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 Louth & Horncastle
Other Conservative hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Peter Tapsell Conservative 21,543 48.5 +5.1
David Bolland Labour 13,989 31.5 +1.9
Fiona Martin Liberal Democrat 8,928 20.1 -4.3
Majority 7,554 17.0
Turnout 44,460 62.1 -10.5
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 1.6% from Labour to Conservative

Description
Louth and Horncastle, found in the north east corner of Lincolnshire among the Lincolnshire Wolds, provide a welcome break in the landscape when compared to the flat, monotonous horizons that typify the county elsewhere. Farmland dominates the varied landscape of Horncastle, and in combination with the affluent and elegant Louth, has, historically, made the seat a classic Conservative stronghold.

Sir Peter Tapsell, one of three surviving Tory MPs from Harold Macmillan’s 71-strong intake of 1959, has enjoyed success in this part of the world for four decades, despite boundary changes which have seen him represent three differently named seats. Sir Peter won here in 1997 with a majority of 6,900, helped in part by the equal standing of Labour and the Liberal Democrats, who polled 14,000 and 12,000 votes respectively.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Louth & Horncastle
Conservative hold
Name Party Votes %
Peter Tapsell Conservative 21,699 43.4
John Hough Labour 14,799 29.6
Fiona Martin Liberal Democrat 12,207 24.4
Rosemary Robinson Green 1,248 2.5
Majority 6,900 13.8
Turnout 49,953 72.6
 
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