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Southend West
Conservative hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Although the Liberal Democrats and their differently named predecessors have a long history of success, albeit at local council level only, in Southend West, the Tories won five of the seven seats at stake here in May 2000 on the Southend Unitary Authority, and finished 30pc ahead (of Labour) in the 1999 Euro voting within the seat. This is now safe for David Amess, whose rather successful parliamentary career is set to continue for the foreseeable future. If one is looking for the other half of Southend, it is to be found under "Rochford and Southend East".

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
David Amess, the original Basildon man whose retention of the seat in 1992 heralded the Conservatives' unexpected re-election, chicken-ran to this safer seat, in justifiable expectation of Labour seizing Basildon in 1997. Born into the East End Catholic working class in 1952, he attended St Bonaventure's Grammar School, Newham, and Bournemouth College of Technology, and worked largely in agencies specialising in book keeping and temping. A clearly articulated if almost self-parodying partisan rightwinger, he was Portillo's PPS for ten years, votes the Catholic line on embryo research and abortion, is in the small Tory minority opposed to fox hunting, and brings to Southend his compatible whelk stall Cockney brogue in place of the upper class Etonian drawl of his Guinness dynasty predecessor, Paul Channon. Richard de Ste Croix, a Channel Islander, is the would-be harvester of the tactical votes for the Liberal Democrats here. A solicitor, born in 1947, and with an educational pedigree of Victoria College, Jersey, and Pembroke College, Oxford, his election would restore to Southend West some of the patrician credentials lost with Channon's retirement in 1997.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 15.17% 14.99% 101.20
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 6.92% 2.49% 278.27
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 2.01% 4.43% 45.48
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 3.26% 7.27% 44.80
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 1.20% 2.56% 46.67
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 4.88% 2.04% 239.23
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 4.37% 3.94% 110.87
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 32.58% 13.04% 249.84
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 8.70% 12.70% 68.46
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 9.86% 8.14% 121.07
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 6.91% 4.02% 171.84
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 1.65% 3.19% 51.78
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 2.14% 11.31% 18.89
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.36% 3.06% 11.60
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 8.01% 9.41% 85.06
5-10K 14.46% 16.63% 86.94
10-15K 15.39% 16.58% 92.81
15-20K 13.38% 13.58% 98.49
20-25K 10.73% 10.39% 103.28
25-30K 8.33% 7.77% 107.18
30-35K 6.39% 5.79% 110.36
35-40K 4.89% 4.33% 112.95
40-45K 3.76% 3.27% 115.12
45-50K 2.90% 2.48% 116.96
50-55K 2.26% 1.90% 118.56
55-60K 1.77% 1.47% 119.98
60-65K 1.40% 1.15% 121.26
65-70K 1.11% 0.91% 122.45
70-75K 0.89% 0.72% 123.57
75-80K 0.72% 0.57% 124.63
80-85K 0.58% 0.46% 125.65
85-90K 0.47% 0.37% 126.64
90-95K 0.39% 0.31% 127.61
95-100K 0.32% 0.25% 128.56
100K + 1.82% 1.34% 135.23

Local Map of the constituency
Southend West - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Southend West - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (10.49%) Liberal Democrat (2.24%)
Conservative (- 15.94%)
Conservative (7.56%) Labour (2.29%)
Liberal Democrat (-  8.20%)
Con - 15.94%
Lab 10.49%
LD 2.24%
Con 7.56%
Lab 2.29%
LD - 8.20%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
David Amess
Conservative hold
Con Conservative (46.32%) 17,313 46.32%
Lab Labour (25.08%) 9,372 25.08%
LD Liberal Democrat (24.93%) 9,319 24.93%
Oth Other (3.67%) 1,371 3.67%
Maj Majority (21.25%) 7,941 21.25%
Turn Turnout (58.29%) 37,375 58.29%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
David Amess
Conservative hold
C David Amess 17,313 46.32%
LD Richard de Ste Croix 9,319 24.93%
L Paul Fisher 9,372 25.08%
UK Brian Lee 1,371 3.67%
Candidates representing 4 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
David Amess
Conservative
Con Conservative (38.76%) 18,029 38.76%
Lab Labour (22.79%) 10,600 22.79%
LD Liberal Democrat (33.14%) 15,414 33.14%
Ref Referendum (3.73%) 1,734 3.73%
Oth Other (1.58%) 737 1.58%
Maj Majority (5.62%) 2,615 5.62%
Turn Turnout (69.95%) 46,514 69.95%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (54.70%) 27,319 54.70%
Lab Labour (12.30%) 6,139 12.30%
LD Liberal Democrat (30.90%) 15,417 30.90%
Oth Other (2.10%) 1,073 2.10%
Maj Majority (23.80%) 11,902 23.80%
Turn Turnout (77.06%) 49,948 77.06%

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