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Wealden
Conservative hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
One of the most Conservative areas in the whole of England, Wealden in East Sussex was held by its veteran and now retiring MP Sir Geoffrey Johnson Smith, that smoothest of operators, not through any absence of tactical voting by the party's opponents but by its own fundamental strength. Even after a 12pc drop in the Tory share in 1997 they were still within 0.2pc of an absolute majority. That distinction was achieved in the Euro elections in 1999, even though the UK Independence slate also polled a double figure percentage within this seat, and the Tories took overall control of the Wealden district in the local elections of the same year. This seat includes Crowborough, Hailsham, Uckfield and Ashdown Forest, which is the site for A.A.Milne's characters from Winnie the Pooh: the author lived in Hartfield within the seat. It would be a very blustery political day indeed if the Conservative dominance were blown away in Wealden.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Charles Hendry, one of five former MPs selected to fight Conservative-held seats, has replaced the veteran Sir Geoffrey Johnson-Smith. Previously MP for High Peak (1992-97), he has migrated to the lower peaks of the Weald for what will be his fourth parliamentary contest in a different seat, having earlier fought Clackmannan (1983) and Mansfield (1987). A pink and plump-faced son of a stockbroker, he was born in 1959 and educated at Rugby and Edinburgh University and worked in PR at Ogilvy & Mather before joining the inside track of special advisers, in his case to Social Security Secretary Tony Newton. More important are his links with William Hague, as his former PPS and as his Chief of Staff from 1997 to 1998. In 1994 he was one of 44 Tory MPs voting to lower the homosexual age of consent to 16.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 43.84% 14.99% 292.39
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.77% 2.13% 36.10
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 3.91% 2.49% 157.45
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 8.70% 4.43% 196.65
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 7.92% 7.27% 108.91
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.25% 2.56% 9.85
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.00% 3.94% 0.00
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 22.62% 13.04% 173.46
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 2.56% 12.70% 20.17
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 5.08% 8.14% 62.41
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.24% 4.02% 6.06
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 0.84% 3.19% 26.36
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 2.15% 11.31% 18.97
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.44% 3.06% 14.30
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 0.61% 2.52% 24.06
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.07% 0.06% 106.70
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 5.45% 9.41% 57.85
5-10K 11.66% 16.63% 70.12
10-15K 13.76% 16.58% 83.00
15-20K 12.92% 13.58% 95.08
20-25K 11.01% 10.39% 105.95
25-30K 8.98% 7.77% 115.55
30-35K 7.18% 5.79% 123.96
35-40K 5.69% 4.33% 131.30
40-45K 4.50% 3.27% 137.69
45-50K 3.56% 2.48% 143.25
50-55K 2.82% 1.90% 148.10
55-60K 2.25% 1.47% 152.34
60-65K 1.80% 1.15% 156.05
65-70K 1.44% 0.91% 159.30
70-75K 1.17% 0.72% 162.15
75-80K 0.95% 0.57% 164.66
80-85K 0.77% 0.46% 166.87
85-90K 0.63% 0.37% 168.81
90-95K 0.52% 0.31% 170.52
95-100K 0.43% 0.25% 172.03
100K + 2.38% 1.34% 176.91

Local Map of the constituency
Wealden - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Wealden - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (8.03%)
Conservative (- 11.92%) Liberal Democrat (-  1.36%)
Conservative (0.04%) Labour (3.06%)
Liberal Democrat (-  2.03%)
Con - 11.92%
Lab 8.03%
LD - 1.36%
Con 0.04%
Lab 3.06%
LD - 2.03%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Charles Hendry
Conservative hold
Con Conservative (49.81%) 26,279 49.81%
Lab Labour (20.29%) 10,705 20.29%
LD Liberal Democrat (23.71%) 12,507 23.71%
Oth Other (6.19%) 3,265 6.19%
Maj Majority (26.11%) 13,772 26.11%
Turn Turnout (63.51%) 52,756 63.51%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Charles Hendry
Conservative hold
L Kathy Fordham 10,705 20.29%
C Charles Hendry 26,279 49.81%
LD Steve Murphy 12,507 23.71%
UK Keith Riddle 1,539 2.92%
G Julian Salmon 1,273 2.41%
Pen Cyril Thornton 453 0.86%
Candidates representing 6 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Geoffrey Johnson-Smith
Conservative
Con Conservative (49.78%) 29,417 49.78%
Lab Labour (17.23%) 10,185 17.23%
LD Liberal Democrat (25.74%) 15,213 25.74%
Ref Referendum (5.97%) 3,527 5.97%
Oth Other (1.28%) 757 1.28%
Maj Majority (24.03%) 14,204 24.03%
Turn Turnout (74.32%) 59,099 74.32%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (61.70%) 37,256 61.70%
Lab Labour (9.20%) 5,578 9.20%
LD Liberal Democrat (27.10%) 16,328 27.10%
Oth Other (2.00%) 1,184 2.00%
Maj Majority (34.70%) 20,928 34.70%
Turn Turnout (81.28%) 60,346 81.28%

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