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 Harrogate & Knaresborough
Other Liberal Democrat hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Phil Willis Liberal Democrat 23,445 55.6 +4.1
Andrew Jones Conservative 14,600 34.6 -3.9
Alastair MacDonald Labour 3,101 7.4 -1.3
Bill Brown UK Independence 761 1.8  
John Cornforth ProLife Alliance 272 0.6  
Majority 8,845 21.0
Turnout 42,179 64.7 -8.2
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 4.0% from Conservative to Liberal Democrat
Lab-Con (against 1997) 1.3% from Conservative to Labour

Description
The former Chancellor of the Exchequer Norman Lamont stood for Harrogate and Knaresborough in 1997 after the abolition of his Kingston Upon Thames seat in south west London. The Victorian sumptuousness of the north's largest spa town must have seemed a safe bet for Mr Lamont and the Conservatives, but it was not to be.

The Liberal Democrats achieved their third highest increase in vote share, 18.2%, and Phil Willis beat Mr Lamont by more than 6,000 votes. In one of the election's clearest examples of tactical voting, Labour's share of the vote fell from 13% to under 9%, (its fifth worst showing anywhere).

Harrogate has joined Bath and Cheltenham as large, prosperous spas with Liberal Democrat MPs, and is the equal of its southern counterparts in terms of architecture and amenities. A sizeable extension to the Royal Hall and the construction of a major international conference centre provide both locals and tourists with superb exhibition and leisure facilities.

The nearby picturesque market town of Knaresborough, surrounded by the beautiful Yorkshire Dales, is likewise a draw for tourists - particularly during the world-famous Knaresborough bed race which takes place every June.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Harrogate & Knaresborough
Liberal Democrat gain from Conservative
Name Party Votes %
Phil Willis Liberal Democrat 24,558 51.5
Norman Lamont Conservative 18,322 38.5
Barbara Boyce Labour 4,151 8.7
John Blackburn Independent 614 1.3
Majority 6,236 13.1
Turnout 47,645 72.9
 
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