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Worthing West
Conservative hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
The safer of the two Worthing seats, probably because it has more of Worthing in it, this south coast seat provided a refuge for a valuable if somewhat eccentric member of the Commons in 1997, when he recognised that his Eltham seat could not survive a Labour surge. This seat may well contain the most pensioners and therefore count as the most elderly (and therefore the most female) of any in the UK. Peter Bottomley can probably rely on the "Golden Girls" of Worthing by the true blue English Channel to secure his seventh parliamentary victory.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Peter Bottomley chicken-ran here in 1997 from Labour-threatened Eltham (which he had represented, originally as Woolwich West, since 1975). His short, three-year ministerial career in the late 1980s is recalled, if at all, for his outspoken attacks on drink-driving. A Europhile wet, he was born 1944, son of a diplomat and educated at Westminster School and Trinity College, Cambridge before working in advertising. Seen (by Craig Brown) as exhibiting a "twinge of loopiness", he cycles round London, smiles a good deal, and is well-supplied with the self-absorption of the politician with a mission, but whose objectives might not seem immediately clear.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 10.60% 14.99% 70.68
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 33.72% 2.49% 1,356.46
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 1.03% 4.43% 23.27
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 2.67% 7.27% 36.65
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 1.23% 2.56% 48.07
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.03% 2.04% 1.41
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 5.88% 3.94% 149.00
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 19.37% 13.04% 148.53
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 8.68% 12.70% 68.36
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 7.06% 8.14% 86.74
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 3.31% 4.02% 82.34
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 2.51% 3.19% 78.81
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 3.03% 11.31% 26.79
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.66% 3.06% 21.57
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 0.22% 2.52% 8.70
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 9.04% 9.41% 95.98
5-10K 16.11% 16.63% 96.83
10-15K 16.51% 16.58% 99.61
15-20K 13.83% 13.58% 101.79
20-25K 10.71% 10.39% 103.07
25-30K 8.05% 7.77% 103.61
30-35K 6.00% 5.79% 103.58
35-40K 4.47% 4.33% 103.16
40-45K 3.35% 3.27% 102.46
45-50K 2.52% 2.48% 101.57
50-55K 1.92% 1.90% 100.56
55-60K 1.47% 1.47% 99.47
60-65K 1.13% 1.15% 98.35
65-70K 0.88% 0.91% 97.20
70-75K 0.69% 0.72% 96.05
75-80K 0.55% 0.57% 94.91
80-85K 0.43% 0.46% 93.78
85-90K 0.35% 0.37% 92.67
90-95K 0.28% 0.31% 91.59
95-100K 0.23% 0.25% 90.53
100K + 1.13% 1.34% 84.02

Local Map of the constituency
Worthing West - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Worthing West - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (7.53%) Liberal Democrat (3.64%)
Conservative (- 15.56%)
Conservative (1.33%) Labour (5.23%)
Liberal Democrat (-  4.59%)
Con - 15.56%
Lab 7.53%
LD 3.64%
Con 1.33%
Lab 5.23%
LD - 4.59%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Peter Bottomley
Conservative hold
Con Conservative (47.46%) 20,508 47.46%
Lab Labour (21.45%) 9,270 21.45%
LD Liberal Democrat (26.55%) 11,471 26.55%
Oth Other (4.54%) 1,960 4.54%
Maj Majority (20.91%) 9,037 20.91%
Turn Turnout (59.67%) 43,209 59.67%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Peter Bottomley
Conservative hold
C Peter Bottomley 20,508 47.46%
L Alan Butcher 9,270 21.45%
UK Tim Cross 1,960 4.54%
LD James Walsh 11,471 26.55%
Candidates representing 4 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Peter Bottomley
Conservative
Con Conservative (46.14%) 23,733 46.14%
Lab Labour (16.23%) 8,347 16.23%
LD Liberal Democrat (31.14%) 16,020 31.14%
Ref Referendum (4.50%) 2,313 4.50%
Oth Other (2.00%) 1,029 2.00%
Maj Majority (14.99%) 7,713 14.99%
Turn Turnout (72.12%) 51,442 72.12%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (61.70%) 34,762 61.70%
Lab Labour (8.70%) 4,883 8.70%
LD Liberal Democrat (27.50%) 15,483 27.50%
Oth Other (2.10%) 1,175 2.10%
Maj Majority (34.20%) 19,279 34.20%
Turn Turnout (78.46%) 56,303 78.46%

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