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 South Holland & The Deepings
Other Conservative hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
John Hayes Conservative 25,611 55.4 +6.1
Graham Walker Labour 14,512 31.4 -1.9
Grace Hill Liberal Democrat 4,761 10.3 -5.3
Malcolm Charlesworth UK Independence 1,318 2.9  
Majority 11,099 24.0
Turnout 46,202 62.5 -9.4
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 4.0% from Labour to Conservative

Description
The Holland part of this seatís name comes from a large rural district in this constituency, so-named because of its striking likeness to that flat, low-land country across the North Sea. Deepings is derived from Market Deeping, West Deeping and Deeping St Nicholas; a small town and two villages which are all situated within the seat.

The local council described this area as "once a vast tract of fever-infested swamps", but extensive land reclamation from the sixteenth century onwards has led to the region, with its hugely fertile alluvial soil, becoming one of the prime areas of crop production in the UK.

Dutch engineers and scientists had their part to play in the reclamation schemes, and the result of their work has been to make the seat truly reminiscent of its namesake in the low countries. Another similarity with the Netherlands is the cultivation of tulips, particularly around Spalding, as well as many other types of bulb and root vegetables.

Most of the occupants of this seat are white middle class owner occupiers.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 South Holland & The Deepings
Conservative hold
Name Party Votes %
John Hayes Conservative 24,691 49.3
John Lewis Labour 16,700 33.3
Peter Millen Liberal Democrat 7,836 15.6
Guy Erwood Independent 902 1.8
Majority 7,991 15.9
Turnout 50,129 71.9
 
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