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Ruislip - Northwood
Conservative hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
The north western fringe of London, and the northernmost third of the Borough of Hillingdon, is the site for the fourth safest Conservative seat in Greater London. It is blessed with the name of Ruislip, which stands for many for the epitome of conventional suburbia ("Tropic of Ruislip"; The Good Life was filmed here). It would probably not have been quite so far up the list of Conservative safe seats if John Wilkinson had not been one of the Maastricht Eurosceptic rebels and thus immune from a Referendum party or UKIP candidature. But this cannot be said to have saved him. The seat is 70pc middle class, 77pc owner occupied, and died in the wool Tory. It really wouldn't think of electing any other party.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
John Wilkinson, one of the Conservatives' 15 Old Etonian MPs, was first elected here in 1979, though had been an MP in Bradford from 1970 to 1974. Pink-faced and boyish-looking notwithstanding his age (he was born in 1940), he attended Cranwell and Churchill College Cambridge after Eton, and served in the RAF for five years, whence his expertise in defence-related matters and his preference for American over European links. A Europhile-turned-Eurosceptic, he was one of eight Tories to lose the Whip over rebel-voting on Europe in 1994. Threatened in his local party for this dissidence, he nevertheless also called for an elected House of Lords and backed an elected London Assembly, again opposing the official Party line, and has been described as "intense and unyielding" and "decent but somewhat obscure".
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 23.45% 14.99% 156.41
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 4.06% 2.49% 163.14
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 0.88% 4.43% 19.78
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 2.83% 7.27% 38.92
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 7.41% 2.56% 288.74
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 6.47% 2.04% 317.18
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.27% 3.94% 6.96
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 30.91% 13.04% 237.06
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 14.96% 12.70% 117.77
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 4.24% 8.14% 52.09
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 1.24% 4.02% 30.74
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 1.95% 3.19% 61.25
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 0.72% 11.31% 6.37
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.56% 3.06% 18.29
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 0.00% 2.52% 0.00
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.05% 2.10% 2.49
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.00% 0.06% 0.00
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 3.77% 9.41% 40.08
5-10K 8.86% 16.63% 53.29
10-15K 11.59% 16.58% 69.90
15-20K 11.87% 13.58% 87.37
20-25K 10.85% 10.39% 104.41
25-30K 9.36% 7.77% 120.42
30-35K 7.83% 5.79% 135.14
35-40K 6.43% 4.33% 148.52
40-45K 5.24% 3.27% 160.58
45-50K 4.26% 2.48% 171.44
50-55K 3.45% 1.90% 181.19
55-60K 2.80% 1.47% 189.95
60-65K 2.28% 1.15% 197.84
65-70K 1.86% 0.91% 204.95
70-75K 1.52% 0.72% 211.38
75-80K 1.25% 0.57% 217.21
80-85K 1.03% 0.46% 222.50
85-90K 0.85% 0.37% 227.32
90-95K 0.71% 0.31% 231.73
95-100K 0.59% 0.25% 235.76
100K + 3.41% 1.34% 253.73

Local Map of the constituency
Ruislip - Northwood - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Ruislip - Northwood - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (12.96%)
Conservative (- 12.66%) Liberal Democrat (-  0.46%)
Liberal Democrat (3.09%)
Conservative (-  1.47%) Labour (-  4.38%)
Con - 12.66%
Lab 12.96%
LD - 0.46%
Con - 1.47%
Lab - 4.38%
LD 3.09%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
John Wilkinson
Conservative hold
Con Conservative (48.77%) 18,115 48.77%
Lab Labour (28.48%) 10,578 28.48%
LD Liberal Democrat (19.32%) 7,177 19.32%
Oth Other (3.42%) 1,271 3.42%
Maj Majority (20.29%) 7,537 20.29%
Turn Turnout (61.10%) 37,141 61.10%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
John Wilkinson
Conservative hold
LD Mike Cox 7,177 19.32%
BNP Ian Edward 547 1.47%
G Graham Lee 724 1.95%
L Gillian Travis 10,578 28.48%
C John Wilkinson 18,115 48.77%
Candidates representing 5 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
John Wilkinson
Conservative
Con Conservative (50.24%) 22,526 50.24%
Lab Labour (32.86%) 14,732 32.86%
LD Liberal Democrat (16.24%) 7,279 16.24%
Ref 0 0.00%
Oth Other (0.66%) 296 0.66%
Maj Majority (17.38%) 7,794 17.38%
Turn Turnout (74.24%) 44,833 74.24%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (62.90%) 30,130 62.90%
Lab Labour (19.90%) 9,521 19.90%
LD Liberal Democrat (16.70%) 7,981 16.70%
Oth Other (0.60%) 294 0.60%
Maj Majority (43.00%) 20,609 43.00%
Turn Turnout (78.06%) 47,926 78.06%

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