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Romford
Conservative gain

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Of the three vulnerable seats in the London Borough of Havering, the Tories' best chance of all - and probably of any seat in London - comes in Romford. One of the reasons for this is that Labour's long-term strong performance in London may apply less in the Borough which is probably the most detached from the capital, and really feels - and feels itself - far more part of Essex county. A minuscule swing of less than one per cent will remove Eileen Gordon, and she correctly will consider herself extremely lucky if she survives the dynamic challenge of local councillor Andrew Rosindell.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Eileen Gordon, as Labour's fifth least expected new MP in 1997, ought to be one of the Party's most expected casualties in 2001. A former worker for Tony Banks MP, she was born in 1946 and educated at Harold Hill Grammar School and trained as a teacher. A working class feminist who was erroneously listed in 1997 as a Campaign Grouper, she has voted against the government only on air traffic control privatisation. She should face defeat at the hands of hard rightwinger Andrew Rosindell, archetypal Essex Man, Romford-born (1966)-and-bred, and active in opposing a single currency and a federal Europe as Director since 1997 of Bill Cash's European Foundation. He believes "we have reached as far as we want to go with the EU." An experienced political apparatchik with two parliamentary contests behind him and eleven years as PA to rightwing MP Vivian Bendall, he has a Staffordshire bull-terrier, Spike, who wears a Union Jack coat and has featured on News at Ten and in various election campaigns.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 11.36% 14.99% 75.74
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.59% 2.49% 23.60
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 0.02% 4.43% 0.35
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 4.50% 7.27% 61.87
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 1.66% 2.56% 64.73
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.17% 2.04% 8.31
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 1.09% 3.94% 27.58
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 37.78% 13.04% 289.72
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 23.80% 12.70% 187.34
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 4.81% 8.14% 59.10
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 1.91% 4.02% 47.53
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 3.62% 3.19% 113.79
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 6.76% 11.31% 59.78
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 1.30% 3.06% 42.33
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 0.64% 2.52% 25.61
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 5.66% 9.41% 60.08
5-10K 11.52% 16.63% 69.25
10-15K 13.71% 16.58% 82.72
15-20K 13.05% 13.58% 96.05
20-25K 11.22% 10.39% 107.98
25-30K 9.19% 7.77% 118.20
30-35K 7.34% 5.79% 126.71
35-40K 5.79% 4.33% 133.68
40-45K 4.55% 3.27% 139.30
45-50K 3.57% 2.48% 143.77
50-55K 2.80% 1.90% 147.28
55-60K 2.21% 1.47% 149.99
60-65K 1.75% 1.15% 152.03
65-70K 1.39% 0.91% 153.51
70-75K 1.11% 0.72% 154.53
75-80K 0.89% 0.57% 155.18
80-85K 0.72% 0.46% 155.51
85-90K 0.58% 0.37% 155.58
90-95K 0.47% 0.31% 155.43
95-100K 0.39% 0.25% 155.10
100K + 2.00% 1.34% 148.93

Local Map of the constituency
Romford - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Romford - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (14.88%)
Conservative (- 16.46%) Liberal Democrat (-  4.47%)
Conservative (11.39%) Liberal Democrat (0.10%)
Labour (-  6.90%)
Con - 16.46%
Lab 14.88%
LD - 4.47%
Con 11.39%
Lab - 6.90%
LD 0.10%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Andrew Rosindell
Conservative gain
Con Conservative (53.03%) 18,931 53.03%
Lab Labour (36.28%) 12,954 36.28%
LD Liberal Democrat (8.04%) 2,869 8.04%
Oth Other (2.65%) 947 2.65%
Maj Majority (16.74%) 5,977 16.74%
Turn Turnout (59.61%) 35,701 59.61%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Andrew Rosindell
Conservative gain
L Eileen Gordon 12,954 36.28%
BNP Frank McAllister 414 1.16%
LD Nigel Meyer 2,869 8.04%
C Andrew Rosindell 18,931 53.03%
UK Stephen Ward 533 1.49%
Candidates representing 5 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Eileen Gordon
Labour gain
Con Conservative (41.64%) 17,538 41.64%
Lab Labour (43.18%) 18,187 43.18%
LD Liberal Democrat (7.93%) 3,341 7.93%
Ref Referendum (3.40%) 1,431 3.40%
Oth Other (3.85%) 1,622 3.85%
Maj Majority (1.54%) 649 1.54%
Turn Turnout (70.66%) 42,119 70.66%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (58.10%) 27,462 58.10%
Lab Labour (28.30%) 13,398 28.30%
LD Liberal Democrat (12.40%) 5,865 12.40%
Oth Other (1.20%) 546 1.20%
Maj Majority (29.80%) 14,064 29.80%
Turn Turnout (77.62%) 47,271 77.62%

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