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 Surrey Heath
Other Conservative hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Nick Hawkins Conservative 22,401 49.7 -1.9
Mark Lelliot Liberal Democrat 11,582 25.7 +3.9
James Norman Labour 9,640 21.4 +0.4
Nigel Hunt UK Independence 1,479 3.3 +2.1
Majority 10,819 24.0
Turnout 45,102 59.5 -14.6
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 2.9% from Conservative to Liberal Democrat
Lab-Con (against 1997) 1.2% from Conservative to Labour

Description
The seat is mainly urban and suburban in character, and it is the home of many monied London commuters. It encompasses the communities of Camberley and Frimley and includes other smaller towns such as Bagshot and Windelsham.

The area is predominantly, white and middle class with more than half the households owning at least two cars. However, there is also a strong military presence as it is located near Chobham and Bisley.

Nick Hawkins, previously the MP for Blackpool South, was elected to represent Surrey Heath in 1997 with a majority of over 16,000 votes; the largest of Surrey’s eleven Tory seats and the second largest Conservative majority in the country - surpassed only by John Major in Huntingdon.

In 1997, it came as no surprise that Mr Hawkins was returned with a smaller majority, not only because of the national swing against the Conservatives, but also because of the 1995 boundary changes which reduced the electorate by approximately 12,000 members. Formerly called Surrey North West, this seat had among the largest electorates in the country prior to those boundary changes.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Surrey Heath
Conservative hold
Name Party Votes %
Nick Hawkins Conservative 28,231 51.6
David Newman Liberal Democrat 11,944 21.8
Susan Jones Labour 11,511 21.0
John Gale Referendum 2,385 4.4
R Squire UK Independence 653 1.2
Majority 16,287 29.8
Turnout 54,724 74.1
 
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