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 Sussex Mid
Other Conservative hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Nicholas Soames Conservative 21,150 46.2 +2.7
Lesley Wilkins Liberal Democrat 14,252 31.1 +0.5
Paul Mitchell Labour 8,693 19.0 +0.4
Petrina Holdsworth UK Independence 1,126 2.5 +1.4
Baron Von Thunderclap Berry Raving Loony 601 1.3  
Majority 6,898 15.1
Turnout 45,822 64.9 -12.7
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 1.1% from Liberal Democrat to Conservative
Lab-Con (against 1997) 1.1% from Labour to Conservative

Description
This constituency is dominated by four towns - Haywards Heath, Burgess Hill, East Grinstead and Cuckfield. Haywards Heath has a population of about 23,000 and is the main centre - the district councilís offices are based here.

Burgess Hill was for a time the fastest-growing town in Europe, expanding to over 25,000 people, and attracting Swedish giant Ericsson to set up its headquarters in the town. The constituency also contains a few small villages set in some beautiful countryside including the High Weald.

At least half the working population is employed in the service sector. Unemployment levels of under 1% are among the lowest in the country; owner-occupation is over 80%; the seat has the third lowest proportion of council house tenants in England and Wales; and lone parents are comparatively rare.

At local level, the Conservatives picked up eight seats across Mid Sussex council in 1999, and are now equal with the Lib Dems with 18 councillors each in this seat.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Sussex Mid
Conservative hold
Name Party Votes %
Nicholas Soames Conservative 23,231 43.5
Margaret Collins Liberal Democrat 16,377 30.6
Mervyn Hamilton Labour 9,969 18.6
Tam Large Referendum 3,146 5.9
J V Barnett UK Independence 606 1.1
Ernest Tudway Independent 134 0.3
Majority 6,854 12.8
Turnout 53,463 77.6
 
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