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 Banbury
Other Conservative hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Tony Baldry Conservative 23,271 45.2 +2.3
Leslie Sibley Labour 18,052 35.0 +0.2
Tony Worgan Liberal Democrat 8,216 15.9 -0.8
Bev Cotton Green 1,281 2.5 +1.6
Stephen Harris UK Independence 695 1.3 +0.7
Majority 5,219 10.1
Turnout 51,515 61.8 -13.3
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 1.0% from Labour to Conservative

Description
Banbury has achieved a place in most people’s minds from the nursery rhyme ‘ride a cock horse to Banbury Cross’.

The opening of the Oxford Canal in 1790 connecting Banbury with the Midlands bought new industries and growth which continued with the arrival of the railways. Today Banbury is an expanding market and industrial town experiencing growth as a direct benefit of its proximity to the M40 motorway linking London to Birmingham via Oxford. As a result, the constituency has attracted some major industries to the area, such as Alcan Booth Industries (aluminium products), and Kraft Jacobs Suchard (coffee and custard manufacturers), the racing car industry and Vodafone.

The main issues in the constituency seem to concern development and house-building. As part of government plans to increase housing in the south east, Banbury has been one of the areas to be allocated large quotas for house building. Local constituency members oppose these plans on the grounds that they are unhappy with the quotas being dictated by central government rather than determined locally.

In 1997 Labour cut the Conservative majority to just 4,737 votes when the constituency experienced a swing of 10%.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Banbury
Conservative hold
Name Party Votes %
Tony Baldry Conservative 25,076 42.9
Hazel Peperell Labour 20,339 34.8
Catherine Bearder Liberal Democrat 9,761 16.7
James Ager Referendum 2,245 3.8
Bevis Cotton Green 530 0.9
L King UK Independence 364 0.6
Ian Pearson Natural Law 131 0.2
Majority 4,737 8.1
Turnout 58,446 75.1
 
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