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 Reading West
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Martin Salter Labour 22,300 53.1 +8.0
Stephen Reid Conservative 13,451 32.0 -6.9
Polly Martin Liberal Democrat 5,387 12.8 +0.1
David Black UK Independence 848 2.0 +1.5
Majority 8,849 21.1
Turnout 41,986 58.6 -11.5
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 7.4% from Conservative to Labour

Description
This seat is larger than its eastern counterpart, covering more territory out to the west, a lot of which is semi rural.

There is much history to the town: the Domesday Book recorded that Reading boasted six mills, five fisheries and a nunnery, whilst in 1121, Henry I founded an abbey here. Furthermore, in the Middle Ages, it was a regular venue when Parliament had to assemble outside London, because of plagues in the capital.

Today, this seat takes in several council estates, including those at Southcote and Whitley, which is on the southern edge of the town. However, further to the west of the town in the Newbury district are the more affluent and rural residential areas. These include Calcot and Theale by the River Kennet and Purley and Pangbourne by the Thames. Pangbourne is home to a Royal Naval College.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Reading West
Labour gain from Conservative
Name Party Votes %
Martin Salter Labour 21,841 45.1
Nicholas Bennett Conservative 18,844 38.9
Dee Tomlin Liberal Democrat 6,153 12.7
Steven Brown Referendum 976 2.0
Ian Dell BNP 320 0.7
David Black UK Independence 255 0.5
Majority 2,997 6.2
Turnout 48,389 70.1
 
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