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 Sleaford & North Hykeham
Other Conservative hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Douglas Hogg Conservative 24,190 49.7 +5.8
Elizabeth Donnelly Labour 15,568 32.0 -2.3
Robert Arbon Liberal Democrat 7,894 16.2 +1.0
Michael Ward-Barrow UK Independence 1,067 2.2  
Majority 8,622 17.7
Turnout 48,719 65.3 -8.9
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 4.0% from Labour to Conservative

Description
Much of the land on which this seat lies was reclaimed from the marshes and consists of rich, alluvial soil, making it ideal for farming. Cereal, root and market garden crops are all cultivated here, and agriculture remains the regionís main industry.

The market town of Sleaford has always held a market since earliest recorded times, and more recently hosted bull baiting contests until the practise was banned in 1807. Its attractive stone-built houses are typical of those found in small villages sprinkled all over the seat, such as Heckington, the home of the only eight-sailed windmill in the country.

There is a strong tradition of independent representation here in local elections.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Sleaford & North Hykeham
Conservative hold
Name Party Votes %
Douglas Hogg Conservative 23,358 43.9
Sean Harriss Labour 18,235 34.3
John Marriott Liberal Democrat 8,063 15.2
Peter Clery Referendum 2,942 5.5
Richard Overton Independent 578 1.1
Majority 5,123 9.6
Turnout 53,176 74.2
 
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