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Tunbridge Wells
Conservative hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
It came as a source of amusement in May 1994 when the Conservatives lost control of the borough council in Tunbridge Wells; yet there is no real reason why the "disgusted" residents of the Kent spa town should not get fed up of a failing Conservative government; after all, nearly every other local authority in Britain did, and failed to return Tory councillors with an overall majority in the latter years of John Major's government. In 1997, however, Sir Patrick Mayhew was able to hand over this seat to the former Asda boss, Archie Norman, safely enough, and with the party now in opposition the council was regained too, and by May 2000 the Liberal Democrats were twenty per cent behind in the borough elections, which also include the Weald wards like Lamberhurst and Goudhurst.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Archie Norman, self-described as "definitely a businessman in politics, not a politician in business," was elected in 1997 whilst still Chairman of ASDA. He spent a year making himself disliked as Deputy Party Chairman, imposing reforms seemingly designed to root out from Central Office over-50-year old smokers with untidy desks, and calling for more gay, black and female candidates. He was then brought on to the front bench as a spokesman, by 2000 leading on the Environment. An unpractised Commons debater who owes his rapid rise to having shared with Hague a McKinsey past, he was born 1954 and educated at Charterhouse, Emmanuel College, Cambridge and Harvard Business School. He is seen as an unclubbable cold fish: his enforced bonding for MPs at Eastbourne was boycotted by Heath, Heseltine and Soames.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 32.36% 14.99% 215.85
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.15% 2.13% 6.97
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 3.02% 2.49% 121.37
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 1.24% 4.43% 27.94
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 8.85% 7.27% 121.73
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 6.19% 2.56% 241.53
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 1.82% 2.04% 89.29
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 5.92% 3.94% 150.06
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 14.46% 13.04% 110.89
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 6.67% 12.70% 52.50
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 6.56% 8.14% 80.61
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 3.23% 4.02% 80.24
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 4.46% 3.19% 140.11
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 4.20% 11.31% 37.11
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.11% 3.06% 3.60
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 0.72% 2.52% 28.77
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.03% 0.06% 50.06
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 6.22% 9.41% 66.04
5-10K 12.38% 16.63% 74.45
10-15K 14.01% 16.58% 84.53
15-20K 12.83% 13.58% 94.46
20-25K 10.77% 10.39% 103.68
25-30K 8.71% 7.77% 112.03
30-35K 6.92% 5.79% 119.54
35-40K 5.47% 4.33% 126.26
40-45K 4.32% 3.27% 132.28
45-50K 3.42% 2.48% 137.69
50-55K 2.72% 1.90% 142.57
55-60K 2.17% 1.47% 146.98
60-65K 1.74% 1.15% 150.98
65-70K 1.40% 0.91% 154.62
70-75K 1.14% 0.72% 157.95
75-80K 0.93% 0.57% 160.99
80-85K 0.76% 0.46% 163.78
85-90K 0.62% 0.37% 166.34
90-95K 0.51% 0.31% 168.70
95-100K 0.43% 0.25% 170.88
100K + 2.43% 1.34% 180.53

Local Map of the constituency
Tunbridge Wells - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Tunbridge Wells - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (5.73%) Liberal Democrat (0.17%)
Conservative (-  9.81%)
Conservative (3.67%) Labour (2.78%)
Liberal Democrat (-  5.01%)
Con - 9.81%
Lab 5.73%
LD 0.17%
Con 3.67%
Lab 2.78%
LD - 5.01%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Archie Norman
Conservative hold
Con Conservative (48.86%) 19,643 48.86%
Lab Labour (23.21%) 9,332 23.21%
LD Liberal Democrat (24.66%) 9,913 24.66%
Oth Other (3.27%) 1,313 3.27%
Maj Majority (24.20%) 9,730 24.20%
Turn Turnout (62.29%) 40,201 62.29%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Archie Norman
Conservative hold
LD Keith Brown 9,913 24.66%
L Ian Carvell 9,332 23.21%
C Archie Norman 19,643 48.86%
UK Victor Webb 1,313 3.27%
Candidates representing 4 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Archie Norman
Conservative
Con Conservative (45.19%) 21,853 45.19%
Lab Labour (20.43%) 9,879 20.43%
LD Liberal Democrat (29.67%) 14,347 29.67%
Ref Referendum (3.84%) 1,858 3.84%
Oth Other (0.86%) 417 0.86%
Maj Majority (15.52%) 7,506 15.52%
Turn Turnout (74.10%) 48,354 74.10%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (55.00%) 28,297 55.00%
Lab Labour (14.70%) 7,563 14.70%
LD Liberal Democrat (29.50%) 15,151 29.50%
Oth Other (0.80%) 433 0.80%
Maj Majority (25.60%) 13,146 25.60%
Turn Turnout (77.62%) 51,444 77.62%

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