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 Folkestone & Hythe
Other Conservative hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Michael Howard Conservative 20,645 45.0 +6.0
Peter Carroll Liberal Democrat 14,738 32.1 +5.2
Albert Catterall Labour 9,260 20.2 -4.7
John Baker UK Independence 1,212 2.6 +1.9
Majority 5,907 12.9
Turnout 45,855 64.1 -8.6
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 0.4% from Liberal Democrat to Conservative
Lab-Con (against 1997) 5.4% from Labour to Conservative

Description
The younger brother of Dover, Folkestone and Hythe’s prominence as a cross channel port has diminished somewhat since the opening of the Eurotunnel. The constituency lies seven miles to the west of Dover on the Kent Coast.

The seat contains two of the old medieval Cinque ports: Hythe and Romney. The role of these ports was to provide ships and men for protection against invasion at a time when England had no permanent navy. Folkestone and Hythe is still represented by someone who seeks to protect Britain from European incursions: the Conservative MP and former Home Secretary Michael Howard. The Referendum Party’s John Aspinall also succeeded in gaining 8% of the vote in this seat in 1997.

Flamboyant former residents include the late Conservative MP Alan Clark whose medieval Saltwood Castle residency, where his wife Jane still lives, lies in the area. Derek Jarman, the late gay film director, also lived here. The constituency also includes Romney Marsh country, Lydd and the Elham Valley.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Folkestone & Hythe
Conservative hold
Name Party Votes %
Michael Howard Conservative 20,313 39.0
David Laws Liberal Democrat 13,981 26.9
Peter Doherty Labour 12,939 24.9
John Aspinall Referendum 4,188 8.0
John Baker UK Independence 378 0.7
Eric Segal Socialist Party 182 0.3
Raymond Saint Independent 69 0.1
Majority 6,332 12.2
Turnout 52,050 72.7
 
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