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 Cornwall South East
Other Liberal Democrat hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Colin Breed Liberal Democrat 23,756 45.9 -1.2
Ashley Gray Conservative 18,381 35.5 -0.3
Bill Stevens Labour 6,429 12.4 -0.4
Graham Palmer UK Independence 1,978 3.8 +1.3
Kenneth George Mebyon Kernow 1,209 2.3 +1.3
Majority 5,375 10.4
Turnout 51,753 65.4 -10.3
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 0.5% from Liberal Democrat to Conservative
Lab-Con (against 1997) 0.0% from Conservative to Labour

Description
In 1997 this was one of the three Conservative seats in Cornwall which changed hands.

The constituency inspired many of the novels of Daphne Du Maurier who lived at Par near Fowey. It includes a large part of the south Cornish coast, running from Fowey in the west through the old fishing village of Polperro (now a major tourist attraction) to the fishing port and resort of Looe and, in the Tamar estuary, the more industrial towns of Torpoint and Saltash.

At the centre of the constituency is the main administrative centre of Liskeard where Caradon District council has its headquarters. Here there is also some light industrial development, as there is at Callington further to the east - but the main industries are tourism, agriculture and fishing.

There are some defence-related jobs in Torpoint which are part of Plymouth's defence industry. Up to a third of the working population works in Plymouth and, combined with the decline of indigenous industries, the whole area is very reliant on the health of the city's economy.

The constituency is home to the glass domes of The Eden Project which is a Millennium Commission-funded assembly of biomes, or conservatories which recreates some of the world’s most threatened environments. The largest contains the second biggest open space of any building, beaten only by the launch centre at Cape Canaveral.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Cornwall South East
Liberal Democrat gain from Conservative
Name Party Votes %
Colin Breed Liberal Democrat 27,044 47.1
Warwick Lightfoot Conservative 20,564 35.8
Dorothy Kirk Labour 7,358 12.8
J A Wonnacott UK Independence 1,428 2.5
Paul Dunbar Mebyon Kernow 573 1.0
Bill Weights Liberal Party 268 0.5
Margo Hartley Natural Law 197 0.3
Majority 6,480 11.3
Turnout 57,432 75.7
 
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