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

Weston-Super-Mare
Liberal Democrat hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
The Liberal Democrats swept away many Tory seats in the South West of England in 1997. One of the less likely was Weston super Mare, and this may well prove a one-off, especially given the failure of the party to repeat that success in European or North Somerset unitary authority elections, both in 1999. The Conservatives polled 37 pc in the 13 wards which make up the seat then to The Lib Dems' 26 pc, an ominous sign as the latter almost always do better in local contests than in general elections, and the second worst showing in any LD held marginal against Tory challengers. Labour's vote does not look like being squeezed - they have nine councillors in Weston itself and 24 pc of the vote there in 1999 - and it would be a major surprise if John Penrose did not win this seat at least back for the Conservatives next time.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Brian Cotter, a small plastics manufacturer born 1938 and educated at Benedictine public schools (including Downside), won the seat in 1997. An oval-faced, beaky, de Gaulle-without-the-height look-alike, with thinning hair draped across a balding pate, he has hit few headlines as his party's spokesman on - inevitably as owner of one - small businesses, and as an internet buff. The Conservative's candidate, John Penrose, born 1964, the son of schoolteachers, is in academic publishing, though originally was a merchant banker with J P Morgan and a management consultant with McKinsey's. Educated at Ipswich School, Downing College, Cambridge and Columbia University, New York (where he obtained an MBA), he has produced Bow Group papers on constituency reform, party modernisation, reforming Europe, and women MPs. Though London-based, his wife is from a West Country farming family, steeplechases, hunts, and is a keen supporter of the Countryside Alliance.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 21.24% 14.99% 141.68
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.41% 2.13% 19.34
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 10.30% 2.49% 414.14
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 7.16% 4.43% 161.85
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 3.61% 7.27% 49.58
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.05% 2.56% 1.91
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 9.33% 3.94% 236.61
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 20.13% 13.04% 154.37
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 2.76% 12.70% 21.76
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 11.16% 8.14% 137.08
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 2.24% 4.02% 55.66
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 1.90% 3.19% 59.69
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 6.52% 11.31% 57.65
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 1.03% 3.06% 33.67
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 2.15% 2.52% 85.40
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.00% 0.06% 6.53
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 9.57% 9.41% 101.64
5-10K 17.11% 16.63% 102.90
10-15K 17.17% 16.58% 103.54
15-20K 14.05% 13.58% 103.47
20-25K 10.67% 10.39% 102.68
25-30K 7.88% 7.77% 101.30
30-35K 5.76% 5.79% 99.51
35-40K 4.22% 4.33% 97.46
40-45K 3.11% 3.27% 95.27
45-50K 2.31% 2.48% 93.03
50-55K 1.73% 1.90% 90.79
55-60K 1.31% 1.47% 88.60
60-65K 1.00% 1.15% 86.48
65-70K 0.77% 0.91% 84.45
70-75K 0.59% 0.72% 82.51
75-80K 0.46% 0.57% 80.66
80-85K 0.36% 0.46% 78.90
85-90K 0.29% 0.37% 77.23
90-95K 0.23% 0.31% 75.65
95-100K 0.19% 0.25% 74.14
100K + 0.89% 1.34% 66.04

Local Map of the constituency
Weston-Super-Mare - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Weston-Super-Mare - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (6.50%) Liberal Democrat (1.61%)
Conservative (- 10.38%)
Conservative (1.03%) Labour (1.88%)
Liberal Democrat (-  0.64%)
Con - 10.38%
Lab 6.50%
LD 1.61%
Con 1.03%
Lab 1.88%
LD - 0.64%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Brian Cotter
Liberal Democrat hold
Con Conservative (38.74%) 18,086 38.74%
Lab Labour (19.78%) 9,235 19.78%
LD Liberal Democrat (39.47%) 18,424 39.47%
Oth Other (2.00%) 935 2.00%
Maj Majority (0.72%) 338 0.72%
Turn Turnout (62.79%) 46,680 62.79%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Brian Cotter
Liberal Democrat hold
LD Brian Cotter 18,424 39.47%
L Derek Kraft 9,235 19.78%
UK Bill Lukin 650 1.39%
C John Penrose 18,086 38.74%
Ind Pev John Peverelle 206 0.44%
Ind Sib Richard Sibley 79 0.17%
Candidates representing 6 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Brian Cotter
Liberal Democrat gain
Con Conservative (37.72%) 20,133 37.72%
Lab Labour (17.90%) 9,557 17.90%
LD Liberal Democrat (40.11%) 21,407 40.11%
Ref Referendum (4.27%) 2,280 4.27%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (2.39%) 1,274 2.39%
Turn Turnout (73.68%) 53,377 73.68%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (48.10%) 27,063 48.10%
Lab Labour (11.40%) 6,420 11.40%
LD Liberal Democrat (38.50%) 21,691 38.50%
Oth Other (2.00%) 1,131 2.00%
Maj Majority (9.50%) 5,372 9.50%
Turn Turnout (79.47%) 56,305 79.47%

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