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Thanet North
Conservative hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
The part of the Isle of Thanet which resisted the Labour tide includes Herne Bay and Reculver, and Margate, Cliftonville, Birchington and Westgate-on-Sea, basically the very south eastern tip of Britain, and although New Labour has made great strides in that quadrant, they are unlikely to go right over the edge to victory. Proximity to Europe has not endeared the EU's ambitions to voters here. In the 1999 European Parliament elections a majority (57pc) of voters who bothered to turn out within the constituency (23pc of the electorate) expressed a preference for either the Conservative or UK Independence party, compared with 49pc for the Tories plus Referendum party in 1997. People here seem to wish that Europe would get further away, not nearer, with time. Like the platoon in Dad's Army, they are exercising with what weapons they can fashion.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Roger Gale, conspicuous as one of the small group of Conservative MPs who regularly vote for fox-hunting bans, was first elected in 1983 having lost Birmingham Northfield to Labour at a 1982 byelection. A former radio and TV producer-turned-PR consultant, he was born 1943, and educated at Hardye's School, Dorchester, and the Guildhall School of Speech & Drama. A campaigner against press excesses, he has targeted Murdoch for an attack on his private life, and The Guardian for its assault on Jonathan Aitken's links with Mohamed Fayed.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 10.98% 14.99% 73.22
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.15% 2.13% 6.96
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 19.46% 2.49% 782.90
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 1.12% 4.43% 25.32
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 2.18% 7.27% 29.92
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.76% 2.56% 29.75
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 12.54% 3.94% 318.00
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 17.37% 13.04% 133.21
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 6.71% 12.70% 52.82
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 14.87% 8.14% 182.58
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 3.86% 4.02% 96.08
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 3.03% 3.19% 95.10
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 5.05% 11.31% 44.67
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.75% 3.06% 24.55
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 1.11% 2.52% 44.23
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.05% 0.06% 83.04
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 12.22% 9.41% 129.82
5-10K 19.91% 16.63% 119.68
10-15K 18.48% 16.58% 111.47
15-20K 14.14% 13.58% 104.09
20-25K 10.11% 10.39% 97.26
25-30K 7.07% 7.77% 90.93
30-35K 4.93% 5.79% 85.12
35-40K 3.46% 4.33% 79.81
40-45K 2.45% 3.27% 75.00
45-50K 1.75% 2.48% 70.64
50-55K 1.27% 1.90% 66.70
55-60K 0.93% 1.47% 63.15
60-65K 0.69% 1.15% 59.93
65-70K 0.52% 0.91% 57.02
70-75K 0.39% 0.72% 54.37
75-80K 0.30% 0.57% 51.96
80-85K 0.23% 0.46% 49.77
85-90K 0.18% 0.37% 47.76
90-95K 0.14% 0.31% 45.92
95-100K 0.11% 0.25% 44.23
100K + 0.49% 1.34% 36.33

Local Map of the constituency
Thanet North - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Thanet North - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (14.94%)
Conservative (- 13.11%) Liberal Democrat (-  6.31%)
Conservative (6.18%)
Labour (-  4.05%) Liberal Democrat (-  0.40%)
Con - 13.11%
Lab 14.94%
LD - 6.31%
Con 6.18%
Lab - 4.05%
LD - 0.40%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Roger Gale
Conservative hold
Con Conservative (50.28%) 21,050 50.28%
Lab Labour (34.39%) 14,400 34.39%
LD Liberal Democrat (10.99%) 4,603 10.99%
Oth Other (4.34%) 1,815 4.34%
Maj Majority (15.88%) 6,650 15.88%
Turn Turnout (59.32%) 41,868 59.32%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Roger Gale
Conservative hold
C Roger Gale 21,050 50.28%
NF Thomas Holmes 395 0.94%
L James Laing 14,400 34.39%
UK John Moore 980 2.34%
LD Seth Proctor 4,603 10.99%
I David Shortt 440 1.05%
Candidates representing 6 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Roger Gale
Conservative
Con Conservative (44.09%) 21,586 44.09%
Lab Labour (38.44%) 18,820 38.44%
LD Liberal Democrat (11.39%) 5,576 11.39%
Ref Referendum (5.18%) 2,535 5.18%
Oth Other (0.89%) 438 0.89%
Maj Majority (5.65%) 2,766 5.65%
Turn Turnout (68.84%) 48,955 68.84%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (57.20%) 30,866 57.20%
Lab Labour (23.50%) 12,656 23.50%
LD Liberal Democrat (17.70%) 9,563 17.70%
Oth Other (1.60%) 873 1.60%
Maj Majority (33.70%) 18,210 33.70%
Turn Turnout (75.22%) 53,958 75.22%

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