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 Peterborough
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Helen Brinton Labour 17,975 45.1 -5.2
Stewart Jackson Conservative 15,121 38.0 +2.8
Nick Sandford Liberal Democrat 5,761 14.5 +3.8
Julian Fairweather UK Independence 955 2.4 +1.7
Majority 2,854 7.2
Turnout 39,812 61.3 -11.5
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 4.0% from Labour to Conservative

Description
Peterborough lies halfway between the East Anglian coast and the Midlands; the East Coast mainline which links Peterborough with London in 50 minutes has increased Peterborough’s attraction as a commuter town.

Peterborough was designated a New Town in 1968, and the Peterborough Development Corporation was established with the task of doubling the city’s population in conjunction with the city council. Three new townships - Bretton, Orton and Werrington - were built from scratch. Peterborough is also an "Environmental City".

The town has a significant Asian population; at the last census 10.3% of the population classed themselves as non-white.

The seat has a history of close finishes. In 1966, Peterborough produced jointly the closest contest of any post war election - Sir Harmar Nicholls (the sitting MP) defeated Labour by three votes.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Peterborough
Labour gain from Conservative
Name Party Votes %
Helen Brinton Labour 24,365 50.3
Jacqueline Foster Conservative 17,042 35.2
David Howarth Liberal Democrat 5,170 10.7
Philip Slater Referendum 924 1.9
Charles Brettell Natural Law 334 0.7
John Linskey UK Independence 317 0.7
Stephen Goldspink ProLife Alliance 275 0.6
Majority 7,323 15.1
Turnout 48,427 72.8
 
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