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 Gainsborough
Other Conservative hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Edward Leigh Conservative 19,555 46.2 +3.1
Alan Rhodes Labour 11,484 27.1 -1.7
Steve Taylor Liberal Democrat 11,280 26.7 -1.4
Majority 8,071 19.1
Turnout 42,319 64.2 -10.4
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 2.4% from Labour to Conservative

Description
Lying to the north of Lincoln and bordered by the Lincolnshire Wolds, Gainsborough is typified by the even lay of the monotonous yet lush agricultural landscape which makes for traditional Conservative territory.

The seat stretches out towards the widest point of the river Trent, making access to the constituency difficult without good local knowledge.

Locals in Gainsborough are delighted that the Ministry of Defence has agreed to reopen a scaled-down version of RAF Scampton, the base from where the 617 "Dam Buster" Squadron flew during World War Two, and which was closed in 1995.

The seat was held for the Tories in 1997 by Edward Leigh with a majority of nearly 7,000 as Labour and the Lib Dems both polled more than 13,000 votes apiece.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Gainsborough
Conservative hold
Name Party Votes %
Edward Leigh Conservative 20,593 43.1
Paul Taylor Labour 13,767 28.8
Neil Taylor Liberal Democrat 13,436 28.1
Majority 6,826 14.3
Turnout 47,796 74.6
 
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