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 Dartford
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Howard Stoate Labour 21,466 48.0 -0.6
Bob Dunn Conservative 18,160 40.6 +0.3
Graham Morgan Liberal Democrat 3,781 8.5 -0.9
Mark Croucher UK Independence 989 2.2  
Keith Davenport Independent 344 0.8  
Majority 3,306 7.4
Turnout 44,740 61.9 -12.7
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 0.5% from Labour to Conservative

Description
This seat has swung with the country at every general election since 1964 and, following boundary changes, surprisingly did so at the last election.

Although there is a small rural element to this seat, Dartford is far better known for its commuters and industry. Commuters particularly are associated with the area, thanks to the presence of the M25 as well as the Dartford bridge and tunnel - the latter becoming a byword for traffic congestion.

It is in the shadow of the bridge, in the north of the seat, that the industrial territory is to be found, among which engineering and pharmaceuticals companies are the most prominent, including GlaxoSmithKline.

The seat has been the beneficiary of a great deal of construction work in recent times, not the least of which is the huge Bluewater Shopping Centre. The country’s second PFI-funded hospital opened in Darent Valley in August 2000, the Channel Tunnel Rail Link will pass through here with a terminus constructed at Ebsfleet to open within the next 10 years.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Dartford
Labour gain from Conservative
Name Party Votes %
Howard Stoate Labour 25,278 48.6
Bob Dunn Conservative 20,950 40.3
Dorothy Webb Liberal Democrat 4,872 9.4
Paul McHale BNP 424 0.8
Peter Homden Independent 287 0.6
James Pollitt Christian Democrat 228 0.4
Majority 4,328 8.3
Turnout 52,039 74.6
 
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