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Twickenham
Liberal Democrat hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
The safest of the five Liberal Democrat seats in outer South West London; everything seems in this Thames-side constituency to be flowing towards their retention of Twickenham in 2001. Vincent Cable has established himself as a mature, active and knowledgeable MP. The Conservative candidate here, as in neighbouring Richmond Park, is a young councillor from neighbouring low-tax Wandsworth, a rare Tory flagship in local government - but here the Liberal Democrats have been in control of the council since 1986, by very large margins too. The Liberal Democrats machine here is extremely well organised, a humming machine of efficiency; the Conservatives struggle for activists, particularly of the rising generation; the considerable number of Labour sympathisers are aware of and well practised in tactical voting. An increased majority is likely - with, to use a nautical analogy here by the river, the Conservatives a cable's length or two behind.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Dr Vincent Cable, victor here in 1997, reached the Liberal Democrats via the Labour Party and the SDP, having earlier fought elections under both labels, and worked for John Smith when he was Labour's Trade Secretary in the 1970s. Born in 1943, he attended Nunthorpe Grammar School, York, Fitzwilliam College Cambridge, and Glasgow University where he obtained an economics doctorate, and worked eventually in the oil industry, latterly as chief economist with Shell. A campaigner against ageism in the NHS, and his party's trade and industry spokesman, his effortless fluency is salted with a hint of abrasiveness, and his rational acceptance of Lib-Lab tactical voting with hints of reservations about the impact on business of a minimum wage increase. Nor is he averse to highlighting worry about the migration of pupils from poorer boroughs into schools in his own affluent borough of Richmond-on-Thames. The Conservatives, as part of their drive to sweep the Liberal Democrats back out of the south-west London suburbs, have chosen Nick Longworth, another Wandsworth councillor. Born in 1959, educated at Rendcomb College and Hertford College, Oxford, the former BBC journalist lists beer among his interests.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 12.40% 14.99% 82.68
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 1.98% 2.49% 79.78
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 0.68% 4.43% 15.29
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 0.52% 7.27% 7.09
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 17.44% 2.56% 680.00
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 30.38% 2.04% 1,488.32
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 3.90% 3.94% 98.96
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 12.10% 13.04% 92.76
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 9.84% 12.70% 77.44
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 1.64% 8.14% 20.10
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 2.84% 4.02% 70.59
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 0.98% 3.19% 30.85
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 3.42% 11.31% 30.26
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 1.89% 3.06% 61.82
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 0.00% 2.52% 0.07
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.00% 0.06% 0.00
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 3.72% 9.41% 39.54
5-10K 8.15% 16.63% 49.03
10-15K 10.47% 16.58% 63.16
15-20K 10.79% 13.58% 79.45
20-25K 10.05% 10.39% 96.73
25-30K 8.89% 7.77% 114.31
30-35K 7.63% 5.79% 131.75
35-40K 6.45% 4.33% 148.80
40-45K 5.40% 3.27% 165.30
45-50K 4.50% 2.48% 181.16
50-55K 3.74% 1.90% 196.36
55-60K 3.11% 1.47% 210.88
60-65K 2.59% 1.15% 224.74
65-70K 2.16% 0.91% 237.97
70-75K 1.80% 0.72% 250.59
75-80K 1.51% 0.57% 262.64
80-85K 1.27% 0.46% 274.15
85-90K 1.07% 0.37% 285.15
90-95K 0.90% 0.31% 295.69
95-100K 0.76% 0.25% 305.78
100K + 4.88% 1.34% 363.27

Local Map of the constituency
Twickenham - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Twickenham - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (5.19%) Liberal Democrat (5.82%)
Conservative (- 11.84%)
Liberal Democrat (3.62%)
Conservative (-  4.34%) Labour (-  1.77%)
Con - 11.84%
Lab 5.19%
LD 5.82%
Con - 4.34%
Lab - 1.77%
LD 3.62%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Vincent Cable
Liberal Democrat hold
Con Conservative (33.42%) 16,689 33.42%
Lab Labour (13.82%) 6,903 13.82%
LD Liberal Democrat (48.75%) 24,344 48.75%
Oth Other (4.01%) 2,002 4.01%
Maj Majority (15.33%) 7,655 15.33%
Turn Turnout (67.36%) 49,938 67.36%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Vincent Cable
Liberal Democrat hold
LD Vincent Cable 24,344 48.75%
UK Ray Hollebone 579 1.16%
C Nick Longworth 16,689 33.42%
G Judy Maciejowska 1,423 2.85%
L Dean Rogers 6,903 13.82%
Candidates representing 5 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Vincent Cable
Liberal Democrat gain
Con Conservative (37.76%) 21,956 37.76%
Lab Labour (15.59%) 9,065 15.59%
LD Liberal Democrat (45.12%) 26,237 45.12%
Ref 0 0.00%
Oth Other (1.52%) 886 1.52%
Maj Majority (7.36%) 4,281 7.36%
Turn Turnout (79.34%) 58,144 79.34%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (49.60%) 29,652 49.60%
Lab Labour (10.40%) 6,194 10.40%
LD Liberal Democrat (39.30%) 23,531 39.30%
Oth Other (0.70%) 434 0.70%
Maj Majority (10.20%) 6,121 10.20%
Turn Turnout (83.30%) 59,811 83.30%

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