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Sittingbourne & Sheppey
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Kent will once again form a major political battleground at the next general election, as Labour tries to hold as many as they can of the eight gains they made in 1997. One of the hardest will be Sittingbourne and Sheppey. In the May 2000 elections in Swale Borough (admittedly not all the wards in the seat were contested that year) Labour won just one, Sheerness West on the Isle of Sheppey. This seat had the second narrowest of the margins of gain in 1997, and returned the second largest Tory lead in the 1999 Euro-elections (when they would have regained all eight). Along with Gillingham and Thanet South, this represents the Conservatives' absolute minimum in the list of targets for rapid recovery.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Derek Wyatt, Labour's 13th least expected winner in 1997, and described as "on the butch wing of the Culture, Media and Sports Select Committee," is a big shambling man with a nose broken by rugby. Born 1949 and educated elongatedly at Westcliff County High School, Colchester Royal Grammar School, St Luke's College Exeter, St Catherine's College Oxford, and the Open University, he comes from a background in satellite (BSkyB) television, but as an MP has majored in computing, and particularly the internet and email, overlain with a populist concern for sport. A bemoaner of North Kent's "necklace of poverty", he has also rebelled, on predatory newspaper pricing and against the Freedom of Information Bill's exclusion of policy advice. His would-be Conservative replacement is Adrian Lee, equally into "communications" as a marketing manager with a mobile phone company. Born 1966 and a Tory since the age of 15, he was educated at Ealing College and Thames Polytechnic, was National Young Conservative Chairman in 1994, fought Tynebridge in 1997 and got onto Hounslow Council in 1998. He was formerly PA to the Europhobic whipless rebel, Christopher Gill MP, the departing "Butcher of Ludlow."
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 10.01% 14.99% 66.78
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.87% 2.13% 41.08
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.79% 2.49% 31.81
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 4.75% 4.43% 107.35
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 10.93% 7.27% 150.33
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.16% 2.56% 6.11
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.16% 3.94% 4.06
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 16.43% 13.04% 126.04
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 27.28% 12.70% 214.74
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 10.06% 8.14% 123.58
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 1.87% 4.02% 46.53
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 2.37% 3.19% 74.48
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 11.73% 11.31% 103.72
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.41% 3.06% 13.52
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 2.16% 2.52% 85.63
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 8.77% 9.41% 93.21
5-10K 16.69% 16.63% 100.32
10-15K 17.32% 16.58% 104.48
15-20K 14.39% 13.58% 105.93
20-25K 10.96% 10.39% 105.42
25-30K 8.06% 7.77% 103.65
30-35K 5.86% 5.79% 101.15
35-40K 4.26% 4.33% 98.25
40-45K 3.11% 3.27% 95.17
45-50K 2.29% 2.48% 92.06
50-55K 1.70% 1.90% 89.02
55-60K 1.27% 1.47% 86.07
60-65K 0.96% 1.15% 83.27
65-70K 0.73% 0.91% 80.62
70-75K 0.56% 0.72% 78.12
75-80K 0.44% 0.57% 75.77
80-85K 0.34% 0.46% 73.57
85-90K 0.27% 0.37% 71.52
90-95K 0.21% 0.31% 69.59
95-100K 0.17% 0.25% 67.79
100K + 0.79% 1.34% 58.90

Local Map of the constituency
Sittingbourne & Sheppey - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Sittingbourne & Sheppey - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (16.66%)
Conservative (- 12.42%) Liberal Democrat (-  8.50%)
Conservative (0.15%) Labour (5.24%)
Liberal Democrat (-  4.16%)
Con - 12.42%
Lab 16.66%
LD - 8.50%
Con 0.15%
Lab 5.24%
LD - 4.16%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Derek Wyatt
Labour hold
Con Conservative (36.53%) 13,831 36.53%
Lab Labour (45.80%) 17,340 45.80%
LD Liberal Democrat (14.14%) 5,353 14.14%
Oth Other (3.52%) 1,334 3.52%
Maj Majority (9.27%) 3,509 9.27%
Turn Turnout (57.51%) 37,858 57.51%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Derek Wyatt
Labour hold
C Adrian Lee 13,831 36.53%
LD Elvie Lowe 5,353 14.14%
UK Robert Oakley 661 1.75%
L Derek Wyatt 17,340 45.80%
RRL Michael Young 673 1.78%
Candidates representing 5 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Derek Wyatt
Labour gain
Con Conservative (36.38%) 16,794 36.38%
Lab Labour (40.56%) 18,723 40.56%
LD Liberal Democrat (18.30%) 8,447 18.30%
Ref Referendum (2.34%) 1,082 2.34%
Oth Other (2.42%) 1,116 2.42%
Maj Majority (4.18%) 1,929 4.18%
Turn Turnout (72.30%) 46,162 72.30%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (48.80%) 24,669 48.80%
Lab Labour (23.90%) 12,106 23.90%
LD Liberal Democrat (26.80%) 13,541 26.80%
Oth Other (0.50%) 236 0.50%
Maj Majority (22.00%) 11,128 22.00%
Turn Turnout (77.60%) 50,552 77.60%

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