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 Braintree
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Alan Hurst Labour 21,123 42.0 -0.7
Brooks Newmark Conservative 20,765 41.3 +1.2
Peter Turner Liberal Democrat 5,664 11.3 -0.2
James Abbott Green 1,241 2.5 +1.2
Michael Nolan Legal cannabis 774 1.5  
Charlie Cole UK Independence 748 1.5  
Majority 358 0.7
Turnout 50,315 63.6 -12.5
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 0.9% from Labour to Conservative

Description
This constituency was one of seven to refuse to return a Conservative cabinet minister to the House of Commons. Voters refused to back Tony Newton, the then leader of the House, and elected Labourís Alan Hurst instead.

The seat has quite a rural flavour to it, although the two main towns - Braintree and Witham - retain traditional manufacturing industries, particularly engineering, and have attracted new industries and office developments, in recent years.

The town of Braintree itself boasts a museum about the district and a Working Silk Museum. Witham was home to the author Dorothy L Sayers, and there is a centre within Withamís Library dedicated to her.

There have been settlements in the constituency for centuries, as is demonstrated by the existence of the Roman road, Stane Street, which runs through part of the seat, linking Colchester and St Albans.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Braintree
Labour gain from Conservative
Name Party Votes %
Alan Hurst Labour 23,729 42.7
Tony Newton Conservative 22,278 40.1
Trevor Ellis Liberal Democrat 6,418 11.5
Nicholas Westcott Referendum 2,165 3.9
James Abbott Green 712 1.3
Michael Nolan Independent 274 0.5
Majority 1,451 2.6
Turnout 55,576 76.1
 
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