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 Ryedale
Other Conservative hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
John Greenway Conservative 20,711 47.2 +3.4
Keith Orrell Liberal Democrat 15,836 36.1 +2.7
David Ellis Labour 6,470 14.7 -3.3
Stephen Feaster UK Independence 882 2.0 +0.1
Majority 4,875 11.1
Turnout 43,899 66.0 -8.8
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 0.4% from Liberal Democrat to Conservative
Lab-Con (against 1997) 3.3% from Labour to Conservative

Description
Like other North Yorkshire constituencies such as Richmond, Vale of York and Skipton and Ripon, Ryedale is a huge, rural and picturesque seat which has usually, but not always, remained loyal to the Conservatives.

The size of the constituency cannot be overstated. Ryedale stretches out over a huge chunk of North Yorkshire, from the northern suburbs of York, past Malton and Pickering to reach the county's east coast, a distance of some 40 miles. The North York Moors National Park also falls within Ryedale's boundaries, and the seat boasts some of the most impressive and unspoilt scenery in the whole country.

Industries here are primarily agricultural and tourism orientated, as well as a thoroughbred racehorse training centre in Malton and the stately home of Castle Howard - the real star of the TV production of Brideshead Revisited.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Ryedale
Conservative hold
Name Party Votes %
John Greenway Conservative 21,351 43.8
Keith Orrell Liberal Democrat 16,293 33.4
Alison Hiles Labour 8,762 18.0
John Mackfall Referendum 1,460 3.0
S Feaster UK Independence 917 1.9
Majority 5,058 10.4
Turnout 48,783 74.8
 
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