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 Cambridgeshire North East
Other Conservative hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Malcolm Moss Conservative 23,132 48.1 +5.1
Dil Owen Labour 16,759 34.9 +1.1
Richard Renaut Liberal Democrat 6,733 14.0 -2.4
John Stevens UK Independence 1,189 2.5  
Tony Hoey ProLife Alliance 238 0.5  
Majority 6,373 13.3
Turnout 48,051 60.1 -12.5
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 2.0% from Labour to Conservative

Description
Cambridgeshire North East is an overwhelmingly rural constituency with over 200 miles of flat fenlands.

Many constituents are employed in farming, particularly of potatoes and apples, and haulage.

The main towns are Wisbech, March - the only town with a rail link - Whittlesey and Chateris, with two smaller towns of Sutton and Littleport.

Since the closure of the main Ely Hospital in 1992, although there remains a minor injuries unit on the site, people in the south of the constituency have had to travel to Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge for treatment.

The north of the constituency is better served by hospitals.

This has been an historically safe Conservative seat, except for the 14 year reign of the Liberal celebrity Clement Freud who was elected in a by-election in 1973.

A TV and radio personality and sometime director of the Playboy club, Clement Freud did not stand in the 1992 general election when Conservative Malcolm Moss recaptured the seat.

Labour also briefly dominated Fenland Council between 1995 and 1997, but the Tories are now once again firmly entrenched on the council.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Cambridgeshire North East
Conservative hold
Name Party Votes %
Malcolm Moss Conservative 23,855 43.0
Virginia Bucknor Labour 18,754 33.8
Andrew Nash Liberal Democrat 9,070 16.4
Michael Bacon Referendum 2,636 4.8
Chris Bennett Socialist Labour 851 1.5
Luke Leighton Natural Law 259 0.5
Majority 5,101 9.2
Turnout 55,425 72.6
 
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