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 Fareham
Other Conservative hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Mark Hoban Conservative 21,389 47.1 +0.3
James Carr Labour 14,380 31.6 +4.6
Hugh Pritchard Liberal Democrat 8,503 18.7 -0.9
William O'Brien UK Independence 1,175 2.6  
Majority 7,009 15.4
Turnout 45,447 62.5 -13.4
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 2.2% from Conservative to Labour

Description
Fareham is something of an archetype of a traditionally Tory friendly seat: broadly suburban but with a cluster of small, wealthy villages and modest rural enclaves.

Mixed among a heavily service-based economy are pockets of light industry and a smattering of workers for the defence and shipbuilding industries in the twin centres of Portsmouth and Southampton, between which the constituency is situated. The Nautical College at Warsash is an important local feature.

The maritime theme crosses over into the seatís major leisure pursuit: sailing. Concentrated on the river Hamble to the west of the constituency and at Fareham Creek, it is an indication of the affluence of the area. Unemployment rates are some of the lowest in the country, and nearly all of the inhabitants are white.

The constituency includes the smaller villages of Portchester, Warsash, Sarisbury and Locksheath, but it is the eponymous town which forms its centre. Fareham has some interesting historical associations, not least serving as the stopping-off point for Edward III and Henry V before they invaded France.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Fareham
Conservative hold
Name Party Votes %
Peter Lloyd Conservative 24,436 46.8
Michael Pryor Labour 14,078 27.0
Grace Hill Liberal Democrat 10,234 19.6
Dayne Markham Referendum 2,914 5.6
William O'Brien Independent 515 1.0
Majority 10,358 19.9
Turnout 52,177 75.9
 
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