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 Horsham
Other Conservative hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Francis Maude Conservative 26,134 51.5 +0.7
Hubert Carr Liberal Democrat 12,468 24.6 -0.2
Janet Sully Labour 10,267 20.2 +1.5
Hugo Miller UK Independence 1,472 2.9 +1.5
Jim Duggan Independent 429 0.8  
Majority 13,666 26.9
Turnout 50,770 63.8 -11.5
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 0.5% from Liberal Democrat to Conservative
Lab-Con (against 1997) 0.4% from Conservative to Labour

Description
As suggested by its name, the seat is centred on the market town of Horsham, also a commuter town for Brighton and London. It is well served by excellent communication links: the M23 and Gatwick Airport are within easy reach.

During Tudor times it was the centre of the Sussex iron-smelting industry, and was condemned as "full of dirt and myre", but with the decline of industrialism has gone the potential for Labour support and only the lightest of industry is found today.

Horsham has a substantial number of office workers. Royal Sun Alliance is the town’s biggest employer, and the headquarters of the RSPCA are also sited here.

The surrounding area is full of the kind of rustic charm and beauty associated with Merrie England, with small villages, while the majestic 1476 ft railway viaduct at Balcombe is a prime example of how architecture and countryside can fully complement each other.

Warnham village, just outside Horsham, was the birthplace of the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Horsham
Conservative hold
Name Party Votes %
Francis Maude Conservative 29,015 50.8
Morwen Millson Liberal Democrat 14,153 24.8
Maureen Walsh Labour 10,691 18.7
Robin Grant Referendum 2,281 4.0
H Miller UK Independence 819 1.4
Malcolm Corbould Independent 206 0.4
Majority 14,862 26.0
Turnout 57,165 75.3
 
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