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Westbury
Conservative hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
This is a misnamed seat if ever there was one, for Westbury is smaller than other towns in the seat such as Trowbridge, which is also the county town and administrative HQ of Wiltshire, and Warminster with its army camps and historic market centre, and there is also the picturesque Bradford-on-Avon and a strip of villages from Holt in the north to Mere in the south near the Dorset border. Logically it should surely be called West Wiltshire, which would offend none of the constituent parts, and which is already the name of the local council. That authority is controlled by the Liberal Democrats, but the Westbury parliamentary division is still fairly safely Conservative. This disparity is explicable by two factors: the election of councillors in the midterm of governments, usually unpopular Conservative administrations in recent decades, and also the tendency for voters to consider LDs more suitable for local politics but unlikely either to form a national government or to be effective therein. Harold Macmillan's grandson David Faber is giving up as MP for Westbury even though he is not yet 40 years of age. This is not because he has reason to fear defeat here.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Dr Andrew Murrison, a Fareham-based Royal Navy doctor for 15 years, was selected here in place of the unusually early retiring scion of the Macmillan-Cavendish dynasty, David Faber. With a personable open manner characteristic of the Senior Service, he was born 1961 and educated at Harwich High School, Dartmouth and (on a Navy scholarship) at Bristol University Medical School and later at Hughes Hall, Cambridge. A Bow Grouper and former assistant to the Clarke-supporting Sir Peter Lloyd, MP for Fareham, his selection for this safe seat without a previous general election candidacy would not have been unassisted by his work at Central Office as assistant to the candidate-screener-in-chief, Lord Freeman.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 25.73% 14.99% 171.61
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 3.58% 2.13% 168.29
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 3.02% 2.49% 121.54
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 4.40% 4.43% 99.44
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 10.18% 7.27% 139.96
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.23% 2.56% 8.95
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.07% 2.04% 3.30
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.37% 3.94% 9.34
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 23.54% 13.04% 180.51
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 7.97% 12.70% 62.72
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 10.37% 8.14% 127.32
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 2.09% 4.02% 51.86
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 2.21% 3.19% 69.51
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 5.24% 11.31% 46.35
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.05% 3.06% 1.64
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 0.96% 2.52% 38.05
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 8.28% 9.41% 87.98
5-10K 16.09% 16.63% 96.72
10-15K 17.04% 16.58% 102.77
15-20K 14.36% 13.58% 105.68
20-25K 11.05% 10.39% 106.30
25-30K 8.20% 7.77% 105.49
30-35K 6.02% 5.79% 103.87
35-40K 4.41% 4.33% 101.82
40-45K 3.25% 3.27% 99.58
45-50K 2.42% 2.48% 97.30
50-55K 1.81% 1.90% 95.05
55-60K 1.37% 1.47% 92.89
60-65K 1.05% 1.15% 90.82
65-70K 0.81% 0.91% 88.85
70-75K 0.63% 0.72% 87.00
75-80K 0.49% 0.57% 85.25
80-85K 0.39% 0.46% 83.61
85-90K 0.31% 0.37% 82.06
90-95K 0.25% 0.31% 80.60
95-100K 0.20% 0.25% 79.22
100K + 0.97% 1.34% 71.98

Local Map of the constituency
Westbury - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Westbury - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (10.49%)
Conservative (- 11.61%) Liberal Democrat (-  4.00%)
Conservative (1.48%) Labour (0.33%) Liberal Democrat (1.71%)
Con - 11.61%
Lab 10.49%
LD - 4.00%
Con 1.48%
Lab 0.33%
LD 1.71%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Andrew Murrison
Conservative hold
Con Conservative (42.07%) 21,299 42.07%
Lab Labour (21.42%) 10,847 21.42%
LD Liberal Democrat (31.61%) 16,005 31.61%
Oth Other (4.89%) 2,477 4.89%
Maj Majority (10.46%) 5,294 10.46%
Turn Turnout (66.69%) 50,628 66.69%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Andrew Murrison
Conservative hold
UK Charles Booth-Jones 1,261 2.49%
L Sarah Cardy 10,847 21.42%
G Bob Gledhill 1,216 2.40%
C Andrew Murrison 21,299 42.07%
LD David Vigar 16,005 31.61%
Candidates representing 5 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
David Faber
Conservative
Con Conservative (40.59%) 23,037 40.59%
Lab Labour (21.09%) 11,969 21.09%
LD Liberal Democrat (29.90%) 16,969 29.90%
Ref Referendum (3.36%) 1,909 3.36%
Oth Other (5.05%) 2,867 5.05%
Maj Majority (10.69%) 6,068 10.69%
Turn Turnout (76.38%) 56,751 76.38%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (52.20%) 31,821 52.20%
Lab Labour (10.60%) 6,457 10.60%
LD Liberal Democrat (33.90%) 20,668 33.90%
Oth Other (3.20%) 1,957 3.20%
Maj Majority (18.30%) 11,153 18.30%
Turn Turnout (81.76%) 60,903 81.76%

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