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Stratford on Avon
Conservative hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
One of the safest Consevative seats is the refuge of the former Lewisham MP John Maples, following the defection of Alan Howarth to Labour and subsequent migration to Newport East in South Wales. Both will find their new seats much more comfortable. Stratford is not very large as a town despite its worldwide renown as the birthplace of the man who may have written some terrific plays while he was in London, and this constituency in fact spreads over the lush countryside of the southern half of Warwickshire, fringing the Cotswolds and including some deeply conservative small towns and villages. The Conservatives out-vote the Liberal Democrats by a fair margin in local elections and a very large margin in general elections. There were surprising newspaper reports in the 1970s that the little town of Southam harboured the British headquarters of the Ku Klux Klan, but no sightings of fiery crosses more recently.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
John Maples, first elected for Lewisham West (1983-92) was returned here in 1997 as a replacement for the floor-crossing Alan Howarth. A Europhile wet who trimmed rightwards, but insufficiently, he was dropped from William Hague's front bench in 2000, after three years as successively Shadow Health, Defence and Foreign Secretaries, his earlier ministerial career under John Major (as a junior Treasury Minister) having ended with his defeat in the 1992 election. Born 1943, educated at Marlborough, Downing College Cambridge and the Inns of Court, and with a lawyer-turned-PR-man's ability smoothly to argue a brief, and dubbed "so smooth he could make a good wine waiter" (Observer), he nevertheless as Deputy Party Chairman in 1994 blurted out the awful truth about the unpopularity of the Major Government in a leaked memo.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 38.14% 14.99% 254.40
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 2.30% 2.13% 108.30
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 3.82% 2.49% 153.71
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 4.76% 4.43% 107.66
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 10.80% 7.27% 148.47
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.00% 2.56% 0.00
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.81% 3.94% 20.56
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 19.57% 13.04% 150.06
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 4.24% 12.70% 33.40
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 8.01% 8.14% 98.31
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 1.41% 4.02% 35.04
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 2.57% 3.19% 80.61
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 3.50% 11.31% 30.95
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.04% 3.06% 1.26
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 0.03% 0.06% 42.82
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 6.88% 9.41% 73.05
5-10K 12.83% 16.63% 77.15
10-15K 14.26% 16.58% 86.02
15-20K 12.90% 13.58% 94.97
20-25K 10.71% 10.39% 103.05
25-30K 8.56% 7.77% 110.08
30-35K 6.73% 5.79% 116.13
35-40K 5.26% 4.33% 121.36
40-45K 4.11% 3.27% 125.89
45-50K 3.22% 2.48% 129.87
50-55K 2.54% 1.90% 133.39
55-60K 2.01% 1.47% 136.55
60-65K 1.61% 1.15% 139.43
65-70K 1.29% 0.91% 142.07
70-75K 1.04% 0.72% 144.52
75-80K 0.84% 0.57% 146.83
80-85K 0.69% 0.46% 149.01
85-90K 0.57% 0.37% 151.09
90-95K 0.47% 0.31% 153.08
95-100K 0.39% 0.25% 155.01
100K + 2.26% 1.34% 167.78

Local Map of the constituency
Stratford on Avon - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Stratford on Avon - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (7.14%)
Conservative (- 10.54%) Liberal Democrat (-  0.06%)
Conservative (2.01%) Liberal Democrat (3.24%)
Labour (-  3.85%)
Con - 10.54%
Lab 7.14%
LD - 0.06%
Con 2.01%
Lab - 3.85%
LD 3.24%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
John Maples
Conservative hold
Con Conservative (50.27%) 27,606 50.27%
Lab Labour (16.69%) 9,164 16.69%
LD Liberal Democrat (28.78%) 15,804 28.78%
Oth Other (4.26%) 2,340 4.26%
Maj Majority (21.49%) 11,802 21.49%
Turn Turnout (64.42%) 54,914 64.42%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
John Maples
Conservative hold
G Mick Davies 1,156 2.11%
L Mushtaq Hussain 9,164 16.69%
LD Susan Juned 15,804 28.78%
C John Maples 27,606 50.27%
UK Ronald Mole 1,184 2.16%
Candidates representing 5 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
John Maples
Conservative
Con Conservative (48.26%) 29,967 48.26%
Lab Labour (20.54%) 12,754 20.54%
LD Liberal Democrat (25.54%) 15,861 25.54%
Ref Referendum (3.32%) 2,064 3.32%
Oth Other (2.34%) 1,453 2.34%
Maj Majority (22.72%) 14,106 22.72%
Turn Turnout (76.26%) 62,099 76.26%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (58.80%) 37,252 58.80%
Lab Labour (13.40%) 8,512 13.40%
LD Liberal Democrat (25.60%) 16,247 25.60%
Oth Other (2.10%) 1,337 2.10%
Maj Majority (33.20%) 21,005 33.20%
Turn Turnout (81.80%) 63,348 81.80%

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