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

Wantage
Conservative hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Now south west Oxfordshire, this was north west Berkshire before a sizeable chunk of the Royal County was moved, with relatively little fuss, in the local government reforms after the Redcliffe Maud Commission of the early 1970s. It has been Conservative throughout living memory, but not overwhelmingly so. Robert Jackson was re-elected for a fourth term in 1997 with under 40pc of the total vote, but retained a 6,000 majority because both Labour and the Liberal Democrats obtained a lot of votes, around 15,000 in both cases; this is a slightly larger seat than average with a significantly higher turnout rate. Labour's greatest zone of strength is Didcot, known for its power station and the only place outside Oxford to return a Labour county councillor in the depths of Labour's last unpopular government in 1977, but now diversifying and expanding as a railway junction within striking range of London Paddington. The Liberal Democrats win locally in the Vale of White Horse in a number of wards, such as Appleton, Drayton, Grove (which elects councillor Sue Marchant, known by some as the sage of the Vale), and Hendred (appropriately, for it is the home of Liberal Democrat elder statesman Lord Jenkins) and Wallingford on the Thames in South Oxfordshire district. Overall, though, the Conservatives will pick up enough votes across the seat, which also includes the Atomic Energy Research Establishment in Harwell and Shrivenham, to win again next time.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Robert Jackson was elected in 1983 after serving a term as MEP for the area including the Wantage constituency. Son of a copper miner, born 1946 in Bulawayo, and educated at Falcon College, Rhodesia, and St. Edmund Hall, Oxford, he worked variously as an Oxford don (All Souls) and political adviser, for example to Lord Soames, both as an EEC Commissioner and as last Governor of Rhodesia. A tall, bespectacled figure of donnish mien, his brief ministerial career (1989-93) involved him angering the universities by calling for the abolition of student grants and effectively the privatisation of higher education. Even if these are ideas whose time has come or is coming, his eclipse as a Clarke-voting Europhile is pretty well complete.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 35.36% 14.99% 235.85
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.61% 2.13% 28.82
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 1.16% 2.49% 46.47
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 9.17% 4.43% 207.18
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 12.59% 7.27% 173.05
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 1.75% 2.56% 68.13
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 1.56% 2.04% 76.36
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.00% 3.94% 0.00
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 19.80% 13.04% 151.89
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 5.45% 12.70% 42.94
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 5.97% 8.14% 73.30
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 1.58% 4.02% 39.23
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 0.80% 3.19% 25.19
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 4.09% 11.31% 36.16
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.11% 3.06% 3.67
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 0.00% 0.06% 0.00
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 4.79% 9.41% 50.84
5-10K 10.61% 16.63% 63.76
10-15K 13.21% 16.58% 79.68
15-20K 12.90% 13.58% 95.00
20-25K 11.29% 10.39% 108.60
25-30K 9.35% 7.77% 120.25
30-35K 7.53% 5.79% 130.01
35-40K 5.98% 4.33% 138.08
40-45K 4.73% 3.27% 144.72
45-50K 3.73% 2.48% 150.14
50-55K 2.94% 1.90% 154.57
55-60K 2.33% 1.47% 158.17
60-65K 1.85% 1.15% 161.10
65-70K 1.48% 0.91% 163.47
70-75K 1.19% 0.72% 165.40
75-80K 0.96% 0.57% 166.97
80-85K 0.78% 0.46% 168.23
85-90K 0.63% 0.37% 169.26
90-95K 0.52% 0.31% 170.09
95-100K 0.43% 0.25% 170.75
100K + 2.32% 1.34% 172.40

Local Map of the constituency
Wantage - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Wantage - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (9.63%) Liberal Democrat (1.44%)
Conservative (- 14.30%)
Liberal Democrat (1.60%)
Conservative (-  0.16%) Labour (-  0.78%)
Con - 14.30%
Lab 9.63%
LD 1.44%
Con - 0.16%
Lab - 0.78%
LD 1.60%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Robert Jackson
Conservative hold
Con Conservative (39.64%) 19,475 39.64%
Lab Labour (28.24%) 13,875 28.24%
LD Liberal Democrat (28.04%) 13,776 28.04%
Oth Other (4.08%) 2,003 4.08%
Maj Majority (11.40%) 5,600 11.40%
Turn Turnout (64.53%) 49,129 64.53%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Robert Jackson
Conservative hold
L Stephen Beer 13,875 28.24%
G David Brooks-Saxl 941 1.92%
LD Neil Fawcett 13,776 28.04%
C Robert Jackson 19,475 39.64%
UK Nicholas Tolstoy 1,062 2.16%
Candidates representing 5 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Robert Jackson
Conservative
Con Conservative (39.80%) 22,311 39.80%
Lab Labour (29.03%) 16,272 29.03%
LD Liberal Democrat (26.44%) 14,822 26.44%
Ref Referendum (2.76%) 1,549 2.76%
Oth Other (1.97%) 1,105 1.97%
Maj Majority (10.77%) 6,039 10.77%
Turn Turnout (78.23%) 56,059 78.23%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (54.10%) 30,575 54.10%
Lab Labour (19.40%) 10,955 19.40%
LD Liberal Democrat (25.00%) 14,102 25.00%
Oth Other (1.50%) 867 1.50%
Maj Majority (29.20%) 16,473 29.20%
Turn Turnout (82.80%) 56,499 82.80%

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