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Uxbridge
Conservative hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
The first by-election of the 17 in the 1997 Parliament occurred in Uxbridge, and it provided the first Conservative win anywhere since William Hague's own entry to the Commons at Richmond (Yorkshire) way back in 1989, thus ending a run of 37 failures, 19 at the tail end of the 1987 Parliament and 18 during the 1992 Parliament (by-elections occur with a considerable degree of consistency). John Randall's task was made easier by the very short time that had elapsed since the general election, which had been followed only seven days later by the death of Sir Michael Shersby, who had held Uxbridge by just 724 votes; and also by the imposition of a "headquarters" Labour candidate, whereas Randall himself was a member of the family which owned a well known store in Uxbridge, an independently minded Middlesex town on the very western edge of Greater London. He should be re-elected for (almost) a second full term, but it might be as well to remember that if Labour should manage to secure a further swing in Greater London in 2001, this is statistically the first of the remaining Tory seats which would fall.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
John Randall is a collector's item: a Tory MP with a beard who votes against fox hunting, has a degree in Serbo-Croat and likes bird-watching in Cuba. He was elected at a by-election in 1997, when as a local department store owner he saw-off a Labour candidate dubbed an intruder for coming from Hammersmith. Variously compared to Forrest Gump and a garden gnome, he was born in 1955, educated at Merchant Taylor's Northwood and the School of Slavonic & East European Studies, London and inherited the managing directorship of Randall's, his family's Uxbridge store, in 1988. Unpretentious and not overly partisan, he was sympathetic towards the Serbs in the Kosovo conflict and likes reading Russian novels on the tube journey (18 stops) in from Uxbridge.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 17.47% 14.99% 116.53
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.66% 2.49% 26.49
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 3.65% 4.43% 82.58
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 5.52% 7.27% 75.84
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 11.69% 2.56% 455.64
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 1.83% 2.04% 89.75
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 1.79% 3.94% 45.51
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 18.67% 13.04% 143.22
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 10.99% 12.70% 86.51
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 9.20% 8.14% 113.00
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 5.93% 4.02% 147.33
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 1.55% 3.19% 48.72
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 9.63% 11.31% 85.16
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 1.40% 3.06% 45.71
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 0.01% 2.52% 0.51
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.00% 0.06% 1.86
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 4.37% 9.41% 46.47
5-10K 10.07% 16.63% 60.55
10-15K 12.64% 16.58% 76.24
15-20K 12.47% 13.58% 91.83
20-25K 11.06% 10.39% 106.38
25-30K 9.29% 7.77% 119.55
30-35K 7.60% 5.79% 131.28
35-40K 6.14% 4.33% 141.63
40-45K 4.92% 3.27% 150.71
45-50K 3.94% 2.48% 158.67
50-55K 3.15% 1.90% 165.65
55-60K 2.53% 1.47% 171.78
60-65K 2.04% 1.15% 177.17
65-70K 1.65% 0.91% 181.92
70-75K 1.34% 0.72% 186.12
75-80K 1.09% 0.57% 189.84
80-85K 0.89% 0.46% 193.14
85-90K 0.73% 0.37% 196.08
90-95K 0.61% 0.31% 198.71
95-100K 0.50% 0.25% 201.05
100K + 2.82% 1.34% 210.02

Local Map of the constituency
Uxbridge - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Uxbridge - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (12.81%)
Conservative (- 12.84%) Liberal Democrat (-  1.60%)
Conservative (3.58%)
Labour (-  0.96%) Liberal Democrat (-  0.65%)
Con - 12.84%
Lab 12.81%
LD - 1.60%
Con 3.58%
Lab - 0.96%
LD - 0.65%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
John Randall
Conservative hold
Con Conservative (47.13%) 15,751 47.13%
Lab Labour (40.86%) 13,653 40.86%
LD Liberal Democrat (10.25%) 3,426 10.25%
Oth Other (1.76%) 588 1.76%
Maj Majority (6.28%) 2,098 6.28%
Turn Turnout (57.55%) 33,418 57.55%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
John Randall
Conservative hold
UK Paul Cannons 588 1.76%
C John Randall 15,751 47.13%
LD Catherine Royce 3,426 10.25%
L David Salisbury-Jones 13,653 40.86%
Candidates representing 4 parties stood for election to this seat.
Byelection Results
By Election (31 July 1997)
Death of Sir Julian Michael Shersby on 8 May 1997
John Randall
Conservative
Con Conservative (51.11%) 16,288 51.11%
Lab Labour (39.29%) 12,522 39.29%
LD Liberal Democrat (5.62%) 1,792 5.62%
Oth Other (3.97%) 1,265 3.97%
Maj Majority (11.82%) 3,766 11.82%
Turn Turnout (55.47%) 31,867 55.47%
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Michael Shersby
Conservative
Con Conservative (43.56%) 18,095 43.56%
Lab Labour (41.81%) 17,371 41.81%
LD Liberal Democrat (10.90%) 4,528 10.90%
Ref Referendum (2.78%) 1,153 2.78%
Oth Other (0.96%) 398 0.96%
Maj Majority (1.74%) 724 1.74%
Turn Turnout (72.26%) 41,545 72.26%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (56.40%) 25,467 56.40%
Lab Labour (29.00%) 13,099 29.00%
LD Liberal Democrat (12.50%) 5,663 12.50%
Oth Other (2.10%) 928 2.10%
Maj Majority (27.40%) 12,368 27.40%
Turn Turnout (75.86%) 45,157 75.86%

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