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 Poole
Other Conservative hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Robert Syms Conservative 17,710 45.1 +3.0
David Watt Labour 10,544 26.9 +5.3
Nick Westbrook Liberal Democrat 10,011 25.5 -5.3
John Bass UK Independence 968 2.5 +1.5
Majority 7,166 18.3
Turnout 39,233 60.7 -10.3
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 1.1% from Conservative to Labour

Description
Poole has had a significant increase in its population in recent times, with an influx of people seeking either retirement homes or employment. Those who are retiring here may well be attracted by the resort feel of the town, whereas those coming for jobs have benefited from Poole's recent industrial development.

Once the town was known only for fishing, boat-building and pottery, but now chemical, pharmaceutical, electronic and engineering industries have sprouted. Tourists are drawn to the four miles of sandy beaches, given European "Blue Flag" status all too rare in this country, and Poole Harbour itself - the second largest natural harbour in the world.

Poole has a tendency to support the Liberal Democrats in borough and county elections but at the last general election, Robert Syms, one of the Conservativesí new intake, was elected with a majority of just over 5,000 votes, down from 13,000 in 1997. Indeed, Labourís share increased by 9.9% whereas the Lib Dem share rose by only 1.5%.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Poole
Conservative hold
Name Party Votes %
Robert Syms Conservative 19,726 42.1
Alan Tetlow Liberal Democrat 14,428 30.8
Hadyn White Labour 10,100 21.6
John Riddington Referendum 1,932 4.1
P Tyler UK Independence 487 1.0
Jennifer Rosta Natural Law 137 0.3
Majority 5,298 11.3
Turnout 46,810 71.0
 
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