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Tewkesbury
Conservative hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
The new seat of Tewkesbury includes not only parts of the much flooded Severn valley and the fringes of the Cotswolds, formerly included in the over-large Cirencester and Tewkesbury but also a number of Gloucester suburbs like Churchdown which were previously in the West Gloucestershire seat along with the Forest of Dean. This splice may have caused some confusion which precluded tactical voting, for Labour's vote seems to have jumped from 10pc to 26pc in 1997, an extraordinary proportional increase, although this may also be due to mis-allocation of votes in the experts' recreation of a notional 1992 General Election result in the new constituencies (see an opposite apparent effect in Forest of Dean). In any case the situation as regards tactics for those who wish to remove Laurence Robertson after just one term is equally unclear now, given the close finish in 1997 and Labour's perceived momentum then. This is good news for Robertson and the beleaguered Tories.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Lawrence Robertson, who came in here in 1997 with a rare-for-the-Tories northern-accented voice, is a Redwood-backing, hard-line Eurosceptic adversary of a single currency, anti-devolutionist, and a voter - with a small knot of Tory MPs - against power-sharing in Northern Ireland. A PR-man who was previously a work study engineer and industrial consultant, he was born in 1958, and attended secondary modern school after failing the 11-plus, before eventually transferring to Farnworth Grammar School. He defends the racing industry (based locally at Cheltenham Race Course), and criticised Hague for sacking Redwood in 2000.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 27.87% 14.99% 185.88
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 1.19% 2.13% 55.90
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 3.16% 2.49% 126.97
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 10.73% 4.43% 242.52
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 11.59% 7.27% 159.35
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 1.17% 2.56% 45.60
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.00% 3.94% 0.00
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 23.47% 13.04% 180.02
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 5.01% 12.70% 39.44
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 6.24% 8.14% 76.59
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.88% 4.02% 21.93
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 1.22% 3.19% 38.26
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 7.01% 11.31% 62.00
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.39% 3.06% 12.66
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 0.07% 2.52% 2.90
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.00% 0.06% 0.00
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 6.82% 9.41% 72.50
5-10K 14.18% 16.63% 85.24
10-15K 15.96% 16.58% 96.25
15-20K 14.18% 13.58% 104.36
20-25K 11.41% 10.39% 109.82
25-30K 8.80% 7.77% 113.20
30-35K 6.66% 5.79% 115.03
35-40K 5.02% 4.33% 115.75
40-45K 3.78% 3.27% 115.68
45-50K 2.86% 2.48% 115.06
50-55K 2.17% 1.90% 114.06
55-60K 1.66% 1.47% 112.80
60-65K 1.28% 1.15% 111.39
65-70K 1.00% 0.91% 109.87
70-75K 0.78% 0.72% 108.30
75-80K 0.61% 0.57% 106.71
80-85K 0.49% 0.46% 105.11
85-90K 0.39% 0.37% 103.54
90-95K 0.31% 0.31% 102.00
95-100K 0.25% 0.25% 100.49
100K + 1.23% 1.34% 91.70

Local Map of the constituency
Tewkesbury - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Tewkesbury - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (16.10%)
Conservative (-  8.05%) Liberal Democrat (-  7.16%)
Conservative (0.34%) Labour (0.72%)
Liberal Democrat (-  1.80%)
Con - 8.05%
Lab 16.10%
LD - 7.16%
Con 0.34%
Lab 0.72%
LD - 1.80%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Laurence Robertson
Conservative hold
Con Conservative (46.09%) 20,830 46.09%
Lab Labour (26.92%) 12,167 26.92%
LD Liberal Democrat (26.25%) 11,863 26.25%
Oth Other (0.74%) 335 0.74%
Maj Majority (19.17%) 8,663 19.17%
Turn Turnout (64.31%) 45,195 64.31%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Laurence Robertson
Conservative hold
L Keir Dhillon 12,167 26.92%
LD Stephen Martin 11,863 26.25%
C Laurence Robertson 20,830 46.09%
I Charles Vernall 335 0.74%
Candidates representing 4 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Laurence Robertson
Conservative
Con Conservative (45.75%) 23,859 45.75%
Lab Labour (26.20%) 13,665 26.20%
LD Liberal Democrat (28.04%) 14,625 28.04%
Ref 0 0.00%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (17.71%) 9,234 17.71%
Turn Turnout (76.46%) 52,149 76.46%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (53.80%) 28,300 53.80%
Lab Labour (10.10%) 5,297 10.10%
LD Liberal Democrat (35.20%) 18,503 35.20%
Oth Other (0.90%) 488 0.90%
Maj Majority (18.60%) 9,797 18.60%
Turn Turnout (81.97%) 52,588 81.97%

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