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 Runnymede & Weybridge
Other Conservative hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Philip Hammond Conservative 20,646 48.7 +0.1
Jane Briginshaw Labour 12,286 29.0 -0.4
Chris Bushill Liberal Democrat 6,924 16.3 0.0
Chris Browne UK Independence 1,332 3.1 +1.9
Charles Gilman Green 1,238 2.9  
Majority 8,360 19.7
Turnout 42,426 56.1 -15.4
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 0.3% from Labour to Conservative

Description
This constituency, despite being in the commuter belt ringing London, is essentially rural in character. The borough of Runnymede is named after the meadows where King John signed the Magna Carta in 1215. The meadows have changed little in the intervening years. There is hardly any indigenous industry, and most of the seat's workforce are in professional or management positions. Unemployment is low at around 3% and 76% of homes are owner-occupied. The region contains part of Windsor Great Park, as well as Wentworth golf course.

With the benefits of royal association, social advantage, and a landscape untainted by industrial grime, this part of Surrey has long shown a Conservative allegiance.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Runnymede & Weybridge
Conservative hold
Name Party Votes %
Philip Hammond Conservative 25,051 48.6
Ian Peacock Labour 15,176 29.4
Geoffrey Taylor Liberal Democrat 8,397 16.3
Peter Rolt Referendum 2,150 4.2
S Slater UK Independence 625 1.2
Jeremy Sleeman Natural Law 162 0.3
Majority 9,875 19.2
Turnout 51,561 71.5
 
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