Forest of Dean: Seat, Ward and Prediction Details

Forest of Dean: Overview

 Predicted winner: CON 
 Acual winner: CON 

MP at 2019: Mark Harper  (CON)
County/Area: Gloucestershire (South West)
Electorate: 71,438
Turnout: 72.1%
CON Majority15,86930.8%Pred Maj 24.0%
Chance of

Forest of Dean : Political and Demographic indicators

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

The political measures include the three axes: Economic (Left/Right), National (Global/National) and Social (Liberal/Conservative). (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.

Indicator Seat South WestAll GB
Party Winner 2019CONCONCON
Party Winner 2017CONCONCON
Party Winner 2015CONCONCON
Economic Position6° Right8° Right
National Position11° Nat4° Nat
Social Position5° Con
TribeStrong Right
EU Leave %58%53%52%
British Identity26%27%29%
Good Health45%47%48%
UK Born96%92%88%
Good Education37%40%39%
Good Job47%50%51%
High SEC49%52%51%
Average Age52.050.548.5
ABC1 Class49%54%54%

Forest of Dean ranks #212 for "Leave", #257 for "Right", #115 for "National" and #163 for "Social" 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 GlobalGlobalCentristNationalVery Nat
Social PositionVery LibLiberalModerateConservativeVery Cons
EU Leave %Very RemainRemainBalancedLeaveVery Leave
CensusVery LowLowMediumHighVery High

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

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° Global and 100° National, estimated by Electoral Calculus from political and demographic data.
Social PositionSocial position between 100° Liberal and 100° Conservative, estimated by Electoral Calculus from political and demographic data.
TribeTribe group dominant in the area. Can be: Strong Left, Traditionalists, Progressives, Centrists, Somewheres, Kind Young Capitalists, or Strong Right. See details.
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

Forest of Dean: Map

Boundary Lines courtesy of Ordnance Survey OpenData © Crown copyright 2015, Map © OpenStreetMap contributors

Forest of Dean: Ward-by-ward

Workings for Forest of Dean

This section gives an estimate of the votes cast in each ward of Forest of Dean at the general election of 2019. 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 2019, 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 Forest of Dean. The first block shows the actual results. The second block shows the estimated general election votes for each ward after all the processes are complete.

Forest of DeanActual Results
Forest of DeanAlvington, Aylburton and West Lydney20151,4015990659405119
Forest of DeanAwre2015353002573410
Forest of DeanBerry Hill2015319459001220
Forest of DeanBlaisdon and Longhope2015260142013760551
Forest of DeanBream20158061,11009332150
Forest of DeanBromesberrow and Dymock2015686003091900
Forest of DeanChristchurch and English Bicknor201541325301507587
Forest of DeanChurcham and Huntley2015413115023269272
Forest of DeanCinderford East20156611,43803361890
Forest of DeanCinderford West20151,4802,60701,2254020
Forest of DeanColeford Central20159078522720212487
Forest of DeanColeford East20151,6322,4990914436554
Forest of DeanHartpury201537800099601
Forest of DeanHewelsfield and Woolaston201560516601671920
Forest of DeanLittledean and Ruspidge20151,2491,04408688600
Forest of DeanLydbrook and Ruardean20151,8392,21201,521621927
Forest of DeanLydney East20152,1481,60501,614484276
Forest of DeanLydney North201534826104141070
Forest of DeanMitcheldean and Drybrook20151,6371,9297091,132271517
Forest of DeanNewent Central20151,3394182610302986
Forest of DeanNewland and St Briavels20151,338487006331,020
Forest of DeanNewnham and Westbury20151,055002934441,121
Forest of DeanOxenhall and Newent North East20153981190078443
Forest of DeanPillowell20151,2591,10701,1884420
Forest of DeanRedmarley201573012701841240
Forest of DeanTibberton20157481387301690
Forest of DeanTidenham20152,851823776680634674
TewkesburyHighnam with Haw Bridge20153,5677410000

The raw results and adjusted for turnout and 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.

Forest of DeanEst. 2019 General Election Results
Forest of DeanAlvington, Aylburton and West Lydney2,5601,145484001670491,845
Forest of DeanAwre1,43565525900950251,034
Forest of DeanBerry Hill1,42255036100900251,026
Forest of DeanBlaisdon and Longhope1,45266525700960281,046
Forest of DeanBream2,6111,066602001670451,880
Forest of DeanBromesberrow and Dymock1,599780242001040261,152
Forest of DeanChristchurch and English Bicknor1,2245562230079023881
Forest of DeanChurcham and Huntley1,47570323900940271,063
Forest of DeanCinderford East2,9491,071812001900532,126
Forest of DeanCinderford West4,1001,5211,095002630762,955
Forest of DeanColeford Central2,5371,001610001670501,828
Forest of DeanColeford East4,3961,7031,096002850843,168
Forest of DeanHartpury2,031909370001450391,463
Forest of DeanHewelsfield and Woolaston1,3866492340093023999
Forest of DeanLittledean and Ruspidge3,1261,312677002050582,252
Forest of DeanLydbrook and Ruardean3,9981,655883002640792,881
Forest of DeanLydney East4,1691,720936002690793,004
Forest of DeanLydney North1,54170128500990261,111
Forest of DeanMitcheldean and Drybrook3,8331,559884002460722,761
Forest of DeanNewent Central3,1341,348641002090592,257
Forest of DeanNewland and St Briavels2,7111,207513001830501,953
Forest of DeanNewnham and Westbury2,5531,157463001720471,839
Forest of DeanOxenhall and Newent North East1,3026012250087024937
Forest of DeanPillowell2,9191,264599001900502,103
Forest of DeanRedmarley1,565754246001020261,128
Forest of DeanTibberton1,3776592180092023992
Forest of DeanTidenham4,5702,057850003040833,294
TewkesburyHighnam with Haw Bridge3,4621,709508002220552,494

Predicted ward-by-ward votes for Forest of Dean

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

Forest of DeanPredicted Results
Forest of DeanAlvington, Aylburton and West Lydney2,5601,14461000620291,845
Forest of DeanAwre1,43565432900350151,033
Forest of DeanBerry Hill1,42254942800340151,026
Forest of DeanBlaisdon and Longhope1,45266432900360171,046
Forest of DeanBream2,6111,06572600620271,880
Forest of DeanBromesberrow and Dymock1,59977931800390161,152
Forest of DeanChristchurch and English Bicknor1,2245552820029014880
Forest of DeanChurcham and Huntley1,47570230900350161,062
Forest of DeanCinderford East2,9491,06995400710322,126
Forest of DeanCinderford West4,1001,5191,29200980462,955
Forest of DeanColeford Central2,5371,00073600620301,828
Forest of DeanColeford East4,3961,7011,311001060503,168
Forest of DeanHartpury2,03190847800540231,463
Forest of DeanHewelsfield and Woolaston1,3866483020035014999
Forest of DeanLittledean and Ruspidge3,1261,31083000770352,252
Forest of DeanLydbrook and Ruardean3,9981,6531,08200990472,881
Forest of DeanLydney East4,1691,7181,138001000473,003
Forest of DeanLydney North1,54170035800370161,111
Forest of DeanMitcheldean and Drybrook3,8331,5571,06900920432,761
Forest of DeanNewent Central3,1341,34679700780352,256
Forest of DeanNewland and St Briavels2,7111,20664900680301,953
Forest of DeanNewnham and Westbury2,5531,15659100640281,839
Forest of DeanOxenhall and Newent North East1,3026002900032014936
Forest of DeanPillowell2,9191,26274000710302,103
Forest of DeanRedmarley1,56575332100380161,128
Forest of DeanTibberton1,3776582860034014992
Forest of DeanTidenham4,5702,0551,076001140503,295
TewkesburyHighnam with Haw Bridge3,4621,70767100830332,494

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. The wards used are those of 2015, to match those used by the Boundary Commissions.

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