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Sussex Mid
Conservative hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
The only seat with the Sussex name in the title, this does not cover many rolling acres of woods and farmland but rather a good three quarters of the electorate is concentarted in just four towns, East Grinstead, Cuckfield, Haywards Heath and Burgess Hill, the latter two dominated by newish private housing on the commuter route north of Brighton, but sharing none of that city's bohemian air and Left-wing politics. This is the sort of place in which people who want to get away from the ethos of London and Brighton live, a safe half way house. It provides a soft landing pad for Nicholas Soames, who has parachuted elegantly out of Crawley, and a substantial majority over the municipally active Liberal Democrats.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Nicholas Soames, a former Defence minister, who has been an MP since 1983, first as Jorrocks-among-the-Gatwick-baggage-handlers as member for Crawley, and since 1997 as member for the more up-market Mid Sussex seat, weighs in at 18 stone-reduced-to-16, 6 foot 3 inches as a loud Bunteresque food mountain. Born 1948, educated at Eton, but then at cerebrally-less-challenged Mons Officer Cadet School (rather than Sandhurst), he is the last remnant, and that in the female line, of the great Spencer-Churchill dynasty which gave the House his grandfather, Sir Winston, his uncle Randolph, and his now-departed cousin, Winston. Out-of-time and out-of-place, he is now out-of-synch with Hague on Europe, and on the "balls-aching nonsense" of Kinseyite management clap-trap, such as MP-bonding sessions at Eastbourne. Elevating snobbery to a fine art he has shouted requests to ex-ship's steward John Prescott for a gin and tonic, dismissed ex-MP Tim Sainsbury as his grocer, and told Dennis Skinner to get in some gulls eggs and his wife out of curlers in case he called in while shooting in Derbyshire. He shot his first stag at 14, compared his baby daughter to a "fair-sized salmon", and was given a colouring book for his fortieth birthday.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 35.96% 14.99% 239.87
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.02% 2.13% 1.09
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 2.64% 2.49% 106.02
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 8.88% 4.43% 200.63
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 13.84% 7.27% 190.34
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 2.79% 2.56% 108.64
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 1.23% 2.04% 60.46
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.55% 3.94% 13.95
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 19.86% 13.04% 152.34
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 6.21% 12.70% 48.89
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 3.76% 8.14% 46.22
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.28% 4.02% 6.87
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 0.94% 3.19% 29.47
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 2.60% 11.31% 22.97
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.15% 3.06% 4.90
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 0.25% 2.52% 9.80
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.03% 0.06% 55.59
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 4.58% 9.41% 48.66
5-10K 10.52% 16.63% 63.25
10-15K 13.08% 16.58% 78.90
15-20K 12.75% 13.58% 93.84
20-25K 11.16% 10.39% 107.34
25-30K 9.27% 7.77% 119.23
30-35K 7.51% 5.79% 129.59
35-40K 6.00% 4.33% 138.58
40-45K 4.78% 3.27% 146.35
45-50K 3.80% 2.48% 153.09
50-55K 3.03% 1.90% 158.92
55-60K 2.42% 1.47% 164.00
60-65K 1.94% 1.15% 168.41
65-70K 1.56% 0.91% 172.26
70-75K 1.26% 0.72% 175.61
75-80K 1.03% 0.57% 178.55
80-85K 0.84% 0.46% 181.11
85-90K 0.69% 0.37% 183.35
90-95K 0.57% 0.31% 185.31
95-100K 0.47% 0.25% 187.02
100K + 2.58% 1.34% 192.26

Local Map of the constituency
Sussex Mid - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Sussex Mid - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (8.05%) Liberal Democrat (2.43%)
Conservative (- 15.45%)
Conservative (3.01%) Labour (0.45%) Liberal Democrat (0.68%)
Con - 15.45%
Lab 8.05%
LD 2.43%
Con 3.01%
Lab 0.45%
LD 0.68%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Nicholas Soames
Conservative hold
Con Conservative (46.46%) 21,150 46.46%
Lab Labour (19.10%) 8,693 19.10%
LD Liberal Democrat (31.31%) 14,252 31.31%
Oth Other (3.13%) 1,427 3.13%
Maj Majority (15.15%) 6,898 15.15%
Turn Turnout (64.45%) 45,522 64.45%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Nicholas Soames
Conservative hold
ML Peter Berry 301 0.66%
UK Petrina Holdsworth 1,126 2.47%
L Paul Mitchell 8,693 19.10%
C Nicholas Soames 21,150 46.46%
LD Lesley Wilkins 14,252 31.31%
Candidates representing 5 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Nicholas Soames
Conservative
Con Conservative (43.45%) 23,231 43.45%
Lab Labour (18.65%) 9,969 18.65%
LD Liberal Democrat (30.63%) 16,377 30.63%
Ref Referendum (5.88%) 3,146 5.88%
Oth Other (1.38%) 740 1.38%
Maj Majority (12.82%) 6,854 12.82%
Turn Turnout (77.73%) 53,463 77.73%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (58.90%) 33,415 58.90%
Lab Labour (10.60%) 6,034 10.60%
LD Liberal Democrat (28.20%) 16,008 28.20%
Oth Other (2.20%) 1,271 2.20%
Maj Majority (30.70%) 17,407 30.70%
Turn Turnout (80.29%) 56,728 80.29%

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