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Boston & Skegness
Conservative hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Although the veteran anti-European Tory MP Richard Body's majority was reduced dramatically in 1997, and he might have lost but for his consistent anti-Europeanism and independence, which made him immune from right-wing or Europhobic gadflies, his less experienced successor should hold Boston and Skegness, as Labour failed to make inroads beyond their urban held wards here in south east Lincolnshire in the four-yearly local elections here in May 1999.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Mark Simmonds has replaced the veteran eccentric hunch-shouldered Europhobic MP Sir Richard Body as Tory standard bearer here. A Nottingham-born but London-based estate agent, originally with Savills and Strutt & Parker, he now runs his own company. Born 1964, educated at Worksop College and Trent Polytechnic, he is yet another product - among rising Conservative candidates - of his party's flagship borough of Wandsworth, where he ran the housing committee, which pioneered huge council house sales, and where he privatised the borough valuers department. He fought hopeless Ashfield in 1997. Elaine Bird stands for Labour as (currently) managing director of Fat Bird's Don't Fly, and formerly as a farmer and legal civil servant. Born 1956, she attended Bennett Memorial Church of England Secondary Modern Girls School, Tunbridge Wells, and she read law at what was Manchester Polytechnic.

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ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 7.69% 14.99% 51.26
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 13.59% 2.13% 639.23
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 10.16% 2.49% 408.70
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 1.44% 4.43% 32.62
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 2.18% 7.27% 30.03
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.29% 2.56% 11.41
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 3.40% 3.94% 86.18
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 24.72% 13.04% 189.61
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 8.84% 12.70% 69.62
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 15.21% 8.14% 186.79
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 2.32% 4.02% 57.61
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 4.55% 3.19% 142.93
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 4.05% 11.31% 35.77
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.50% 3.06% 16.44
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 0.93% 2.52% 36.78
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.12% 0.06% 194.04
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 12.20% 9.41% 129.57
5-10K 21.34% 16.63% 128.29
10-15K 19.78% 16.58% 119.32
15-20K 14.68% 13.58% 108.11
20-25K 10.07% 10.39% 96.94
25-30K 6.74% 7.77% 86.69
30-35K 4.50% 5.79% 77.65
35-40K 3.02% 4.33% 69.81
40-45K 2.06% 3.27% 63.08
45-50K 1.42% 2.48% 57.30
50-55K 1.00% 1.90% 52.35
55-60K 0.71% 1.47% 48.09
60-65K 0.51% 1.15% 44.41
65-70K 0.37% 0.91% 41.23
70-75K 0.28% 0.72% 38.46
75-80K 0.21% 0.57% 36.04
80-85K 0.16% 0.46% 33.91
85-90K 0.12% 0.37% 32.03
90-95K 0.09% 0.31% 30.37
95-100K 0.07% 0.25% 28.90
100K + 0.31% 1.34% 22.95

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Boston & Skegness - Local Map of the constituency

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Boston & Skegness - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (12.82%)
Conservative (-  8.39%) Liberal Democrat (-  4.42%)
Conservative (0.50%) Labour (0.62%)
Liberal Democrat (-  4.19%)
Con - 8.39%
Lab 12.82%
LD - 4.42%
Con 0.50%
Lab 0.62%
LD - 4.19%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Mark Simmonds
Conservative hold
Con Conservative (42.91%) 17,298 42.91%
Lab Labour (41.63%) 16,783 41.63%
LD Liberal Democrat (12.39%) 4,994 12.39%
Oth Other (3.07%) 1,238 3.07%
Maj Majority (1.28%) 515 1.28%
Turn Turnout (58.42%) 40,313 58.42%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Mark Simmonds
Conservative hold
L Elaine Bird 16,783 41.63%
G Martin Harrison 521 1.29%
LD Duncan Moffatt 4,994 12.39%
C Mark Simmonds 17,298 42.91%
UK Cyril Wakefield 717 1.78%
Candidates representing 5 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Richard Body
Conservative
Con Conservative (42.41%) 19,750 42.41%
Lab Labour (41.02%) 19,103 41.02%
LD Liberal Democrat (16.58%) 7,721 16.58%
Ref 0 0.00%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (1.39%) 647 1.39%
Turn Turnout (68.87%) 46,574 68.87%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (50.80%) 25,721 50.80%
Lab Labour (28.20%) 14,299 28.20%
LD Liberal Democrat (21.00%) 10,613 21.00%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (22.60%) 11,422 22.60%
Turn Turnout (77.21%) 50,633 77.21%

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