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 Bournemouth West
Other Conservative hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
John Butterfill Conservative 14,417 42.8 +1.1
David Stokes Labour 9,699 28.8 +4.2
Fiona Hornby Liberal Democrat 8,468 25.2 -2.6
Cynthia Blake UK Independence 1,064 3.2 +2.5
Majority 4,718 14.0
Turnout 33,648 54.2 -12.0
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 1.5% from Conservative to Labour

Description
Dorsetís population grew by nine per cent between the 1981 and 1991 Censuses, requiring the boundary commissioners to make changes to the boundaries of all the seats in the county. Bournemouth itself grew by over six per cent in the 1980s.

It is estimated that some £250 million is spent annually by tourists in Bournemouth. Much of the industry is based in the constituency. Further west there are many smaller hotels and guest houses in Westbourne. In 1984 the Bournemouth International Centre was opened, allowing development of the 'out-of-season' conference trade. It is a building familiar to politicians, journalists and TV news watchers as a venue for the party political conferences. Neil Kinnock made his now legendary attack on Militant here in 1985 and Mrs Thatcher made her last conference speech here as well in 1990.

The Conservatives held this seat in 1997 with a majority of 5,710. The Liberal Democrats were the main challengers but required a swing of 12.6 percent to gain the seat. Labour remained in third place.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Bournemouth West
Conservative hold
Name Party Votes %
John Butterfill Conservative 17,115 41.7
Janet Dover Liberal Democrat 11,405 27.8
Dennis Gritt Labour 10,093 24.6
Ronald Mills Referendum 1,910 4.7
Linda Tooley UK Independence 281 0.7
John Morse BNP 165 0.4
A Springham Natural Law 103 0.3
Majority 5,710 13.9
Turnout 41,072 66.2
 
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