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Bracknell
Conservative hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Rapid population growth in east Berkshire has led to several rounds of boundary changes, and as time went by it became more and more likely that the New Town of Bracknell would end up with a seat if not yet of its own, then at least named after it and with relatively few other communities. Bracknell may well be the most prosperous and affluent of all the fomally designated New Towns, with its battery of hi-tech industries and corporate headquarters, with good road and rail links; indeed it has been said to form the heart of a "silicon valley" or "M4 corridor". Cliches aside, there may even be a Labour shortage here, and property values are certainly rocketing. Bracknell itself has shown a capacity to swing dramatically, and is clearly open-minded to parties which bring home the bacon economically, especially in the private sector, through the market which has been such a kindly mechanism here, rather than government intervention. The extraneous wards such as Sandhurst and Crowthorne do not hurt the Conservatives, leaving Labour to struggle as usual.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Andrew MacKay, Conservative Northern Ireland spokesman and former Deputy Chief Whip, born 1949 and educated at Solihull School, as an estate agent personifies his party's retreat from the ownership of vast tracts of land to the marketing of small parcels of it. He snatched Roy Jenkins' former Birmingham Stetchford seat for two years in the 'seventies before resurfacing here in 1983. Rightwing on law and order and immigration, he is libertarian on abortion and on homosexuality at 16. Dalek-voiced, slant-eyed, permanently-tanned and expensively-tailored, he is second-married to vivacious former Press Gallery-starlet-turned-MP Julie Kirkbride, with whom he fathered his third child in 2000.

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ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 27.27% 14.99% 181.91
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.99% 2.49% 39.98
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 16.43% 4.43% 371.27
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 6.80% 7.27% 93.52
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 1.11% 2.56% 43.15
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.09% 2.04% 4.52
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 2.37% 3.94% 60.02
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 3.60% 13.04% 27.65
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 11.17% 12.70% 87.95
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 6.17% 8.14% 75.80
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.38% 4.02% 9.49
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 2.71% 3.19% 85.00
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 20.03% 11.31% 177.10
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.19% 3.06% 6.05
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 0.04% 2.52% 1.53
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.64% 0.06% 1,029.95
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 3.69% 9.41% 39.20
5-10K 8.62% 16.63% 51.82
10-15K 11.21% 16.58% 67.63
15-20K 11.46% 13.58% 84.39
20-25K 10.52% 10.39% 101.21
25-30K 9.15% 7.77% 117.65
30-35K 7.73% 5.79% 133.43
35-40K 6.43% 4.33% 148.38
40-45K 5.30% 3.27% 162.41
45-50K 4.36% 2.48% 175.49
50-55K 3.57% 1.90% 187.60
55-60K 2.93% 1.47% 198.78
60-65K 2.41% 1.15% 209.05
65-70K 1.98% 0.91% 218.48
70-75K 1.63% 0.72% 227.11
75-80K 1.35% 0.57% 235.00
80-85K 1.12% 0.46% 242.21
85-90K 0.93% 0.37% 248.78
90-95K 0.78% 0.31% 254.78
95-100K 0.65% 0.25% 260.24
100K + 3.80% 1.34% 282.37

Local Map of the constituency
Bracknell - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Bracknell - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (9.58%)
Conservative (- 13.04%) Liberal Democrat (-  3.96%)
Labour (3.23%) Liberal Democrat (1.68%)
Conservative (-  0.71%)
Con - 13.04%
Lab 9.58%
LD - 3.96%
Con - 0.71%
Lab 3.23%
LD 1.68%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Andrew Mackay
Conservative hold
Con Conservative (46.65%) 22,962 46.65%
Lab Labour (33.01%) 16,249 33.01%
LD Liberal Democrat (17.11%) 8,424 17.11%
Oth Other (3.23%) 1,590 3.23%
Maj Majority (13.64%) 6,713 13.64%
Turn Turnout (60.68%) 49,225 60.68%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Andrew Mackay
Conservative hold
UK Lawrence Boxall 1,266 2.57%
LD Ray Earwicker 8,424 17.11%
L Janet Keene 16,249 33.01%
C Andrew Mackay 22,962 46.65%
P Dominica Roberts 324 0.66%
Candidates representing 5 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Andrew Mackay
Conservative
Con Conservative (47.36%) 27,983 47.36%
Lab Labour (29.78%) 17,596 29.78%
LD Liberal Democrat (15.44%) 9,122 15.44%
Ref Referendum (2.77%) 1,636 2.77%
Oth Other (4.66%) 2,754 4.66%
Maj Majority (17.58%) 10,387 17.58%
Turn Turnout (74.52%) 59,091 74.52%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (60.40%) 35,916 60.40%
Lab Labour (20.20%) 12,036 20.20%
LD Liberal Democrat (19.40%) 11,511 19.40%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (40.20%) 23,880 40.20%
Turn Turnout (85.64%) 59,463 85.64%

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