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Surrey Heath
Conservative hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Surrey Heath gave Nick Hawkins, wisely migrating all the way from Blackpool South, a 16,000 majority in the 1997 General Election, the second highest anywhere for the Conservatives. This is indeed heathland, with sandy soil which looks suitable for military exercises. There is a substantial army presence here in Bagshot and Windlesham, Cambereley and Frimley, Chobham and Bisley (as in rifle shooting). This is no kind of target for either the Liberal Democrats or Labour, both floundering about 30pc behind the Tories even in their worst of years.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Nick Hawkins, a junior Home Affairs spokesman, as chicken-runner in 1997 from one of the Conservatives' most marginal seats (Blackpool South) to this, their second safest seat, is clearly one of his party's more electorally adroit politicians. A barrister-turned-corporate-legal-adviser, blessed with non-patrician features and a blunt, partisan manner, born in 1957 and educated at Bedford Modern School and Lincoln College Oxford, he was first elected in 1992. He wobbled against pit closures under the Major government, but was otherwise loyalist on Maastricht and keen on rail privatisation. His high volume, pugnacious call for the party-fund-raising Lord Chancellor's scalp in March 2001 was dismissively wafted away by Labour minister David Lock.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 43.72% 14.99% 291.59
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.82% 2.49% 33.06
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 17.42% 4.43% 393.74
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 12.42% 7.27% 170.74
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 1.32% 2.56% 51.45
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.63% 2.04% 31.05
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.49% 3.94% 12.35
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 10.01% 13.04% 76.74
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 4.35% 12.70% 34.28
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 5.72% 8.14% 70.29
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.01% 4.02% 0.28
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 0.36% 3.19% 11.17
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 2.40% 11.31% 21.22
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.30% 3.06% 9.67
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% 42.48
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 3.51% 9.41% 37.25
5-10K 8.04% 16.63% 48.32
10-15K 10.60% 16.58% 63.94
15-20K 11.12% 13.58% 81.85
20-25K 10.46% 10.39% 100.65
25-30K 9.28% 7.77% 119.42
30-35K 7.97% 5.79% 137.55
35-40K 6.70% 4.33% 154.68
40-45K 5.57% 3.27% 170.59
45-50K 4.60% 2.48% 185.19
50-55K 3.78% 1.90% 198.45
55-60K 3.10% 1.47% 210.41
60-65K 2.55% 1.15% 221.12
65-70K 2.09% 0.91% 230.66
70-75K 1.72% 0.72% 239.12
75-80K 1.42% 0.57% 246.59
80-85K 1.17% 0.46% 253.15
85-90K 0.97% 0.37% 258.88
90-95K 0.81% 0.31% 263.86
95-100K 0.67% 0.25% 268.16
100K + 3.75% 1.34% 279.09

Local Map of the constituency
Surrey Heath - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Surrey Heath - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (9.73%)
Conservative (- 12.11%) Liberal Democrat (-  1.27%)
Labour (0.34%) Liberal Democrat (3.85%)
Conservative (-  1.92%)
Con - 12.11%
Lab 9.73%
LD - 1.27%
Con - 1.92%
Lab 0.34%
LD 3.85%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Nick Hawkins
Conservative hold
Con Conservative (49.67%) 22,401 49.67%
Lab Labour (21.37%) 9,640 21.37%
LD Liberal Democrat (25.68%) 11,582 25.68%
Oth Other (3.28%) 1,479 3.28%
Maj Majority (23.99%) 10,819 23.99%
Turn Turnout (59.46%) 45,102 59.46%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Nick Hawkins
Conservative hold
C Nick Hawkins 22,401 49.67%
UK Nigel Hunt 1,479 3.28%
LD Mark Lelliot 11,582 25.68%
L James Norman 9,640 21.37%
Candidates representing 4 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Nick Hawkins
Conservative
Con Conservative (51.59%) 28,231 51.59%
Lab Labour (21.03%) 11,511 21.03%
LD Liberal Democrat (21.83%) 11,944 21.83%
Ref Referendum (4.36%) 2,385 4.36%
Oth Other (1.19%) 653 1.19%
Maj Majority (29.76%) 16,287 29.76%
Turn Turnout (74.14%) 54,724 74.14%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (63.70%) 35,731 63.70%
Lab Labour (11.30%) 6,326 11.30%
LD Liberal Democrat (23.10%) 12,977 23.10%
Oth Other (1.80%) 1,035 1.80%
Maj Majority (40.60%) 22,754 40.60%
Turn Turnout (78.43%) 56,069 78.43%

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