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 Saffron Walden
Other Conservative hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Alan Haselhurst Conservative 24,485 48.9 +3.6
Elfreda Tealby-Watson Liberal Democrat 12,481 24.9 -1.9
Tania Rogers Labour 11,305 22.6 +1.1
Richard Glover UK Independence 1,769 3.5 +2.3
Majority 12,004 24.0
Turnout 50,040 65.2 -11.7
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 2.7% from Liberal Democrat to Conservative
Lab-Con (against 1997) 1.3% from Labour to Conservative

Description
This constituency covers the largest acreage of any seat in Essex and is also the most rural and agricultural. The town after which the seat is named has the largest population, and then is only about 14,000. The only other towns of note are Halstead, Great Dunmow, Stansted Mountfitchet and Thaxted. The rest of the constituency is made up of over 100 villages covered by Uttlesford District Council and part of Braintree District Council.

Saffron Walden is a quintessential English market town, which bypassed the Industrial Revolution. With its narrow streets and ancient houses, it has retained much of its mediaeval street pattern. Originally known as Walden, the Saffron prefix was added because the town traded so successfully in the commodity. The remains of Walden Castle can still be seen today, near the Saffron Walden Museum.

This seat was held for many years by Rab Butler. Prosperous and comfortable, levels of unemployment and single parenthood are very low.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Saffron Walden
Conservative hold
Name Party Votes %
Alan Haselhurst Conservative 25,871 45.3
Melvin Caton Liberal Democrat 15,298 26.8
Malcolm Fincken Labour 12,275 21.5
Richard Glover Referendum 2,308 4.0
I Evans UK Independence 658 1.2
Barry Tyler Independent 486 0.9
Christopher Edwards Natural Law 154 0.3
Majority 10,573 18.5
Turnout 57,050 76.9
 
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