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 Cambridgeshire North West
Other Conservative hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Brian Mawhinney Conservative 21,895 49.8 +1.7
Anthea Cox Labour 13,794 31.4 -0.8
Alastair Taylor Liberal Democrat 6,957 15.8 +0.7
Barry Hudson UK Independence 881 2.0 +1.4
David Hall Independent 429 1.0  
Majority 8,101 18.4
Turnout 43,956 62.3 -11.9
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 1.3% from Labour to Conservative

Description
This was a new seat created in the 1995 boundary changes.

It was formed from the northern half of the then prime minister John Major’s Huntingdon constituency and four wards south of the Nene from Brian Mawhinney’s previous seat, Peterborough.

A prosperous region, bolstered by the construction of many private housing estates. Most employment is in managerial positions and there are many wealthy arable farmers.

Although the City of Peterborough itself is a separate constituency, many of the City’s western suburbs fall within Brian Mawhinney’s seat.

It is here in areas like Fletton and Orton Longueville that pockets of Labour support can be found in an area otherwise steadily blue.

The constituency contains the village of Stilton to where the eponymous cheese was brought from Leicestershire and then loaded on to stage coaches heading to London. There is still an annual ‘cheese rolling’ competition in May each year.

Another larger village on the edge of the fens between St Ives and Ramsey, Warboys, is the last recorded place from which three witches were ultimately hanged at Huntingdon in 1593 after being found guilty of witchcraft at Huntingdon Assizes.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Cambridgeshire North West
Conservative hold
Name Party Votes %
Brian Mawhinney Conservative 23,488 48.1
Lee Steptoe Labour 15,734 32.2
Barbara McCoy Liberal Democrat 7,388 15.1
Sandy Watt Referendum 1,939 4.0
Bill Wyatt UK Independence 269 0.6
Majority 7,754 15.9
Turnout 48,818 74.2
 
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