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Readers Poll Con 52% Lab 28% LD 18% Nat 2% Enter your vote to win 1M

Richmond (Yorks)
Conservative hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
William Hague's seat was the 25th safest of his party's total of 165 in 1997, and that was before he was chosen for the testing task of Leader of the Opposition. He can at least rely on his constituency's support at the next general election, if not of his party's for much afterwards. It consists of vast swathes of the attractive Yorkshire northern dales, including Swaledale and Wensleydale, and if there is a blot on the Herriot landscape it comes in the form of Catterick army camp, one of the largest centres of population along with Northallerton and Richmond, but the armed service vote, when exercised, scarcely hold any terrors for Conservatives.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
William Hague, MP here since 1989, was elected leader of the Conservative Party in 1997, too soon at the age of 36, and with his deft dispatch box performance watched by all too few. A flexible politician who has opted for a populist Euroscepticism of limited appeal to many middle-class Tory voters, he was born 1961, son of a soft drinks manufacturer, and educated at Wath-on-Dearne Comprehensive School and at Magdalen College Oxford. The last bald prime minister was his impersonated hero, Sir Winston Churchill, 46 years ago; the last bald opposition leader was Neil Kinnock.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 27.90% 14.99% 186.09
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 13.95% 2.13% 655.89
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 3.09% 2.49% 124.37
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 6.48% 4.43% 146.55
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 3.91% 7.27% 53.71
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.11% 2.56% 4.46
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.49% 3.94% 12.41
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 22.21% 13.04% 170.35
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 5.03% 12.70% 39.56
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 4.35% 8.14% 53.37
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 2.67% 4.02% 66.33
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 2.00% 3.19% 62.83
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 6.23% 11.31% 55.12
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.04% 3.06% 1.21
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 0.54% 2.52% 21.44
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 1.00% 0.06% 1,605.18
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 6.69% 9.41% 71.10
5-10K 14.73% 16.63% 88.53
10-15K 16.75% 16.58% 101.05
15-20K 14.68% 13.58% 108.06
20-25K 11.53% 10.39% 110.94
25-30K 8.66% 7.77% 111.37
30-35K 6.40% 5.79% 110.55
35-40K 4.73% 4.33% 109.17
40-45K 3.51% 3.27% 107.60
45-50K 2.63% 2.48% 106.02
50-55K 1.99% 1.90% 104.52
55-60K 1.52% 1.47% 103.12
60-65K 1.17% 1.15% 101.84
65-70K 0.91% 0.91% 100.66
70-75K 0.72% 0.72% 99.58
75-80K 0.57% 0.57% 98.59
80-85K 0.45% 0.46% 97.69
85-90K 0.36% 0.37% 96.86
90-95K 0.29% 0.31% 96.10
95-100K 0.24% 0.25% 95.40
100K + 1.24% 1.34% 92.10

Local Map of the constituency
Richmond (Yorks) - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Richmond (Yorks) - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (16.31%)
Conservative (- 11.54%) Liberal Democrat (-  8.72%)
Conservative (10.07%)
Labour (-  5.93%) Liberal Democrat (-  0.46%)
Con - 11.54%
Lab 16.31%
LD - 8.72%
Con 10.07%
Lab - 5.93%
LD - 0.46%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
William Hague
Conservative hold
Con Conservative (58.93%) 25,951 58.93%
Lab Labour (21.87%) 9,632 21.87%
LD Liberal Democrat (17.92%) 7,890 17.92%
Oth Other (1.27%) 561 1.27%
Maj Majority (37.06%) 16,319 37.06%
Turn Turnout (67.37%) 44,034 67.37%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
William Hague
Conservative hold
LD Edward Forth 7,890 17.92%
C William Hague 25,951 58.93%
ML Melodie Staniforth 561 1.27%
L Fay Tinnion 9,632 21.87%
Candidates representing 4 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
William Hague
Conservative
Con Conservative (48.86%) 23,326 48.86%
Lab Labour (27.81%) 13,275 27.81%
LD Liberal Democrat (18.38%) 8,773 18.38%
Ref Referendum (4.96%) 2,367 4.96%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (21.05%) 10,051 21.05%
Turn Turnout (73.38%) 47,741 73.38%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (60.40%) 30,333 60.40%
Lab Labour (11.50%) 5,797 11.50%
LD Liberal Democrat (27.10%) 13,626 27.10%
Oth Other (0.90%) 445 0.90%
Maj Majority (33.30%) 16,707 33.30%
Turn Turnout (78.09%) 50,201 78.09%

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