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 Bath
Other Liberal Democrat hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Don Foster Liberal Democrat 23,372 50.5 +2.0
Ashley Fox Conservative 13,478 29.1 -2.1
Marilyn Hawkings Labour 7,269 15.7 -0.7
Mike Boulton Green 1,469 3.2 +2.1
Andrew Tettenborn UK Independence 708 1.5 +0.9
Majority 9,894 21.4
Turnout 46,296 64.9 -11.2
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 2.0% from Conservative to Liberal Democrat
Lab-Con (against 1997) 0.7% from Conservative to Labour

Description
The Bath constituency was considerably enlarged in 1995 and now contains not just the city of Bath, but also five village wards and over 7,000 voters from the neighbouring Wansdyke constituency.

Its voters famously ousted the then Conservative Party Chairman, Chris Patten, in the 1992 General Election in favour of the Liberal Democrats' Don Foster.

The Tories had not regarded this seat as one of their strongholds, given the pressure they had come under since the 1966 elections when Labour came within 800 votes of winning here. The SDP was the second-place party during the 1980s, coming within 1,500 votes of taking the seat in 1987.

With its Roman spa, extensive Georgian architecture and abbey, tourism is a major industry in Bath, and it houses numerous small shops and hotels. Bath has the status of a World Heritage site, an honour it shares with Florence and Rome.

Like many English tourist towns, Bath has a high number of second homes and pensioners who have retired to its pleasant surroundings, as well as a significant amount of part-time and seasonal labour.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Bath
Liberal Democrat hold
Name Party Votes %
Don Foster Liberal Democrat 26,169 48.5
Alison McNair Conservative 16,850 31.2
Tim Bush Labour 8,828 16.4
Anthony Cook Referendum 1,192 2.2
Richard Scrase Green 580 1.1
Peter Sandell UK Independence 315 0.6
Nicholas Pullen Natural Law 55 0.1
Majority 9,319 17.3
Turnout 53,989 76.1
 
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