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Bridgwater
Conservative hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
The veteran and senior Conservative Tom King has announced his retirement from the Commons after 30 years' service, and the task of holding off the Liberal Democrat challenge here in north west Somerset falls to Ian Liddell-Grainger, who must hope he does better than he did in west Devon in 1997. Although the next parliamentary boundary changes will not come into effect at the forthcoming election, the Commission has already provisionally recommended that the whole of the hunting fastness of Exmoor should in future be included in the Bridgwater division, which would benefit the Conservatives.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Tom King's exit after 31 years as Tory MP here, opens the way for itinerant Scots-born farmer and businessman, Ian Liddell-Grainger. Born 1959 and educated at Millfield School and South of Scotland Agriculture College, Edinburgh, he farmed in the Borders and then ran office furniture and property management companies. After losing the North East Euro seat in 1994 he headed south and lost Torridge and West Devon to the Liberal Democrats in 1997. Chairman of the Devon branch of the Countryside Alliance, he will have to hope Lib Dem candidate Ian Thorn does not put together a Lib-Lab tactical vote to thwart him in his third attempt.

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ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 16.01% 14.99% 106.76
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 5.36% 2.13% 252.21
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 5.55% 2.49% 223.12
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 3.82% 4.43% 86.24
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 3.39% 7.27% 46.59
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.05% 2.56% 1.77
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.67% 3.94% 17.05
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 19.32% 13.04% 148.15
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 14.76% 12.70% 116.20
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 14.61% 8.14% 179.38
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 2.40% 4.02% 59.76
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 2.21% 3.19% 69.51
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 8.93% 11.31% 78.94
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.77% 3.06% 25.09
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 2.16% 2.52% 85.78
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 10.46% 9.41% 111.09
5-10K 19.57% 16.63% 117.66
10-15K 19.08% 16.58% 115.07
15-20K 14.78% 13.58% 108.78
20-25K 10.54% 10.39% 101.40
25-30K 7.32% 7.77% 94.13
30-35K 5.07% 5.79% 87.46
35-40K 3.53% 4.33% 81.52
40-45K 2.49% 3.27% 76.29
45-50K 1.78% 2.48% 71.70
50-55K 1.29% 1.90% 67.66
55-60K 0.94% 1.47% 64.10
60-65K 0.70% 1.15% 60.93
65-70K 0.53% 0.91% 58.11
70-75K 0.40% 0.72% 55.59
75-80K 0.31% 0.57% 53.31
80-85K 0.24% 0.46% 51.25
85-90K 0.18% 0.37% 49.39
90-95K 0.15% 0.31% 47.68
95-100K 0.12% 0.25% 46.12
100K + 0.52% 1.34% 38.88

Local Map of the constituency
Bridgwater - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Bridgwater - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (3.05%) Liberal Democrat (3.95%)
Conservative (-  9.87%)
Conservative (3.51%) Labour (2.01%)
Liberal Democrat (-  3.62%)
Con - 9.87%
Lab 3.05%
LD 3.95%
Con 3.51%
Lab 2.01%
LD - 3.62%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Ian Liddell-Grainger
Conservative hold
Con Conservative (40.45%) 19,354 40.45%
Lab Labour (26.76%) 12,806 26.76%
LD Liberal Democrat (30.03%) 14,367 30.03%
Oth Other (2.76%) 1,323 2.76%
Maj Majority (10.42%) 4,987 10.42%
Turn Turnout (64.59%) 47,850 64.59%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Ian Liddell-Grainger
Conservative hold
UK Vicky Gardner 1,323 2.76%
C Ian Liddell-Grainger 19,354 40.45%
L William Monteith 12,806 26.76%
LD Ian Thorn 14,367 30.03%
Candidates representing 4 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Tom King
Conservative
Con Conservative (36.93%) 20,174 36.93%
Lab Labour (24.75%) 13,519 24.75%
LD Liberal Democrat (33.65%) 18,378 33.65%
Ref Referendum (4.67%) 2,551 4.67%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (3.29%) 1,796 3.29%
Turn Turnout (74.79%) 54,622 74.79%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (46.80%) 26,610 46.80%
Lab Labour (21.70%) 12,365 21.70%
LD Liberal Democrat (29.70%) 16,894 29.70%
Oth Other (1.80%) 1,041 1.80%
Maj Majority (17.10%) 9,716 17.10%
Turn Turnout (80.03%) 56,910 80.03%

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