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Readers Poll Con 52% Lab 28% LD 18% Nat 2% Enter your vote to win 1M

Bournemouth West
Conservative hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
West is slightly more working class than the other Bournemouth seat , including as it does the two wards Labour can win on the local unitary authorty, Kinson and Wallisdown. There are council housing estates here, which can scarcely be said of East. Yet the effect is that while the Labour vote is higher than in its neighbour, it is the Liberal Democrat share which is lower, not the Conservative percentage. This means that actually John Butterfill has a somewhat higher majority and safer seat than David Atkinson of East, especially as the race for second place is close enough to discourage tactical voting. The overall tone of Conservatism in Bournemouth will prevail. There is little of the bohemian aspect of Brighton here, or the economic problems of Hastings or Torquay or the Isle of Thanet. The town is reinventing itself as a prosperous and forward looking site for corporate headquarters and as a conference centre - as far as the autumn political conferences go, Blackpool's loss has been Bournemouth's gain.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
John Butterfill, a pudgy-faced chartered surveyor, born in 1941 and educated at Caterham and a college of estate management, was elected here in 1983 having lost Croydon NW to the Liberals two years earlier. He is a Europhile whose attempt to align the UK with Continental double-summer time predictably had the Caledonians raving about having to get up in the dark.

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ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 13.12% 14.99% 87.53
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 2.77% 2.13% 130.31
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 24.87% 2.49% 1,000.20
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 0.71% 4.43% 15.96
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 0.71% 7.27% 9.76
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 7.92% 2.56% 308.92
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.23% 2.04% 11.04
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 12.60% 3.94% 319.52
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 12.81% 13.04% 98.27
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 1.82% 12.70% 14.37
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 9.09% 8.14% 111.60
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 3.64% 4.02% 90.54
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 2.80% 3.19% 87.81
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 5.90% 11.31% 52.13
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.63% 3.06% 20.48
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 0.38% 2.52% 15.00
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.01% 0.06% 13.46
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 10.95% 9.41% 116.34
5-10K 18.74% 16.63% 112.66
10-15K 17.96% 16.58% 108.31
15-20K 14.07% 13.58% 103.59
20-25K 10.29% 10.39% 99.01
25-30K 7.37% 7.77% 94.79
30-35K 5.27% 5.79% 90.97
35-40K 3.79% 4.33% 87.54
40-45K 2.76% 3.27% 84.47
45-50K 2.03% 2.48% 81.70
50-55K 1.51% 1.90% 79.19
55-60K 1.13% 1.47% 76.91
60-65K 0.86% 1.15% 74.83
65-70K 0.66% 0.91% 72.92
70-75K 0.51% 0.72% 71.16
75-80K 0.40% 0.57% 69.53
80-85K 0.31% 0.46% 68.01
85-90K 0.25% 0.37% 66.59
90-95K 0.20% 0.31% 65.27
95-100K 0.16% 0.25% 64.02
100K + 0.77% 1.34% 57.48

Local Map of the constituency
Bournemouth West - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Bournemouth West - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (5.07%) Liberal Democrat (0.37%)
Conservative (- 10.83%)
Conservative (-  7.57%) Labour (-  1.64%) Liberal Democrat (-  4.83%)
Con - 10.83%
Lab 5.07%
LD 0.37%
Con - 7.57%
Lab - 1.64%
LD - 4.83%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
John Butterfill
Conservative hold
Con Conservative (34.10%) 14,417 34.10%
Lab Labour (22.94%) 9,699 22.94%
LD Liberal Democrat (22.94%) 9,699 22.94%
Oth Other (20.03%) 8,468 20.03%
Maj Majority (11.16%) 4,718 11.16%
Turn Turnout (68.16%) 42,283 68.16%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
John Butterfill
Conservative hold
UK Cynthia Blake 8,468 20.03%
C John Butterfill 14,417 34.10%
LD Fiona Hornby 9,699 22.94%
L David Stokes 9,699 22.94%
Candidates representing 4 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
John Buttefill
Conservative
Con Conservative (41.67%) 17,115 41.67%
Lab Labour (24.57%) 10,093 24.57%
LD Liberal Democrat (27.77%) 11,405 27.77%
Ref Referendum (4.65%) 1,910 4.65%
Oth Other (1.34%) 549 1.34%
Maj Majority (13.90%) 5,710 13.90%
Turn Turnout (66.22%) 41,072 66.22%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (52.50%) 24,532 52.50%
Lab Labour (19.50%) 9,110 19.50%
LD Liberal Democrat (27.40%) 12,815 27.40%
Oth Other (0.60%) 257 0.60%
Maj Majority (25.10%) 11,717 25.10%
Turn Turnout (73.89%) 46,714 73.89%

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