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Surrey South West
Conservative hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
The Tories' most vulnerable seat in the county of Surrey (although even now that isn't saying much), Virginia Bottomley must look over her shoulder to a possible Liberal Democrat challenge, but in the 1999 local elections in the relevant local government authority, which is Waverley (largest towns Farnham, Godalming and Haslemere), the Conservatives returned most candidates and won a higher percentage of the vote; and local elections are well known to be a stronger suit for the Lib Dems than a national contest, so Mrs Bottomley should once again join her husband Peter (Worthing West) in the Commons.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Virginia Bottomley, faded pearl of the Surrey hills, was first elected here in 1984 following the death of Viscount Macmillan, son of Harold. Born 1948 into the high-minded public-serving upper middle class elite that produced her uncle, Douglas Jay, her cousin Peter, and her father John Garnett, ex-Director of the Industrial Society, she attended Putney High School for Girls and Essex University and worked as a psychiatric social worker. A tall, blonde, lisping English rose variously likened to a young Barbara Woodhouse, an Angela Brazil heroine and Mary-Poppins-on-crack, her exposed statistics-sodden defensive performance as Health Secretary towards the fag-end of the Major government was deemed sufficiently voter-hostile for her to be relegated to the margins as National Heritage Secretary, and thence ("voluntarily" according to Hague) to the backbenches after voting for Kenneth Clarke for leader in 1997. Simon Cordon will hope to mobilise the tactical vote for the Liberal Democrats here. A management consultant and experienced councillor transposed from Wiltshire to the Surrey hills, he was born in 1963, educated in Swindon and at Goldsmiths College London, and has campaigned locally on cottage hospitals and against council house sales.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 51.09% 14.99% 340.78
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.01% 2.13% 0.59
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 5.02% 2.49% 201.74
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 3.92% 4.43% 88.54
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 3.66% 7.27% 50.28
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 3.77% 2.56% 147.00
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 2.13% 2.04% 104.52
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.01% 3.94% 0.21
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 20.33% 13.04% 155.89
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 0.12% 12.70% 0.95
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 6.58% 8.14% 80.82
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.34% 4.02% 8.38
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 0.34% 3.19% 10.74
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 2.15% 11.31% 18.97
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.40% 3.06% 13.22
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 0.13% 0.06% 210.84
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 4.91% 9.41% 52.21
5-10K 9.80% 16.63% 58.90
10-15K 11.73% 16.58% 70.76
15-20K 11.44% 13.58% 84.24
20-25K 10.21% 10.39% 98.23
25-30K 8.72% 7.77% 112.20
30-35K 7.29% 5.79% 125.90
35-40K 6.03% 4.33% 139.19
40-45K 4.96% 3.27% 151.99
45-50K 4.08% 2.48% 164.28
50-55K 3.35% 1.90% 176.05
55-60K 2.76% 1.47% 187.32
60-65K 2.28% 1.15% 198.10
65-70K 1.89% 0.91% 208.43
70-75K 1.57% 0.72% 218.32
75-80K 1.31% 0.57% 227.81
80-85K 1.10% 0.46% 236.93
85-90K 0.92% 0.37% 245.69
90-95K 0.78% 0.31% 254.13
95-100K 0.66% 0.25% 262.26
100K + 4.17% 1.34% 310.57

Local Map of the constituency
Surrey South West - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Surrey South West - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (3.05%) Liberal Democrat (6.30%)
Conservative (- 13.93%)
Conservative (0.72%) Liberal Democrat (3.76%)
Labour (-  0.73%)
Con - 13.93%
Lab 3.05%
LD 6.30%
Con 0.72%
Lab - 0.73%
LD 3.76%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Virginia Bottomley
Conservative hold
Con Conservative (45.29%) 22,462 45.29%
Lab Labour (8.71%) 4,321 8.71%
LD Liberal Democrat (43.56%) 21,601 43.56%
Oth Other (2.44%) 1,208 2.44%
Maj Majority (1.74%) 861 1.74%
Turn Turnout (66.90%) 49,592 66.90%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Virginia Bottomley
Conservative hold
C Virginia Bottomley 22,462 45.29%
UK Timothy Clark 1,208 2.44%
LD Simon Cordon 21,601 43.56%
L Martin Whelton 4,321 8.71%
Candidates representing 4 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Virginia Bottomley
Conservative
Con Conservative (44.57%) 25,165 44.57%
Lab Labour (9.45%) 5,333 9.45%
LD Liberal Democrat (39.80%) 22,471 39.80%
Ref Referendum (5.01%) 2,830 5.01%
Oth Other (1.17%) 659 1.17%
Maj Majority (4.77%) 2,694 4.77%
Turn Turnout (78.03%) 56,458 78.03%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (58.50%) 35,008 58.50%
Lab Labour (6.40%) 3,840 6.40%
LD Liberal Democrat (33.50%) 20,033 33.50%
Oth Other (1.60%) 955 1.60%
Maj Majority (25.00%) 14,975 25.00%
Turn Turnout (82.06%) 59,836 82.06%

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