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 Hampshire North West
Other Conservative hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
George Young Conservative 24,374 50.1 +4.9
Mick Mumford Labour 12,365 25.4 +1.8
Alex Bentley Liberal Democrat 10,329 21.2 -2.9
Stanley Oram UK Independence 1,563 3.2 +0.7
Majority 12,009 24.7
Turnout 48,631 63.7 -10.5
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 1.5% from Labour to Conservative

Description
This constituency encompasses some of the rural parts in the western half of Basingstoke and Deane borough, now almost reaching to the town of Basingstoke itself, with the addition of Sherborne St John; and the northern part of the Test Valley, centred on the town of Andover.

Andover is the largest centre of population. It was one of the communities chosen to expand to take London spillover in the post-war years. The proportion of council housing trebled in the 1960s and in the two decades after 1961 the population of the town doubled to 32,000.

Post-war growth has steadied off now, and many council homes have been bought by their previous tenants. Unemployment is low with most of the workforce engaged in white collar employment. Outside the town, the seat boasts attractive countryside including the trout-rich River Test.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Hampshire North West
Conservative hold
Name Party Votes %
George Young Conservative 24,730 45.2
Charlie Fleming Liberal Democrat 13,179 24.1
Michael Mumford Labour 12,900 23.6
Pamela Callaghan Referendum 1,533 2.8
Tim Rolt UK Independence 1,383 2.5
Bill Baxter Green 486 0.9
Helen Anscomb Independent 231 0.4
Bob Dodd Independent 225 0.4
Majority 11,551 21.1
Turnout 54,667 74.2
 
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