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 Medway
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Bob Marshall-Andrews Labour 18,914 49.0 +0.1
Mark Reckless Conservative 15,134 39.2 +2.3
Geoffrey Juby Liberal Democrat 3,604 9.3 -0.9
Nikki Sinclaire UK Independence 958 2.5 +1.6
Majority 3,780 9.8
Turnout 38,610 59.5 -12.8
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 1.1% from Labour to Conservative

Description
Kent had the equal highest number of constituencies of the non-metropolitan counties and all 16 of these were held by the Conservatives before 1997. At that election Labour won eight of them.

This is a largely industrial seat, and that industry is not just centred on Rochester. The Isle of Grain, to the far north of the seat, holds a British Gas terminal, a power station, and one of the most modern container ports in the country, on the 160 acre site of an old BP oil terminal. Skilled manual workers continue to make up a significant portion of the working population. BAe Systems, formerly Marconi Avionics, is the seatís major employer, and following the merger should go from strength to strength.

Rochester does have some interesting history beyond the dark days of industrial closures, though. It is known internationally for its Dickensian connections - there is a Dickens festival held every May - and some tourists come just to see its cathedral, once a site of medieval pilgrimage.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Medway
Labour gain from Conservative
Name Party Votes %
Robert Marshall-Andrews Labour 21,858 48.9
Peggy Fenner Conservative 16,504 36.9
Roger Roberts Liberal Democrat 4,555 10.2
Joseph Main Referendum 1,420 3.2
Susan Radlett UK Independence 405 0.9
Majority 5,354 12.0
Turnout 44,742 72.3
 
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