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 Grantham & Stamford
Other Conservative hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Quentin Davies Conservative 21,329 46.1 +3.3
John Robinson Labour 16,811 36.3 -1.4
Jane Carr Liberal Democrat 6,665 14.4 +1.9
Marilyn Swain UK Independence 1,484 3.2 +2.2
Majority 4,518 9.8
Turnout 46,289 62.2 -11.1
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 2.3% from Labour to Conservative

Description
The boundary review of 1995 that blurred the boundaries of so many constituencies in Lincolnshire saw the old seat of Grantham become Sleaford and North Hykeham, while the eponymous town and its 30,000 voters joined the Stamford element of what was previously the Stamford and Spalding seat.

Despite Grantham being the birthplace of Margaret Thatcher, the town has actually been the only consistently Labour element of this large, rural constituency that is otherwise "true blue" in character.

The other two large towns in the seat, Stamford and Bourne, have considerable historical associations and many of their buildings are under conservation orders, with tourism playing an increasingly important role.

Though employment is equally split between manual and non-manual occupations, and despite a good deal of industry, most voters are comfortably off.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Grantham & Stamford
Conservative hold
Name Party Votes %
Quentin Davies Conservative 22,672 42.8
Peter Denning Labour 19,980 37.7
John Sellick Liberal Democrat 6,612 12.5
Marilyn Swain Referendum 2,721 5.1
M Charlesworth UK Independence 556 1.0
Rosa Clark ProLife Alliance 314 0.6
Ian Harper Natural Law 115 0.2
Majority 2,692 5.1
Turnout 52,970 73.3
 
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