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Totnes
Conservative hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
One of three seats narrowly held by the Conservatives in Devon in 1997, Totnes covers the deeply attractive country of the South Hams, on that large county's southern coast, with its cliffs and points and creeks delving inland in flooded valleys among wooded hills. Here are the elegant little ports of Salcombe and Dartmouth, home of the Royal Naval College, and Totnes, a centre of folk art with a whiff of the 1960s. The Liberal Democrats are certainly strong challengers in parliamentary elections, but they have not been matching the Tories in South Hams district council results of late and did even more poorly in the 1999 European elections than in other West Country hopefuls. One feels they will exert more energy in trying to hold nearby Torbay, or if in a more optimistic mood, to pick up Teignbridge.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Anthony Steen, a rare Tory MP dating back to the Heath leadership, was first elected (for Liverpool Wavertree) in 1974 and transferred here (as South Hams) in 1983. A socially-concerned environment critic of excessive housing sprawl, who despite Euroscepticism, backed Clarke in 1997, he was born 1939, educated at Westminster School and - originally a barrister - was a Lloyds underwriter for 26 years. One of the few Tory MPs with a Jewish background, a loather of smoking, tall and with a shock of white hair, and a fanatical cyclist, he cuts a slightly mad-professor figure. He is threatened by the Liberal Democrats' Rachel Oliver, a Cheltenham Ladies College, SOAS and King's College London-educated PR consultant. Her father was a Conservative councillor in Somerset and she is married to a corporate lawyer - neither of which credentials is designed to frighten the few additional 1997 Tory voters she needs to attract. Previously she worked for North Devon Liberal Democrat MP Nick Harvey and for the RNID.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 7.02% 14.99% 46.80
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 22.28% 2.13% 1,047.86
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 13.87% 2.49% 558.00
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 0.15% 4.43% 3.42
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 1.96% 7.27% 26.90
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.00% 2.56% 0.00
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.16% 3.94% 4.11
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 21.09% 13.04% 161.76
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 3.49% 12.70% 27.47
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 14.82% 8.14% 182.01
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 8.03% 4.02% 199.76
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 2.70% 3.19% 84.86
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 3.22% 11.31% 28.48
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.30% 3.06% 9.70
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 0.85% 2.52% 33.77
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.05% 0.06% 80.88
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 11.34% 9.41% 120.49
5-10K 20.26% 16.63% 121.83
10-15K 19.18% 16.58% 115.70
15-20K 14.59% 13.58% 107.44
20-25K 10.28% 10.39% 98.92
25-30K 7.07% 7.77% 90.89
30-35K 4.84% 5.79% 83.60
35-40K 3.34% 4.33% 77.09
40-45K 2.33% 3.27% 71.33
45-50K 1.64% 2.48% 66.25
50-55K 1.18% 1.90% 61.75
55-60K 0.85% 1.47% 57.77
60-65K 0.62% 1.15% 54.24
65-70K 0.46% 0.91% 51.09
70-75K 0.35% 0.72% 48.27
75-80K 0.26% 0.57% 45.73
80-85K 0.20% 0.46% 43.45
85-90K 0.15% 0.37% 41.38
90-95K 0.12% 0.31% 39.50
95-100K 0.09% 0.25% 37.78
100K + 0.40% 1.34% 29.98

Local Map of the constituency
Totnes - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Totnes - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (4.26%)
Conservative (- 14.28%) Liberal Democrat (-  0.71%)
Conservative (7.98%) Liberal Democrat (2.30%)
Labour (-  4.16%)
Con - 14.28%
Lab 4.26%
LD - 0.71%
Con 7.98%
Lab - 4.16%
LD 2.30%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Anthony Steen
Conservative hold
Con Conservative (44.50%) 21,914 44.50%
Lab Labour (12.19%) 6,005 12.19%
LD Liberal Democrat (37.19%) 18,317 37.19%
Oth Other (6.11%) 3,010 6.11%
Maj Majority (7.30%) 3,597 7.30%
Turn Turnout (67.88%) 49,246 67.88%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Anthony Steen
Conservative hold
UK Craig Mackinlay 3,010 6.11%
LD Rachel Oliver 18,317 37.19%
C Anthony Steen 21,914 44.50%
L Thomas Wildy 6,005 12.19%
Candidates representing 4 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Anthony Steen
Conservative
Con Conservative (36.52%) 19,637 36.52%
Lab Labour (16.36%) 8,796 16.36%
LD Liberal Democrat (34.89%) 18,760 34.89%
Ref Referendum (4.75%) 2,552 4.75%
Oth Other (7.48%) 4,024 7.48%
Maj Majority (1.63%) 877 1.63%
Turn Turnout (76.30%) 53,769 76.30%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (50.80%) 28,736 50.80%
Lab Labour (12.10%) 6,842 12.10%
LD Liberal Democrat (35.60%) 20,110 35.60%
Oth Other (1.50%) 853 1.50%
Maj Majority (15.30%) 8,626 15.30%
Turn Turnout (83.06%) 56,541 83.06%

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