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Woking
Conservative hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Woking is the largest town in Surrey, with a population of 84,000 in the last Census, including as the borough and the constituency do surrounding communities like Byfleet and Sheerwater. It is large enough for internal disparities to be identified. Central and Maybury ward was one third non-white as self-ascribed in the 1991 Census , three times as high as any other in the county of Surrey. Goldsworth Park grew rapidly with private housing construction in the 1980s. The Conservatives do best in Horsell and Pyrford wards, and in West Byfleet. Sheerwater is a council estate Labour stronghold. Yet in 1997 a strange result occurred which demands a different kind of analysis. The new Conservative candidate Humfrey Malins suffered a loss of share compared with 1992 of over 20pc, exceeded only in two places: Tatton, where Neil Hamilton face the Independent candidature of Martin Bell, and Gordon, where the notion for 1992 was probably wrongly calculated. The plummet in Woking seems due to the 6,142 votes (12pc of the total) polled between them by an Independent Conservative and the Referendum party. This unfortunate conjunction is unlikely to be in Malins's stars again, and his fate may be forecast as an increased majority. He was lucky in one sense: both Liberal Democrats and Labour have strong bases here, and between them they divided the other-than-gadfly opposition in 1997 and are likely to do so again.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Humfrey Malins was returned as MP for this seat in 1997 having earlier been MP for Croydon NW (1983-92). A solicitor-risen-to-Recorder, born 1945, he attended the churchy minor public school, St John's, Leatherhead, and Brasenose College, Oxford. A socially-conscious One Nation Tory, he relocated rightwards to vote for Hague in 1997, and as founder of the Immigration Advisory Service, seeks to address the problem without recourse to a Dutch-auction on asylum seeker expulsion, and is also concerned at the link between drug dependence and crime.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 41.87% 14.99% 279.25
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 1.05% 2.49% 42.11
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 5.80% 4.43% 131.07
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 9.84% 7.27% 135.34
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 4.86% 2.56% 189.57
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 3.11% 2.04% 152.49
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.82% 3.94% 20.81
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 8.06% 13.04% 61.79
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 5.50% 12.70% 43.34
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 6.27% 8.14% 77.00
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.72% 4.02% 17.81
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 1.44% 3.19% 45.17
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 8.19% 11.31% 72.38
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.41% 3.06% 13.35
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 0.00% 2.52% 0.00
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 1.89% 2.10% 90.04
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.17% 0.06% 273.98
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 4.40% 9.41% 46.76
5-10K 9.36% 16.63% 56.28
10-15K 11.70% 16.58% 70.54
15-20K 11.72% 13.58% 86.31
20-25K 10.62% 10.39% 102.19
25-30K 9.14% 7.77% 117.54
30-35K 7.65% 5.79% 132.03
35-40K 6.30% 4.33% 145.52
40-45K 5.16% 3.27% 157.94
45-50K 4.20% 2.48% 169.31
50-55K 3.42% 1.90% 179.67
55-60K 2.79% 1.47% 189.09
60-65K 2.28% 1.15% 197.63
65-70K 1.86% 0.91% 205.35
70-75K 1.53% 0.72% 212.34
75-80K 1.26% 0.57% 218.64
80-85K 1.04% 0.46% 224.33
85-90K 0.86% 0.37% 229.46
90-95K 0.71% 0.31% 234.08
95-100K 0.60% 0.25% 238.25
100K + 3.41% 1.34% 253.76

Local Map of the constituency
Woking - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Woking - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (7.61%) Liberal Democrat (0.15%)
Conservative (- 20.70%)
Conservative (7.62%) Liberal Democrat (3.02%)
Labour (-  0.70%)
Con - 20.70%
Lab 7.61%
LD 0.15%
Con 7.62%
Lab - 0.70%
LD 3.02%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Humfrey Malins
Conservative hold
Con Conservative (46.02%) 19,747 46.02%
Lab Labour (20.31%) 8,714 20.31%
LD Liberal Democrat (30.27%) 12,988 30.27%
Oth Other (3.40%) 1,461 3.40%
Maj Majority (15.75%) 6,759 15.75%
Turn Turnout (60.30%) 42,910 60.30%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Humfrey Malins
Conservative hold
UK Michael Harvey 1,461 3.40%
LD Alan Hilliar 12,988 30.27%
L Sabir Hussain 8,714 20.31%
C Humfrey Malins 19,747 46.02%
Candidates representing 4 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Humphrey Malins
Conservative
Con Conservative (38.40%) 19,553 38.40%
Lab Labour (21.01%) 10,695 21.01%
LD Liberal Democrat (27.25%) 13,875 27.25%
Ref Referendum (4.34%) 2,209 4.34%
Oth Other (9.00%) 4,582 9.00%
Maj Majority (11.15%) 5,678 11.15%
Turn Turnout (72.68%) 50,914 72.68%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (59.10%) 32,718 59.10%
Lab Labour (13.40%) 7,398 13.40%
LD Liberal Democrat (27.10%) 14,987 27.10%
Oth Other (0.50%) 257 0.50%
Maj Majority (32.00%) 17,731 32.00%
Turn Turnout (79.86%) 55,360 79.86%

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