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 Haltemprice & Howden
Other Conservative hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
David Davis Conservative 18,994 43.2 -0.8
Jon Neal Liberal Democrat 17,091 38.9 +10.1
Leslie Howell Labour 6,898 15.7 -7.9
Joanne Robinson UK Independence 945 2.2 +1.6
Majority 1,903 4.3
Turnout 43,928 65.5 -9.9
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 5.4% from Conservative to Liberal Democrat
Lab-Con (against 1997) 3.6% from Labour to Conservative

Description
This mixed seat of rural and residential elements, formed during sweeping boundary changes after the abolition of the county of Humberside, was a rare bright spot for the Conservatives in 1997. David Davis took the seat with a majority of 7,514 to give the Tories one of their few successes in the Yorkshire region.

The seat is split evenly between residential and rural areas. Howden is a small market town on agricultural land north of the Humber, whereas Haltemprice is one of Hull's more middle-class suburbs. Cottingham is another of Hull's cosier areas, and most of that city's more prosperous workers live in this seat - commuters are helped by the M62 which runs right through it.

Unemployment here is very low, and fewer than 10% of homes are council-rented, making the seat hard going for Labour in the past.

Alan B'stard, the star of the TV comedy The New Statesman was MP for a fictional constituency called Haltemprice. But that Haltemprice was supposed to be in North Yorkshire rather than Humberside and no-one would ever think Mr Davis a likely role model for the corrupt Mr B'stard.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Haltemprice & Howden
Conservative hold
Name Party Votes %
David Davis Conservative 21,809 44.0
Diana Wallis Liberal Democrat 14,295 28.8
George McManus Labour 11,701 23.6
Trevor Pearson Referendum 1,370 2.8
Godfrey Bloom UK Independence 301 0.6
Barry Stevens Natural Law 74 0.1
Majority 7,514 15.2
Turnout 49,550 75.4
 
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