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 Rugby & Kenilworth
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Gwen Fairweather Liberal Democrat      
Paul Garrett UK Independence      
Andy King Labour      
David Martin Conservative      
Majority    
Turnout      
Swing
Against 1997 General Election  

Description
Rugby and Kenilworth is a most incongruous constituency. It's a mix of working-class Rugby and decidedly middle-class Kenilworth, towns which have shown decidedly different political preferences.

Industry in the seat is centred around Rugby, with its better communication links. GEC-Alsthom are big employers, as are Peugeot-Talbot whose main factory is in Ryton-on-Dunsmore. Dairy farming is widespread too, there are many rural communities as well as prosperous commuter towns and villages. High-Tory Dr. Thomas Arnold was the famous headmaster of Rugby School, where William Webb Ellis "first took up the ball in his arms and ran with it" to invent the game of rugby.

Kenilworth is most famous for its twelfth century castle, which has interesting parliamentary associations. Simon de Montfortís son held it after his fatherís death at the Battle of Evesham in 1265, before being starved out six months later. Nearly 400 years later, Cromwell gave it to Colonel Hawkesmoor and his regiment to meet their unpaid wages and they promptly tore down the walls to sell as building materials.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Rugby & Kenilworth
Labour gain from Conservative
Name Party Votes %
Andy King Labour 26,356 43.1
James Pawsey Conservative 25,861 42.3
Jerry Roodhouse Liberal Democrat 8,737 14.3
Michael Twite Natural Law 251 0.4
Majority 495 0.8
Turnout 61,205 77.1
 
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