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 Cotswold
Other Conservative hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Geoffrey Clifton-Brown Conservative 23,133 50.3 +3.9
Angela Lawrence Liberal Democrat 11,150 24.2 +1.2
Richard Wilkins Labour 10,383 22.6 -0.1
Jill Stopps UK Independence 1,315 2.9  
Majority 11,983 26.1
Turnout 45,981 67.5 -8.1
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 1.3% from Liberal Democrat to Conservative
Lab-Con (against 1997) 2.0% from Labour to Conservative

Description
As the name suggests, this constituency covers a large part of the Cotswold Hills - a large area of outstanding natural beauty. River valleys cut through the hills and provide the setting for many villages and small towns built in honey coloured stone and with wealth generated by the medieval wool trade.

The largest settlement is Cirencester in the south - it is a lively market town and known as the "Captital of the Cotswolds". Livestock markets are held every Tuesday and it is home to one of Britainís best agricultural colleges. Cotswold council has its headquarters in Cirencester. Smaller towns in the constituency include the attractive Chipping Campden in the north and Moreton-in-Marsh.

The largest single industry in the constituency is tourism which has recently overtaken agriculture as the largest single employer. Other businesses include defence and a host of electronic and financial services as well as a range of small manufacturing companies. There is a number of former defence establishments which are in the process of being closed down.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Cotswold
Conservative hold
Name Party Votes %
Geoffrey Clifton-Brown Conservative 23,698 46.4
David Gayler Liberal Democrat 11,733 23.0
David Elwell Labour 11,608 22.7
Rupert Lowe Referendum 3,393 6.6
Valerie Michael Green 560 1.1
Henry Brighouse Natural Law 129 0.3
Majority 11,965 23.4
Turnout 51,121 75.6
 
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