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 Faversham & Kent Mid
Other Conservative hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Hugh Robertson Conservative 18,739 45.6 +1.2
Grahame Birchall Labour 14,556 35.5 -0.5
Mike Sole Liberal Democrat 5,529 13.5 +1.1
Jim Gascoyne UK Independence 828 2.0 +1.1
Penny Kemp Green 799 1.9 +1.1
Norman Davidson Rock Loony 600 1.5  
Majority 4,183 10.2
Turnout 41,051 60.4 -13.5
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 0.9% from Labour to Conservative

Description
With two motorways running through this seat, the M2 and the M20, it is ideally situated for commuters desiring a pleasant retreat in the Kentish countryside.

Agriculture, commonly in the form of hop farms, is the traditional industry, but most of the workforce is non-manual. Only 15% of homes in the seat are rented from the council and with relatively low unemployment it is not surprising that the Tories have in the past done so well here.

Faversham, on the Swale estuary, is the only even reasonably large town, giving the seat a rural feel.

The seat also has an ancient character, amply captured by its most famous building - Leeds Castle. Elsewhere, Doddington Gardens, medieval houses and gunpowder mills testify to a civilised existence in this part of the country for many hundreds of years.

More recent construction projects continue to prove controversial, two in particular. The first is the incinerator at Dargate, just over the border in Sittingbourne and Sheppey, but the pollution, heavy vehicles and residentsí concern do not respect constituency barriers. The second project raises similar worries: the Channel Tunnel Rail Link bisects this constituency, running alongside the recently-upgraded M20.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Faversham & Kent Mid
Conservative hold
Name Party Votes %
Andrew Rowe Conservative 22,016 44.4
Alan Stewart Labour 17,843 36.0
Bruce Parmenter Liberal Democrat 6,138 12.4
Robin Birley Referendum 2,073 4.2
Norman Davidson Loony 511 1.0
Michael Cunningham UK Independence 431 0.9
David Currer Green 380 0.8
Caroline Morgan Independent 115 0.2
Nigel Pollard Natural Law 99 0.2
Majority 4,173 8.4
Turnout 49,606 73.9
 
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