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 Hitchin & Harpenden
Other Conservative hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Peter Lilley Conservative 21,271 47.3 +1.4
Alan Amos Labour 14,608 32.5 -0.6
John Murphy Liberal Democrat 8,076 18.0 -2.1
John Saunders UK Independence 606 1.3  
Peter Rigby Independent 363 0.8  
Majority 6,663 14.8
Turnout 44,924 66.9 -11.1
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 1.0% from Labour to Conservative

Description
This constituency covers a chunk of land in north and central Hertfordshire taking in the two towns after which it is named: Hitchin in the north of the seat, and Harpenden in the south.

Harpenden is halfway between St Albans and Luton, and with greens on either side of the high street and a number of commons and parks, it has a more rural atmosphere than one might expect: locals still refer to the centre as ‘the village’.

Harpenden sees its most prestigious contribution to history as Rothamsted Manor and its Agricultural Research Centre: it was founded by Sir John Bennet Lawes, the ‘father of agricultural science’, whose work led to the development of artificial fertilisers.

Hitchin has a large number of Georgian and older houses, having historically prospered through the wool trade. The River Hiz runs through the town, the earliest recorded mention of which was in 758 when King Offa celebrated a victory over his rival Beornred by founding a Benedictine house that is the ancestor of the present parish church.

Today, Hitchin is a more socially mixed town than Harpenden, with which it has few connections.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Hitchin & Harpenden
Conservative hold
Name Party Votes %
Peter Lilley Conservative 24,038 45.9
Rosemary Sanderson Labour 17,367 33.1
Chris White Liberal Democrat 10,515 20.1
David Cooke Natural Law 290 0.6
Jim Horton Socialist Party 217 0.4
Majority 6,671 12.7
Turnout 52,427 78.0
 
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