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 Guildford
Other Liberal Democrat gain from Conservative
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Sue Doughty Liberal Democrat 20,358 42.6 +8.5
Nick St Aubyn Conservative 19,820 41.4 -1.1
Joyce Still Labour 6,558 13.7 -3.8
Sonya Porter UK Independence 736 1.5 +0.8
John Morris Pacifist 370 0.8  
Majority 538 1.1
Turnout 47,842 62.9 -11.7
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 4.8% from Conservative to Liberal Democrat
Lab-Con (against 1997) 1.4% from Labour to Conservative

Description
Guildford, which derives its name from "the golden crossing" is at the heart of Surrey’s affluent commuter belt. Surrey uniquely had three of the safest ten Tory seats after 1997. However, Guildford is not one of these, as Nick St Aubyn won by fewer than 5,000 votes over the Liberal Democrat Margaret Sharp.

At local government level, the relationship between the Liberal Democrats and the Conservatives is reversed. It is the Conservatives who are the main opposition on the Liberal Democrat controlled Guildford Borough Council.

Guildford is home to the University of Surrey, a solicitors' training college, a modern cathedral and a medieval Guildhall, as well as the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre and the Guildford School of Acting. Guildford also houses Kings Manor School which in 2000 became the country’s first privately run state school.

Although owner occupation is above the national average there is a significant proportion of council housing in the seat. It has nearly twice as many professionals as the average seat and a large number of managerial and technical workers. Unemployment levels are among the lowest in the country.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Guildford
Conservative hold
Name Party Votes %
Nick St Aubyn Conservative 24,230 42.5
Margaret Sharp Liberal Democrat 19,439 34.1
Joseph Burns Labour 9,945 17.5
James Gore Referendum 2,650 4.7
Robert McWhirter UK Independence 400 0.7
John Morris Independent 294 0.5
Majority 4,791 8.4
Turnout 56,958 74.6
 
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