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 Cheltenham
Other Liberal Democrat hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Nigel Jones Liberal Democrat 19,970 47.7 -1.8
Rob Garnham Conservative 14,715 35.2 -1.0
Andy Erlam Labour 5,041 12.0 +1.9
Keith Bessant Green 735 1.8  
Dancing Ken Hanks Raving Loony 513 1.2 +0.5
James Carver UK Independence 482 1.2 +0.6
Anthony Gates ProLife Alliance 272 0.7 +0.2
Roger Everest Independent 107 0.3  
Majority 5,255 12.6
Turnout 41,835 61.9 -12.1
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 0.4% from Liberal Democrat to Conservative
Lab-Con (against 1997) 1.5% from Conservative to Labour

Description
The Cheltenham electorate is predominantly middle class and housed in privately-owned Victorian and Regency properties.

Set in the Gloucestershire Cotswolds it is probably best known for its racecourse and Ladies College - recently in the news following pop star Madonna’s plans to send her daughter, Lourdes there.

With all its elegant houses and well-known establishments one would think this was a Conservative stronghold but the seat has been held by Liberal Democrat Nigel Jones since 1992.

Nigel Jones first contested this seat in 1979. In early 2000, Jones and his assistant Andrew Pennington were attacked by a man wielding a sword.

Mr Jones was injured, but has now returned to work. Mr Pennington, however, was killed in the attack.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Cheltenham
Liberal Democrat hold
Name Party Votes %
Nigel Jones Liberal Democrat 24,877 49.5
John Todman Conservative 18,232 36.2
Barry Leach Labour 5,100 10.1
Alison Powell Referendum 1,065 2.1
Ken Hanks Loony 375 0.7
Gordon Cook UK Independence 302 0.6
Anne Harriss ProLife Alliance 245 0.5
Natural Law 107 0.2
Majority 6,645 13.2
Turnout 50,303 74.0
 
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