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Braintree
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Labour's 13th most vulnerable seat is Braintree in Essex, and although many - indeed most - outside observers expect the seat to revert to the Tories, who held it till 1997, it might be remembered that in the May 1999 local elections here the Conservtives returned only 8 councillors to Labour's 28, and Labour retained control of the council. This required victories in semi-rural areas such as Kelvedon and Coggeshall as well as the larger Braintree-Bocking, and Alan Hurst should perhaps not be completely written off yet.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Alan Hurst, a very unexpected Labour MP swept in on the 1997 floodtide, is a mild-mannered Southend solicitor, born 1945 and educated at Westcliffe High School and Liverpool University. Initially he adopted the mode of a diligent constituency MP dealing with local concerns on cottage hospitals, school buses and beef farming, and as a defender of the traditional single Member first-past-the-post voting system. But latterly he has upped his profile with revolts on linking pensions to average earnings, curbing jury trials, and the right of the Prime Minister to nominate life peers. Statistically he should meet his nemesis in Brooks Newmark, US-born (1958) but Chilterns-reared venture capital banker, who was educated at Bedford School, Worcester College Oxford, and Harvard. Originally with Lehman Brothers on Wall Street, he now runs Apollo Management. He fought Newcastle Central for the Conservatives in 1997.

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ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 19.86% 14.99% 132.48
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.74% 2.13% 34.65
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 1.25% 2.49% 50.28
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 6.25% 4.43% 141.32
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 11.78% 7.27% 161.92
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 1.54% 2.56% 60.09
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.04% 2.04% 1.97
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.09% 3.94% 2.34
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 17.19% 13.04% 131.82
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 9.41% 12.70% 74.07
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 10.89% 8.14% 133.71
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 1.41% 4.02% 34.96
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 3.83% 3.19% 120.32
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 14.13% 11.31% 124.95
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.28% 3.06% 9.02
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 1.31% 2.52% 52.09
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 7.52% 9.41% 79.90
5-10K 14.19% 16.63% 85.32
10-15K 15.35% 16.58% 92.56
15-20K 13.42% 13.58% 98.83
20-25K 10.79% 10.39% 103.79
25-30K 8.37% 7.77% 107.64
30-35K 6.41% 5.79% 110.62
35-40K 4.89% 4.33% 112.98
40-45K 3.75% 3.27% 114.89
45-50K 2.89% 2.48% 116.48
50-55K 2.24% 1.90% 117.85
55-60K 1.76% 1.47% 119.05
60-65K 1.38% 1.15% 120.14
65-70K 1.10% 0.91% 121.14
70-75K 0.88% 0.72% 122.08
75-80K 0.71% 0.57% 122.97
80-85K 0.57% 0.46% 123.82
85-90K 0.47% 0.37% 124.64
90-95K 0.38% 0.31% 125.44
95-100K 0.32% 0.25% 126.22
100K + 1.76% 1.34% 131.19

Local Map of the constituency
Braintree - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Braintree - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (15.30%)
Conservative (- 10.41%) Liberal Democrat (-  9.25%)
Conservative (1.18%)
Labour (-  0.71%) Liberal Democrat (-  0.29%)
Con - 10.41%
Lab 15.30%
LD - 9.25%
Con 1.18%
Lab - 0.71%
LD - 0.29%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Alan Hurst
Labour hold
Con Conservative (41.27%) 20,765 41.27%
Lab Labour (41.98%) 21,123 41.98%
LD Liberal Democrat (11.26%) 5,664 11.26%
Oth Other (5.49%) 2,763 5.49%
Maj Majority (0.71%) 358 0.71%
Turn Turnout (63.56%) 50,315 63.56%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Alan Hurst
Labour hold
G James Abbott 1,241 2.47%
UK Charles Cole 748 1.49%
L Alan Hurst 21,123 41.98%
C Brooks Newmark 20,765 41.27%
LCA Michael Nolan 774 1.54%
LD Peter Turner 5,664 11.26%
Candidates representing 6 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Alan Hurst
Labour gain
Con Conservative (40.09%) 22,278 40.09%
Lab Labour (42.70%) 23,729 42.70%
LD Liberal Democrat (11.55%) 6,418 11.55%
Ref Referendum (3.90%) 2,165 3.90%
Oth Other (1.77%) 986 1.77%
Maj Majority (2.61%) 1,451 2.61%
Turn Turnout (76.37%) 55,576 76.37%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (50.50%) 29,278 50.50%
Lab Labour (27.40%) 15,890 27.40%
LD Liberal Democrat (20.80%) 12,039 20.80%
Oth Other (1.20%) 724 1.20%
Maj Majority (23.10%) 13,388 23.10%
Turn Turnout (83.96%) 57,931 83.96%

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