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 Brighton Pavilion
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
David Lepper Labour 19,846 48.7 -5.9
David Gold Conservative 10,203 25.1 -2.6
Ruth Berry Liberal Democrat 5,348 13.1 +3.6
Keith Taylor Green 3,806 9.3 +6.7
Ian Fyvie Socialist Labour 573 1.4  
Bob Dobbs Free Party 409 1.0  
Stuart Hutchin UK Independence 361 0.9 +0.5
Marie Paragallo ProLife Alliance 177 0.4  
Majority 9,643 23.7
Turnout 40,723 58.8 -14.6
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 1.6% from Labour to Conservative

Description
Brighton Pavilion contains most of Brightonís town centre, the big hotels and the Conference Centre.

It runs westward from the Palace Pier along the Marine Parade towards Hove, and then inland to the South Downs at Devilís Dyke.

Inland suburbs, such as Preston and Patcham, have large proportions of London commuters. Sussex University is situated in this constituency, in Stanmer Ward.

Brighton is now firmly on the map as a trendy, rival cultural centre to London in the South, with a large, vocal gay community.

The inclusion of the staunchly Labour Hanover ward from Brighton Kemptown in the 1995 boundary changes helped Labour to take this seat for the first time in 1997.

Labour now holds six of the nine Brighton and Hove Council wards that fall in this seat. Only Westdene and Patcham are Conservative, and St Peters has three Green councillors.

The Conservatives need a 13.5% swing to regain this seat, lost by the former solicitor-general Sir Derek Spencer to Labourís David Lepper in 1997.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Brighton Pavilion
Labour gain from Conservative
Name Party Votes %
David Lepper Labour 26,737 54.6
Derek Spencer Conservative 13,556 27.7
Ken Blanshard Liberal Democrat 4,644 9.5
Peter Stocken Referendum 1,304 2.7
Peter West Green 1,249 2.6
Richard Huggett Independent 1,098 2.2
Frank Stevens UK Independence 179 0.4
Bob Dobbs Independent 125 0.3
Alan Card Rainbow 59 0.1
Majority 13,181 26.9
Turnout 48,951 73.4
 
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