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 Northavon
Other Liberal Democrat hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Steve Webb Liberal Democrat 29,217 52.4 +10.0
Carrie Ruxton Conservative 19,340 34.7 -4.3
Robert Hall Labour 6,450 11.6 -4.0
Carmen Carver UK Independence 751 1.3  
Majority 9,877 17.7
Turnout 55,758 70.7 -8.4
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 7.2% from Conservative to Liberal Democrat
Lab-Con (against 1997) 0.1% from Conservative to Labour

Description
The scene of one of the Liberal Democrats’ most unexpected victories in 1997, This seat runs from the Severn Bridge in the west to Badminton in the east. It takes in towns like Thorbury, Bradley Stoke, Yate and Chipping Sodbury. It also includes more than 50 other villages. The seat's position is at a key crossover point in Britain's motorway network with direct links to London, the West Midlands, South Wales and the West Country. This, coupled with its proximity to the city of Bristol has brought extensive residential and commercial development.

A large proportion of the electorate lives in the growing residential areas which are dominated by modern, affordable private housing and young families. Bradley Stoke, Europe's largest privately funded residential development, is partly in the Northavon constituency and partly in Bristol North West near the M4/M5 junction. It contains 8,500 households and a whole range of community facilities.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Northavon
Liberal Democrat gain from Conservative
Name Party Votes %
Steven Webb Liberal Democrat 26,500 42.4
John Cope Conservative 24,363 39.0
Ron Stone Labour 9,767 15.6
John Parfitt Referendum 1,900 3.0
Majority 2,137 3.4
Turnout 62,530 79.1
 
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