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 Leominster
Other Conservative hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Bill Wiggin Conservative 22,879 49.0 +3.7
Celia Downie Liberal Democrat 12,512 26.8 -1.0
Stephen Hart Labour 7,872 16.8 -0.7
Pippa Bennett Green 1,690 3.6 +1.5
Christopher Kingsley UK Independence 1,590 3.4 +2.2
John Haycock Independent 186 0.4  
Majority 10,367 22.2
Turnout 46,729 68.0 -8.6
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 2.3% from Liberal Democrat to Conservative
Lab-Con (against 1997) 2.2% from Labour to Conservative

Description
This division is almost entirely agricultural in its landscape, farming providing the livelihood for a large proportion of the population. Farming is mixed, with smaller hill farms in the west giving way to larger, wealthier enterprises in the east.

The five market towns are pretty, quaint affairs, Tenbury renowned for its half-timbered architecture, whilst the only industry is found in Leominster. The majority of employers are small, and town-centre regeneration is an important issue, particularly in Leominster with its out-of-town Safeway. The scenery is often exquisite, with the Malvern Hills to the south and east, and the Welsh mountains visible to the west. Offa’s Dyke runs along some of the western border.

Leominster is not a seat with any history of providing electoral excitement - it has long been safely in the Conservative fold - but its MP, Peter Temple-Morris, has provided the seat with its fair share of political interest in recent years. After the last election, which he won comfortably as a Conservative, he had the whip removed over his stance on Europe, crossed the floor as a ‘One Nation Conservative’ and then joined the Labour Party. He is standing down at this election.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Leominster
Conservative hold
Name Party Votes %
Peter Temple-Morris Conservative 22,888 45.3
Terry James Liberal Democrat 14,053 27.8
Richard Westwood Labour 8,831 17.5
Anthony Parkin Referendum 2,815 5.6
Felicity Norman Green 1,086 2.1
R J Chamings UK Independence 588 1.2
John Haycock BNP 292 0.6
Majority 8,835 17.5
Turnout 50,553 76.6
 
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