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Sevenoaks
Conservative hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
West Kent is socially and politically similar to that most Tory of counties Surrey, just over the border near Winston Churchill's Chartwell home outside Westerham, rather than the more plebeian Thames frontage or south east coast, and it is no surprise that Sevenoaks was the safest Conservative constituency in Kent in 1997 (just, from Tonbridge and Malling). This outcome was helped by the almost exactly even division of the non-Tory vote between Labour and the Liberal Democrats, who each also won 9 seats on the Sevenoaks council in its last all out elections in 1999 - to the Tories' 33.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Michael Fallon, a rising hard-right Thatcherite Education Minister until he lost his seat at Darlington in 1992, was elected here in 1997, brought back onto the front bench by William Hague as a DTI, then Treasury, spokesman, but was dropped in 1999. A doctor's son, born 1952, he was educated at Epsom College and St Andrew's University, famous for its 'Mafia' gathered at the feet of the free market economist, Dr Madsen Pirie. Co-author of the 1985 'No Turning Back' manifesto calling for the sell-off of the NHS and schools, he combines a theological espousal of the market with a frosty unclubbable manner, which could well ensure that, despite nine earlier years spent as a party staffer, he spends more time with his consultancies on the back benches.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 37.75% 14.99% 251.80
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.30% 2.13% 14.23
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 1.23% 2.49% 49.34
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 2.07% 4.43% 46.69
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 10.95% 7.27% 150.51
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 5.21% 2.56% 203.14
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 2.02% 2.04% 98.88
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.39% 3.94% 9.96
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 20.17% 13.04% 154.69
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 6.92% 12.70% 54.51
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 4.91% 8.14% 60.29
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.73% 4.02% 18.13
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 1.39% 3.19% 43.73
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 5.95% 11.31% 52.60
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.00% 3.06% 0.07
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% 7.16
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 5.65% 9.41% 59.98
5-10K 10.86% 16.63% 65.26
10-15K 12.58% 16.58% 75.88
15-20K 11.93% 13.58% 87.85
20-25K 10.39% 10.39% 100.00
25-30K 8.70% 7.77% 111.86
30-35K 7.14% 5.79% 123.22
35-40K 5.81% 4.33% 134.00
40-45K 4.71% 3.27% 144.19
45-50K 3.82% 2.48% 153.80
50-55K 3.10% 1.90% 162.85
55-60K 2.53% 1.47% 171.37
60-65K 2.07% 1.15% 179.42
65-70K 1.70% 0.91% 187.02
70-75K 1.40% 0.72% 194.22
75-80K 1.16% 0.57% 201.03
80-85K 0.96% 0.46% 207.50
85-90K 0.80% 0.37% 213.65
90-95K 0.67% 0.31% 219.50
95-100K 0.56% 0.25% 225.08
100K + 3.44% 1.34% 255.95

Local Map of the constituency
Sevenoaks - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Sevenoaks - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (8.46%)
Conservative (- 12.18%) Liberal Democrat (-  0.50%)
Conservative (3.98%) Labour (1.02%)
Liberal Democrat (-  2.48%)
Con - 12.18%
Lab 8.46%
LD - 0.50%
Con 3.98%
Lab 1.02%
LD - 2.48%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Michael Fallon
Conservative hold
Con Conservative (49.40%) 21,052 49.40%
Lab Labour (25.57%) 10,898 25.57%
LD Liberal Democrat (21.62%) 9,214 21.62%
Oth Other (3.40%) 1,450 3.40%
Maj Majority (23.83%) 10,154 23.83%
Turn Turnout (63.94%) 42,614 63.94%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Michael Fallon
Conservative hold
PF Mark Ellis 295 0.69%
C Michael Fallon 21,052 49.40%
LD Clive Gray 9,214 21.62%
UK Lisa Hawkins 1,155 2.71%
L Caroline Humphreys 10,898 25.57%
Candidates representing 5 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Michael Fallon
Conservative
Con Conservative (45.42%) 22,776 45.42%
Lab Labour (24.56%) 12,315 24.56%
LD Liberal Democrat (24.10%) 12,086 24.10%
Ref Referendum (4.26%) 2,138 4.26%
Oth Other (1.66%) 834 1.66%
Maj Majority (20.86%) 10,461 20.86%
Turn Turnout (75.44%) 50,149 75.44%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (57.60%) 30,847 57.60%
Lab Labour (16.10%) 8,626 16.10%
LD Liberal Democrat (24.60%) 13,160 24.60%
Oth Other (1.70%) 887 1.70%
Maj Majority (33.00%) 17,687 33.00%
Turn Turnout (80.23%) 53,520 80.23%

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