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Aldershot
Conservative hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Long known as the "home of the British Army", Aldershot constituency is more accurately symbolised nowadays by the hi-tech industries of Farnborough, which claims to be the birthplace of aeronautical research and development, and is home to the prestigious annual air show. Military connections of all kinds skew the area to Conservatism, and after the aberration of 27 years of being represented by the liberal Tory Julian Critchley, Aldershot is in the safe Right-wing hands of Gerald Howarth, and will remain so in spite of the reduction in Army manpower. The successor to the late 'Screaming Lord' David Sutch as leader of the Monster Raving Loony Party, the publican Alan 'Howling Lord' Hope, has moved from Ashburton, Devon, where he had held the office of town mayor, to the Dog and Partridge in Yateley within the Aldershot constituency. However, his bid for election here on June 7 is hampered by - among other opponents - the candidature of the arch druid Arthur Pendragon.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Gerald Howarth’s predecessor as Tory MP for Aldershot, the late Sir Julian Critchley, described him as “the last PPS to the Handbag over the Water,” for his role of Margaret Thatcherís aide. A hard right Thatcherite, re-elected here in 1997 having lost his Cannock & Burntwood seat after nine years in 1992, he has covered all the right’s causes from white South Africa, through birching, immigration and Pinochet, to Europhobia. Born 1947, educated at Bloxham School and Southampton University, he worked in merchant banking, and more recently made himself conspicuous as defender of another Right-wing lost cause, Neil Hamilton.

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ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 16.32% 14.99% 108.84
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.58% 2.49% 23.42
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 18.81% 4.43% 424.96
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 18.88% 7.27% 259.59
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 3.00% 2.56% 116.85
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.64% 2.04% 31.18
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 5.02% 3.94% 127.36
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 10.01% 13.04% 76.76
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 9.95% 12.70% 78.34
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 3.76% 8.14% 46.23
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 1.78% 4.02% 44.24
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 2.53% 3.19% 79.55
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 7.64% 11.31% 67.51
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.39% 3.06% 12.75
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 0.50% 2.52% 19.94
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.19% 0.06% 306.21
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
£0-5K 4.71% 9.41% 50.08
£5-10K 10.93% 16.63% 65.74
£10-15K 13.60% 16.58% 82.03
£15-20K 13.23% 13.58% 97.38
£20-25K 11.51% 10.39% 110.78
£25-30K 9.48% 7.77% 121.98
£30-35K 7.59% 5.79% 131.09
£35-40K 5.99% 4.33% 138.36
£40-45K 4.70% 3.27% 144.08
£45-50K 3.69% 2.48% 148.49
£50-55K 2.89% 1.90% 151.80
£55-60K 2.27% 1.47% 154.21
£60-65K 1.79% 1.15% 155.87
£65-70K 1.42% 0.91% 156.90
£70-75K 1.13% 0.72% 157.42
£75-80K 0.91% 0.57% 157.50
£80-85K 0.73% 0.46% 157.23
£85-90K 0.59% 0.37% 156.68
£90-95K 0.48% 0.31% 155.89
£95-100K 0.39% 0.25% 154.90
£100K + 1.95% 1.34% 144.73

Local Map of the constituency
Aldershot - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Aldershot - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (10.31%) Liberal Democrat (4.07%)
Conservative (- 15.41%)
Conservative (0.06%) Labour (1.38%)
Liberal Democrat (-  2.40%)
Con - 15.41%
Lab 10.31%
LD 4.07%
Con 0.06%
Lab 1.38%
LD - 2.40%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Gerald Howarth
Conservative hold
Con Conservative (42.76%) 19,106 42.76%
Lab Labour (25.49%) 11,391 25.49%
LD Liberal Democrat (28.07%) 12,542 28.07%
Oth Other (3.68%) 1,646 3.68%
Maj Majority (14.69%) 6,564 14.69%
Turn Turnout (98.61%) 44,685 98.61%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Gerald Howarth
Conservative hold
L Luke Akehurst 11,391 25.49%
LD Adrian Collett 12,542 28.07%
ML Alan Hope 390 0.87%
C Gerald Howarth 19,106 42.76%
I Arthur Pendragon 459 1.03%
UK Derek Rumsey 797 1.78%
Candidates representing 6 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Gerald Howarth
Conservative
Con Conservative (42.69%) 23,119 42.69%
Lab Labour (24.11%) 13,057 24.11%
LD Liberal Democrat (30.47%) 16,498 30.47%
Ref 0 0.00%
Oth Other (2.73%) 1,477 2.73%
Maj Majority (12.23%) 6,621 12.23%
Turn Turnout (71.07%) 54,151 71.07%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (58.10%) 34,300 58.10%
Lab Labour (13.80%) 8,154 13.80%
LD Liberal Democrat (26.40%) 15,584 26.40%
Oth Other (1.60%) 956 1.60%
Maj Majority (31.70%) 18,716 31.70%
Turn Turnout (78.32%) 58,994 78.32%

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