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 Cambridge
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Anne Campbell Labour 19,316 45.1 -8.3
David Howarth Liberal Democrat 10,737 25.1 +9.0
Graham Stuart Conservative 9,829 22.9 -3.0
Stephen Lawrence Green 1,413 3.3 +2.0
Howard Senter Socialist Alliance 716 1.7  
Len Baynes UK Independence 532 1.2  
Clare Underwood ProLife Alliance 232 0.5 +0.1
Margaret Courtney Workers Rev 61 0.1 -0.1
Majority 8,579 20.0
Turnout 42,836 60.6 -10.9
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 8.6% from Labour to Liberal Democrat
Lab-Con (against 1997) 2.7% from Labour to Conservative

Description
Anne Campbell became the first Labour MP to hold Cambridge for two successive terms in 1997, increasing her hold with a swing of 13% to Labour securing her a majority of over 14,000.

Before this Labour have held the seat only twice - in 1945 and 1966.

Cambridge is a university town home to a growing high tech industry, and lies in the middle of the fens.

It is a shopping and administrative centre for the surrounding area. There are approximately 21,000 full time students in Cambridge - 16,500 at Cambridge University and 5000 at Anglia Polytechnic University - of a total population of around 110,000 people.

There has been a massive expansion in the number of high-tech firms in Cambridge over the past fifteen years.

In 1985 there were 350 high tech-firms, but by 1998 there were 1,350 firms employing 32,500 people in the area. In addition to software, new sectors have grown- notably in biotechnology.

Major pharmaceutical companies now have laboratories alongside University departments in Cambridge, and the human genome project in Hinxton where the Sanger Centre is based led an international consortium to complete the first draft of the human genome.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Cambridge
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
Anne Campbell Labour 27,436 53.4
David Platt Conservative 13,299 25.9
Geoffrey Heathcock Liberal Democrat 8,287 16.1
William Burrows Referendum 1,262 2.5
Margaret Wright Green 654 1.3
Anna Johnstone ProLife Alliance 191 0.4
Raymond Athow Workers Rev 107 0.2
Patrice Gladwin Natural Law 103 0.2
Majority 14,137 27.5
Turnout 51,339 71.5
 
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