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 Tamworth
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Brian Jenkins Labour 19,722 49.0 -2.8
Luise Gunter Conservative 15,124 37.6 +0.9
Jennifer Pinkett Liberal Democrat 4,721 11.7 +3.6
Paul Sootheran UK Independence 683 1.7 +1.0
Majority 4,598 11.4
Turnout 40,250 57.8 -16.4
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 1.8% from Labour to Conservative

Description
Tamworth has, since the Second World war, been one of the fastest growing towns in England, trebling its population in 40 years.

The seat consists of the urban centre of Tamworth, which still falls just below the size of electorate needed for a constituency, plus generous numbers of rural electors to the north and west of the town. Tamworth itself is dominated by tower blocks of council accommodation, but the growth in more recent years of suburban private estates has ensured that the seat remains demographically balanced.

Tamworth is associated in political history with Sir Robert Peelís Tamworth Manifesto of 1834, the first time a political party outlined its proposals before a general election.

More recently, it threw up a psephological oddity when the SDP saw a leap in its vote to take second place in 1987, which then collapsed again with a fall of 17.1% in 1992. Theories of lost votes abound but no clear explanation for the swings has ever emerged.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Tamworth
Labour gain from Conservative
Name Party Votes %
Brian Jenkins Labour 25,808 51.8
Ann Lightbown Conservative 18,312 36.7
Jennifer Pinkett Liberal Democrat 4,025 8.1
Dianne Livesey Referendum 1,163 2.3
Christopher Lamb UK Independence 369 0.7
Catherine Twelvetrees Liberal Party 177 0.4
Majority 7,496 15.0
Turnout 49,854 74.2
 
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