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 Rutland & Melton
Other Conservative hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Alan Duncan Conservative 22,621 48.1 +2.3
Matthew O'Callaghan Labour 14,009 29.8 +0.8
Kim Lee Liberal Democrat 8,386 17.8 -1.4
Peter Baker UK Independence 1,223 2.6 +1.0
Chris Davies Green 817 1.7  
Majority 8,612 18.3
Turnout 47,056 65.0 -9.9
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 0.8% from Labour to Conservative

Description
The seat covers the Borough of Melton, District of Rutland and part of Harborough Council. The Conservatives are not overwhelmingly strong at the local government level - in fact Independents have formed some interesting alliances. Rutland Council is run by the 17 strong ‘Majority Partnership’ which is a mixture of Labour, Green, Conservative, Independent Conservative, Lib Dems and Independents.

The market town of Melton Mowbray, associated with pork pies, stilton and fox hunting is at the centre of the Borough of Melton. One of the country’s largest cattle fairs is still held in Melton Mowbray every Tuesday. It also contains Anne of Cleves’ house - a gift from Henry VIII to his divorced wife.

From the twelfth century onwards it was renowned for sheep farming, wool merchants and the knitting trade. A large iron foundry was also set up in the 1870s although ironstone is no longer worked. Textiles, shoe and engineering factories were established in the 1920s and in 1950 Pedigree petfoods and PERA moved here.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Rutland & Melton
Conservative hold
Name Party Votes %
Alan Duncan Conservative 24,107 45.8
John Meads Labour 15,271 29.0
Kim Lee Liberal Democrat 10,112 19.2
Rupert King Referendum 2,317 4.4
J Abbott UK Independence 823 1.6
Majority 8,836 16.8
Turnout 52,630 74.9
 
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