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Sutton & Cheam
Liberal Democrat hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
The Liberal Democrats have on occasions managed to convert their ability to achieve success in local elections and taken control of councils into parliamentary seats, although more often this has not proved possible when the governance of the UK as a whole has been at stake. In the Tories' disastrous year of 1997, however, the Lib Dems seized both seats in the London Borough of Sutton, where they have effectively been in control since a Great Leap Forward in 1986. There had been something of a tradition of parliamentary victory in the Sutton and Cheam half of the borough, for Graham Tope had won the seat for the Liberals back in 1972, but he held it then for scarcely over a year, and it was another 23 years before Paul Burstow recaptured the seat. Lady Olga Maitland was the defeated MP on that occasion, and she attempts to regain Sutton and Cheam in a re-run in 2001. As pointed out at the beginning of this piece, local elections are little guide to the outcome, so Burstow can by no means rely on the 23pc lead Liberal Democrat candidates notched up in the 1998 borough elections within this seat.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Paul Burstow, Liberal Democrat apparatchik and victor here in 1997, is a tall, small-nosed bespectacled successor to the similarly featured Graham Tope who won the seat for the Liberals in 1972. Local-boy-made-good in the manner of many Liberals, he was born in 1962, educated at a comprehensive and FE college in Carshalton and at South Bank Poly, and served on Sutton Council for 10 years and worked as a party staffer on local council campaigning. A Social Security spokesman, classlessly-accented and fluent, he cuts a competent dash in the House, but now faces a re-run of his 1997 contest, as the braying Serbo-Scottish aristocrat, Lady Olga Maitland, obeying Central Office instructions to fight again in her old infantry trench rather than chicken-run elsewhere, bids to recapture the affections of bungaloid suburbia. MP here from 1992 to 1997, she was born 1944, educated at St Mary & St Anne's School, Abbots Bromley, and the Lyc»e franŃais, London and worked as a Sunday Express gossip columnist, set up the anti Greenham Common Women organisation, Families for Defence, and proselytises for family values and religion.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 16.83% 14.99% 112.25
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 5.01% 2.49% 201.68
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 0.72% 4.43% 16.21
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 3.46% 7.27% 47.51
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 8.07% 2.56% 314.67
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 8.90% 2.04% 435.95
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 2.76% 3.94% 69.98
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 22.42% 13.04% 171.97
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 26.22% 12.70% 206.45
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 0.00% 8.14% 0.00
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.93% 4.02% 23.01
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 0.73% 3.19% 22.97
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 0.62% 11.31% 5.50
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 3.19% 3.06% 104.27
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 0.00% 2.52% 0.00
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.13% 2.10% 6.40
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.00% 0.06% 0.00
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
£0-5K 4.18% 9.41% 44.35
£5-10K 9.96% 16.63% 59.90
£10-15K 12.78% 16.58% 77.07
£15-20K 12.73% 13.58% 93.71
£20-25K 11.31% 10.39% 108.83
£25-30K 9.49% 7.77% 122.11
£30-35K 7.74% 5.79% 133.57
£35-40K 6.21% 4.33% 143.34
£40-45K 4.95% 3.27% 151.62
£45-50K 3.94% 2.48% 158.60
£50-55K 3.13% 1.90% 164.49
£55-60K 2.50% 1.47% 169.43
£60-65K 2.00% 1.15% 173.57
£65-70K 1.60% 0.91% 177.05
£70-75K 1.29% 0.72% 179.95
£75-80K 1.05% 0.57% 182.37
£80-85K 0.85% 0.46% 184.38
£85-90K 0.70% 0.37% 186.03
£90-95K 0.57% 0.31% 187.38
£95-100K 0.47% 0.25% 188.48
£100K + 2.55% 1.34% 189.61

Local Map of the constituency
Sutton & Cheam - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Sutton & Cheam - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (5.56%) Liberal Democrat (8.50%)
Conservative (- 17.35%)
Conservative (0.11%) Liberal Democrat (6.49%)
Labour (-  2.21%)
Con - 17.35%
Lab 5.56%
LD 8.50%
Con 0.11%
Lab - 2.21%
LD 6.49%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Paul Burstow
Liberal Democrat hold
Con Conservative (37.96%) 15,078 37.96%
Lab Labour (13.25%) 5,263 13.25%
LD Liberal Democrat (48.79%) 19,382 48.79%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (10.84%) 4,304 10.84%
Turn Turnout (61.45%) 39,723 61.45%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Paul Burstow
Liberal Democrat hold
LD Paul Burstow 19,382 48.79%
L Lisa Homan 5,263 13.25%
C Olga Maitland 15,078 37.96%
Candidates representing 3 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Paul Burstow
Liberal Democrat gain
Con Conservative (37.85%) 17,822 37.85%
Lab Labour (15.46%) 7,280 15.46%
LD Liberal Democrat (42.30%) 19,919 42.30%
Ref Referendum (3.79%) 1,784 3.79%
Oth Other (0.61%) 287 0.61%
Maj Majority (4.45%) 2,097 4.45%
Turn Turnout (75.01%) 47,092 75.01%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (55.20%) 27,710 55.20%
Lab Labour (9.90%) 4,980 9.90%
LD Liberal Democrat (33.80%) 16,954 33.80%
Oth Other (1.10%) 577 1.10%
Maj Majority (21.40%) 10,756 21.40%
Turn Turnout (82.30%) 50,221 82.30%

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