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Spelthorne
Conservative hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Spelthorne is that part of Middlesex which resolutely refused to go into Greater London when the GLC was created in 1965, and still vigorously resists any attempt to associate itself with that great wen and pit of sedition, even in a European Parliament constituency. This may seem strange, as it is north of the Thames, which sits oddly with the rest of Surrey. But Spelthorne (Ashford and Staines, Sunbury and Shepperton) prefers to be on the Surrey side politically. It has always been Conservative, and although not particularly upper class, it is very heavily owner occupied, and 97pc white, which is a very different picture from that found just on the other side of Heathrow Airport in Hounslow. It is this demographic and geographic situation that colours Spelthorne's resistance, to London and to Labour. Ali G must have been joking about the Staines Massive; is that man for real?

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
David Wilshire, a man with a somewhat variegated repertoire, elected in 1987, is a hardline rightwinger who backed the successful Paisleyite candidate in the September 2000 Antrim South byelection, was a last ditch defender of the poll tax, and backed Redwood in all three leadership ballots in 1997. He takes the liberal lines on embryo research and capital punishment but not on hippy new age travellers, whom he would like to send to a mid-Atlantic island on a one-way ticket. Born in 1943, he attended the Methodist public school, Kingswood, and Fitzwilliam College Cambridge, ran a sports and camping business, and was a waste-cutting leader of Wansdyke District Council for six years.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 20.29% 14.99% 135.36
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 1.94% 2.49% 78.23
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 2.59% 4.43% 58.54
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 19.24% 7.27% 264.53
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 3.97% 2.56% 154.77
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 1.30% 2.04% 63.87
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.59% 3.94% 14.84
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 29.63% 13.04% 227.25
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 9.36% 12.70% 73.72
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 5.77% 8.14% 70.87
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.00% 4.02% 0.00
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 1.71% 3.19% 53.62
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 2.85% 11.31% 25.21
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.74% 3.06% 24.26
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 4.66% 9.41% 49.55
5-10K 10.23% 16.63% 61.52
10-15K 12.66% 16.58% 76.39
15-20K 12.44% 13.58% 91.55
20-25K 11.01% 10.39% 105.89
25-30K 9.25% 7.77% 118.96
30-35K 7.57% 5.79% 130.62
35-40K 6.11% 4.33% 140.92
40-45K 4.90% 3.27% 149.94
45-50K 3.92% 2.48% 157.82
50-55K 3.14% 1.90% 164.70
55-60K 2.52% 1.47% 170.69
60-65K 2.03% 1.15% 175.91
65-70K 1.64% 0.91% 180.48
70-75K 1.33% 0.72% 184.47
75-80K 1.08% 0.57% 187.97
80-85K 0.88% 0.46% 191.03
85-90K 0.73% 0.37% 193.73
90-95K 0.60% 0.31% 196.10
95-100K 0.50% 0.25% 198.18
100K + 2.76% 1.34% 205.58

Local Map of the constituency
Spelthorne - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Spelthorne - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (15.30%)
Conservative (- 13.61%) Liberal Democrat (-  3.36%)
Conservative (0.21%) Liberal Democrat (1.59%)
Labour (-  0.90%)
Con - 13.61%
Lab 15.30%
LD - 3.36%
Con 0.21%
Lab - 0.90%
LD 1.59%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
David Wilshire
Conservative hold
Con Conservative (45.10%) 18,851 45.10%
Lab Labour (37.30%) 15,589 37.30%
LD Liberal Democrat (14.73%) 6,156 14.73%
Oth Other (2.87%) 1,198 2.87%
Maj Majority (7.80%) 3,262 7.80%
Turn Turnout (60.81%) 41,794 60.81%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
David Wilshire
Conservative hold
LD Martin Rimmer 6,156 14.73%
L Andrew Shaw 15,589 37.30%
UK Richard Squire 1,198 2.87%
C David Wilshire 18,851 45.10%
Candidates representing 4 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
David Wilshire
Conservative
Con Conservative (44.89%) 23,306 44.89%
Lab Labour (38.20%) 19,833 38.20%
LD Liberal Democrat (13.14%) 6,821 13.14%
Ref Referendum (2.88%) 1,495 2.88%
Oth Other (0.89%) 462 0.89%
Maj Majority (6.69%) 3,473 6.69%
Turn Turnout (73.58%) 51,917 73.58%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (58.50%) 32,627 58.50%
Lab Labour (22.90%) 12,784 22.90%
LD Liberal Democrat (16.50%) 9,202 16.50%
Oth Other (2.00%) 1,113 2.00%
Maj Majority (35.60%) 19,843 35.60%
Turn Turnout (86.74%) 55,726 86.74%

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