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 Skipton & Ripon
Other Conservative hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
David Curry Conservative 25,736 52.4 +5.9
Bernard Bateman Liberal Democrat 12,806 26.1 +0.9
Michael Dugher Labour 8,543 17.4 -5.0
Nancy Holdsworth UK Independence 2,041 4.2  
Majority 12,930 26.3
Turnout 49,126 65.3 -9.4
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 2.5% from Liberal Democrat to Conservative
Lab-Con (against 1997) 5.4% from Labour to Conservative

Description
Typical of North Yorkshire's constituencies, Skipton and Ripon is a sprawling rural seat, set amid beautiful countryside, with an economy largely dependent on tourism and farming.

Forming the southern portion of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, and containing such attractions as Fountain's Abbey, Malham Tarn, and its eponymous market towns, Skipton and Ripon pulls in tourists from all over the country. The income thus earned goes a long way to up-holding an economy that would otherwise be largely based upon sheep farming, although there is some light industry centred around Skipton.

The residents here are typically white middle class owner occupiers, unemployment is low and only 10% of housing is rented from the council.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Skipton & Ripon
Conservative hold
Name Party Votes %
David Curry Conservative 25,294 46.5
Thomas Mould Liberal Democrat 13,674 25.2
Robert Marchant Labour 12,171 22.4
Nancy Holdsworth Referendum 3,212 5.9
Majority 11,620 21.4
Turnout 54,351 74.7
 
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