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 Romsey
Other Lib Dem gain from Con (after Lib Dem by-election win in 1999)
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Sandra Gidley Liberal Democrat 22,756 47.0 +17.6
Paul Raynes Conservative 20,386 42.1 -3.9
Stephen Roberts Labour 3,986 8.2 -10.4
Anthony McCabe UK Independence 730 1.5 -2.0
Derrick Large Legal cannabis 601 1.2  
Majority 2,370 4.9
Turnout 48,459 68.7 -7.7
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 10.7% from Conservative to Liberal Democrat
Lab-Con (against 1997) 3.2% from Labour to Conservative

Description
This seat is traditionally a Tory heartland, and centres on the medieval town after which it is named. The area is basically prosperous shire territory with unemployment at below 2%, less than half the national average. It extends as far to the south as the Bassett area of Southampton, an affluent but nevertheless totally urban suburb; and to the north up the Test Valley, taking in many rustic sounding villages such as Nether Wallop, Over Wallop and Harewood.

A landmark in the area is the extensive park and Palladian house of Broadlands, once the home of the Victorian Prime Minister, Lord Palmerston, and later of Lord Louis Mountbatten.

Romsey was a sensational by-election gain for the Liberal Democrats in May 2000, when Sandra Gidley obtained a 12.6% swing from the Conservatives to put herself in the House of Commons, after the death of the sitting Conservative MP in a fire at his home.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Romsey
Conservative hold
Name Party Votes %
Michael Colvin Conservative 23,834 46.0
Mark Cooper Liberal Democrat 15,249 29.4
Joanne Ford Labour 9,623 18.6
Alan Sked UK Independence 1,824 3.5
Michael Wigley Referendum 1,291 2.5
Majority 8,585 16.6
Turnout 51,821 76.4
Parliamentary By-Election
 Romsey
Liberal Democrat gain from Conservative
Name Party Votes %
Sandra Gidley Liberal Democrat 19,571 50.6
Timothy Palmer Conservative 16,260 42.0
Andrew Howard Labour 1,451 3.7
Garry Rankin-Moore UK Independence 901 2.3
Derrick Large Independent 417 1.1
Thomas Lamont Independent 109 0.3
Majority 3,311 8.6
Turnout 38,709 55.6
 
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