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Richmond Park
Liberal Democrat hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Boundary changes made this long term Liberal target in affluent and intellectual south west London a surprise gain for Jenny Tonge in 1997. Despite her party's long-term local government strength in Richmond Borough, the addition of five Kingston wards with little such tradition made jovial Jeremy Hanley the favourite. In the 1998 London Borough elections the Lib Dems were only three pc ahead of the Tories here, but Jenny Tonge has been active and in the main popular and has probably built up sufficient of a positive profile to make an increase in her 2,951 majority the most likely outcome.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Dr Jenny Tonge, a former GP and local councillor, won the seat at her second attempt in 1997. A pleasant-looking woman with a sultry voice - if seen by her defeated Conservative opponent Sir Jeremy Hanley as an old bruiser, she endeavours to square-up to the brusque and bullying Clare Short as International Development spokesman, and takes a practical GP's liberal line on matters relating to teenage contraception and drugs. Born 1941 and educated at Dudley Girls High School and University College Hospital Medical School, she sits on her Party's social democratic wing as an advocate of more taxation and assiduously pursues constituency interests such as incessant aircraft noise, notwithstanding her own advantageous deafness in one ear. Her Conservative challenger is Tom Harris, born 1967, educated at Marlborough and Nottingham University and a stockbroker with Cazenoves. A former Guildford Cathedral chorister, Old Marlburian cricketer and a Skinner's Company liveryman, like many aspiring Tory candidates he comes from Wandsworth Council, where he represents the adjacent-to-Richmond Roehampton ward.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 17.49% 14.99% 116.62
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 1.73% 2.49% 69.68
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 1.14% 4.43% 25.69
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 0.10% 7.27% 1.33
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 24.10% 2.56% 939.53
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 32.60% 2.04% 1,597.21
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 7.84% 3.94% 198.82
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 4.78% 13.04% 36.66
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 1.54% 12.70% 12.13
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 3.00% 8.14% 36.87
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 2.83% 4.02% 70.48
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 0.51% 3.19% 16.07
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 1.12% 11.31% 9.87
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 1.12% 3.06% 36.43
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 0.03% 2.52% 1.19
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.02% 2.10% 0.85
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.06% 0.06% 102.61
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 3.40% 9.41% 36.12
5-10K 7.54% 16.63% 45.30
10-15K 9.84% 16.58% 59.38
15-20K 10.32% 13.58% 75.96
20-25K 9.76% 10.39% 93.91
25-30K 8.75% 7.77% 112.55
30-35K 7.61% 5.79% 131.44
35-40K 6.51% 4.33% 150.28
40-45K 5.51% 3.27% 168.87
45-50K 4.64% 2.48% 187.09
50-55K 3.90% 1.90% 204.86
55-60K 3.28% 1.47% 222.13
60-65K 2.75% 1.15% 238.90
65-70K 2.31% 0.91% 255.15
70-75K 1.95% 0.72% 270.88
75-80K 1.64% 0.57% 286.11
80-85K 1.39% 0.46% 300.85
85-90K 1.18% 0.37% 315.12
90-95K 1.00% 0.31% 328.94
95-100K 0.86% 0.25% 342.33
100K + 5.68% 1.34% 422.43

Local Map of the constituency
Richmond Park - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Richmond Park - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (3.81%) Liberal Democrat (7.06%)
Conservative (- 12.33%)
Liberal Democrat (3.03%)
Conservative (-  1.88%) Labour (-  1.34%)
Con - 12.33%
Lab 3.81%
LD 7.06%
Con - 1.88%
Lab - 1.34%
LD 3.03%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Jenny Tonge
Liberal Democrat hold
Con Conservative (37.60%) 18,480 37.60%
Lab Labour (11.27%) 5,541 11.27%
LD Liberal Democrat (47.70%) 23,444 47.70%
Oth Other (3.43%) 1,686 3.43%
Maj Majority (10.10%) 4,964 10.10%
Turn Turnout (67.64%) 49,151 67.64%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Jenny Tonge
Liberal Democrat hold
C Tom Harris 18,480 37.60%
L Barry Langford 5,541 11.27%
G James Page 1,223 2.49%
I Raymong Perrin 115 0.23%
UK Peter St John Howe 348 0.71%
LD Jenny Tonge 23,444 47.70%
Candidates representing 6 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Jenny Tonge
Liberal Democrat gain
Con Conservative (39.47%) 22,442 39.47%
Lab Labour (12.61%) 7,172 12.61%
LD Liberal Democrat (44.66%) 25,393 44.66%
Ref Referendum (2.58%) 1,467 2.58%
Oth Other (0.67%) 379 0.67%
Maj Majority (5.19%) 2,951 5.19%
Turn Turnout (79.43%) 56,853 79.43%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (51.80%) 30,609 51.80%
Lab Labour (8.80%) 5,211 8.80%
LD Liberal Democrat (37.60%) 22,225 37.60%
Oth Other (1.70%) 1,008 1.70%
Maj Majority (14.20%) 8,384 14.20%
Turn Turnout (85.47%) 59,053 85.47%

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