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Rochford & Southend East
Conservative hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
The east end of Southend on Sea is the lass fashionable, and the less affluent, with the exception of Thorpe, which some think is the place to live in the town; yet it has usually been the more Conservative. This is largely because Southend West has been the site for a sustained if ultimately unsuccessful Liberal assault, while the party of local activism has concentrated less firepower here (and obtained fewer than one tenth of the votes in this constituency in 1997). East, though socially and economically in average sectors by national standards, has seen the Conservatives see off Labour, though narrowly in landslide years like 1966 and in the 1980 by-election when Teddy Taylor returned to Parliament after finally being ousted in Glasgow. It might have been close in 1997 too, had it not been for two factors. Boundary changes brought in the land east and north east of Southend, the towns of Rochford and Great Wakering, and the sparsely populated flatlands between the river Roach and the mouth of the Thames, which include Foulness, the site of the once-proposed Maplin Sands London airport. Also Teddy Taylor's long and consistent opposition to further encroachments on UK liberties by the European Union meant that he was not opposed by a Referendum or UK Independence candidate, who might have tapped a strong vein of feeling here. He should survive to continue his defence of these islands after the next general election.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Following the election Sir Teddy Taylor will have served as a Conservative MP for 37 years, with a short break of ten months in 1979/80. An energetic, populist Glaswegian who lost his Glasgow seat after 15 years in 1979, he switched , as all Scots Tories must, to England in order to resume his career at Southend in 1980. Stocky and bald and from a lower middle class background, born in 1937 and educated at Glasgow High School and Glasgow University, his one-club political career was determined in 1971 when he quit his junior ministerial job over Heath's decision to apply for EEC membership, since when he has been in the van of every Europhobic revolt, losing the Whip in 1994. Like many of his anti-EU ilk an unclubbable loner, he is however seen as "nutty but nice" in his old fashioned suit, redolent of a character from an Ealing comedy. He accompanies his Europhobia with across-the-board rightwing sentiments on hanging, homosexuality, abortion and immigration, but is in the small Conservative minority opposing fox hunting. Needless to say, unlike the hapless Tories left behind in Scotland, he opposes devolution as a root-and-branch Unionist.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 13.70% 14.99% 91.35
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 4.43% 2.49% 178.15
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 1.65% 4.43% 37.20
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 2.49% 7.27% 34.21
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 1.86% 2.56% 72.67
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 1.22% 2.04% 59.74
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 10.03% 3.94% 254.36
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 17.90% 13.04% 137.31
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 12.06% 12.70% 94.93
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 8.87% 8.14% 108.88
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 9.22% 4.02% 229.35
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 4.06% 3.19% 127.44
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 7.73% 11.31% 68.38
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 2.79% 3.06% 91.04
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 1.99% 2.52% 79.06
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 9.90% 9.41% 105.16
5-10K 16.47% 16.63% 99.04
10-15K 16.35% 16.58% 98.60
15-20K 13.48% 13.58% 99.28
20-25K 10.40% 10.39% 100.04
25-30K 7.82% 7.77% 100.64
30-35K 5.85% 5.79% 101.04
35-40K 4.39% 4.33% 101.25
40-45K 3.31% 3.27% 101.32
45-50K 2.51% 2.48% 101.28
50-55K 1.93% 1.90% 101.16
55-60K 1.49% 1.47% 100.98
60-65K 1.16% 1.15% 100.77
65-70K 0.91% 0.91% 100.52
70-75K 0.72% 0.72% 100.27
75-80K 0.57% 0.57% 100.00
80-85K 0.46% 0.46% 99.72
85-90K 0.37% 0.37% 99.45
90-95K 0.30% 0.31% 99.17
95-100K 0.25% 0.25% 98.90
100K + 1.30% 1.34% 97.01

Local Map of the constituency
Rochford & Southend East - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Rochford & Southend East - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (12.11%)
Conservative (- 10.32%) Liberal Democrat (-  2.39%)
Conservative (4.88%)
Labour (-  4.84%) Liberal Democrat (-  1.99%)
Con - 10.32%
Lab 12.11%
LD - 2.39%
Con 4.88%
Lab - 4.84%
LD - 1.99%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Teddy Taylor
Conservative hold
Con Conservative (53.56%) 20,058 53.56%
Lab Labour (34.78%) 13,024 34.78%
LD Liberal Democrat (7.42%) 2,780 7.42%
Oth Other (4.25%) 1,590 4.25%
Maj Majority (18.78%) 7,034 18.78%
Turn Turnout (53.51%) 37,452 53.51%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Teddy Taylor
Conservative hold
L Chris Dandridge 13,024 34.78%
G Adrian Hedges 990 2.64%
LB Brian Lynch 600 1.60%
LD Stephen Newton 2,780 7.42%
C Teddy Taylor 20,058 53.56%
Candidates representing 5 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Teddy Taylor
Conservative
Con Conservative (48.68%) 22,683 48.68%
Lab Labour (39.61%) 18,458 39.61%
LD Liberal Democrat (9.41%) 4,387 9.41%
Ref 0 0.00%
Oth Other (2.30%) 1,070 2.30%
Maj Majority (9.07%) 4,225 9.07%
Turn Turnout (63.97%) 46,598 63.97%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (59.00%) 30,096 59.00%
Lab Labour (27.50%) 14,019 27.50%
LD Liberal Democrat (11.80%) 6,011 11.80%
Oth Other (1.70%) 861 1.70%
Maj Majority (31.50%) 24,085 31.50%
Turn Turnout (75.91%) 50,987 75.91%

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