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Brighton, Kemptown
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Although not the most favourable seat in the Brighton-Hove conurbation to a Conservative revival on past form, Kemptown would be lost by Labour on a four per cent swing. But Brighton seems to be undergoing a long-term move towards Labour, and Geoffrey Theobald's chances against Des Turner are no better than even. This is a very colourful seat and the contest will be full of oppositions and passions. Here is in many ways the centre of Brighton's vibrant gay community (Kemptown, or Kemp Town as it is often transcribed, has the predictable nickname of "Camp Town"); but there is also a much troubled peripheral council estates at Whitehill and Moulsecoomb; extremely respectable and expensive residential areas in Rottingdean near Roedean, one of the nation's elite girls' schools; bungaloid suburbia in Peacehaven and Saltdean; all the varied life of the seafront in Marine, King's Cliff and Queen's Park wards. Roll up, roll up; this could be just about the most fun of any constituency battle in the United Kingdom.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Desmond Turner who won the seat for Labour in 1997 has been a mix of sycophantic Blairite and later a moderate rebel over disability benefit cuts and - of local concern given the nearby flight path into Gatwick - air traffic control privatisation. Born 1939 and educated at Luton Grammar School and Imperial College London, a biochemist with a doctorate, he highlights the poverty of Brighton behind the Regency facades, which has accounted for Labour's electoral success. His Tory challenger, local estate agent Geoffrey Theobald, born 1944 and educated at Brighton, Hove and Sussex Grammar School and at a college of estate management, is son of a former Mayor of Brighton and has a high local press profile as Conservative opposition leader on Brighton Council, but cannot match Mr Turner's successful campaign against expanding the Portobello sewage works.

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ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 9.34% 14.99% 62.32
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.72% 2.13% 33.85
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 14.73% 2.49% 592.37
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 1.19% 4.43% 26.85
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 3.63% 7.27% 49.86
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 3.41% 2.56% 133.03
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.39% 2.04% 19.13
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 9.52% 3.94% 241.31
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 12.93% 13.04% 99.19
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 8.06% 12.70% 63.48
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 6.17% 8.14% 75.76
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 8.52% 4.02% 211.81
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 1.49% 3.19% 46.84
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 8.98% 11.31% 79.42
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 4.96% 3.06% 161.97
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 5.89% 2.52% 233.73
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.07% 0.06% 109.10
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 11.57% 9.41% 122.86
5-10K 18.72% 16.63% 112.54
10-15K 17.61% 16.58% 106.19
15-20K 13.76% 13.58% 101.32
20-25K 10.11% 10.39% 97.26
25-30K 7.28% 7.77% 93.70
30-35K 5.24% 5.79% 90.51
35-40K 3.80% 4.33% 87.61
40-45K 2.77% 3.27% 84.98
45-50K 2.05% 2.48% 82.58
50-55K 1.53% 1.90% 80.39
55-60K 1.16% 1.47% 78.41
60-65K 0.88% 1.15% 76.61
65-70K 0.68% 0.91% 74.97
70-75K 0.53% 0.72% 73.49
75-80K 0.41% 0.57% 72.16
80-85K 0.33% 0.46% 70.94
85-90K 0.26% 0.37% 69.85
90-95K 0.21% 0.31% 68.86
95-100K 0.17% 0.25% 67.97
100K + 0.87% 1.34% 64.55

Local Map of the constituency
Brighton, Kemptown - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Brighton, Kemptown - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (13.96%)
Conservative (- 13.90%) Liberal Democrat (-  4.19%)
Labour (1.26%) Liberal Democrat (0.66%)
Conservative (-  3.64%)
Con - 13.90%
Lab 13.96%
LD - 4.19%
Con - 3.64%
Lab 1.26%
LD 0.66%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Desmond Turner
Labour hold
Con Conservative (35.26%) 13,823 35.26%
Lab Labour (47.82%) 18,745 47.82%
LD Liberal Democrat (10.37%) 4,064 10.37%
Oth Other (6.56%) 2,571 6.56%
Maj Majority (12.56%) 4,922 12.56%
Turn Turnout (57.97%) 39,203 57.97%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Desmond Turner
Labour hold
UK James Chamberlain-Webber 543 1.39%
P Elaine Cook 147 0.37%
FP Dave Dobbs 227 0.58%
LD Jan Marshall 4,064 10.37%
SL John McLeod 364 0.93%
G Hugh Miller 1,290 3.29%
C Geoffrey Theobald 13,823 35.26%
L Desmond Turner 18,745 47.82%
Candidates representing 8 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Desmond Turner
Labour gain
Con Conservative (38.90%) 17,945 38.90%
Lab Labour (46.56%) 21,479 46.56%
LD Liberal Democrat (9.71%) 4,478 9.71%
Ref Referendum (3.31%) 1,526 3.31%
Oth Other (1.53%) 704 1.53%
Maj Majority (7.66%) 3,534 7.66%
Turn Turnout (70.81%) 46,132 70.81%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (52.80%) 26,828 52.80%
Lab Labour (32.60%) 16,571 32.60%
LD Liberal Democrat (13.90%) 7,056 13.90%
Oth Other (0.70%) 371 0.70%
Maj Majority (20.20%) 10,257 20.20%
Turn Turnout (77.09%) 50,826 77.09%

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