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 Hemel Hempstead
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Tony McWalter Labour 21,389 46.6 +0.9
Paul Ivey Conservative 17,647 38.5 -0.6
Neil Stuart Liberal Democrat 5,877 12.8 +0.5
Barry Newton UK Independence 970 2.1  
Majority 3,742 8.2
Turnout 45,883 63.7 -12.9
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 0.8% from Conservative to Labour

Description
Although this constituency is called Hemel Hempstead, like many other seats named after towns, there is also a lot of surrounding countryside included within its boundaries. It lies in the west of Hertfordshire, within Dacorum Borough Council, and was one of several New Towns in the county to fall to Labour in 1997.

Hemel Hempstead itself is about 25 miles outside of central London and was designated a New Town at the end of the 1940s. A classic planned town, it has seen substantial development in the last decade: the Marlowes Centre, a covered shopping complex, was opened and then the traditional open market was totally redeveloped.

Nevertheless, there has been a settlement here for centuries: it grew as a country market town and was granted its first borough charter by Henry VIII; in addition, during the 19th Century, in Apsley, the industrial revolution in papermaking was masterminded. Today, Kodak and Dixons have their national headquarters here.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Hemel Hempstead
Labour gain from Conservative
Name Party Votes %
Tony McWalter Labour 25,175 45.7
Robert Jones Conservative 21,539 39.1
Patricia Lindsley Liberal Democrat 6,789 12.3
Peter Such Referendum 1,327 2.4
Diana Harding Natural Law 262 0.5
Majority 3,636 6.6
Turnout 55,092 76.6
 
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