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 Kettering
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Phil Sawford Labour 24,034 44.7 +1.4
Philip Hollobone Conservative 23,369 43.5 +0.6
Roger Aron Liberal Democrat 5,469 10.2 -0.5
Barry Mahoney UK Independence 880 1.6  
Majority 665 1.2
Turnout 53,752 67.4 -8.1
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 0.4% from Conservative to Labour

Description
Kettering is now (in percentage terms) the most marginal seat which Labour hold, with the Conservatives requiring only a 0.15% swing to regain it. The seat (covering over 400 square miles) is made up of three semi-industrial A6 towns - Burton Latimer, Desborough and Rothwell - along with numerous villages around the Welland Valley and some commuter villages from the area covered by Daventry District Council.

Kettering is firmly at the crossroads of England, claiming access by road to three quarters of the UK population in two hours. Kettering itself is a commercial and light industrial town, with a substantial middle class, although there are some small pockets of deprivation within the town itself. The town is most noted for its footwear industry, but the economy is now more diverse and includes the headquarters of Weetabix, RCI (timeshare property exchange) and Pegasus (accounting software).

Outside the town, many historic and picturesque villages preserve the charm and tranquillity of a traditional rural community. Tourist attractions include Boughton house, which is one home of the Dukes of Buccleuch and Queensberry, and is known as "The English Versailles".

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Kettering
Labour gain from Conservative
Name Party Votes %
Philip Sawford Labour 24,650 43.3
Roger Freeman Conservative 24,461 42.9
Roger Aron Liberal Democrat 6,098 10.7
Arthur Smith Referendum 1,551 2.7
Rosemary le Carpentier Natural Law 197 0.3
Majority 189 0.3
Turnout 56,957 75.5
 
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