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 Brighton Kemptown
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Des Turner Labour 18,745 47.8 +1.2
Geoffrey Theobald Conservative 13,823 35.3 -3.6
Janet Marshall Liberal Democrat 4,064 10.4 +0.7
Barney Miller Green 1,290 3.3  
James Chamberlain-Webber UK Independence 543 1.4  
John McLeod Socialist Labour 364 0.9 +0.2
Dave Dobbs Free Party 227 0.6  
Elaine Cook ProLife Alliance 147 0.4  
Majority 4,922 12.6
Turnout 39,203 58.0 -12.6
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 2.4% from Conservative to Labour

Description
Kemptown is the eastern part of Brighton beyond the Palace Pier.

Behind the coast there is a striking social mix.

The area is also home to a large number of students from Sussex and Brighton Universities.

Brighton Kemptown was the first seat that Labour ever won in Sussex and the only one they had won in the county before 1997.

Dennis Hobden took the constituency in 1964 with a majority of seven votes and held it until 1970.

From 1970 to 1997, however, the seat was in Tory hands.

Boundary changes in 1995 left the Conservatives a notional 10,300 majority, transforming this traditionally marginal seat into an apparently safe one.

But it still fell to former Brighton and East Sussex Labour councillor Desmond Turner in 1997 with a majority of 3,534 on a swing of 13.9%.

It joined the other two Brighton seats- Brighton Pavilion and Hove - which also fell to Labour.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Brighton Kemptown
Labour gain from Conservative
Name Party Votes %
Desmond Turner Labour 21,479 46.6
Andrew Bowden Conservative 17,945 38.9
Clive Gray Liberal Democrat 4,478 9.7
David Inman Referendum 1,526 3.3
Hannah Williams Socialist Labour 316 0.7
Jeremy Bowler Natural Law 172 0.4
Lorrie Newman Loony 123 0.3
Richard Darlow Rainbow 93 0.2
Majority 3,534 7.7
Turnout 46,132 70.6
 
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