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Tonbridge & Malling
Conservative hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Still a safe Conservative seat in Kent, here in the orchards and fields of the west of the county, the only development of note in 1997 was the move forward by Labour to second place, overtaking the Liberal Democrats; but they seem even less likely ever to be able to disturb the electoral pattern, with councillors only in the Trench ward of Tonbridge and one in Edenbridge South ward, in that small part of the seat borrowed from the Sevenoaks local authority for parliamentary purposes.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Sir John Stanley, Margaret Thatcher's former protégé as PPS and seller-off of council houses, served her as a middle rank minister at Housing, Defence and Northern Ireland, until leaving office in 1988 with a reputation for abrasiveness. Born 1942 and educated at Repton and Lincoln College Oxford, and formerly with Rio Tinto Zinc, he was first elected here in 1974. Seen as wooden and humourless, following his exit from government he criticised his patroness's poll tax, in 1997 - despite hostility to Euro-federalism - backed Kenneth Clarke for leader, and later praised Tony Blair's resolution in Kosovo.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 35.11% 14.99% 234.20
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.55% 2.13% 25.89
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 1.82% 2.49% 73.18
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 5.21% 4.43% 117.65
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 9.16% 7.27% 125.93
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.94% 2.56% 36.58
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 1.28% 2.04% 62.79
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.34% 3.94% 8.59
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 20.51% 13.04% 157.33
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 5.64% 12.70% 44.40
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 10.25% 8.14% 125.84
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 2.25% 4.02% 56.03
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 1.34% 3.19% 41.98
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 5.16% 11.31% 45.63
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.00% 3.06% 0.00
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 0.39% 2.52% 15.57
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.05% 0.06% 72.36
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 6.36% 9.41% 67.56
5-10K 11.96% 16.63% 71.89
10-15K 13.34% 16.58% 80.48
15-20K 12.25% 13.58% 90.20
20-25K 10.40% 10.39% 100.08
25-30K 8.53% 7.77% 109.70
30-35K 6.88% 5.79% 118.85
35-40K 5.52% 4.33% 127.46
40-45K 4.42% 3.27% 135.50
45-50K 3.55% 2.48% 143.00
50-55K 2.86% 1.90% 149.97
55-60K 2.31% 1.47% 156.45
60-65K 1.87% 1.15% 162.48
65-70K 1.52% 0.91% 168.10
70-75K 1.25% 0.72% 173.34
75-80K 1.02% 0.57% 178.24
80-85K 0.85% 0.46% 182.82
85-90K 0.70% 0.37% 187.11
90-95K 0.58% 0.31% 191.14
95-100K 0.49% 0.25% 194.93
100K + 2.88% 1.34% 214.09

Local Map of the constituency
Tonbridge & Malling - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Tonbridge & Malling - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (10.14%)
Conservative (- 12.78%) Liberal Democrat (-  1.47%)
Conservative (1.36%) Labour (2.70%)
Liberal Democrat (-  1.31%)
Con - 12.78%
Lab 10.14%
LD - 1.47%
Con 1.36%
Lab 2.70%
LD - 1.31%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
John Stanley
Conservative hold
Con Conservative (49.38%) 20,956 49.38%
Lab Labour (29.94%) 12,706 29.94%
LD Liberal Democrat (17.92%) 7,605 17.92%
Oth Other (2.75%) 1,169 2.75%
Maj Majority (19.44%) 8,250 19.44%
Turn Turnout (64.36%) 42,436 64.36%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
John Stanley
Conservative hold
LD Merilyn Canet 7,605 17.92%
UK Lynn Croucher 1,169 2.75%
L Victoria Hayman 12,706 29.94%
C John Stanley 20,956 49.38%
Candidates representing 4 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
John Stanley
Conservative
Con Conservative (48.02%) 23,640 48.02%
Lab Labour (27.24%) 13,410 27.24%
LD Liberal Democrat (19.23%) 9,467 19.23%
Ref Referendum (4.07%) 2,005 4.07%
Oth Other (1.44%) 707 1.44%
Maj Majority (20.78%) 10,230 20.78%
Turn Turnout (75.97%) 49,229 75.97%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (60.80%) 31,462 60.80%
Lab Labour (17.10%) 8,841 17.10%
LD Liberal Democrat (20.70%) 10,721 20.70%
Oth Other (1.40%) 711 1.40%
Maj Majority (40.10%) 20,741 40.10%
Turn Turnout (80.71%) 51,735 80.71%

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