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 Beckenham
Other Conservative hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Jacqui Lait Conservative 20,618 45.3 +2.8
Richard Watts Labour 15,659 34.4 +1.0
Alexander Feakes Liberal Democrat 7,308 16.0 -2.1
Karen Moran Green 961 2.1  
Christopher Pratt UK Independence 782 1.7 +0.8
Riff Winfield Liberal Party 234 0.5 -0.8
Majority 4,959 10.9
Turnout 45,562 63.1 -11.2
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 0.9% from Labour to Conservative

Description
This outer London constituency in the south east is part of Bromley which is the largest London borough in terms of size, and second only in terms of population. Beckenham is tucked into the North West corner of the borough and is the closest of the seats to inner London.

There is a high level of owner occupancy here, which stands at 74.5%. Local Authority housing is low here too, at just under 9%.

The seat was held at the 1997 general election by Piers Merchant, whose majority was cut from 15,000 to just under 5,000. This fall was not surprising given publicity during the campaign that Mr Merchant had been having an affair with a teenager.

This eventually led to his resignation and the seat was retained for the Tories in November 1997 by Jacqui Lait, who had been defeated in May in Hastings and Rye.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Beckenham
Conservative hold
Name Party Votes %
Piers Merchant Conservative 23,084 42.5
Robert Hughes Labour 18,131 33.4
Rosemary Vetterlein Liberal Democrat 9,858 18.1
Leonard Mead Referendum 1,663 3.1
Phil Rimmer Liberal Party 720 1.3
C Pratt UK Independence 506 0.9
John McAuley National Front 388 0.7
Majority 4,953 9.1
Turnout 54,350 74.3
Parliamentary By-Election
 Beckenham
Conservative hold
Name Party Votes %
Jacqui Lait Conservative 13,162 41.2
Robert Hughes Labour 11,935 37.4
Rosemary Vetterlein Liberal Democrat 5,864 18.4
Philip Rimmer Liberal Party 330 1.0
John McAuley National Front 267 0.8
Leonard Mead Independent 237 0.7
Terence Campion Independent 69 0.2
John Small Natural Law 44 0.1
Majority 1,227 3.8
Turnout 31,908 68.7
 
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