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 Carshalton & Wallington
Other Liberal Democrat hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Tom Brake Liberal Democrat 18,289 45.0 +6.8
Ken Andrew Conservative 13,742 33.8 +0.3
Maggie Cooper Labour 7,466 18.4 -5.5
Simon Dixon Green 614 1.5 +0.7
Martin Haley UK Independence 501 1.2 +0.7
Majority 4,547 11.2
Turnout 40,612 60.3 -13.0
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 3.2% from Conservative to Liberal Democrat
Lab-Con (against 1997) 2.9% from Labour to Conservative

Description
Until the last election, Carshalton and Wallington was seen as a relatively safe Tory constituency but it fell to the LIberal Democrats' Tom Brake.

This seat is mostly made up of typical outer London suburbs, including the towns of Carshalton and Wallington themselves as well as some more affluent parts such as Carshalton Beeches and Woodcote.

There is, however, also a surprisingly high number of council homes - the Roundshaw estate at Beddington, which was built on part of Croydon Aerodrome, London's first international airport, and has been the subject of a regeneration project in recent years.

The constituency also takes in part of the large 1930s St. Helier estate where St. Helier Hospital is found. It was here at the end of March 1943, that Gwen Major-Ball gave birth to a son, John, who went on to be prime minster from 1990 to 1997.

For students of local election results, the Tory defeat here in 1997 was perhaps not as unexpected as one might first think.

As far back as the borough elections in 1994, of the 27 councillors elected to serve on Sutton Council, 21 were Liberal Democrats, five were Labour and only one was a Conservative.

Four years later, even with the Tories out of office nationally, the result was identical.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Carshalton & Wallington
Liberal Democrat gain from Conservative
Name Party Votes %
Thomas Brake Liberal Democrat 18,490 38.2
Nigel Forman Conservative 16,223 33.5
Andrew Theobald Labour 11,565 23.9
Julian Storey Referendum 1,289 2.7
Peter Hickson Green 377 0.8
Gary Ritchie BNP 261 0.5
Leslie Povey UK Independence 218 0.5
Majority 2,267 4.7
Turnout 48,423 73.3
 
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