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Billericay
Conservative hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Teresa Gorman is retiring after 13 eventful years as MP for Billericay, and should be able to bequeath an increased majority to her successor, John Baron, who lost at Basildon last time. In 1997 she won by her narrowest margin, just 1,356 votes, but that was after a massive swing to Labour of nearly 17.5pc. This is still basic Tory territory though, with a distinctly different political history from that of the sprawling New Town just to the south, and Mr Baron will probably not suffer for being a less colourful and high profile candidate. It really should not be tricky for a Tory MP to hail from Billericay.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
With the retirement of HRT-assisted Teresa Gorman, the Conservatives are fielding John Baron, a Rothschilds banker and former Army officer with four years' experience of postings in Ulster, Cyprus and Germany. Born 1959, educated at Queens College, Taunton and Jesus College Cambridge, he lost Basildon to Labour in 1997. Labour's Amanda Campbell is in PR, was born in 1963, and is a London Borough councillor.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 26.83% 14.99% 178.94
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 1.36% 2.49% 54.57
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 11.76% 4.43% 265.87
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 11.75% 7.27% 161.55
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 2.11% 2.56% 82.24
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.22% 2.04% 10.76
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.00% 3.94% 0.00
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 14.98% 13.04% 114.85
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 3.27% 12.70% 25.72
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 4.03% 8.14% 49.48
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.17% 4.02% 4.25
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 5.27% 3.19% 165.40
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 15.48% 11.31% 136.85
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.99% 3.06% 32.47
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 1.79% 2.52% 70.89
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 6.42% 9.41% 68.25
5-10K 12.10% 16.63% 72.74
10-15K 13.57% 16.58% 81.87
15-20K 12.52% 13.58% 92.15
20-25K 10.64% 10.39% 102.34
25-30K 8.70% 7.77% 111.92
30-35K 6.99% 5.79% 120.68
35-40K 5.57% 4.33% 128.56
40-45K 4.43% 3.27% 135.60
45-50K 3.52% 2.48% 141.83
50-55K 2.81% 1.90% 147.34
55-60K 2.24% 1.47% 152.20
60-65K 1.80% 1.15% 156.47
65-70K 1.45% 0.91% 160.23
70-75K 1.18% 0.72% 163.53
75-80K 0.96% 0.57% 166.43
80-85K 0.78% 0.46% 168.98
85-90K 0.64% 0.37% 171.21
90-95K 0.53% 0.31% 173.16
95-100K 0.44% 0.25% 174.87
100K + 2.42% 1.34% 180.18

Local Map of the constituency
Billericay - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Billericay - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (17.31%)
Conservative (- 17.84%) Liberal Democrat (-  6.49%)
Conservative (7.63%)
Labour (-  0.92%) Liberal Democrat (-  1.95%)
Con - 17.84%
Lab 17.31%
LD - 6.49%
Con 7.63%
Lab - 0.92%
LD - 1.95%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
John Baron
Conservative hold
Con Conservative (47.39%) 21,608 47.39%
Lab Labour (36.39%) 16,595 36.39%
LD Liberal Democrat (13.87%) 6,323 13.87%
Oth Other (2.35%) 1,072 2.35%
Maj Majority (10.99%) 5,013 10.99%
Turn Turnout (58.07%) 45,598 58.07%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
John Baron
Conservative hold
C John Baron 21,608 47.39%
LD Frank Bellard 6,323 13.87%
L Amanda Campbell 16,595 36.39%
UK Nick Yeomans 1,072 2.35%
Candidates representing 4 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Teresa Gorman
Conservative
Con Conservative (39.76%) 22,033 39.76%
Lab Labour (37.31%) 20,677 37.31%
LD Liberal Democrat (15.81%) 8,763 15.81%
Ref 0 0.00%
Oth Other (7.12%) 3,947 7.12%
Maj Majority (2.45%) 1,356 2.45%
Turn Turnout (72.40%) 55,420 72.40%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (57.60%) 34,274 57.60%
Lab Labour (20.00%) 11,914 20.00%
LD Liberal Democrat (22.30%) 13,276 22.30%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (35.30%) 20,998 35.30%
Turn Turnout (80.75%) 59,464 80.75%

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