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Suffolk Coastal
Conservative hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
John Gummer's constituency is, as its name implies, a strip which covers almost the whole of Suffolk's sea frontage, apart from the area around Lowestoft, which is in Waveney. Therefore it passes through the individual and charming small seaside town of Southwold; Aldeburgh famed for its music festival at The Maltings; Leiston and the Sizewell nuclear power station; Woodbridge, a lively town a few miles up the river Deben; and Felixstowe, the largest, a bustling private and ferry port. There are Labour voters in most of these, and they pressed Gummer fairly close in 1997, but it is hard to see another surprise coastal gain being pulled off in 2001.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
John Gummer was first elected at Lewisham West in 1970, sporting at the time one of the rare Tory beards. Beaten in 1974 he returned clean-shaven in 1979 as MP for Eye - a seat since abolished and resprayed as 'Suffolk Coastal.' Slight, high-pitched and prissy, it was said of him, allegedly by John Major, that he "would be considered one of the best politicians of his generation if only he were one stone heavier, one foot taller, and his voice one octave lower." Tackling all his jobs - latterly in Cabinet as Minister of Agriculture, then Environment Secretary - with "well-scrubbed enthusiasm" (The Independent), and with precisely articulated speech, he is churchy, as the son of a Baptist-turned-C of E-Canon, and as a bolter to Rome over women priests, but will be better remembered for force-feeding his daughter Cordelia a burger in order to show how safe beef was. Born 1939 and educated at King's School Rochester and Selwyn College, Cambridge, where he met and networked with the Tory Cambridge Mafia of Clarke, Brittan, Lamont et al, he worked in publishing and embarked on a political career inevitably stamped by the Europhilia of his origins in the Heath years. But it's hard to believe he's 60.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 15.89% 14.99% 105.98
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 9.51% 2.13% 447.08
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 9.61% 2.49% 386.67
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 7.52% 4.43% 169.86
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 7.66% 7.27% 105.27
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.91% 2.56% 35.64
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.97% 3.94% 24.69
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 22.83% 13.04% 175.12
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 8.04% 12.70% 63.31
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 13.25% 8.14% 162.77
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 1.07% 4.02% 26.72
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 2.01% 3.19% 63.08
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 0.65% 11.31% 5.72
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.07% 3.06% 2.20
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 9.10% 9.41% 96.72
5-10K 17.16% 16.63% 103.15
10-15K 17.47% 16.58% 105.38
15-20K 14.32% 13.58% 105.43
20-25K 10.83% 10.39% 104.19
25-30K 7.94% 7.77% 102.19
30-35K 5.78% 5.79% 99.74
35-40K 4.20% 4.33% 97.05
40-45K 3.08% 3.27% 94.27
45-50K 2.27% 2.48% 91.48
50-55K 1.69% 1.90% 88.74
55-60K 1.27% 1.47% 86.09
60-65K 0.96% 1.15% 83.55
65-70K 0.74% 0.91% 81.12
70-75K 0.57% 0.72% 78.82
75-80K 0.44% 0.57% 76.64
80-85K 0.34% 0.46% 74.57
85-90K 0.27% 0.37% 72.63
90-95K 0.22% 0.31% 70.79
95-100K 0.17% 0.25% 69.05
100K + 0.81% 1.34% 60.01

Local Map of the constituency
Suffolk Coastal - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Suffolk Coastal - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (9.48%)
Conservative (- 13.83%) Liberal Democrat (-  1.30%)
Conservative (4.77%) Labour (1.98%)
Liberal Democrat (-  3.16%)
Con - 13.83%
Lab 9.48%
LD - 1.30%
Con 4.77%
Lab 1.98%
LD - 3.16%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
John Gummer
Conservative hold
Con Conservative (43.34%) 21,847 43.34%
Lab Labour (34.76%) 17,521 34.76%
LD Liberal Democrat (18.24%) 9,192 18.24%
Oth Other (3.66%) 1,847 3.66%
Maj Majority (8.58%) 4,326 8.58%
Turn Turnout (66.36%) 50,407 66.36%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
John Gummer
Conservative hold
UK Michael Burn 1,847 3.66%
L Nigel Gardner 17,521 34.76%
C John Gummer 21,847 43.34%
LD Tony Schur 9,192 18.24%
Candidates representing 4 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
John Gummer
Conservative
Con Conservative (38.57%) 21,696 38.57%
Lab Labour (32.78%) 18,442 32.78%
LD Liberal Democrat (21.40%) 12,036 21.40%
Ref Referendum (6.07%) 3,416 6.07%
Oth Other (1.18%) 666 1.18%
Maj Majority (5.78%) 3,254 5.78%
Turn Turnout (75.80%) 56,256 75.80%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (52.40%) 30,030 52.40%
Lab Labour (23.30%) 13,325 23.30%
LD Liberal Democrat (22.70%) 13,008 22.70%
Oth Other (1.60%) 921 1.60%
Maj Majority (29.20%) 16,705 29.20%
Turn Turnout (81.76%) 57,284 81.76%

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