Christchurch: Seat, Ward and Prediction Details

Christchurch: Overview

 Prediction: CON hold 

MP at 2017: Christopher Chope  (CON)
County/Area: Dorset (South West)
Electorate: 70,329
Turnout: 72.0%
2017
Votes
2017
Share
Predicted
Votes
CON35,23069.6%65.8%
LAB10,05919.9%20.3%
LIB4,0207.9%7.9%
Green1,3242.6%3.1%
UKIP00.0%2.4%
OTH00.0%0.5%
CON Majority25,17149.7%Pred Maj 45.6%
Chance of
winning
CON
98%
LAB
2%
LIB
0%
Green
0%
UKIP
0%
OTH
0%

Christchurch : Political and Demographic indicators

The table below shows some political and demographic numerical indicators for the Christchurch constituency, the 'South West' area and nation.

The political measures include the Left/Right and International/National axes (what does this mean).

The demographic measures are from the 2011 Census and include categories relating to national identity, economic activity, health and education. These categories are those which have the most relevance to political attitudes.

IndicatorSeatSouth WestAll GB
Party WinnerCONCONCON
Economic Position9° Right1° Right
National Position11° Nat1° Nat1° Int
EU Leave %60%53%52%
British Identity26%27%29%
Good Health41%47%48%
UK Born94%92%88%
Good Education36%40%39%
Good Job54%50%51%
High SEC58%52%51%
Average Age57.250.548.5
ABC1 Class58%54%53%

Christchurch ranks #165 for "Leave", #131 for "Right" and #108 for "National" out of 650 seats.

Indicators: Legend and Descriptions

Indicators : Legend and Descriptions

The colour scheme used in the table above is explained in the legend table below. The eight census indicators (British Identity, Good Health, UK Born, Good Education, Good Job, High SEC, Average Age and AB1 Class) all use the same 'Census' colour scheme indicating whether the area's level is above or below the national average.

TopicCat 1Cat 2Cat 3Cat 4Cat 5
Economic PositionVery LeftLeftCentristRightVery Right
National PositionVery IntInternationalCentristNationalVery Nat
EU Leave %Very RemainRemainBalancedLeaveVery Leave
CensusVery LowLowMediumHighVery High

Indicator definitions are given in terms of political data definitions or census categories:

IndicatorCensus
Question
Definition / Included Census Categories
Party WinnerArea party winner : actual election result or projected by Electoral Calculus
Economic PositionEconomic position between 100° Left and 100° Right, estimated by Electoral Calculus from political and demographic data.
National PositionNational position between 100° International and 100° National, estimated by Electoral Calculus from political and demographic data.
EU Leave %EU Referendum vote share for 'Leave' : actual result or estimate
British IdentityNational Identity (KS202)Those answering British, British-Other, or Scottish-British
Good HealthHealth (KS301)Those answering 'Very Good Health'
UK BornCountry of Birth (QS203)Those answering England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, GB Other, or UK Other
Good EducationHighest level of Qualification (QS501)Level 3 (A-level equivalent) or Level 4+ (degree equivalent)
Good JobOccupation (QS606)Occupation codes 1xx to 4xx (Managers, Professionals, Associates, and office workers)
High SECNS-SeC of Household Reference Person (QS609)National Statistics Socio-economic Classification from 1 to 4 (higher managers and professionals, lower managers and professionals, intermediate occupations, small employers and self-employed).
Average AgeAge (QS103)Average age of adults (18 years and above)
ABC1 ClassApproximated Social Grade (QS611)Approximated social grades A, B and C1

Christchurch: Map

Boundary Lines courtesy of Ordnance Survey OpenData © Crown copyright 2015

Christchurch: Ward-by-ward

Workings for Christchurch

This section gives an estimate of the votes cast in each ward of Christchurch at the general election of 2017. The official ward breakdowns are not officially tabulated or published, so these numbers are only approximate. The basic idea of the calculation is to look at the district council wards which make up the new seat, and estimate how they voted in 2017, and also to predict how they will vote at the next election. These estimates are based both on the recent local election results and the Census 2011 demography in those wards, with adjustments made to allow for different turnouts and different voting patterns for local and general elections.

Usuallly each ward lies entirely within a single constituency, but some large wards are split between several constituencies (particularly in Scotland and Northern Ireland). The electorate figure shown is the estimate of the electorate which is common to both the constituency and the particular ward, and can be very small.

Election results from a recent local election are given. This is usually the local election closest to 2015 from the period 2012-2015. For multiple-member wards, the votes shown are the sum of the votes cast for all candidates of each party. A negative number indicates candidate(s) elected unopposed.

Calculation method

There are a few problems with using the raw (actual) local election results to imply general election results ward-by-ward. Firstly, turnout can be different between local and general elections, which means that the total number of local votes cast does not equal the number of votes cast in each old seat at the general election. To correct for this, we adjust the local votes to match the general election turnout. Each ward's result is scaled, whilst keeping constant the percentage support for each party, so that the total turnout adds up to the old seat's general election turnout. All wards in the old seat are assumed to have the same percentage turnout.

Because not all parties have a candidate in each ward, and sometimes there is only a single candidate elected unopposed, the local election results can understate a party's true support. To correct for this, we also use Census demography to make an alternative estimate of how the ward voted in the general election, based on any demographic differences between the ward and the seat overall.

Both method are then combined together, and the votes are subject to a final adjustment to make sure that the totals over the wards add up to the general election seat total, as they must.

Raw vote and Estimated General Election vote

The raw vote table shows the district council election results for all the wards in the seat of Christchurch. The first block shows the actual results, the second block shows the turnout-adjusted results. The final block shows the estimated general election votes for each ward after all the processes are complete.

ChristchurchActual Results
DistrictWardElection
Year
CON
Votes
LAB
Votes
LIB
Votes
UKIP
Votes
Green
Votes
Other
Votes
ChristchurchBurton and Winkton20152,35459901,1260335
ChristchurchGrange20151,22974801,1822250
ChristchurchHighcliffe20152,50449201,15800
ChristchurchJumpers20151,330481003881,996
ChristchurchMudeford and Friars Cliff20155,2341,073094500
ChristchurchNorth Highcliffe and Walkford20112,1373810000
ChristchurchPortfield20151,949923067600
ChristchurchPurewell and Stanpit20152,03243201,2184210
ChristchurchSt Catherine's and Hurn20153,097606059900
ChristchurchTown Centre20152,03836501,0616380
ChristchurchWest Highcliffe20155,52490501,67300
East DorsetAmeysford20151,1450052900
East DorsetColehill East20152,56302,93896300
East DorsetFerndown Central20157,31174403,77000
East DorsetHampreston and Longham20151,3740051100
East DorsetParley20153,639001,649534309
East DorsetSt Leonards20159,766004,17800
East DorsetWest Moors and Holt20157,40061003,4086371,157

ChristchurchTurnout-adjusted Results
DistrictWardElectorate
2017
CON
Votes
LAB
Votes
LIB
Votes
UKIP
Votes
Green
Votes
Other
Votes
Total
Votes
ChristchurchBurton and Winkton3,4491,344342064301912,520
ChristchurchGrange4,0391,07265201,03119602,951
ChristchurchHighcliffe2,8651,2622480584002,094
ChristchurchJumpers3,619838303002451,2582,644
ChristchurchMudeford and Friars Cliff4,1342,1804470394003,021
ChristchurchNorth Highcliffe and Walkford3,0131,86833300002,201
ChristchurchPortfield3,7101,4897050516002,710
ChristchurchPurewell and Stanpit3,5491,284273077026602,593
ChristchurchSt Catherine's and Hurn3,0801,6203170313002,250
ChristchurchTown Centre3,4841,265226065839602,545
ChristchurchWest Highcliffe4,6372,3103780700003,388
East DorsetAmeysford2,4081,20300556001,759
East DorsetColehill East1,047303034811400765
East DorsetFerndown Central6,9743,15032101,624005,095
East DorsetHampreston and Longham2,8711,52900569002,098
East DorsetParley4,4681,938008782841653,265
East DorsetSt Leonards5,6862,909001,245004,154
East DorsetWest Moors and Holt6,2702,56621201,1822214014,582
 Total69,30330,1304,75734811,7771,6082,01550,635

The turnout-adjusted results are now combined with the implied results from the Census Demography calculation, and then adjusted to match the general election totals. The results of these calculations are shown in the table below.

ChristchurchEst. 2017 General Election Results
DistrictWardElectorate
2017
CON
Votes
LAB
Votes
LIB
Votes
UKIP
Votes
Green
Votes
Other
Votes
Total
Votes
ChristchurchBurton and Winkton3,5001,60264422005402,520
ChristchurchGrange4,0991,4151,055352012802,950
ChristchurchHighcliffe2,9071,5743601510902,094
ChristchurchJumpers3,6731,443792263014702,645
ChristchurchMudeford and Friars Cliff4,1952,23958416003803,021
ChristchurchNorth Highcliffe and Walkford3,0581,69532213704702,201
ChristchurchPortfield3,7651,56484623706402,711
ChristchurchPurewell and Stanpit3,6021,647578194017402,593
ChristchurchSt Catherine's and Hurn3,1261,7114298502502,250
ChristchurchTown Centre3,5361,485625211022402,545
ChristchurchWest Highcliffe4,7062,57153126801903,389
East DorsetAmeysford2,4441,34823914902301,759
East DorsetColehill East1,0634211012290140765
East DorsetFerndown Central7,0773,69495342302405,094
East DorsetHampreston and Longham2,9141,63030215001602,098
East DorsetParley4,5342,509374237014503,265
East DorsetSt Leonards5,7703,36652722403804,155
East DorsetWest Moors and Holt6,3633,316797332013604,581
 Total69,30335,23010,0594,02201,325050,635

Predicted ward-by-ward votes for Christchurch

This table shows the predicted general election result broken down over each ward in the seat of Christchurch.

ChristchurchPredicted Results
DistrictWardElectorate
2017
CON
Votes
LAB
Votes
LIB
Votes
UKIP
Votes
Green
Votes
Other
Votes
Total
Votes
ChristchurchBurton and Winkton3,5001,5076542206067122,520
ChristchurchGrange4,0991,3041,06735270143142,950
ChristchurchHighcliffe2,9071,4953681515020102,094
ChristchurchJumpers3,6731,34480226363161122,645
ChristchurchMudeford and Friars Cliff4,1952,1265961607254143,022
ChristchurchNorth Highcliffe and Walkford3,0581,6123311375258102,200
ChristchurchPortfield3,7651,4628572376478132,711
ChristchurchPurewell and Stanpit3,6021,55058819462187122,593
ChristchurchSt Catherine's and Hurn3,1261,627438855337102,250
ChristchurchTown Centre3,5361,38963521160237122,544
ChristchurchWest Highcliffe4,7062,4445442688037163,389
East DorsetAmeysford2,4441,282246149423281,759
East DorsetColehill East1,06339210422918184765
East DorsetFerndown Central7,0773,50397342312150245,094
East DorsetHampreston and Longham2,9141,5513101505027102,098
East DorsetParley4,5342,38638723777162153,264
East DorsetSt Leonards5,7703,2105432249959194,154
East DorsetWest Moors and Holt6,3633,144815332109160214,581
 Total69,30333,32810,2584,0221,2021,58723650,633

Please note that general election results and electorates are not officially made available ward-by-ward. The numbers shown are our best estimates for these figures, but are not official.


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