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 Hampshire North East
Other Conservative hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
James Arbuthnot Conservative 23,379 53.2 +2.3
Michael Plummer Liberal Democrat 10,122 23.0 +0.3
Barry Jones Labour 8,744 19.9 +3.9
Graham Mellstrom UK Independence 1,702 3.9 +3.0
Majority 13,257 30.2
Turnout 43,947 61.6 -12.0
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 1.0% from Liberal Democrat to Conservative
Lab-Con (against 1997) 0.8% from Conservative to Labour

Description
The constituency was created during the 1995 boundary changes and is effectively a pared-down version of the old East Hampshire division.

In 1992 East Hampshire recorded the second-largest Tory majority, behind only John Major in Huntingdon. In 1997, the new seat returned the fourth largest Tory majority.

Located on the Portsmouth Harbour to London train route, the area is home to many commuters.

Fleet is the main administrative, retail and commercial centre for the northern half of the constituency and there has been some light industrial development in the town.

There is also a business development at Bartley Wood in Hook near junction 5 on the M3. Other built-up areas include Liphook, Lindford and Headley.

Elsewhere the constituency is dominated by classic English villages with duck ponds, greens, cricket grounds, old Norman churches, half-timbered cottages and pubs. Hartley Wintney, for example, is one of these villages and has a cricket green which is amongst the oldest in the country.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Hampshire North East
Conservative hold
Name Party Votes %
James Arbuthnot Conservative 26,017 50.9
Ian Mann Liberal Democrat 11,619 22.7
Peter Dare Labour 8,203 16.0
Dai Rees Referendum 2,420 4.7
Keki Jessavala Independent 2,400 4.7
Christopher Berry UK Independence 452 0.9
Majority 14,398 28.2
Turnout 51,111 73.6
 
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