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 Forest of Dean
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Diana Organ Labour 19,350 43.4 -4.8
Mark Harper Conservative 17,301 38.8 +3.2
David Gayler Liberal Democrat 5,762 12.9 +0.6
Simon Pickering Green 1,254 2.8  
Allen Prout UK Independence 661 1.5  
Gerald Morgan Independent 279 0.6  
Majority 2,049 4.6
Turnout 44,607 67.3 -11.4
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 4.0% from Labour to Conservative

Description
The region is sparsely populated, and very attractive with the Malvern Hills to the north and the Wye Valley forming the western border. The eponymous forest is a National Forest Park, and played the part of Sherwood in the 1980s television series Robin of Sherwood.

As West Gloucestershire, this constituency had a Conservative majority of just under 5,000. But in the 1995 boundary changes 17,000 voters were removed to help boost the electorate in the new Tewkesbury constituency. These were mainly suburban - and Conservative-inclined - electors in the Greater Gloucester area.

What remained was the re-creation of the old Forest of Dean seat which existed before 1950. That seat was solidly Labour, apart from an interruption between 1931 and 1935, and once again the Forest of Dean elected a Labour MP.

The economy of the Forest of Dean was originally shaped by coal mining, although the last colliery closed as long ago as 1965. The gaunt towns of Coleford and Cinderford still exist in the woods as stark reminders of the working-class traditions of the Forest.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Forest of Dean
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
Diana Organ Labour 24,203 48.2
Paul Marland Conservative 17,860 35.6
Anthony Lynch Liberal Democrat 6,165 12.3
John Hopkins Referendum 1,624 3.2
Gerald Morgan Independent 218 0.4
Colin Palmer Independent 80 0.2
Stephen Porter Independent 34 0.1
Majority 6,343 12.6
Turnout 50,184 78.7
 
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