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Yeovil
Liberal Democrat hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Paddy Ashdown, now a knight of the realm, has retired from the Commons, but Yeovil is now so associated with the Liberal Democrat party he led for so long that few doubt that he can hand it over for safe keeping to David Laws in 2001. This south Somerset seat has become accustomed to voting Liberal Democrat at all levels since Ashdown first won the seat in 1983. The party is in firm control of South Somerset district council, and won all 17 county council electoral wards while taking charge of Somerset when it was last fought in 1997, on the same day as Ashdown's last parliamentary victory: a remarkable clean sweep. There is a working class and industrial element here - Westland helicopters have several plants in and around the town of Yeovil - but Labour could come second only in one ward, Yeovil North and West in 1997, and contested fewer than one third of the wards on the district council in 1999, winning nowhere. The seat contains other towns such as Chard, Crewkerne and Ilminster, and much rural terrain as well, but the Lib Dems have established a firm lock on the whole.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
David Laws, successor to Sir Paddy Ashdown, has been drawn from the Party's inner sanctum as a merchant banker (J P Morgan's)-turned-party-apparatchik working as the Party's economic adviser (1994-97), and as Director of Policy and Research (1997-99). Born 1965, he enjoyed something of a gilded youth, educated at St George's (RC) College, Weybridge (where he won The Observer Mace Debating Competition) and King's College, Cambridge, where he obtained a double first in economics. In 1997 he fought Michael Howard at Folkestone & Hythe.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 10.78% 14.99% 71.93
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 4.21% 2.13% 197.91
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 2.99% 2.49% 120.27
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 1.91% 4.43% 43.23
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 7.01% 7.27% 96.44
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 1.28% 2.56% 49.87
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.64% 3.94% 16.20
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 24.38% 13.04% 187.01
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 14.41% 12.70% 113.47
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 17.05% 8.14% 209.39
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 3.11% 4.02% 77.31
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 3.92% 3.19% 123.06
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 7.94% 11.31% 70.19
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.11% 3.06% 3.50
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 0.25% 2.52% 9.84
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 9.37% 9.41% 99.58
5-10K 18.38% 16.63% 110.50
10-15K 18.68% 16.58% 112.67
15-20K 14.93% 13.58% 109.95
20-25K 10.91% 10.39% 104.97
25-30K 7.71% 7.77% 99.18
30-35K 5.40% 5.79% 93.29
35-40K 3.80% 4.33% 87.64
40-45K 2.69% 3.27% 82.38
45-50K 1.92% 2.48% 77.54
50-55K 1.39% 1.90% 73.13
55-60K 1.02% 1.47% 69.11
60-65K 0.75% 1.15% 65.45
65-70K 0.56% 0.91% 62.12
70-75K 0.42% 0.72% 59.07
75-80K 0.32% 0.57% 56.29
80-85K 0.25% 0.46% 53.74
85-90K 0.19% 0.37% 51.39
90-95K 0.15% 0.31% 49.23
95-100K 0.12% 0.25% 47.23
100K + 0.51% 1.34% 37.69

Local Map of the constituency
Yeovil - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Yeovil - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (5.30%)
Conservative (-  9.25%) Liberal Democrat (-  2.95%)
Conservative (8.40%)
Labour (-  0.18%) Liberal Democrat (-  4.61%)
Con - 9.25%
Lab 5.30%
LD - 2.95%
Con 8.40%
Lab - 0.18%
LD - 4.61%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
David Laws
Liberal Democrat hold
Con Conservative (36.05%) 17,338 36.05%
Lab Labour (14.72%) 7,077 14.72%
LD Liberal Democrat (44.14%) 21,226 44.14%
Oth Other (5.10%) 2,451 5.10%
Maj Majority (8.08%) 3,888 8.08%
Turn Turnout (63.30%) 48,092 63.30%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
David Laws
Liberal Democrat hold
G Alex Begg 786 1.63%
UK Neil Boxall 1,131 2.35%
L Joe Conway 7,077 14.72%
C Marco Forgione 17,338 36.05%
LD David Laws 21,226 44.14%
Lib Tony Prior 534 1.11%
Candidates representing 6 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Paddy Ashdown
Liberal Democrat
Con Conservative (27.65%) 14,946 27.65%
Lab Labour (14.90%) 8,053 14.90%
LD Liberal Democrat (48.75%) 26,349 48.75%
Ref Referendum (6.61%) 3,574 6.61%
Oth Other (2.09%) 1,131 2.09%
Maj Majority (21.10%) 11,403 21.10%
Turn Turnout (72.88%) 54,053 72.88%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Liberal Democrat
Con Conservative (36.90%) 21,890 36.90%
Lab Labour (9.60%) 5,702 9.60%
LD Liberal Democrat (51.70%) 30,634 51.70%
Oth Other (1.80%) 1,045 1.80%
Maj Majority (14.80%) 8,744 14.80%
Turn Turnout (81.41%) 59,271 81.41%

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