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 Somerton & Frome
Other Liberal Democrat hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
David Heath Liberal Democrat 22,983 43.6 +4.1
Jonathan Marland Conservative 22,315 42.4 +3.1
Andy Perkins Labour 6,113 11.6 -4.7
Peter Bridgwood UK Independence 919 1.7 +1.1
Jean Pollock Liberal Party 354 0.7  
Majority 668 1.3
Turnout 52,684 70.3 -7.0
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 0.5% from Conservative to Liberal Democrat
Lab-Con (against 1997) 3.9% from Labour to Conservative

Description
Frome, the largest community in this seat, is a market town which once had a booming wool trade; as a result, it was much despised by a former parliamentarian, William Cobbett, as the "Manchester of the south". Today it acts as a small commercial centre for the surrounding area and tourists.

Aside from agriculture, industries in the constituency include some high-tech defence-related industries and the quarrying of stone and road building materials. RNAS Yeovilton is in the constituency, a large multi-role air base which is home to the Royal Navy Sea Harriers, Support Helicopter Force and Commando Helicopter Force.

This was a tight fight in 1997, with the votes having to be counted three times before a Liberal Democrat victory was declared.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Somerton & Frome
Liberal Democrat gain from Conservative
Name Party Votes %
David Heath Liberal Democrat 22,684 39.5
Mark Robinson Conservative 22,554 39.3
Bob Ashford Labour 9,385 16.3
Robert Rodwell Referendum 2,449 4.3
R P Gadd UK Independence 331 0.6
Majority 130 0.2
Turnout 57,403 77.3
 
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