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 Chichester
Other Conservative hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Andrew Tyrie Conservative 23,320 47.0 +0.6
Lynne Ravenscroft Liberal Democrat 11,965 24.1 -4.9
Celia Barlow Labour 10,627 21.4 +4.2
Douglas Denny UK Independence 2,380 4.8 +3.4
Gavin Graham Green 1,292 2.6  
Majority 11,355 22.9
Turnout 49,584 63.8 -10.8
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 2.8% from Liberal Democrat to Conservative
Lab-Con (against 1997) 1.8% from Conservative to Labour

Description
A rural seat in the western part of West Sussex, Chichester runs from the Channel coast up along the border of Hampshire.

Despite a strong history in Chichester, the Tories lost overall control of the council between 1993 and 1999, as the Lib Dems chipped away at their majority.

Pro-European Andrew Tyrie replaced Anthony Nelson as Conservative MP in 1997. He was formerly a special Treasury advisor to John Major and Nigel Lawson.

The Romans built Chichester and named it Noviomagus. Its present name comes from the Anglo Saxon prince Cissa - Cissa’s Ceastor (Cissa’s camp) became Chichester.

King Canute is said to have tried and failed to command the waters to retreat at Chichester. There is a Roman Palace at Fishbourne, which was originally the Roman supply base on Chichester Harbour.

This is a peaceful area chosen by many as the location for their second or retirement home.

It also boasts the stately homes of Cowdray Park at Midhurst, Petworth House and the Goodwood House of the Dukes of Richmond and Gordon. Goodwood Racecourse, Chichester Harbour and Cowdray Park, an international polo venue are also situated here.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Chichester
Conservative hold
Name Party Votes %
Andrew Tyrie Conservative 25,895 46.4
Peter Gardiner Liberal Democrat 16,161 29.0
Charlie Smith Labour 9,605 17.2
Douglas Denny Referendum 3,318 5.9
J G Rix UK Independence 800 1.4
Majority 9,734 17.5
Turnout 55,779 74.6
 
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