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 Boston & Skegness
Other Conservative hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Mark Simmonds Conservative 17,298 42.9 +0.5
Elaine Bird Labour 16,783 41.6 +0.6
Duncan Moffatt Liberal Democrat 4,994 12.4 -4.2
Cyril Wakefield UK Independence 717 1.8  
Mark Harrison Green 521 1.3  
Majority 515 1.3
Turnout 40,313 58.4 -10.5
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 0.1% from Conservative to Labour

Description
The market town of Boston is an important administrative centre for rural Lincolnshire, and its modernised port, which brings thousands of tonnes of steel, timber and paper into the constituency, a key employer. Light industry and food processing are the other major industries in the town and surrounding villages, but elsewhere agriculture remains dominant.

The resort of Skegness has recovered from a damaging dip in trade caused by pit closures in the East Midlands during the 1980s, and following regeneration through millions of pounds in EU grants, is now one of Britain’s most popular resorts, particularly among the elderly during the winter months.

When this seat was formed by boundary reviews in 1995, the Conservatives had good reason to celebrate. A combination of the lush Holland farmland that surrounds the town of Boston combined with Lincolnshire’s premier tourist resort of Skegness, seemed to provide the party with that rarest of commodities - a true blue seat in the north. This was undermined at the last election when the party was only able to hold on by the narrowest of margins.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Boston & Skegness
Conservative hold
Name Party Votes %
Richard Body Conservative 19,750 42.4
Phil McCauley Labour 19,103 41.0
Jim Dodsworth Liberal Democrat 7,721 16.6
Majority 647 1.4
Turnout 46,574 68.9
 
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