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 Ribble Valley
Other Conservative hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Nigel Evans Conservative 25,308 51.5 +4.8
Mike Carr Liberal Democrat 14,070 28.6 -6.5
Marcus Johnstone Labour 9,793 19.9 +4.1
Majority 11,238 22.9
Turnout 49,171 66.2 -12.3
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 5.6% from Liberal Democrat to Conservative
Lab-Con (against 1997) 0.3% from Labour to Conservative

Description
Noted for its high levels of owner occupancy, unspoilt countryside and pretty small towns and villages, Ribble Valley certainly has the appearance of a traditional safe Conservative seat - although the Liberal Democrats have experienced some success here at by-elections.

Most of the constituency’s population is concentrated near the River Ribble in affluent settlements such as Whalley, Longridge and Clitheroe, the largest urban centre and bearer of the seat’s name prior to 1983. The rest of the seat is sparsely populated and includes plenty of attractive countryside, notably the Forest of Bowland. Tourism is a growing industry although farming is in decline as many farmers diversify.

There is some manufacturing industry here, including Castle Cement, the stationary company 3M and British Aerospace which has a factory at Samesbury.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Ribble Valley
Conservative hold
Name Party Votes %
Nigel Evans Conservative 26,702 46.7
Michael Carr Liberal Democrat 20,062 35.1
Marcus Johnstone Labour 9,013 15.8
Julian Parkinson Referendum 1,297 2.3
Nicola Holmes Natural Law 147 0.3
Majority 6,640 11.6
Turnout 57,221 78.5
 
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