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 Canterbury
Other Conservative hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Julian Brazier Conservative 18,711 41.5 +2.9
Emily Thornberry Labour 16,642 36.9 +5.6
Peter Wales Liberal Democrat 8,056 17.8 -6.0
Hazel Dawe Green 920 2.0 +0.9
Lisa Moore UK Independence 803 1.8 +1.3
Majority 2,069 4.6
Turnout 45,132 60.9 -11.6
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 1.4% from Conservative to Labour

Description
The cathedral city has seen a steady erosion of the Conservative majority at every election since 1979. However, the once-huge 22,000 majority shrunk at the last election to just 4,000.

Canterbury is a cathedral city and spiritual centre of the Church of England.

Education is important in the town with grammar schools, comprehensives, colleges, two leading public schools and the University of Kent.

Conservative-controlled Kent County Council has been at the forefront of the campaign to retain grammar schools. In early 2000, their opponents had to call off the abolition campaign after they were unable to gather enough signatures for a ballot.

However, one of its sons, the playwright Christopher Marlowe (1564-93) hardly conformed to its present conservative reputation.

There are above average numbers in the professional/managerial and technical social groups. Pensioners are also more numerous here than in the average seat - they make up nearly a quarter of the population.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Canterbury
Conservative hold
Name Party Votes %
Julian Brazier Conservative 20,913 38.6
Cheryl Hall Labour 16,949 31.3
Martin Vye Liberal Democrat 12,854 23.8
James Osborne Referendum 2,460 4.5
Geoff Meaden Green 588 1.1
John Moore UK Independence 281 0.5
Andrew Pringle Natural Law 64 0.1
Majority 3,964 7.3
Turnout 54,109 72.5
 
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