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 New Forest East
Other Conservative hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Julian Lewis Conservative 17,902 42.4 -0.5
Brian Dash Liberal Democrat 14,073 33.4 +1.1
Alan Goodfellow Labour 9,141 21.7 -3.1
William Howe UK Independence 1,062 2.5  
Majority 3,829 9.1
Turnout 42,178 63.2 -11.4
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 0.8% from Conservative to Liberal Democrat
Lab-Con (against 1997) 1.3% from Labour to Conservative

Description
As with many seats in the region, much of the employment in this seat is related to the coast, in this case at the giant Fawley oil refinery on the western shore of Southampton Water.

Indeed the population of the constituency is heavily weighted towards the Waterside area on the eastern side, with the towns of Totton, Marchwood, Hythe and Dibden, and Fawley all situated there.

Beauty and tradition are concentrated in the western half of the constituency, which contains the beauty spots of Lyndhurst and Brockenhurst. John Prescott’s decision to give National Park status to the Forest is also raising local hackles, as some residents fear conservation efforts.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 New Forest East
Conservative hold
Name Party Votes %
Julian Lewis Conservative 21,053 42.9
George Dawson Liberal Democrat 15,838 32.3
Alan Goodfellow Labour 12,161 24.8
Majority 5,215 10.6
Turnout 49,052 74.6
 
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