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 Blaby
Other Conservative hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Andrew Robathan Conservative 22,104 46.4 +0.6
David Morgan Labour 15,895 33.4 -0.4
Geoff Welsh Liberal Democrat 8,286 17.4 +2.5
Edward Scott BNP 1,357 2.8 +1.8
Majority 6,209 13.0
Turnout 47,642 64.5 -11.5
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 0.5% from Labour to Conservative

Description
Andrew Robathan inherited this seat from fellow Conservative and former chancellor Nigel Lawson in 1992, achieving a larger majority than Mr Lawson had ever recorded.

Although his majority was considerably cut in 1997, the swing to Labour was no larger than the national swing. The swing to Labour since 1992 appears to have hurt the Lib Dems hardest the party had been the second party in the constituency until 1992.

The constituency sits on the south west of Leicester. Blaby itself is a small village, and the main centres of population in the area are Braunstone, Narborough, Countesthorpe and Glen Parva.

Farming, especially dairy farming, is the main occupation in Blaby, although over recent years farming in the area has been in gradual decline.

Areas of historical interest in the constituency include the 13th century Elmesthorpe Church which is thought to have provided shelter for the soldiers of King Richard III on their march from Leicester to the Battle of Bosworth.

Soldiers from the battle are thought to be buried in the churchyard. King Charles I stayed at the 14th century Manor House in Glen Parva after the battle of Naseby.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Blaby
Conservative hold
Name Party Votes %
Andrew Robathan Conservative 24,564 45.8
Ross Willmott Labour 18,090 33.8
Geoffrey Welsh Liberal Democrat 8,001 14.9
Robert Harrison Referendum 2,018 3.8
John Peacock BNP 523 1.0
Terence Stokes Independent 397 0.7
Majority 6,474 12.1
Turnout 53,593 76.0
 
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