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Blaby
Conservative hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
The seat associated from 1974 to 1992 with Mrs Thatcher's Chancellor of the Exchequer Nigel Lawson is one of several centred on the suburbs of Leicester, which is a much bigger place than often credited when its satellites outside the formal boundaries are taken into account. Here are to be found Blaby itself, a number of other suburban areas, and some miles of countryside as far as the small town of Lutterworth. This is everything that the seats within Leicester are not: almost all white, owner occupied, middle class, and safely Tory at all levels, giving Andrew Robathan a 6,000 majority even after the standard double figure swing to Labour in 1997.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Andrew Robathan, born 1951, public school and Oxford (Merchant Taylor's and Oriel) - educated and a former Guards officer, won this seat in 1992. A contributor to the ‘Bearing the Standard' call in 1991 for social cohesion, but with private health,welfare and prisons, he was a Redwood-supporting Eurosceptic, an opponent of the politically correct inclusion of women in combative Army roles, and speaks against homosexual sex at sixteen by evoking Oscar Wilde's penchant for under-aged boys. A cycling environmentalist, he also urges defence of the threatened water vole (‘Ratty' in ‘Wind in the Willows') from its predator, the feral mink.

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ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 22.79% 14.99% 152.03
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.05% 2.49% 1.91
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 13.34% 4.43% 301.53
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 26.97% 7.27% 370.85
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.12% 2.56% 4.51
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.05% 3.94% 1.21
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 15.06% 13.04% 115.47
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 14.44% 12.70% 113.69
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 5.76% 8.14% 70.69
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.34% 4.02% 8.41
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 1.06% 3.19% 33.15
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 0.00% 11.31% 0.00
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.03% 3.06% 0.92
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 0.00% 0.06% 0.00
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
£0-5K 6.27% 9.41% 66.65
£5-10K 13.67% 16.63% 82.18
£10-15K 15.70% 16.58% 94.72
£15-20K 14.13% 13.58% 104.04
£20-25K 11.49% 10.39% 110.52
£25-30K 8.92% 7.77% 114.78
£30-35K 6.80% 5.79% 117.37
£35-40K 5.14% 4.33% 118.74
£40-45K 3.89% 3.27% 119.23
£45-50K 2.96% 2.48% 119.10
£50-55K 2.26% 1.90% 118.54
£55-60K 1.74% 1.47% 117.68
£60-65K 1.34% 1.15% 116.64
£65-70K 1.05% 0.91% 115.48
£70-75K 0.82% 0.72% 114.26
£75-80K 0.65% 0.57% 113.01
£80-85K 0.52% 0.46% 111.76
£85-90K 0.41% 0.37% 110.52
£90-95K 0.33% 0.31% 109.33
£95-100K 0.27% 0.25% 108.17
£100K + 1.37% 1.34% 102.03

Local Map of the constituency
Blaby - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Blaby - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (11.95%)
Conservative (- 10.97%) Liberal Democrat (-  5.17%)
Conservative (0.56%) Liberal Democrat (2.46%)
Labour (-  0.39%)
Con - 10.97%
Lab 11.95%
LD - 5.17%
Con 0.56%
Lab - 0.39%
LD 2.46%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Andrew Robathan
Conservative hold
Con Conservative (46.40%) 22,104 46.40%
Lab Labour (33.36%) 15,895 33.36%
LD Liberal Democrat (17.39%) 8,286 17.39%
Oth Other (2.85%) 1,357 2.85%
Maj Majority (13.03%) 6,209 13.03%
Turn Turnout (64.46%) 47,642 64.46%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Andrew Robathan
Conservative hold
L David Morgan 15,895 33.36%
C Andrew Robathan 22,104 46.40%
BNP Edward Scott 1,357 2.85%
LD Geoff Welsh 8,286 17.39%
Candidates representing 4 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Andrew Robathan
Conservative
Con Conservative (45.83%) 24,564 45.83%
Lab Labour (33.75%) 18,090 33.75%
LD Liberal Democrat (14.93%) 8,001 14.93%
Ref Referendum (3.77%) 2,018 3.77%
Oth Other (1.72%) 920 1.72%
Maj Majority (12.08%) 6,474 12.08%
Turn Turnout (76.05%) 53,593 76.05%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (56.80%) 31,882 56.80%
Lab Labour (21.80%) 12,213 21.80%
LD Liberal Democrat (20.10%) 11,261 20.10%
Oth Other (1.40%) 781 1.40%
Maj Majority (35.00%) 19,669 35.00%
Turn Turnout (83.49%) 56,137 83.49%

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