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 Penrith & The Border
Other Conservative hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
David MacLean Conservative 24,302 54.9 +7.3
Geyve Walker Liberal Democrat 9,625 21.8 -4.9
Michael Boaden Labour 8,177 18.5 -3.1
Thomas Lowther UK Independence 938 2.1  
Mark Gibson Legal cannabis 870 2.0  
John Moffat Independent 337 0.8  
Majority 14,677 33.2
Turnout 44,249 65.3 -8.3
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 6.1% from Liberal Democrat to Conservative
Lab-Con (against 1997) 5.2% from Labour to Conservative

Description
Penrith and the Border is the largest constituency in England in terms of acreage. With an electorate of around 67,000, it is also one of the most sparsely populated, and its rural character has served the Conservatives well over the years.

Although Penrith and the Border has usually backed the Tories at general elections, when it comes to local politics, allegiance to mainstream parties goes out of the window. Apart from a handful of wards in Carlisle and Allerdale, most local election contests are fought in the District of Eden wards where 30 Independents currently serve, compared to just 3 councillors each for the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats and 2 for Labour.

Completely encircling the seat of Carlisle and stretching from just short of Gretna Green in the north to the Yorkshire Dales in the south, Penrith and the Border deals mainly in agriculture but is also home to a good many well-off white-collar commuters - a potent mix for the Conservatives. Lakes, forests and fells combine to offer some of the country’s most beautiful scenery and tourism is a major industry.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Penrith & The Border
Conservative hold
Name Party Votes %
David Maclean Conservative 23,300 47.6
Geyve Walker Liberal Democrat 13,067 26.7
Margaret Meling Labour 10,576 21.6
Charles Pope Referendum 2,018 4.1
Majority 10,233 20.9
Turnout 48,961 73.6
 
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