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 Esher & Walton
Other Conservative hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Ian Taylor Conservative 22,296 49.0 -0.8
Joe McGowan Labour 10,758 23.6 +0.8
Mark Marsh Liberal Democrat 10,241 22.5 +2.1
Bernard Collignon UK Independence 2,236 4.9 +3.9
Majority 11,538 25.3
Turnout 45,531 61.9 -12.4
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 0.8% from Conservative to Labour

Description
Surrey is one of the few counties which remained exclusively Conservative in 1997 and despite a 10% fall in the Tory vote, Ian Taylor secured a majority of over 14,000.

In the 1530s Cardinal Wolsey decided to build his resplendent Hampton Court Palace here, in what is now the very north of the seat. The average inhabitant today is still white, upper-middle-class and an owner-occupier, but is more likely to be in senior management than the Church.

There are very few manual workers, and council housing accounts for only 11% of the total stock. The area is almost exclusively residential, and the properties overlooking the Thames are usually exclusive. There are a number of well-appointed parks and gardens, and open space is fiercely defended.

Mr Taylor faced calls in December 2000 for him to be de-selected because of his pro-European views, but he was approved by his local association.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Esher & Walton
Conservative hold
Name Party Votes %
Ian Taylor Conservative 26,747 49.8
Julie Reay Labour 12,219 22.8
Gary Miles Liberal Democrat 10,937 20.4
Andrew Cruickshank Referendum 2,904 5.4
B M Collignon UK Independence 558 1.0
Simone Kay Rainbow 302 0.6
Majority 14,528 27.1
Turnout 53,667 74.3
 
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