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 Swindon South
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Julia Drown Labour 22,260 51.3 +4.5
Simon Coombs Conservative 14,919 34.4 -1.4
Geoff Brewer Liberal Democrat 5,165 11.9 -2.5
Vicki Sharp UK Independence 713 1.6  
Roly Gillard Rock Loony 327 0.8  
Majority 7,341 16.9
Turnout 43,384 61.0 -11.9
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 3.0% from Conservative to Labour

Description
The town of Swindon is something of a political anomaly in its geographic location as it has tended to be a Labour island set in a Conservative sea.

This is due to the fact that it was a small industrial railway town, built on the Great Western Line, which has rapidly expanded over recent years because it has attracted large high tech companies and manufacturing industries.

There are a large number of owner-occupiers in the seat (72%) with most of the remaining population in council housing. Unemployment is among the lowest in the country, in fact in some areas of the town there are skills shortages.

In the local elections in 2000 turn out was embarrassingly low and Labour suffered badly. As a result it lost the council to "no overall control".

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Swindon South
Labour gain from Conservative
Name Party Votes %
Julia Drown Labour 23,943 46.8
Simon Coombs Conservative 18,298 35.8
Stanley Pajak Liberal Democrat 7,371 14.4
David Mackintosh Referendum 1,273 2.5
Richard Charman Independent 181 0.4
Keith Buscombe Natural Law 96 0.2
Majority 5,645 11.0
Turnout 51,162 72.9
 
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