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Readers Poll Con 52% Lab 28% LD 18% Nat 2% Enter your vote to win 1M

Worthing East & Shoreham
Conservative hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
This West Sussex seat, created in 1997, contains only the four easternmost wards of Worthing, a seaside resort known for its flat and featureless front and its high proportion of pensioners. The bulk of the population and electorate (over 46,000 in 1997) is made up of the local government district of Adur, first in the alphabet of English local government. Adur includes Shoreham with its large working harbour, and Southwick, both on the way to Hove and Brighton, and Lancing just behind the coast. It has been a strong area for the Liberal Democrats for many years, and even in 1997 in the county council elections which took place on the same day as the general election they more or less tied with the Conservatives in total vote, and yet long term (1986-95) council leader Martin King was 10pc behind the Tory victor Tim Loughton. This cannot be accounted for just by the four Worthing wards, half of which were won by the Lib Dems anyway when last fought (May 2000). The voters here must split their ticket, genuinely believing that their interests are best represented by supporting the LDs at local government level, and the Tories in national contests. Perhaps there are subscribers to the theory of the wasted vote.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Tim Loughton, an Environment spokesman, was elected in 1997. A right-wing partisan pursuer of Geoffrey Robinson and critic of Labour's treatment of General Pinochet, he was born 1962, educated at Priory School, Lewes, Warwick University and Clare College, Cambridge. He worked for Fleming Asset Management, and boasts a record of vocal opposition to a single currency. He scored an own goal in March this year with an injudicious headlined reference to William Hague as a "baldy with a funny accent".
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 14.12% 14.99% 94.14
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 9.10% 2.49% 366.06
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 0.50% 4.43% 11.40
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 3.67% 7.27% 50.42
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.30% 2.56% 11.60
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.48% 2.04% 23.43
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 3.09% 3.94% 78.47
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 23.55% 13.04% 180.59
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 14.40% 12.70% 113.34
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 16.27% 8.14% 199.78
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 4.75% 4.02% 118.07
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 5.23% 3.19% 164.14
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 3.59% 11.31% 31.70
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.56% 3.06% 18.28
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 0.18% 2.52% 7.14
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.23% 0.06% 363.44
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 8.86% 9.41% 94.14
5-10K 16.71% 16.63% 100.45
10-15K 17.17% 16.58% 103.59
15-20K 14.23% 13.58% 104.74
20-25K 10.87% 10.39% 104.58
25-30K 8.05% 7.77% 103.60
30-35K 5.91% 5.79% 102.10
35-40K 4.35% 4.33% 100.29
40-45K 3.21% 3.27% 98.33
45-50K 2.39% 2.48% 96.28
50-55K 1.79% 1.90% 94.23
55-60K 1.36% 1.47% 92.20
60-65K 1.04% 1.15% 90.22
65-70K 0.80% 0.91% 88.31
70-75K 0.62% 0.72% 86.48
75-80K 0.49% 0.57% 84.72
80-85K 0.38% 0.46% 83.05
85-90K 0.31% 0.37% 81.45
90-95K 0.24% 0.31% 79.93
95-100K 0.20% 0.25% 78.48
100K + 0.95% 1.34% 70.68

Local Map of the constituency
Worthing East & Shoreham - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Worthing East & Shoreham - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (10.62%)
Conservative (- 10.94%) Liberal Democrat (-  3.13%)
Conservative (2.75%) Labour (5.03%)
Liberal Democrat (-  7.64%)
Con - 10.94%
Lab 10.62%
LD - 3.13%
Con 2.75%
Lab 5.03%
LD - 7.64%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Tim Loughton
Conservative hold
Con Conservative (43.21%) 18,608 43.21%
Lab Labour (28.95%) 12,469 28.95%
LD Liberal Democrat (22.93%) 9,876 22.93%
Oth Other (4.91%) 2,115 4.91%
Maj Majority (14.25%) 6,139 14.25%
Turn Turnout (59.91%) 43,068 59.91%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Tim Loughton
Conservative hold
LCA Christopher Baldwin 920 2.14%
LD Paul Elgood 9,876 22.93%
C Tim Loughton 18,608 43.21%
UK Jim McCulloch 1,195 2.77%
L Daniel Yates 12,469 28.95%
Candidates representing 5 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Tim Loughton
Conservative
Con Conservative (40.46%) 20,864 40.46%
Lab Labour (23.92%) 12,335 23.92%
LD Liberal Democrat (30.57%) 15,766 30.57%
Ref Referendum (3.26%) 1,683 3.26%
Oth Other (1.79%) 921 1.79%
Maj Majority (9.89%) 5,098 9.89%
Turn Turnout (72.87%) 51,569 72.87%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (51.40%) 28,824 51.40%
Lab Labour (13.30%) 7,476 13.30%
LD Liberal Democrat (33.70%) 18,919 33.70%
Oth Other (1.60%) 909 1.60%
Maj Majority (17.60%) 9,905 17.60%
Turn Turnout (78.07%) 56,128 78.07%

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