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 Hove
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Ivor Caplin Labour 19,253 45.9 +1.3
Jenny Langston Conservative 16,082 38.3 +1.9
Harold De Souza Liberal Democrat 3,823 9.1 -0.6
Anthea Ballam Green 1,369 3.3 +2.0
Andy Richards Socialist Alliance 531 1.3  
Richard Franklin UK Independence 358 0.9 +0.5
Nigel Donovan Liberal Party 316 0.8  
Simon Dobbshead Free Party 196 0.5  
Thomas Major Independent 60 0.1  
Majority 3,171 7.6
Turnout 41,988 59.2 -10.4
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 0.3% from Labour to Conservative

Description
The Regency terraces, wide tree lined avenues, bowling greens, retirement homes and golf courses of Hove distinguish it from its easterly neighbour, Brighton.

The constituency stretches back from the seafront to the South Downs. The Sussex county cricket ground is situated in Hove.

Until 1995 when Labour won control of Hove Borough Council (since subsumed into Brighton and Hove unitary authority) Hove had been a predictably safe Conservative stronghold.

It was created a constituency in 1950 and paraded its colours with an inaugural 43.5% Conservative majority. Labour’s Ivor Caplin beat the Conservative candidate Robert Guy MP in 1997 with a majority of just under 4,000 on a swing of 16.4%. Mr Guy suffered from the strength of the Referendum, Independent Conservative and UKIP candidates who polled a total of 3,875 between them.

It also seems that the tactical voting of Liberal Democrats, whose share of the vote almost halved from 1992 to 1997, greatly assisted Labour.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Hove
Labour gain from Conservative
Name Party Votes %
Ivor Caplin Labour 21,458 44.6
Robert Guy Conservative 17,499 36.4
Thomas Pearce Liberal Democrat 4,645 9.7
Stuart Field Referendum 1,931 4.0
John Furness Independent 1,735 3.6
Philip Mulligan Green 644 1.3
J Vause UK Independence 209 0.4
Majority 3,959 8.2
Turnout 48,121 69.6
 
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