Saffron Walden: Seat, Ward and Prediction Details

Saffron Walden: Overview

 Predicted winner: CON 
 Acual winner: CON 

MP at 2019: Kemi Badenoch  (CON)
County/Area: Essex (Anglia)
Electorate: 87,017
Turnout: 72.5%
2019
Votes
2019
Share
Predicted
Votes
CON39,71463.0%59.1%
LIB12,12019.2%19.7%
LAB8,30513.2%18.6%
Green2,9474.7%2.6%
CON Majority27,59443.7%Pred Maj 39.3%
Chance of
winning
CON
96%
LIB
2%
LAB
1%
Green
0%

Saffron Walden : Political and Demographic indicators

The table below shows some political and demographic numerical indicators for the Saffron Walden constituency, the 'Anglia' 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 AngliaAll GB
Party Winner 2019CONCONCON
Party Winner 2017CONCONCON
Party Winner 2015CONCONCON
Economic Position16° Right9° Right
National Position5° Nat7° Nat
Social Position2° Con3° Con
TribeStrong Right
EU Leave %51%56%52%
British Identity27%27%29%
Good Health52%47%48%
UK Born93%89%88%
Good Education43%37%39%
Good Job60%53%51%
High SEC63%53%51%
Average Age50.749.448.5
ABC1 Class65%55%54%

Saffron Walden ranks #384 for "Leave", #41 for "Right", #282 for "National" and #315 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:

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° 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

Saffron Walden: Map

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

Saffron Walden: Ward-by-ward

Workings for Saffron Walden

This section gives an estimate of the votes cast in each ward of Saffron Walden 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 Saffron Walden. 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.

Saffron WaldenActual Results
DistrictWardElection
Year
CON
Votes
LAB
Votes
LIB
Votes
UKIP
Votes
Green
Votes
OTH
Votes
ChelmsfordBoreham and The Leighs20153,745489840000
ChelmsfordBroomfield and The Walthams20155,9741,2631,4252,6958440
ChelmsfordChelmsford Rural West20151,294175188000
ChelmsfordWrittle20152,93601,60355100
UttlesfordAshdon2015575001250533
UttlesfordBroad Oak and the Hallingburys20152,1922732235860360
UttlesfordClavering2015871012600417
UttlesfordDebden and Wimbish201563111110300338
UttlesfordElsenham and Henham20158992121,92100590
UttlesfordFelsted and Stebbing20152,0684093116620838
UttlesfordFlitch Green and Little Dunmow20157271126600243
UttlesfordGreat Dunmow North20151,732249182001,468
UttlesfordGreat Dunmow South and Barnston20154,049698344002,927
UttlesfordHatfield Heath201557106700599
UttlesfordHigh Easter and The Rodings2015974013500205
UttlesfordLittlebury, Chesterford and Wenden Lofts20152,0042950002,437
UttlesfordNewport20151,2250285002,032
UttlesfordSaffron Walden Audley20151,30834198201791,695
UttlesfordSaffron Walden Castle20151,17657323318801,649
UttlesfordSaffron Walden Shire20153,05285845304744,539
UttlesfordStansted North20151,7593102,228000
UttlesfordStansted South and Birchanger20151,5842651,1970154366
UttlesfordStort Valley20155510639000
UttlesfordTakeley20153,74642638077001,781
UttlesfordThaxted and the Eastons20152,0953882,025000
UttlesfordThe Sampfords201581412410000274

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.

Saffron WaldenEst. 2019 General Election Results
DistrictWardElectorate
2019
CON
Votes
LAB
Votes
LIB
Votes
Brexit
Votes
Green
Votes
MIN
Votes
OTH
Votes
Total
Votes
ChelmsfordBoreham and The Leighs5,3912,5065207010182003,909
ChelmsfordBroomfield and The Walthams6,8613,1097159170233004,974
ChelmsfordChelmsford Rural West2,3491,150178301074001,703
ChelmsfordWrittle4,6061,9994617190160003,339
UttlesfordAshdon1,684795142225059001,221
UttlesfordBroad Oak and the Hallingburys3,3971,7062504030104002,463
UttlesfordClavering1,856890138258059001,345
UttlesfordDebden and Wimbish2,059980168275070001,493
UttlesfordElsenham and Henham3,0821,3322755210107002,235
UttlesfordFelsted and Stebbing3,7161,8012944770122002,694
UttlesfordFlitch Green and Little Dunmow2,1321,004194275072001,545
UttlesfordGreat Dunmow North3,3271,5683363970111002,412
UttlesfordGreat Dunmow South and Barnston5,0152,4214555930167003,636
UttlesfordHatfield Heath1,877924148228061001,361
UttlesfordHigh Easter and The Rodings1,949957149245062001,413
UttlesfordLittlebury, Chesterford and Wenden Lofts3,5891,6562985220126002,602
UttlesfordNewport2,9521,3412884100102002,141
UttlesfordSaffron Walden Audley3,9401,5724696760140002,857
UttlesfordSaffron Walden Castle3,3191,3634914380114002,406
UttlesfordSaffron Walden Shire5,7842,5347267340199004,193
UttlesfordStansted North3,5201,4703196380125002,552
UttlesfordStansted South and Birchanger2,9511,2353164860103002,140
UttlesfordStort Valley1,704736137303060001,236
UttlesfordTakeley4,1812,0353834730140003,031
UttlesfordThaxted and the Eastons3,9141,7423166470133002,838
UttlesfordThe Sampfords1,863889141260061001,351
 Total87,01839,7158,30712,12202,9460063,090

Predicted ward-by-ward votes for Saffron Walden

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

Saffron WaldenPredicted Results
DistrictWardElectorate
2019
CON
Votes
LAB
Votes
LIB
Votes
Brexit
Votes
Green
Votes
MIN
Votes
OTH
Votes
Total
Votes
ChelmsfordBoreham and The Leighs5,3912,3547327210101003,908
ChelmsfordBroomfield and The Walthams6,8612,9169859430130004,974
ChelmsfordChelmsford Rural West2,3491,084268310041001,703
ChelmsfordWrittle4,6061,870644737089003,340
UttlesfordAshdon1,684748209231033001,221
UttlesfordBroad Oak and the Hallingburys3,3971,610379415058002,462
UttlesfordClavering1,856838209265033001,345
UttlesfordDebden and Wimbish2,059922249283039001,493
UttlesfordElsenham and Henham3,0821,245397533060002,235
UttlesfordFelsted and Stebbing3,7161,697439491068002,695
UttlesfordFlitch Green and Little Dunmow2,132944278283040001,545
UttlesfordGreat Dunmow North3,3271,474466410062002,412
UttlesfordGreat Dunmow South and Barnston5,0152,280651612093003,636
UttlesfordHatfield Heath1,877871221235034001,361
UttlesfordHigh Easter and The Rodings1,949902224252035001,413
UttlesfordLittlebury, Chesterford and Wenden Lofts3,5891,555441536070002,602
UttlesfordNewport2,9521,258405421057002,141
UttlesfordSaffron Walden Audley3,9401,461627691078002,857
UttlesfordSaffron Walden Castle3,3191,270622451064002,407
UttlesfordSaffron Walden Shire5,7842,3719557560111004,193
UttlesfordStansted North3,5201,371460652070002,553
UttlesfordStansted South and Birchanger2,9511,152433497057002,139
UttlesfordStort Valley1,704688205310033001,236
UttlesfordTakeley4,1811,917547489078003,031
UttlesfordThaxted and the Eastons3,9141,632470662074002,838
UttlesfordThe Sampfords1,863837213267034001,351
 Total87,01837,26711,72912,45301,6420063,091

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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