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Readers Poll Con 52% Lab 28% LD 18% Nat 2% Enter your vote to win 1M

Truro & St Austell
Liberal Democrat hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Although the Conservatives polled the most votes even here on Euro-election day in June 1999, Truro and St Austell must be regarded as just about the safest Liberal Democrat seat in England. Following the tenure as MP here of the redoubtable David Penhaligon, who was killed in a car crash at the end of 1986 Matthew Taylor can expect a fifth victory here, probably with another five-figure majority, even before his 40th birthday.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Matthew Taylor, Liberal Democrat Treasury spokesman, was elected here in 1987 in succession to the stage Cornishman David Penhaligon, whose parliamentary aide he had been. A tall, monotonous-voiced, frozen-visaged, articulate backer of Ashdown and Kennedy-style Lib-Labbery, he was born in 1963 and educated at University College School, Hampstead and Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, one of nine Lib Dem MPs with a public school and Oxbridge background. Inevitably a campaigner on "more for Cornwall", he rather over-egged the pudding by entirely mis-predicting a swamping influx of 2 million solar-eclipse-seeking trippers in 1998, but made a more sensible prediction a year later in acting as Charles Kennedy's leadership campaign manager, and getting as his reward the Treasury spokesmanship.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 14.20% 14.99% 94.73
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 12.96% 2.13% 609.34
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 9.39% 2.49% 377.51
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 1.41% 4.43% 31.75
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 8.07% 7.27% 111.00
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.83% 2.56% 32.27
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 2.13% 3.94% 54.05
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 22.78% 13.04% 174.68
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 9.52% 12.70% 74.97
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 9.38% 8.14% 115.21
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 2.22% 4.02% 55.32
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 2.69% 3.19% 84.52
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 3.72% 11.31% 32.85
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.69% 3.06% 22.49
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 0.00% 2.52% 0.00
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.01% 0.06% 20.69
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 11.03% 9.41% 117.20
5-10K 20.32% 16.63% 122.19
10-15K 19.39% 16.58% 116.97
15-20K 14.73% 13.58% 108.45
20-25K 10.33% 10.39% 99.36
25-30K 7.06% 7.77% 90.78
30-35K 4.81% 5.79% 83.04
35-40K 3.30% 4.33% 76.21
40-45K 2.29% 3.27% 70.22
45-50K 1.61% 2.48% 64.97
50-55K 1.15% 1.90% 60.37
55-60K 0.83% 1.47% 56.31
60-65K 0.61% 1.15% 52.72
65-70K 0.45% 0.91% 49.54
70-75K 0.34% 0.72% 46.70
75-80K 0.25% 0.57% 44.15
80-85K 0.19% 0.46% 41.86
85-90K 0.15% 0.37% 39.79
90-95K 0.12% 0.31% 37.91
95-100K 0.09% 0.25% 36.20
100K + 0.38% 1.34% 28.52

Local Map of the constituency
Truro & St Austell - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Truro & St Austell - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (5.53%)
Conservative (- 11.87%) Liberal Democrat (-  2.04%)
Conservative (5.84%)
Labour (-  1.63%) Liberal Democrat (-  0.16%)
Con - 11.87%
Lab 5.53%
LD - 2.04%
Con 5.84%
Lab - 1.63%
LD - 0.16%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Matthew Taylor
Liberal Democrat hold
Con Conservative (32.27%) 16,231 32.27%
Lab Labour (13.70%) 6,889 13.70%
LD Liberal Democrat (48.31%) 24,296 48.31%
Oth Other (5.72%) 2,879 5.72%
Maj Majority (16.04%) 8,065 16.04%
Turn Turnout (63.49%) 50,295 63.49%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Matthew Taylor
Liberal Democrat hold
C Tim Bonner 16,231 32.27%
MK Conan Jemkin 1,137 2.26%
I John Lee 78 0.16%
L David Phillips 6,889 13.70%
LD Matthew Taylor 24,296 48.31%
UK James Wonnacott 1,664 3.31%
Candidates representing 6 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Matthew Taylor
Liberal Democrat
Con Conservative (26.43%) 15,001 26.43%
Lab Labour (15.33%) 8,697 15.33%
LD Liberal Democrat (48.46%) 27,502 48.46%
Ref Referendum (6.49%) 3,682 6.49%
Oth Other (3.29%) 1,865 3.29%
Maj Majority (22.03%) 12,501 22.03%
Turn Turnout (73.87%) 56,747 73.87%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Liberal Democrat
Con Conservative (38.30%) 23,660 38.30%
Lab Labour (9.80%) 6,078 9.80%
LD Liberal Democrat (50.50%) 31,230 50.50%
Oth Other (1.40%) 885 1.40%
Maj Majority (12.20%) 7,570 12.20%
Turn Turnout (81.60%) 61,853 81.60%

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