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 Charnwood
Other Conservative hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Stephen Dorrell Conservative 23,283 48.2 +1.7
Sean Sheahan Labour 15,544 32.2 -3.8
Susan King Liberal Democrat 7,835 16.2 +3.3
Jamie Bye UK Independence 1,603 3.3  
Majority 7,739 16.0
Turnout 48,265 64.5 -12.4
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 2.8% from Labour to Conservative

Description
This Tory-held seat was created as a result of a boundary review in 1995.

It is predominantly rural and lies between Leicester and Nottingham. The constituency was named after the local government district and the ancient forest of Charnwood.

This is not a key target seat for Labour or the Liberal Democrats.

The only small pocket of reliable Labour support is in Thurmaston which borders Leicester City where the only two Labour councillors on CharnwoodCouncil are based. Otherwise the council is overwhelmingly Conservative.

Major employers in the area include Astra Pharmaceuticals, Morris Mechanical Handling, Taylors Bell Foundry, Brush, 3M Health Care and Redland Aggregates.

Key skills areas are hosiery, knitwear, heavy electrical engineering and pharmaceuticals.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Charnwood
Conservative hold
Name Party Votes %
Stephen Dorrell Conservative 26,110 46.5
David Knaggs Labour 20,210 36.0
Roger Wilson Liberal Democrat 7,224 12.9
Hugh Meechan Referendum 2,104 3.7
Matthew Palmer BNP 525 0.9
Majority 5,900 10.5
Turnout 56,173 76.9
 
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