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

Westmorland & Lonsdale
Conservative hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
The southern Lakes saw a larger than average drop in Conservative support in 1997, and both the Liberal Democrats and Labour advanced; if there had been more tactical voting, presumably in favour of the Lib Dems, the seat would have looked marginal for the first time in living memory. It is hard to imagine that this result was not generated to some extent by the retirement after 33 years of the popular bluff figure of an old-fashioned Tory, Sir Michael Jopling, Mrs Thatcher's Agriculture Secretary for some years, and his replacement by a young unmarried apparatchik from Central Office with allegations of central imposition by a frustrated would be and more local candidate, Peter Thurnham, MP for Bolton NE, who promptly defected to the Liberal Democrats. This is indeed a bucolic seat, celebrated by poets such as Wordsworth and Coleridge, and the mecca for visitors from all over the world to see scenery recognised very early on as romantic and attractive. The tourist industry has temporarily been hard hid by the foot and mouth epidemic, at its very worst in the county of Cumbria. Tim Collins may well do better next time, unless the Liberal Democrats, who are the largest party on South Lakeland council, can continue their advance and squeeze the Labour vote, which is confined largely to the largest town, Kendal.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Tom Collins, a Tory Vice Chairman, is living proof of the existence of the "professional politician", the man who has never done anything else in his working life. Born 1964, son of a Tory-voting farmer and local Tory Association Chairman mother, he attended Chigwell School and King's College London, and went, at 22, straight into Central Office, advised Michael Howard (against the minimum wage), was Major's press secretary during the 1992 election, ran the Party's PR for three years and served in the No. 10 Policy Unit. With slight hints of an estuarial accent, with the obsessive politico's beady-eyed partisan glint and an allegedly restricted cultural hinterland, he has been described as "Harry Enfield playing a computer nerd".
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 9.85% 14.99% 65.70
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 27.16% 2.13% 1,277.54
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 8.26% 2.49% 332.33
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 0.00% 4.43% 0.00
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 5.53% 7.27% 76.06
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.00% 2.56% 0.00
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 1.43% 3.94% 36.19
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 16.47% 13.04% 126.30
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 7.86% 12.70% 61.90
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 12.75% 8.14% 156.63
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 5.23% 4.02% 129.97
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 2.20% 3.19% 69.15
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 3.17% 11.31% 28.05
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.03% 3.06% 1.04
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 0.04% 0.06% 71.26
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 8.20% 9.41% 87.09
5-10K 16.53% 16.63% 99.36
10-15K 17.55% 16.58% 105.89
15-20K 14.72% 13.58% 108.37
20-25K 11.24% 10.39% 108.19
25-30K 8.27% 7.77% 106.36
30-35K 6.00% 5.79% 103.57
35-40K 4.34% 4.33% 100.26
40-45K 3.16% 3.27% 96.71
45-50K 2.31% 2.48% 93.10
50-55K 1.71% 1.90% 89.53
55-60K 1.27% 1.47% 86.07
60-65K 0.95% 1.15% 82.75
65-70K 0.72% 0.91% 79.60
70-75K 0.55% 0.72% 76.62
75-80K 0.42% 0.57% 73.80
80-85K 0.33% 0.46% 71.15
85-90K 0.26% 0.37% 68.66
90-95K 0.20% 0.31% 66.32
95-100K 0.16% 0.25% 64.11
100K + 0.71% 1.34% 52.93

Local Map of the constituency
Westmorland & Lonsdale - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Westmorland & Lonsdale - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (5.48%) Liberal Democrat (5.86%)
Conservative (- 14.64%)
Conservative (31.46%)
Labour (-  3.43%) Liberal Democrat (- 27.00%)
Con - 14.64%
Lab 5.48%
LD 5.86%
Con 31.46%
Lab - 3.43%
LD - 27.00%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Tim Collins
Conservative hold
Con Conservative (73.72%) 22,486 73.72%
Lab Labour (17.16%) 5,234 17.16%
LD Liberal Democrat (6.36%) 1,939 6.36%
Oth Other (2.77%) 844 2.77%
Maj Majority (56.56%) 17,252 56.56%
Turn Turnout (43.18%) 30,503 43.18%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Tim Collins
Conservative hold
L John Bateson 5,234 17.16%
I Tim Bell 292 0.96%
C Tim Collins 22,486 73.72%
LD Tim Farron 1,939 6.36%
UK Robert Gibson 552 1.81%
Candidates representing 5 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Tim Collins
Conservative
Con Conservative (42.26%) 21,470 42.26%
Lab Labour (20.58%) 10,459 20.58%
LD Liberal Democrat (33.36%) 16,949 33.36%
Ref Referendum (3.80%) 1,931 3.80%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (8.90%) 4,521 8.90%
Turn Turnout (74.29%) 50,809 74.29%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (56.90%) 29,775 56.90%
Lab Labour (15.10%) 7,898 15.10%
LD Liberal Democrat (27.50%) 14,381 27.50%
Oth Other (0.50%) 273 0.50%
Maj Majority (29.40%) 15,394 29.40%
Turn Turnout (77.50%) 52,327 77.50%

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