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Torbay
Liberal Democrat hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
One of the very hottest tips for a change of hands at any general election held in the first half of 2001 would be Torbay. This scarcely takes genius, since Adrian Sanders won by a majority of only 12 votes in 1997, but Liberal Democrats can often hold on to a seat once gained, and the West Country has come to be regarded as one of their heartlands. Yet the local evidence is very alarming indeed for Sanders. In June 1999 the Liberal Democrats were fourth in the voting for the European elections; but this was never their forte. Far worse was the news in May 2000, when the Conservatives swept back to power on Torbay unitary Council, with 32 members to the Liberal Democrats' four, and a lead in the popular vote of nearly 23pc. The Liberal Democrats topped the poll only in Shiphay, and Christian Sweeting must believe that they will have to pull off another miracle to stop him becoming the third MP for Torbay in four years.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Adrian Sanders, an insulin-dependent diabetic, narrowly won here in 1997. Locally born (1959) and educated (Torquay Grammar School)he worked as a Party apparatchik (for Ashdown), fought the seat in 1992, and lost the Devon Euro seat because of a spoiling 'Literal Democrat' candidate siphoning-off 10,000 votes in 1994. A housing spokesman, he campaigns for diabetes and for the deprived south west peninsula, and has been dubbed "Sanders of the Riviera". The Tories expect to win here with Christian (St. John) Sweeting, born 1968, locally-educated at Tower House School, Paignton, South Devon Technical college and Oxford Brookes University. He is a chartered surveyor and property developer with his own London W1-based company, Courtview Estates, and an associate of the rightwing Centre for Policy Studies. Opposed to the euro "in principle" and wanting a referendum on continued EU membership, as a law-and-order campaigner he looked all set until he was charged in April with possessing an air rifle with intent to cause another to believe that unlawful violence would be used against him. The charge was subsequently changed to a lesser public order offence because of a lack of evidence. But Mr Sweeting, who denies the charge, faces a court appearance on May 15.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 7.52% 14.99% 50.18
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 4.75% 2.13% 223.53
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 13.59% 2.49% 546.56
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 0.22% 4.43% 4.98
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 3.29% 7.27% 45.18
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.64% 2.56% 25.11
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.05% 2.04% 2.53
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 11.13% 3.94% 282.25
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 17.97% 13.04% 137.83
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 14.63% 12.70% 115.15
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 8.38% 8.14% 102.96
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 10.71% 4.02% 266.24
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 2.97% 3.19% 93.10
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 2.52% 11.31% 22.31
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.44% 3.06% 14.35
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 1.05% 2.52% 41.80
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.13% 0.06% 211.31
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 10.94% 9.41% 116.22
5-10K 20.50% 16.63% 123.28
10-15K 19.72% 16.58% 118.96
15-20K 14.94% 13.58% 110.02
20-25K 10.39% 10.39% 100.01
25-30K 7.03% 7.77% 90.46
30-35K 4.75% 5.79% 81.94
35-40K 3.23% 4.33% 74.54
40-45K 2.23% 3.27% 68.17
45-50K 1.56% 2.48% 62.72
50-55K 1.11% 1.90% 58.03
55-60K 0.80% 1.47% 53.99
60-65K 0.58% 1.15% 50.49
65-70K 0.43% 0.91% 47.43
70-75K 0.32% 0.72% 44.75
75-80K 0.24% 0.57% 42.38
80-85K 0.19% 0.46% 40.28
85-90K 0.14% 0.37% 38.40
90-95K 0.11% 0.31% 36.71
95-100K 0.09% 0.25% 35.19
100K + 0.38% 1.34% 28.49

Local Map of the constituency
Torbay - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Torbay - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (5.26%)
Conservative (- 10.36%) Liberal Democrat (-  0.24%)
Liberal Democrat (11.19%)
Conservative (-  2.96%) Labour (-  5.38%)
Con - 10.36%
Lab 5.26%
LD - 0.24%
Con - 2.96%
Lab - 5.38%
LD 11.19%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Adrian Sanders
Liberal Democrat hold
Con Conservative (36.58%) 17,307 36.58%
Lab Labour (9.48%) 4,484 9.48%
LD Liberal Democrat (50.75%) 24,015 50.75%
Oth Other (3.20%) 1,512 3.20%
Maj Majority (14.18%) 6,708 14.18%
Turn Turnout (65.35%) 47,318 65.35%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Adrian Sanders
Liberal Democrat hold
UK Graham Booth 1,512 3.20%
L John McKay 4,484 9.48%
LD Adrian Sanders 24,015 50.75%
C Christian Sweeting 17,307 36.58%
Candidates representing 4 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Adrian Sanders
Liberal Democrat gain
Con Conservative (39.54%) 21,082 39.54%
Lab Labour (14.86%) 7,923 14.86%
LD Liberal Democrat (39.56%) 21,094 39.56%
Ref 0 0.00%
Oth Other (6.04%) 3,223 6.04%
Maj Majority (0.02%) 12 0.02%
Turn Turnout (73.79%) 53,322 73.79%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (49.90%) 28,624 49.90%
Lab Labour (9.60%) 5,503 9.60%
LD Liberal Democrat (39.80%) 22,837 39.80%
Oth Other (0.70%) 425 0.70%
Maj Majority (10.10%) 5,787 10.10%
Turn Turnout (81.12%) 57,389 81.12%

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