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 Aylesbury
Other Conservative hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
David Lidington Conservative 23,230 47.3 +3.1
Peter Jones Liberal Democrat 13,221 26.9 -2.6
Keith White Labour 11,388 23.2 +1.0
Justin Harper UK Independence 1,248 2.5  
Majority 10,009 20.4
Turnout 49,087 61.4 -11.4
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 2.8% from Liberal Democrat to Conservative
Lab-Con (against 1997) 1.1% from Labour to Conservative

Description
Aylesbury constituency comprises some of the historically most loyal Conservative territories and the most vehemently opposed. Among them are Great Missenden, Princes Risborough and numerous villages which have in the past remained loyal to the Conservatives.

The town itself is dominated by council housing and private "starter" homes put up in the 1950s and 1960s. In the 1980s it was one of the affluent country towns picked out as a site for "designer violence" inflicted on Friday and Saturday nights by beer-swilling youths. Its troubles were portrayed as a consequence of the amoral materialism of Thatcherism although its resemblance to the old "wild" West was greatly exaggerated.

David Lidington, Home Affairs spokesman for the Conservatives since 1999, succeeded Timothy Raison as MP for Aylesbury in 1992.

All six Aylesbury town wards - encompassing about half the electorate - were won by the Liberal Democrats in the 1997 county council elections. On the same day, the Conservative majority in the general election fell to 8,000 from 18,000. However the Lib Dems, in second place, scarcely increased their vote, failing to squeeze Labourís support which went up by 9%.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Aylesbury
Conservative hold
Name Party Votes %
David Lidington Conservative 25,426 44.2
Sharon Bowles Liberal Democrat 17,007 29.5
Robert Langridge Labour 12,759 22.2
Marc John Referendum 2,196 3.8
Lawrence Sheaff Natural Law 166 0.3
Majority 8,419 14.6
Turnout 57,554 72.8
 
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