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Readers Poll Con 52% Lab 28% LD 18% Nat 2% Enter your vote to win 1M

Bexleyheath & Crayford
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Watch out for a likely switch to the Conservatives in this new seat in Bexley Borough, outer south east London, which amazed most observers - and many of its electors - by returning Labour's Nigel Beard in its first contest in 1997. Housing is 80pc owner-occupied, and more than 60pc work in non-manual jobs. This should add up to a Tory banker in a part of Kentish London with little in the way of a Labour tradition. Even by the May 1998 London Borough elections, the Conservatives had closed the gap in the wards that make up this seat to just one per cent, and by the euro-elections in June 1999 they were 10pc up on a slightly higher than average turnout. David Evennett is one of around a dozen former Tory MPs seeking election for the constituencies they held before the 1997 cataclysm.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Labour's Nigel Beard won this seat from the Conservatives in 1997. An industrial manager who has specialised in science and technology, he was the oldest Labour entrant in 1997, backs greater industrial democracy, government support for high-tech industries, EU control of the arms trade and electoral reform. He now defends the seat aged 64, opposed by the man he beat, David Evennett, an Essex-born rightwinger, educated at Buckhurst Hill High School and the LSE and a loss-making Lloyds marine broker, who was the area's MP from 1983 to 1997, served as PPS to John Redwood and Gillian Shephard and called for BBC privatisation in 1994.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 5.02% 14.99% 33.47
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 1.44% 2.49% 57.91
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 0.12% 4.43% 2.67
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 7.64% 7.27% 104.99
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 3.46% 2.56% 134.80
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.22% 2.04% 10.97
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.00% 3.94% 0.00
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 50.07% 13.04% 383.98
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 13.78% 12.70% 108.50
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 8.86% 8.14% 108.75
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.00% 4.02% 0.00
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 3.17% 3.19% 99.65
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 5.24% 11.31% 46.37
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.98% 3.06% 32.12
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 0.00% 0.06% 0.00
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 6.80% 9.41% 72.20
5-10K 13.27% 16.63% 79.77
10-15K 14.88% 16.58% 89.77
15-20K 13.46% 13.58% 99.07
20-25K 11.12% 10.39% 106.95
25-30K 8.81% 7.77% 113.35
30-35K 6.86% 5.79% 118.42
35-40K 5.30% 4.33% 122.35
40-45K 4.09% 3.27% 125.34
45-50K 3.17% 2.48% 127.55
50-55K 2.46% 1.90% 129.15
55-60K 1.92% 1.47% 130.23
60-65K 1.51% 1.15% 130.92
65-70K 1.19% 0.91% 131.27
70-75K 0.94% 0.72% 131.37
75-80K 0.75% 0.57% 131.25
80-85K 0.61% 0.46% 130.97
85-90K 0.49% 0.37% 130.55
90-95K 0.40% 0.31% 130.02
95-100K 0.32% 0.25% 129.40
100K + 1.66% 1.34% 123.36

Local Map of the constituency
Bexleyheath & Crayford - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Bexleyheath & Crayford - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (14.20%)
Conservative (- 15.78%) Liberal Democrat (-  3.12%)
Conservative (1.51%)
Labour (-  1.93%) Liberal Democrat (-  0.09%)
Con - 15.78%
Lab 14.20%
LD - 3.12%
Con 1.51%
Lab - 1.93%
LD - 0.09%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Nigel Beard
Labour hold
Con Conservative (39.93%) 16,121 39.93%
Lab Labour (43.57%) 17,593 43.57%
LD Liberal Democrat (11.09%) 4,476 11.09%
Oth Other (5.42%) 2,188 5.42%
Maj Majority (3.65%) 1,472 3.65%
Turn Turnout (63.51%) 40,378 63.51%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Nigel Beard
Labour hold
L Nigel Beard 17,593 43.57%
UK John Dunford 780 1.93%
C David Evennett 16,121 39.93%
LD Nickolas O'Hare 4,476 11.09%
BNP Colin Smith 1,408 3.49%
Candidates representing 5 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Nigel Beard
Labour gain
Con Conservative (38.42%) 18,527 38.42%
Lab Labour (45.50%) 21,942 45.50%
LD Liberal Democrat (11.18%) 5,391 11.18%
Ref Referendum (3.22%) 1,551 3.22%
Oth Other (1.68%) 812 1.68%
Maj Majority (7.08%) 3,415 7.08%
Turn Turnout (76.14%) 48,223 76.14%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (54.20%) 28,380 54.20%
Lab Labour (31.30%) 16,377 31.30%
LD Liberal Democrat (14.30%) 7,515 14.30%
Oth Other (0.20%) 115 0.20%
Maj Majority (22.90%) 12,003 22.90%
Turn Turnout (81.09%) 52,387 81.09%

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