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Yorkshire East
Conservative hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
The county of Humberside existed from the 1970s to the 1990s, but it was never popular with residents on either bank of that river or estuary and now the proud traditions of Lincolnshire and the East Riding of Yorkshire have been restored. This seat, last - but of course none is least - of the 659 parliamentary constituencies, consists of Bridlington on the coast, together with inland country mainly to be found in the rolling Wolds around the market towns of Driffield, Market Drayton and Pocklington. Here too is Stamford Bridge, site of Harold Godwinson's first victory of 1066. However, there are few decisive battles likely in what is really a safe Conservative seat. Labour came second by only 3,000 votes in 1997, and did quite well in Bridlington town in the unitary authority elections for the reconstituted and reempowered East Riding of Yorkshire in May 1999, and indeed a pair of "Socialists" were actually elected in Bridlington Old Town. These stood in opposition to official Labour, which surely tells us much about British politics as we enter the new Millennium.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Greg Knight was originally MP for Derby North, which he entered on the Thatcherite flood of 1983 and left on the Blairite flood of 1997. Risen through the Whips Office, eventually serving as Deputy Chief Whip 1993-96, he has left few footprints, and served only briefly, as a DTI Minister. He is a solicitor, born 1949, and educated at Alderman Newton's Grammar School, Leicester and Guildford College of Law. A once-bearded bachelor, he has backed anti-hunting and the animal welfare bills and written books of parliamentary anecdotes. In April this year he was dubbed 'silent Knight' for refusing to condemn his retiring predecessor John Townend, who blamed "coloured immigrants" for rising crime and undermining Britain's 'Anglo-Saxon' society. He is one of eight former MPs selected - against Central Office advice - for seats other than those they lost in 1997. Labour's Tracey Simpson-Laing, a York city councillor (Acomb ward), was born in 1967.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 10.90% 14.99% 72.70
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 10.98% 2.13% 516.27
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 9.84% 2.49% 395.95
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 2.67% 4.43% 60.39
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 5.83% 7.27% 80.14
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.64% 2.56% 24.96
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 4.30% 3.94% 109.09
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 21.91% 13.04% 168.05
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 13.16% 12.70% 103.60
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 7.36% 8.14% 90.34
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 2.92% 4.02% 72.65
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 2.64% 3.19% 82.87
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 4.93% 11.31% 43.55
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.52% 3.06% 17.06
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 1.40% 2.52% 55.45
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 9.80% 9.41% 104.15
5-10K 18.80% 16.63% 113.05
10-15K 18.54% 16.58% 111.81
15-20K 14.57% 13.58% 107.29
20-25K 10.59% 10.39% 101.92
25-30K 7.51% 7.77% 96.57
30-35K 5.30% 5.79% 91.53
35-40K 3.76% 4.33% 86.88
40-45K 2.70% 3.27% 82.64
45-50K 1.96% 2.48% 78.80
50-55K 1.43% 1.90% 75.32
55-60K 1.06% 1.47% 72.17
60-65K 0.80% 1.15% 69.33
65-70K 0.61% 0.91% 66.76
70-75K 0.46% 0.72% 64.42
75-80K 0.36% 0.57% 62.31
80-85K 0.28% 0.46% 60.38
85-90K 0.22% 0.37% 58.63
90-95K 0.17% 0.31% 57.03
95-100K 0.14% 0.25% 55.56
100K + 0.66% 1.34% 48.90

Local Map of the constituency
Yorkshire East - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Yorkshire East - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (9.37%)
Conservative (-  7.91%) Liberal Democrat (-  4.38%)
Conservative (3.17%)
Labour (-  0.83%) Liberal Democrat (-  3.98%)
Con - 7.91%
Lab 9.37%
LD - 4.38%
Con 3.17%
Lab - 0.83%
LD - 3.98%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Greg Knight
Conservative hold
Con Conservative (45.85%) 19,861 45.85%
Lab Labour (35.04%) 15,179 35.04%
LD Liberal Democrat (14.54%) 6,300 14.54%
Oth Other (4.56%) 1,974 4.56%
Maj Majority (10.81%) 4,682 10.81%
Turn Turnout (59.87%) 43,314 59.87%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Greg Knight
Conservative hold
I Paul Dessoy 313 0.72%
LD Mary-Rose Hardy 6,300 14.54%
C Greg Knight 19,861 45.85%
UK Trevor Pearson 1,661 3.83%
L Tracey Simpson-Laing 15,179 35.04%
Candidates representing 5 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
John Townend
Conservative
Con Conservative (42.69%) 20,904 42.69%
Lab Labour (35.87%) 17,567 35.87%
LD Liberal Democrat (18.52%) 9,070 18.52%
Ref 0 0.00%
Oth Other (2.92%) 1,430 2.92%
Maj Majority (6.81%) 3,337 6.81%
Turn Turnout (70.55%) 48,971 70.55%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (50.60%) 25,759 50.60%
Lab Labour (26.50%) 13,487 26.50%
LD Liberal Democrat (22.90%) 11,629 22.90%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (24.10%) 12,272 24.10%
Turn Turnout (75.72%) 50,875 75.72%

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