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 Richmond
Other Conservative hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
William Hague Conservative 25,951 58.9 +10.0
Fay Tinnion Labour 9,632 21.9 -5.9
Edward Forth Liberal Democrat 7,890 17.9 -0.5
Boney Maronie Steniforth Raving Loony 561 1.3  
Majority 16,319 37.1
Turnout 44,034 67.4 -6.0
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 8.0% from Labour to Conservative

Description
The huge seat of Richmond, set in the far north of North Yorkshire and encompassing two small-ish towns, (Northallerton and Richmond), also covers hundreds of isolated villages and farms and thousands of acres of unspoilt countryside.

Conservative leader William Hague was elected here in a 1989 by-election. It was to be the last by-election the Conservatives would win until Uxbridge in 1997.

Richmond is the wild rambling chunk of North Yorkshire that James Herriot described so lovingly in his world-famous vet stories, and is one of the four largest constituencies in the country.

It sprawls across the untamed northern part of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, as well as the valleys of Swaledale and Wensleydale.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Richmond
Conservative hold
Name Party Votes %
William Hague Conservative 23,326 48.9
Steven Merritt Labour 13,275 27.8
Jane Harvey Liberal Democrat 8,773 18.4
Alex Bentley Referendum 2,367 5.0
Majority 10,051 21.1
Turnout 47,741 73.4
 
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