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 Stratford-on-Avon
Other Conservative hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
John Maples Conservative 27,606 50.3 +2.0
Susan Juned Liberal Democrat 15,804 28.8 +3.3
Mushtaq Hussain Labour 9,164 16.7 -3.8
Ron Mole UK Independence 1,184 2.2 +1.3
Mick Davies Green 1,156 2.1  
Majority 11,802 21.5
Turnout 54,914 64.4 -11.8
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 0.7% from Conservative to Liberal Democrat
Lab-Con (against 1997) 2.9% from Labour to Conservative

Description
This is a seat which has tended to be safe for the Conservatives, but one whose incumbents have shown a great propensity for causing the party trouble in other ways.

In 1995 Alan Howarth defected to Labour, and in 1963 was the seat of disgraced War Secretary John Profumo.

This is a rural constituency, Stratford-on-Avon being the only big town in a seat that covers almost half of Warwickshire. Stratford is one of the world’s greatest tourist attractions, marketing its Shakespeare connections for all their considerable worth. Almost 4 million visitors come here every year, bringing £135 million to the local economy.

Tourism is the seat’s most important industry, employing 17% of the population. Outside the town itself, a number of country homes - both inhabited and National Trust managed - contribute to the stately feel of the seat. The landscape is beautiful and the feeling sedate, partially the result of an elderly population - in the 1991 census a large 50% of the population were over 40.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Stratford-on-Avon
Conservative hold
Name Party Votes %
John Maples Conservative 29,967 48.3
Susan Juned Liberal Democrat 15,861 25.5
Stewart Stacey Labour 12,754 20.5
Adrian Hilton Referendum 2,064 3.3
J E Spilsbury UK Independence 556 0.9
James Brewster Natural Law 307 0.5
Simon Marcus Independent 306 0.5
Sarah Miller ProLife Alliance 284 0.5
Majority 14,106 22.7
Turnout 62,099 76.2
 
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