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 Falmouth & Camborne
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Candy Atherton Labour 18,532 39.6 +5.8
Nick Serpell Conservative 14,005 29.9 +1.1
Julian Brazil Liberal Democrat 11,453 24.5 -0.7
John Browne UK Independence 1,328 2.8 +2.1
Hilda Wasley Mebyon Kernow 853 1.8 +1.4
Paul Holmes Liberal Party 649 1.4 +0.4
Majority 4,527 9.7
Turnout 46,820 64.3 -10.8
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 2.3% from Conservative to Labour

Description
The constituency extends from the Atlantic to the Channel coast of Cornwall. It includes the ports of Falmouth, Penryn in the south and the former tin mining industrial belt around Redruth and Camborne. The mines are closed and the seat's economy relies substantially on tourism. The area is favoured by people migrating from the South East.

The fishing industry, which had been hit by the over-fishing of mackerel, was revived as EC protection rules led to the recovery of stocks.

Following its creation in 1950, Falmouth and Camborne remained Labour until 1970 when the populist Tory David Mudd captured the seat with a majority of just 1,523. He held the seat until 1992, when fellow Tory Sebastian Coe succeeeded him.

Candy Atherton was elected in 1997 with a slender majority of 2,688. The Labour share of the vote was increased by nearly 5% but a substantial number of votes also went to the local Independent Labour candidate, who objected to the all-women shortlist, and to the Referendum Party candidate, the entrepreneur Peter de Savary.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Falmouth & Camborne
Labour gain from Conservative
Name Party Votes %
Candy Atherton Labour 18,151 33.8
Sebastian Coe Conservative 15,463 28.8
Terrye Jones Liberal Democrat 13,512 25.2
Peter de Savary Referendum 3,534 6.6
James Geach Independent 1,691 3.2
Paul Holmes Liberal Party 527 1.0
Robert Smith UK Independence 355 0.7
Ruth Lewarne Mebyon Kernow 238 0.4
Gary Glitter Loony 161 0.3
Majority 2,688 5.0
Turnout 53,632 75.1
 
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