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 Bournemouth East
Other Conservative hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
David Atkinson Conservative 15,501 43.3 +1.9
Andrew Garratt Liberal Democrat 12,067 33.7 +2.3
Paul Nicholson Labour 7,107 19.9 -1.2
George Chamberlaine UK Independence 1,124 3.1 +1.3
Majority 3,434 9.6
Turnout 35,799 59.2 -11.0
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 0.2% from Conservative to Liberal Democrat
Lab-Con (against 1997) 1.6% from Labour to Conservative

Description
Bournemouth was once a barren heathland but it blossomed in the 19th century as a result of the Victorian love for the seaside.

The tourist industry still forms a vital part of Bournemouth's economy, though over the past 20 years this has been boosted by rapid local development of the insurance, banking and financial sectors.

Much of this has been concentrated in Bournemouth East. Companies including Chase Manhatten Bank,and Abbey Life have been attracted to the town and its outskirts by comparatively low rents and low wages.

Furthermore, it has one of the lowest proportions of council housing anywhere in Britain and a large number of pensioners.

This has long been a Conservative seat, but one where the Liberal Democrats have considerable support in local elections. General elections, however, are different.

All three Tory seats in Poole and Bournemouth survived the 1997 election, although Bournemouth East had a substantially reduced majority of just 4,342.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Bournemouth East
Conservative hold
Name Party Votes %
David Atkinson Conservative 17,997 41.4
Douglas Eyre Liberal Democrat 13,655 31.4
Jessica Stevens Labour 9,181 21.1
Alan Musgrave-Scott Referendum 1,808 4.2
Kenneth Benney UK Independence 791 1.8
Majority 4,342 10.0
Turnout 43,432 70.2
 
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