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 Newark
Other Conservative gain from Labour
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Patrick Mercer Conservative 20,983 46.5 +7.1
Fiona Jones Labour 16,910 37.5 -7.7
David Harding-Price Liberal Democrat 5,970 13.2 +1.7
Donald Haxby Independent 822 1.8  
Ian Thomson Socialist Alliance 462 1.0  
Majority 4,073 9.0
Turnout 45,147 63.5 -10.9
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 7.4% from Labour to Conservative

Description
Newark was held by Labour from 1950 to 1979, won by the Conservatives from 1979 to 1997, but was then taken by Labourís Fiona Jones in 1997.

Newark lies on the River Trent to the north east of Nottingham, bordering Sherwood. The A1 passes through the constituency. The main industry in Newark is light engineering, but many people in the constituency also commute into Nottingham.

Newark Castle, the remains of which are open to the public, was built in the early twelfth century by Alexander the Magnificent, the Bishop of Lincoln and the Lord of the Manor of Newark. King John is said to have died in the castle in 1216.

The seat is fairly high on the Conservativesí wish list.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Newark
Labour gain from Conservative
Name Party Votes %
Fiona Jones Labour 23,496 45.2
Richard Alexander Conservative 20,480 39.4
Peter Harris Liberal Democrat 5,960 11.5
Graham Creedy Referendum 2,035 3.9
Majority 3,016 5.8
Turnout 51,971 74.4
 
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