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Suffolk West
Conservative hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
The four seats with the county name of Suffolk in their title were all won by the Conservatives with margins which would have seemed well nigh unbelievably small before the great New Labour advance of 1997, and it is not impossible that one at least might actually fall if Labour should increase their overall majority in the Commons to the round 200 in a putative 2001 Election. The most likely of these is Suffolk West, which includes the overspill town of Haverhill. Richard Spring won by only 1,867 votes in 1997. However, Labour cannot win any wards in Forest Heath District, nor many in the St Edmundsbury Borough section of Suffolk West, and are surely past their apogee here.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Richard Spring narrowly won here in 1997, having previously held Bury St Edmunds for five years. A former stockbroker, born 1946, in South Africa and educated at Rondesbosch School, Capetown, Capetown University and Magdalene College, Cambridge, he reached the front bench as a Culture Spokesman in 1998, switching to Foreign Affairs in 2000 despite tabloid exposure in 1995 for a three-in-a-bed-romp during which he allegedly made indiscreet remarks about the physical qualities of Norma Major and Michael Portillo, which cost him his job as PPS to Sir Patrick Mayhew. Self-dubbed a "centre-right-wing Tory", he has campaigned against drugs abuse, for tax breaks for his local racing industry, and the treble-counting of Labour government spending plans.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 17.75% 14.99% 118.39
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 2.00% 2.13% 94.17
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 4.04% 2.49% 162.48
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 12.53% 4.43% 283.26
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 10.76% 7.27% 147.96
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.64% 2.56% 24.84
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.95% 3.94% 24.02
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 18.61% 13.04% 142.70
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 8.14% 12.70% 64.12
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 8.15% 8.14% 100.09
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 1.53% 4.02% 38.02
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 2.53% 3.19% 79.48
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 11.53% 11.31% 101.92
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.26% 3.06% 8.63
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 0.57% 2.52% 22.52
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.01% 0.06% 8.21
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 8.67% 9.41% 92.06
5-10K 17.21% 16.63% 103.45
10-15K 18.00% 16.58% 108.56
15-20K 14.84% 13.58% 109.23
20-25K 11.13% 10.39% 107.12
25-30K 8.04% 7.77% 103.47
30-35K 5.74% 5.79% 99.09
35-40K 4.09% 4.33% 94.47
40-45K 2.94% 3.27% 89.91
45-50K 2.12% 2.48% 85.55
50-55K 1.55% 1.90% 81.49
55-60K 1.15% 1.47% 77.75
60-65K 0.86% 1.15% 74.33
65-70K 0.65% 0.91% 71.22
70-75K 0.49% 0.72% 68.40
75-80K 0.38% 0.57% 65.83
80-85K 0.29% 0.46% 63.50
85-90K 0.23% 0.37% 61.38
90-95K 0.18% 0.31% 59.44
95-100K 0.14% 0.25% 57.68
100K + 0.67% 1.34% 49.73

Local Map of the constituency
Suffolk West - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Suffolk West - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (13.11%)
Conservative (- 12.89%) Liberal Democrat (-  7.26%)
Conservative (6.68%) Labour (0.37%)
Liberal Democrat (-  2.22%)
Con - 12.89%
Lab 13.11%
LD - 7.26%
Con 6.68%
Lab 0.37%
LD - 2.22%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Richard Spring
Conservative hold
Con Conservative (47.59%) 20,201 47.59%
Lab Labour (37.47%) 15,906 37.47%
LD Liberal Democrat (11.82%) 5,017 11.82%
Oth Other (3.11%) 1,321 3.11%
Maj Majority (10.12%) 4,295 10.12%
Turn Turnout (59.60%) 42,445 59.60%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Richard Spring
Conservative hold
UK Will Burrows 1,321 3.11%
L Michael Jeffreys 15,906 37.47%
LD Robin Martlew 5,017 11.82%
C Richard Spring 20,201 47.59%
Candidates representing 4 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Richard Spring
Conservative
Con Conservative (40.91%) 20,081 40.91%
Lab Labour (37.11%) 18,214 37.11%
LD Liberal Democrat (14.04%) 6,892 14.04%
Ref Referendum (7.59%) 3,724 7.59%
Oth Other (0.35%) 171 0.35%
Maj Majority (3.80%) 1,867 3.80%
Turn Turnout (71.51%) 49,082 71.51%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (53.80%) 28,455 53.80%
Lab Labour (24.00%) 12,692 24.00%
LD Liberal Democrat (21.30%) 11,283 21.30%
Oth Other (0.80%) 419 0.80%
Maj Majority (29.80%) 15,763 29.80%
Turn Turnout (78.79%) 52,849 78.79%

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