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Woodspring
Conservative hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
One West Country seat which was not even seriously threatened by the Liberal Democrats in 1997 was Woodspring, formerly in Somerset, then in Avon, and now in North Somerset unitary authority. This seat includes Clevedon, Nailsea, Portishead and the Gordano valley, all of which are regarded as desirable residential areas within striking distance of Bristol, reaching almost to the Clifton suspension bridge. This is an extension of the fashionable side of the city. This is not a truly rural seat, and has far more suburban characteristics. It is the safest Tory seat for several dozen miles in any direction. Labour, far from being squeezed, increased their share in 1997; local elections suggest that their greatest strength is in the largest town, Clevedon. There is of course no town called Woodspring, and the name is in line to be abolished in the next boundary review, and a Somerset North seat will re-appear; but that will not happen for at least two and maybe three more elections. Dr Liam Fox must be the favourite to see Woodspring's life out.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Dr Liam Fox, Shadow Health Secretary, is a Scottish-born (1961) GP, educated at St Bride's (RC) High School, East Kilbride and Glasgow University, who relocated to England after losing at Roxburgh & Berwickshire in 1987, and won Woodspring in 1992. A self-confessed child of Thatcher, because "Thatcherism is the only Conservatism that people of my age have ever known", he voted for Howard in 1997 and as an ex-pat Scot was given the job of opposing Scottish devolution from the safety of the Bristol green belt. His Catholicism is reflected in his intemperate call in January 2001 for "huge restriction, if not abolition, of the current abortion law."
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 44.16% 14.99% 294.50
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 2.18% 2.49% 87.54
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 9.73% 4.43% 219.99
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 10.41% 7.27% 143.07
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 1.65% 2.56% 64.25
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.05% 2.04% 2.36
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.00% 3.94% 0.00
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 22.50% 13.04% 172.57
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 2.07% 12.70% 16.27
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 4.74% 8.14% 58.25
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.42% 4.02% 10.47
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 0.78% 3.19% 24.45
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 1.23% 11.31% 10.88
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.09% 3.06% 2.87
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 6.12% 9.41% 65.05
5-10K 12.49% 16.63% 75.08
10-15K 14.29% 16.58% 86.19
15-20K 13.10% 13.58% 96.41
20-25K 10.94% 10.39% 105.24
25-30K 8.76% 7.77% 112.68
30-35K 6.89% 5.79% 118.87
35-40K 5.37% 4.33% 124.01
40-45K 4.19% 3.27% 128.25
45-50K 3.27% 2.48% 131.76
50-55K 2.56% 1.90% 134.67
55-60K 2.02% 1.47% 137.08
60-65K 1.60% 1.15% 139.09
65-70K 1.28% 0.91% 140.76
70-75K 1.02% 0.72% 142.17
75-80K 0.82% 0.57% 143.34
80-85K 0.67% 0.46% 144.33
85-90K 0.54% 0.37% 145.16
90-95K 0.45% 0.31% 145.87
95-100K 0.37% 0.25% 146.46
100K + 1.99% 1.34% 148.38

Local Map of the constituency
Woodspring - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Woodspring - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (8.31%)
Conservative (-  8.83%) Liberal Democrat (-  1.31%)
Labour (4.92%)
Conservative (-  0.79%) Liberal Democrat (-  6.15%)
Con - 8.83%
Lab 8.31%
LD - 1.31%
Con - 0.79%
Lab 4.92%
LD - 6.15%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Liam Fox
Conservative hold
Con Conservative (43.68%) 21,297 43.68%
Lab Labour (25.63%) 12,499 25.63%
LD Liberal Democrat (24.23%) 11,816 24.23%
Oth Other (6.45%) 3,146 6.45%
Maj Majority (18.04%) 8,798 18.04%
Turn Turnout (68.65%) 48,758 68.65%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Liam Fox
Conservative hold
UK Fraser Crean 452 0.93%
LD Colin Eldridge 11,816 24.23%
C Liam Fox 21,297 43.68%
G Richard Lawson 1,282 2.63%
I David Shopland 1,412 2.90%
L Chanel Stevens 12,499 25.63%
Candidates representing 6 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Liam Fox
Conservative
Con Conservative (44.47%) 24,425 44.47%
Lab Labour (20.71%) 11,377 20.71%
LD Liberal Democrat (30.39%) 16,691 30.39%
Ref Referendum (2.94%) 1,614 2.94%
Oth Other (1.49%) 820 1.49%
Maj Majority (14.08%) 7,734 14.08%
Turn Turnout (78.51%) 54,927 78.51%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (53.30%) 29,529 53.30%
Lab Labour (12.40%) 6,863 12.40%
LD Liberal Democrat (31.70%) 17,523 31.70%
Oth Other (2.60%) 1,445 2.60%
Maj Majority (21.70%) 12,006 21.70%
Turn Turnout (80.52%) 55,360 80.52%

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