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Wokingham
Conservative hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
John Redwood is well nigh certain to win again in Wokingham, despite the opposition of the first competitor to be selected for the Sydney Olympics of 2000, Matthew Syed the British and Commonwealth table tennis number one - who is unlikely to finish higher than the bronze medal spot for Labour here, whatever spin he imparts to his campaign. Syed is at least a local candidate, in that he was brought up in the greatly expanded suburb of Earley, one of the many places in this area where property prices and job opportunities have boomed for quite a few years now. This process seems to be continuing apace, and there are complaints that it is difficult for those in vital but less well paid jobs (nurses, primary school teachers, fire-fighters) to find anywhere affordable to live. This is the kind of problem that will scarcely threaten John Redwood's position in one of the most prosperous and modern of seats.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
John Redwood was discarded by William Hague in 2000, after being embraced by Kenneth Clarke in 1997 in a pact likened to the Molotov-Ribbentrop arrangement of 1939. This despite Clarke's earlier claim that with Redwood's brand of "extreme right-wing simplistic ideology" the party would be out of power for a 1,000 years. An intellectual loner, born (1951) as the only child of lower middle class parents, he attended Kent College, Canterbury and Magdalen College and St Anthony's College, Oxford, and acquired a Fellowship of All Soul's. Initially a Rothschild's banker, he headed Margaret Thatcher's No. 10 Policy Unit from 1983 to 1985. With his relationship with Hague already troubled by his pact with Clarke in 1997, things could not have been helped by the revelation that he saw Hague as a man of "trainspotting vacuity overlaid by the gloss of management theory". Routinely described as "half-human, half-Vulcan" he is, as evidenced in his pact with Clarke, a pragmatic professional politician, and could well yet end up as Chancellor in a Clarke government, so long as the Conservative Party doesn't mind its prime ministers being in their late 60s. His rendition as Welsh Secretary of the Welsh national anthem - "My hen wagged a glad eye" - did not impress them in Treorchy.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 38.52% 14.99% 256.90
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 1.83% 2.49% 73.63
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 36.08% 4.43% 815.36
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 7.29% 7.27% 100.19
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 1.48% 2.56% 57.73
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 1.60% 2.04% 78.16
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.18% 3.94% 4.63
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 8.53% 13.04% 65.38
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 0.14% 12.70% 1.07
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 2.25% 8.14% 27.66
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.00% 4.02% 0.00
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 0.21% 3.19% 6.54
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 1.84% 11.31% 16.24
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.02% 3.06% 0.63
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 0.05% 0.06% 74.05
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 2.86% 9.41% 30.35
5-10K 6.99% 16.63% 42.00
10-15K 9.76% 16.58% 58.90
15-20K 10.66% 13.58% 78.47
20-25K 10.30% 10.39% 99.10
25-30K 9.31% 7.77% 119.78
30-35K 8.10% 5.79% 139.86
35-40K 6.89% 4.33% 158.95
40-45K 5.77% 3.27% 176.85
45-50K 4.80% 2.48% 193.48
50-55K 3.98% 1.90% 208.82
55-60K 3.29% 1.47% 222.91
60-65K 2.72% 1.15% 235.82
65-70K 2.24% 0.91% 247.62
70-75K 1.86% 0.72% 258.40
75-80K 1.54% 0.57% 268.23
80-85K 1.28% 0.46% 277.20
85-90K 1.07% 0.37% 285.38
90-95K 0.89% 0.31% 292.84
95-100K 0.75% 0.25% 299.66
100K + 4.41% 1.34% 328.47

Local Map of the constituency
Wokingham - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Wokingham - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (5.51%) Liberal Democrat (5.77%)
Conservative (- 11.64%)
Labour (0.60%) Liberal Democrat (1.06%)
Conservative (-  3.96%)
Con - 11.64%
Lab 5.51%
LD 5.77%
Con - 3.96%
Lab 0.60%
LD 1.06%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
John Redwood
Conservative hold
Con Conservative (46.10%) 20,216 46.10%
Lab Labour (17.41%) 7,633 17.41%
LD Liberal Democrat (32.43%) 14,222 32.43%
Oth Other (4.05%) 1,777 4.05%
Maj Majority (13.67%) 5,994 13.67%
Turn Turnout (64.08%) 43,848 64.08%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
John Redwood
Conservative hold
UK Franklin Carstairs 897 2.05%
LD Royce Longton 14,222 32.43%
MR Peter "Top Cat" Owen 880 2.01%
C John Redwood 20,216 46.10%
L Matthew Syed 7,633 17.41%
Candidates representing 5 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
John Redwood
Conservative
Con Conservative (50.06%) 25,086 50.06%
Lab Labour (16.81%) 8,424 16.81%
LD Liberal Democrat (31.37%) 15,721 31.37%
Ref 0 0.00%
Oth Other (1.75%) 877 1.75%
Maj Majority (18.69%) 9,365 18.69%
Turn Turnout (75.74%) 50,108 75.74%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (61.70%) 32,692 61.70%
Lab Labour (11.30%) 5,987 11.30%
LD Liberal Democrat (25.60%) 13,575 25.60%
Oth Other (1.30%) 701 1.30%
Maj Majority (36.10%) 19,117 36.10%
Turn Turnout (80.05%) 52,955 80.05%

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