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Bexhill & Battle
Conservative hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
This seat will remain safely Conservative, but with a new candidate - Greg Barker, who was subject to a very belated internal local party challenge on the basis of alleged magnified business qualifications just before Easter 2001 - after Charles Wardle announced his retirement in early 2000 following revelations of a well-paid extra-parliamentary consultancy from Mohamed Fayed, the owner of Harrods. Nearly half of all votes will probably be cast by pensioners in this East Sussex constituency, since they form more than a third of the electorate and turn out more enthusiastically than other voters. The Tories did not quite obtain an absolute majority of all votes cast in 1997, but the Referendum candidate saved her deposit. This year the leader of the UK Independence Party, Nigel Farage, opted to stand in this constituency, reportedly with the backing not only of some of Wardle's supporters, but, after 11 May, of the most recent MP himself.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Gregory Barker has replaced as Conservative candidate, the quit-before-pushed MP Charles Wardle, who lost local party support over his paid consultancy with Mohamed Fayed. Additionally, although Barker, born 1966 and educated at Steyning Grammar School, Lancing College, Royal Holloway College London University, and the London Business School, came well-connected to the Tory right as adviser to David Willetts and Chairman of the Centre for Policy Studies policy group, Agenda 2000, his impressive portfolio of past and present business activities covering advertising, oil and banking, have become a source of dispute within the Constituency Association, with allegations of "exaggeration". Though this seat was the Conservatives' 18th safest in 1997, the Liberal Democrats' Stephen Hardy, a 52 year-old local councillor, Cambridge graduate, local brick company director, and opponent of local mobile phone masts, will hope to exploit any disaffection caused by Charles Wardle's departure, and Gregory Barker's arrival.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 24.05% 14.99% 160.42
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 3.05% 2.13% 143.22
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 35.44% 2.49% 1,425.28
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 0.59% 4.43% 13.25
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 1.26% 7.27% 17.27
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.25% 2.56% 9.81
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 1.00% 3.94% 25.43
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 20.30% 13.04% 155.66
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 0.72% 12.70% 5.64
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 8.33% 8.14% 102.25
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 2.00% 4.02% 49.76
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 0.98% 3.19% 30.74
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 2.02% 11.31% 17.87
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.00% 3.06% 0.00
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 0.03% 0.06% 48.48
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 9.84% 9.41% 104.58
5-10K 17.31% 16.63% 104.08
10-15K 17.12% 16.58% 103.26
15-20K 13.84% 13.58% 101.93
20-25K 10.43% 10.39% 100.33
25-30K 7.67% 7.77% 98.68
30-35K 5.62% 5.79% 97.10
35-40K 4.14% 4.33% 95.63
40-45K 3.08% 3.27% 94.29
45-50K 2.31% 2.48% 93.09
50-55K 1.75% 1.90% 92.02
55-60K 1.34% 1.47% 91.07
60-65K 1.04% 1.15% 90.23
65-70K 0.81% 0.91% 89.49
70-75K 0.64% 0.72% 88.83
75-80K 0.51% 0.57% 88.25
80-85K 0.41% 0.46% 87.73
85-90K 0.33% 0.37% 87.27
90-95K 0.27% 0.31% 86.87
95-100K 0.22% 0.25% 86.51
100K + 1.15% 1.34% 85.31

Local Map of the constituency
Bexhill & Battle - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Bexhill & Battle - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (8.70%)
Conservative (- 12.19%) Liberal Democrat (-  3.45%)
Conservative (0.02%) Labour (1.34%)
Liberal Democrat (-  0.77%)
Con - 12.19%
Lab 8.70%
LD - 3.45%
Con 0.02%
Lab 1.34%
LD - 0.77%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Greg Barker
Conservative hold
Con Conservative (48.13%) 21,555 48.13%
Lab Labour (19.43%) 8,702 19.43%
LD Liberal Democrat (24.68%) 11,052 24.68%
Oth Other (7.76%) 3,474 7.76%
Maj Majority (23.45%) 10,503 23.45%
Turn Turnout (64.89%) 44,783 64.89%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Greg Barker
Conservative hold
C Greg Barker 21,555 48.13%
UK Nigel Farage 3,474 7.76%
LD Stephen Hardy 11,052 24.68%
L Anne Moore-Williams 8,702 19.43%
Candidates representing 4 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Charles Wardle
Conservative
Con Conservative (48.11%) 23,570 48.11%
Lab Labour (18.10%) 8,866 18.10%
LD Liberal Democrat (25.45%) 12,470 25.45%
Ref Referendum (6.74%) 3,302 6.74%
Oth Other (1.60%) 786 1.60%
Maj Majority (22.66%) 11,100 22.66%
Turn Turnout (74.70%) 48,994 74.70%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (60.30%) 31,347 60.30%
Lab Labour (9.40%) 4,877 9.40%
LD Liberal Democrat (28.90%) 15,007 28.90%
Oth Other (1.50%) 784 1.50%
Maj Majority (31.40%) 16,340 31.40%
Turn Turnout (78.62%) 52,015 78.62%

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