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 Tatton
Other Conservative gain from Independent
Name Party Votes % +/- %
George Osborne Conservative 19,860 48.1 +10.6
Stephen Conquest Labour 11,249 27.3  
Mike Ash Liberal Democrat 7,685 18.6  
Mark Sheppard UK Independence 769 1.9  
Peter Sharratt Independent 734 1.8  
Viviane Allinson Tatton 505 1.2  
William Batchelor Independent 322 0.8  
Jonathan Hunt Independent 154 0.4  
Majority 8,611 20.9
Turnout 41,278 63.5 -12.6

Description
In the 1997 general election two results symbolised the overall battle - Michael Portillo’s defeat at the hands of Stephen Twigg at Enfield Southgate and Martin Bell’s trouncing of Neil Hamilton at Tatton.

Mr Twigg’s victory was impressive, but the anti-Tory swing in north London was dwarfed by that in Cheshire. Tatton was reckoned to be the fifth safest Conservative seat in the country with a notional majority of over 22,000. Mr Bell, an independent anti-sleaze campaigner, took it with a majority of over 11,000 votes after Labour and the Lib Dems withdrew.

This seat includes the market towns of Knutsford, Wilmslow and Alderley Edge and their environs. One of the most prosperous areas in England, its population is predominantly white and middle class.

Mr Bell promised in his manifesto that he would serve for only one term, and he is sticking to his word. He is contesting Eric Pickle’s Brentwood and Ongar seat instead. William Hague’s speechwriter George Osborne is the Tory candidate this time around.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Tatton
Independent gain from Conservative
Name Party Votes %
Martin Bell Independent 29,354 60.2
Neil Hamilton Conservative 18,277 37.5
Sam Hill Independent 295 0.6
Simon Kinsey Independent 187 0.4
Burnel Penhaul Independent 128 0.3
John Muir Independent 126 0.3
Michael Kennedy Natural Law 123 0.3
David Bishop Independent 116 0.2
Ralph Nicholas Independent 113 0.2
Julian Price Independent 73 0.1
Majority 11,077 22.7
Turnout 48,792 76.1
 
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