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 Aldershot
Other Conservative hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Gerald Howarth Conservative 19,106 42.2 -0.5
Adrian Collett Liberal Democrat 12,512 27.6 -2.9
Luke Akehurst Labour 11,394 25.2 +1.1
Derek Rumsey UK Independence 797 1.8 +0.3
Adam Stacey Green 630 1.4  
King Arthur Pendragon Independent 459 1.0  
Alan 'Howling Laud' Hope Hope Raving Loony 390 0.9  
Majority 6,594 14.6
Turnout 45,288 57.9 -12.9
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 1.2% from Liberal Democrat to Conservative
Lab-Con (against 1997) 0.8% from Conservative to Labour

Description
Aldershot has a long history, first mentioned in the Doomsday book as ‘Alreshete’, and if it were not for the incoming army settlements in the mid 1800s it is likely that the town would have remained as a sleepy backwater village .

However, by the mid-1900s, Aldershot was a flourishing town, serving both a large military barracks and the local civilian population. It is still one of the most gamous Garrison towns in Britain, and remains one of the biggest Army training centres in the UK.

The constituency has three focal population points - Aldershot, Yardley and Farnborough.

With good links to central London, Aldershot is a popular location for commuters and has a good record on employment with high levels of car ownership. Overall it has a fairly transient population, to which the army presence obviously contributes.

Since 1918, the voters of Aldershot have only returned Tory candidates.

Gerald Howarth replaced the retiring MP, Julian Critchley in 1997, who before leaving office commented that Mr Howarth was ‘a shade too Thatcherite for my taste’. By March 2000 Mr Howarth was proving these credentials with a call for General Pinochet’s plane to depart from Farnborough Airport, in the constituency, so that he could personally wave the general off.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Aldershot
Conservative hold
Name Party Votes %
Gerald Howarth Conservative 23,119 42.7
Adrian Collett Liberal Democrat 16,498 30.5
Terence Bridgeman Labour 13,057 24.1
John Howe UK Independence 794 1.5
Arthur Pendragon Independent 361 0.7
Donald Stevens BNP 322 0.6
Majority 6,621 12.2
Turnout 54,151 70.8
 
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