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 Richmond Park
Other Liberal Democrat hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Jenny Tonge Liberal Democrat 23,444 47.7 +3.0
Tom Harris Conservative 18,480 37.6 -1.9
Barry Langford Labour 5,541 11.3 -1.3
James Page Green 1,223 2.5  
Peter St. John Howe UK Independence 348 0.7  
Ray Perrin Independent 115 0.2  
Majority 4,964 10.1
Turnout 49,151 67.6 -11.4
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 2.4% from Conservative to Liberal Democrat
Lab-Con (against 1997) 0.3% from Conservative to Labour

Description
This was one of the five Lib Dem gains in south west London in 1997.

A very middle class constituency, it has the fifth highest proportion of non manual workers in the country (78.9% of its workforce) and over a third of its adult population possess higher educational qualifications, compared with a national average of 13% (according to the 1991 census). Richmond was the top Local Education Authority (after the Isles of Scilly and the City of London which have very small numbers of schools) for primary school performance in 1999.

The constituency contains wards from both the London boroughs of Richmond Upon Thames and Kingston Upon Thames, all of which border onto Richmond Park- the largest open space in London and home to the lower school of the Royal Ballet. In the May 1998 borough elections, 20 of the 35 councillors representing wards in the constituency were Lib Dem, 10 were Conservative and 5 Labour. The Conservatives performed strongest in the Kingston wards.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Richmond Park
Liberal Democrat gain from Conservative
Name Party Votes %
Jenny Tonge Liberal Democrat 25,393 44.7
Jeremy Hanley Conservative 22,442 39.5
Sue Jenkins Labour 7,172 12.6
Jake Pugh Referendum 1,467 2.6
David Beaupre Loony 204 0.4
Bruno D'Arcy Natural Law 102 0.2
Peter Davies Rainbow 73 0.1
Majority 2,951 5.2
Turnout 56,853 79.0
 
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