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Surrey East
Conservative hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
The east end of Surrey is not exactly reminiscent of the east end of London, or of any other real or metaphorical working class industrial east end, downwind of the stench of smoky factories, where people live who cannot afford attractive or even average residential accommodation. Instead, this is one of the most rural and attractive parts of the county with the highest property values in Britain and with a complete sale of 11 Conservative MPs, even after that party's greatest disaster in modern times in 1997. Surrey East still has a Tory majority of 15,093, the third highest anywhere in the land, surpassed only by John Major's Huntingdon, which may prove to be partly personal, and Surrey Heath at the opposite end of its county. It is true that the opposition is divided fairly evenly, but Peter Ainsworth did just manage an absolute majority of all votes cast, very rare for a Conservative last time. The seat consists of the largeish community of Horley near Gatwick Airport, from the Borough of Reigate (actually the most populous centre in the whole seat, with 18,000 residents) and the whole of the borough of Tandridge, based on Caterham and Warlingham and Oxted and Lingfield and villages like Godstow on the A25. In the May 2000 elections the Tories won overall control of Tandridge easily, 17pc ahead of the Liberal Democrats even in the latter's specialism, local government elections.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Peter Ainsworth. Shadow Culture Secretary, elected in 1992, is pretty well as cultured as one could wish. With handsome good looks honed in central casting, and the smooth manner of a merchant banker (Warburgs), he was born in 1956, educated at Bradfield and Lincoln College Oxford and, with the M23 ploughed straight through his constituency, is understandably worried about the environment which he sought to protect in his bill defending hedgerows from agri-farming interests. A former Wandsworth councillor, he cuts a more centrist dash than the deregulatory privatisers typical of that genre.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 47.11% 14.99% 314.19
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 1.45% 2.49% 58.16
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 3.62% 4.43% 81.73
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 8.11% 7.27% 111.46
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 3.32% 2.56% 129.43
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 1.53% 2.04% 74.88
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.54% 3.94% 13.77
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 22.99% 13.04% 176.35
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 3.35% 12.70% 26.34
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 5.19% 8.14% 63.79
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.17% 4.02% 4.10
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 0.75% 3.19% 23.60
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 1.51% 11.31% 13.33
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.34% 3.06% 11.14
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% 49.45
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 4.13% 9.41% 43.85
5-10K 9.22% 16.63% 55.44
10-15K 11.74% 16.58% 70.84
15-20K 11.82% 13.58% 87.03
20-25K 10.69% 10.39% 102.87
25-30K 9.17% 7.77% 117.89
30-35K 7.64% 5.79% 131.90
35-40K 6.28% 4.33% 144.86
40-45K 5.12% 3.27% 156.78
45-50K 4.16% 2.48% 167.73
50-55K 3.39% 1.90% 177.79
55-60K 2.76% 1.47% 187.03
60-65K 2.25% 1.15% 195.53
65-70K 1.84% 0.91% 203.36
70-75K 1.51% 0.72% 210.58
75-80K 1.25% 0.57% 217.26
80-85K 1.03% 0.46% 223.45
85-90K 0.86% 0.37% 229.18
90-95K 0.72% 0.31% 234.52
95-100K 0.60% 0.25% 239.48
100K + 3.54% 1.34% 263.46

Local Map of the constituency
Surrey East - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Surrey East - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (10.67%)
Conservative (- 10.99%) Liberal Democrat (-  4.40%)
Conservative (2.40%) Liberal Democrat (1.95%)
Labour (-  2.06%)
Con - 10.99%
Lab 10.67%
LD - 4.40%
Con 2.40%
Lab - 2.06%
LD 1.95%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Peter Ainsworth
Conservative hold
Con Conservative (52.51%) 24,706 52.51%
Lab Labour (19.12%) 8,994 19.12%
LD Liberal Democrat (24.45%) 11,503 24.45%
Oth Other (3.92%) 1,846 3.92%
Maj Majority (28.06%) 13,203 28.06%
Turn Turnout (62.69%) 47,049 62.69%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Peter Ainsworth
Conservative hold
C Peter Ainsworth 24,706 52.51%
LD Jeremy Pursehouse 11,503 24.45%
UK Anthony Stone 1,846 3.92%
L Jo Tanner 8,994 19.12%
Candidates representing 4 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Peter Ainsworth
Conservative
Con Conservative (50.11%) 27,389 50.11%
Lab Labour (21.17%) 11,573 21.17%
LD Liberal Democrat (22.50%) 12,296 22.50%
Ref Referendum (4.86%) 2,656 4.86%
Oth Other (1.36%) 742 1.36%
Maj Majority (27.61%) 15,093 27.61%
Turn Turnout (75.02%) 54,656 75.02%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (61.10%) 35,676 61.10%
Lab Labour (10.50%) 6,135 10.50%
LD Liberal Democrat (26.90%) 15,704 26.90%
Oth Other (1.60%) 919 1.60%
Maj Majority (34.20%) 19,972 34.20%
Turn Turnout (81.54%) 58,434 81.54%

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