate - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Reigate - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (10.28%)
Conservative (- 13.65%) Liberal Democrat (-  4.14%)
Conservative (3.97%) Liberal Democrat (1.14%)
Labour (-  0.29%)
Con - 13.65%
Lab 10.28%
LD - 4.14%
Con 3.97%
Lab - 0.29%
LD 1.14%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Crispin Blunt
Conservative hold
Con Conservative (47.82%) 18,875 47.82%
Lab Labour (27.49%) 10,850 27.49%
LD Liberal Democrat (21.10%) 8,330 21.10%
Oth Other (3.59%) 1,419 3.59%
Maj Majority (20.33%) 8,025 20.33%
Turn Turnout (60.71%) 39,474 60.71%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Crispin Blunt
Conservative hold
C Crispin Blunt 18,875 47.82%
L Simon Charleton 10,850 27.49%
RUK Harold Green 357 0.90%
LD Jane Kulka 8,330 21.10%
UK Stephen Smith 1,062 2.69%
Candidates representing 5 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Crispin Blunt
Conservative
Con Conservative (43.85%) 21,123 43.85%
Lab Labour (27.78%) 13,382 27.78%
LD Liberal Democrat (19.96%) 9,615 19.96%
Ref Referendum (6.96%) 3,352 6.96%
Oth Other (1.46%) 702 1.46%
Maj Majority (16.07%) 7,741 16.07%
Turn Turnout (74.40%) 48,174 74.40%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (57.50%) 29,148 57.50%
Lab Labour (17.50%) 8,870 17.50%
LD Liberal Democrat (24.10%) 12,208 24.10%
Oth Other (0.90%) 441 0.90%
Maj Majority (33.40%) 16,940 33.40%
Turn Turnout (78.79%) 50,667 78.79%

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