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 Kingston & Surbiton
Other Liberal Democrat hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Edward Davey Liberal Democrat 29,542 60.2 +23.5
David Shaw Conservative 13,866 28.2 -8.4
Philip Woodford Labour 4,302 8.8 -14.2
Chris Spruce Green 572 1.2  
Amy Burns UK Independence 438 0.9 +0.1
John Hayball Socialist Labour 319 0.6  
Jeremy Middleton Unrepresented 54 0.1  
Majority 15,676 31.9
Turnout 49,093 67.5 -7.9
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 15.9% from Conservative to Liberal Democrat
Lab-Con (against 1997) 2.9% from Labour to Conservative

Description
The least secure of the swathe of the five South West London seats won by the Lib Dems in 1997, Kingston and Surbiton was won by Edward Davey with a majority of only 56 votes.

Despite the slenderness of Ed Davey’s majority, this was a very surprising result. The former Conservative MP, Richard Tracey, had a notional majority of almost 15,000 in 1992, and his share of the vote dropped by 16.5 per cent - well above the national average for the Conservatives.

Kingston Town Centre has developed as a shopping and entertainment centre with the new Bentalls and John Lewis shopping centres. There is a large Further Education College in Kingston and Kingston University (renowned for its architecture and design courses). The constituency also contains Kingston Grammar School.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Kingston & Surbiton
Liberal Democrat gain from Conservative
Name Party Votes %
Edward Davey Liberal Democrat 20,411 36.7
Richard Tracey Conservative 20,355 36.6
Sheila Griffin Labour 12,811 23.0
Gail Tchiprout Referendum 1,470 2.6
P A Burns UK Independence 418 0.8
Mark Leighton Natural Law 100 0.2
Clifford Port Rainbow 100 0.2
Majority 56 0.1
Turnout 55,665 75.4
 
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