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Saffron Walden
Conservative hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Sir Alan Haselhurst, the latest in a long tradition of moderate and distinguished Conservative MPs for Saffron Walden (Rab Butler, Peter Kirk . . . ) failed in his bid to move up from senior deputy Speaker when Betty Boothroyd retired in 2000, and some thought he might then announce his retirement from the Commons itself, but no announcement has yet been made about the future of this safe Tory seat. Situated in the north west quadrant of Essex, it contains the small towns of Saffron Walden (population 14,000), Halstead (10,000) and Great Dunmow (5,000) and over a hundred villages. The peace is disturbed by the presence of Stansted Airport. In general, however, the ambience is far gentler than that in the rest of busy, bustling, hard-driving Essex, being more typified by the eponymous town's excellent second-hand bookshops. The politics reflect that atmosphere too.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Sir Alan Haselhurst, one of his party's senior MPs with 28 years' (interrupted) service, was elected here in 1977 after four years earlier as MP for Middleton & Prestwich. Marginalised by his rejection of Thatcherism as a traditional One Nation Europhile, he opted after 1992 for the decent obscurity of Commons chairmanships, becoming in 1997 Deputy Speaker to Betty Boothroyd, but was passed over despite expectations of Buggin's turn and the tradition of partisan alternation of the Speakership, when the job went in 2000 to Labour's Michael Martin. Slight and trim, he was born 1937, attended King Edward VI Grammar School, Birmingham, Cheltenham College and Oriel College Oxford, and originally an executive in one of Peter Walker's companies, this 63 year old Deputy Speaker and Chairman of Ways and Means is heading inexorably for a fairly early peerage.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 46.47% 14.99% 309.90
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 1.44% 2.13% 67.59
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 1.80% 2.49% 72.33
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 3.25% 4.43% 73.45
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 14.63% 7.27% 201.14
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.95% 2.56% 36.88
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.09% 2.04% 4.58
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.00% 3.94% 0.00
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 16.97% 13.04% 130.11
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 3.43% 12.70% 26.99
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 7.68% 8.14% 94.31
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.72% 4.02% 17.81
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 1.12% 3.19% 35.19
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 1.39% 11.31% 12.26
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 0.08% 0.06% 132.68
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 5.94% 9.41% 63.11
5-10K 11.70% 16.63% 70.34
10-15K 13.46% 16.58% 81.18
15-20K 12.50% 13.58% 92.01
20-25K 10.60% 10.39% 102.01
25-30K 8.63% 7.77% 111.06
30-35K 6.91% 5.79% 119.23
35-40K 5.49% 4.33% 126.66
40-45K 4.36% 3.27% 133.47
45-50K 3.47% 2.48% 139.75
50-55K 2.77% 1.90% 145.59
55-60K 2.23% 1.47% 151.06
60-65K 1.80% 1.15% 156.21
65-70K 1.46% 0.91% 161.10
70-75K 1.19% 0.72% 165.74
75-80K 0.98% 0.57% 170.18
80-85K 0.81% 0.46% 174.44
85-90K 0.67% 0.37% 178.53
90-95K 0.56% 0.31% 182.48
95-100K 0.47% 0.25% 186.29
100K + 2.82% 1.34% 209.78

Local Map of the constituency
Saffron Walden - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Saffron Walden - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (7.12%)
Conservative (- 11.25%) Liberal Democrat (-  1.78%)
Conservative (3.58%) Labour (1.08%)
Liberal Democrat (-  1.87%)
Con - 11.25%
Lab 7.12%
LD - 1.78%
Con 3.58%
Lab 1.08%
LD - 1.87%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Alan Haselhurst
Conservative hold
Con Conservative (48.93%) 24,485 48.93%
Lab Labour (22.59%) 11,305 22.59%
LD Liberal Democrat (24.94%) 12,481 24.94%
Oth Other (3.54%) 1,769 3.54%
Maj Majority (23.99%) 12,004 23.99%
Turn Turnout (65.22%) 50,040 65.22%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Alan Haselhurst
Conservative hold
UK Richard Glover 1,769 3.54%
C Alan Haselhurst 24,485 48.93%
L Tania Rogers 11,305 22.59%
LD Elfreda Tealby-Watson 12,481 24.94%
Candidates representing 4 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Alan Hazelhurst
Conservative
Con Conservative (45.35%) 25,871 45.35%
Lab Labour (21.52%) 12,275 21.52%
LD Liberal Democrat (26.82%) 15,298 26.82%
Ref Referendum (4.05%) 2,308 4.05%
Oth Other (2.28%) 1,298 2.28%
Maj Majority (18.53%) 10,573 18.53%
Turn Turnout (76.99%) 57,050 76.99%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (56.60%) 33,378 56.60%
Lab Labour (14.40%) 8,468 14.40%
LD Liberal Democrat (28.60%) 16,885 28.60%
Oth Other (0.40%) 246 0.40%
Maj Majority (28.00%) 16,493 28.00%
Turn Turnout (83.68%) 58,977 83.68%

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