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 Basingstoke
Other Conservative hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Andrew Hunter Conservative 20,490 42.7 -0.6
Jon Hartley Labour 19,610 40.9 +1.8
Steve Sollitt Liberal Democrat 6,693 13.9 -3.1
Kim Graham UK Independence 1,202 2.5  
Majority 880 1.8
Turnout 47,995 60.7 -13.4
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 1.2% from Conservative to Labour

Description
Basingstoke is situated in Hampshire just off the M3 motorway. It is particularly popular among commuters to South West London and the boundaries of the parliamentary constituency have contracted as the town has grown.

Basingstoke's post-war population growth has been amongst the most dramatic in the country, rising from 16,000 in 1951 to 26,000 in 1961 and then doubling over the next ten years. By 1996 the population had reached 86,600. It began with London overspill council estates and private residential developments but in recent years new estates have been built by the private sector.

The town is home to many high-tech and service industries which have moved out of London in the 1980s. Firms involved with electronics, micro-computing, insurance, drugs and security printing are based here, as are the Automobile Association's headquarters.

Despite changes in the size and composition of the constituency, Basingstoke remained a Conservative seat throughout the last decade - in 1992 the majority was 21,198 (30.9%). However, the swing to Labour in 1997 means that the seat is now considered more marginal.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Basingstoke
Conservative hold
Name Party Votes %
Andrew Hunter Conservative 24,751 43.3
Nigel Lickley Labour 22,354 39.1
Martin Rimmer Liberal Democrat 9,714 17.0
Elsayed Selim Independent 310 0.5
Majority 2,397 4.2
Turnout 57,129 74.1
 
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