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 Kensington & Chelsea
Other Conservative hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Michael Portillo Conservative 15,270 54.4 +0.8
Simon Stanley Labour 6,499 23.2 -4.8
Kishwer Falkner Liberal Democrat 4,416 15.7 +0.4
Julia Stephenson Green 1,168 4.2  
Damian Hockney UK Independence 416 1.5 0.0
Josephine Quintavalle ProLife Alliance 179 0.6  
Ginger Crab Jam Wrestling 100 0.4  
Majority 8,771 31.3
Turnout 28,048 45.2 -9.5
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 2.8% from Labour to Conservative

Description
The constituency of Kensington and Chelsea has, in past elections, been solidly Tory, with their councillors representing nearly all the seat at Kensington and Chelsea town hall.

The seat is home to the true "Sloane Rangers", with many living in elegant tree-lined squares and select mews cottages: it contains some of the richest homes in England; many of the nationís movers and shakers have homes here, particularly in business, the media and the arts, and many Foreign Embassies are in the constituency.

Although generally a very affluent area, it also sees some of the problems associated with an inner city constituency: there are a fair number of refugees living in bedsits along the Cromwell Road, and homelessness is an issue too.

At the 1997 general election, it was the 11th safest Conservative seat. Even against the background of Tony Blair's landslide triumph, Alan Clark still managed a majority of nearly 10,000. However his death in September 1999 prompted a by-election which saw the return to Parliament of Michael Portillo, who had lost Enfield Southgate in 1997.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Kensington & Chelsea
Conservative hold
Name Party Votes %
Alan Clark Conservative 19,887 53.6
Robert Atkinson Labour 10,368 28.0
Robert Woodthorpe Browne Liberal Democrat 5,668 15.3
A Ellis-Jones UK Independence 540 1.5
Edward Bear Independent 218 0.6
George Oliver Independent 176 0.5
Susan Hamza Natural Law 122 0.3
Paul Sullivan Rainbow 65 0.2
Pete Parliament Independent 44 0.1
Majority 9,519 25.7
Turnout 37,088 54.7
Parliamentary By-Election
 Kensington & Chelsea
Conservative hold
Name Party Votes %
Michael Portillo Conservative 11,004 56.4
Robert Atkinson Labour 4,298 22.0
Robert Woodthorpe Brown Liberal Democrat 1,831 9.4
John Stevens PECP 740 3.8
Damian Hockney UK Independence 450 2.3
Hugo Charlton Green 446 2.3
Earl of Burford Independent 182 0.9
Michael Irwin Independent 141 0.7
George Oliver Independent 75 0.4
Stephen Scott-Fawcett Referendum 57 0.3
Louisa Hodges Independent 48 0.3
Gerard Valente Natural Law 35 0.2
Lisa Lovebucket Independent 26 0.1
Peter May Independent 24 0.1
John Davies Independent 24 0.1
Alan Hope Loony 20 0.1
Tony Samuelson Independent 15 0.1
Majority 6,706 34.4
Turnout 19,416 29.7
 
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