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Witney
Conservative hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Witney will almost certainly have a new MP after the next general election, but it may not technically represent a change from the last General Election. The reason is that the Conservative MP elected then, Shaun Woodward, defected to Labour in 1999, but he is not attempting to fight this seat again. The likely winner is another new Conservative, David Cameron, who is more likely both to retain his allegiance and to serve more than one term for this solidly Tory part of West Oxfordshire.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
David Cameron, selected to replace the floor-crossing Shaun Woodward, is like the defector, a former party staffer, who was at Central Office for four years up to the 1992 election and a Treasury and Home Office adviser 1992-94, and thereafter Head of Corporate Affairs at Carlton Television. Born 1966, he is a rare Old Etonian (one of only four selected as replacements for MPs in 25 safe Tory seats) who then proceeded to Brasenose College, Oxford. Effortlessly smooth, he was expected to win at Stafford in 1997 (where he opposed the single currency and further European integration), but fell victim to the Labour flood. His great-great-grandfather, and his great-grandfather, were successively Conservative MPs for Newbury between 1885 and 1922.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 29.83% 14.99% 198.93
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 3.36% 2.13% 157.90
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.64% 2.49% 25.63
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 13.14% 4.43% 296.95
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 13.71% 7.27% 188.49
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.48% 2.56% 18.56
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.83% 2.04% 40.82
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.00% 3.94% 0.00
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 19.10% 13.04% 146.52
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 2.51% 12.70% 19.78
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 9.54% 8.14% 117.12
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 2.00% 4.02% 49.81
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 1.91% 3.19% 59.93
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 2.84% 11.31% 25.13
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.05% 3.06% 1.76
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 0.06% 0.06% 89.29
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 5.26% 9.41% 55.87
5-10K 11.85% 16.63% 71.24
10-15K 14.34% 16.58% 86.50
15-20K 13.54% 13.58% 99.72
20-25K 11.48% 10.39% 110.49
25-30K 9.25% 7.77% 119.00
30-35K 7.27% 5.79% 125.60
35-40K 5.66% 4.33% 130.62
40-45K 4.39% 3.27% 134.40
45-50K 3.41% 2.48% 137.19
50-55K 2.65% 1.90% 139.21
55-60K 2.07% 1.47% 140.62
60-65K 1.63% 1.15% 141.58
65-70K 1.29% 0.91% 142.17
70-75K 1.02% 0.72% 142.49
75-80K 0.82% 0.57% 142.59
80-85K 0.66% 0.46% 142.53
85-90K 0.53% 0.37% 142.35
90-95K 0.43% 0.31% 142.07
95-100K 0.35% 0.25% 141.72
100K + 1.86% 1.34% 138.43

Local Map of the constituency
Witney - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Witney - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (12.49%)
Conservative (- 14.75%) Liberal Democrat (-  2.64%)
Conservative (1.97%) Liberal Democrat (0.46%)
Labour (-  1.77%)
Con - 14.75%
Lab 12.49%
LD - 2.64%
Con 1.97%
Lab - 1.77%
LD 0.46%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
David Cameron
Conservative hold
Con Conservative (45.02%) 22,153 45.02%
Lab Labour (28.82%) 14,180 28.82%
LD Liberal Democrat (20.32%) 10,000 20.32%
Oth Other (5.83%) 2,870 5.83%
Maj Majority (16.20%) 7,973 16.20%
Turn Turnout (65.93%) 49,203 65.93%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
David Cameron
Conservative hold
L Michael Bartlet 14,180 28.82%
I Barry Beadle 1,003 2.04%
C David Cameron 22,153 45.02%
UK Kenneth Dukes 767 1.56%
LD Gareth Epps 10,000 20.32%
G Mark Stevenson 1,100 2.24%
Candidates representing 6 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Shaun Woodward
Conservative
Con Conservative (43.05%) 24,282 43.05%
Lab Labour (30.59%) 17,254 30.59%
LD Liberal Democrat (19.86%) 11,202 19.86%
Ref Referendum (4.01%) 2,262 4.01%
Oth Other (2.48%) 1,401 2.48%
Maj Majority (12.46%) 7,028 12.46%
Turn Turnout (76.72%) 56,401 76.72%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (57.80%) 33,743 57.80%
Lab Labour (18.10%) 10,582 18.10%
LD Liberal Democrat (22.50%) 13,150 22.50%
Oth Other (1.50%) 895 1.50%
Maj Majority (35.30%) 20,593 35.30%
Turn Turnout (83.69%) 58,370 83.69%

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