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 Portsmouth South
Other Liberal Democrat hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Mike Hancock Liberal Democrat 17,490 44.6 +5.1
Philip Warr Conservative 11,396 29.1 -2.0
Graham Heaney Labour 9,361 23.9 -1.4
John Molyneux Socialist Alliance 647 1.6  
Mike Tarrant UK Independence 321 0.8 +0.5
Majority 6,094 15.5
Turnout 39,215 50.9 -12.9
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 3.6% from Conservative to Liberal Democrat
Lab-Con (against 1997) 0.3% from Conservative to Labour

Description
Portsmouth South covers the city centre and the seaside resort of Southsea. Portsmouth Football Club's famous old Fratton Park ground is situated in the constituency.

Densely populated, the constituency is home to many students attending the university (one of the largest in the country) and other colleges of higher education. Portsmouth South also has a Category B prison. Unemployment is above average.

The Lib Dems took the seat in 1997, despite seeing their share of the vote fall.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Portsmouth South
Liberal Democrat gain from Conservative
Name Party Votes %
Mike Hancock Liberal Democrat 20,421 39.5
David Martin Conservative 16,094 31.1
Alan Burnett Labour 13,086 25.3
Christopher Trim Referendum 1,629 3.2
John Thompson Liberal Party 184 0.4
Jill Evans UK Independence 141 0.3
William Treend Natural Law 140 0.3
Majority 4,327 8.4
Turnout 51,695 63.8
 
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