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 Tiverton & Honiton
Other Conservative hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Angela Browning Conservative 26,258 47.1 +5.8
Jim Barnard Liberal Democrat 19,974 35.8 -2.7
Isabel Owen Labour 6,647 11.9 -0.9
Alan Langmaid UK Independence 1,281 2.3  
Matthew Burgess Green 1,030 1.8 +1.0
Jenny Roach Liberal Party 594 1.1 0.0
Majority 6,284 11.3
Turnout 55,784 69.2 -8.4
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 4.2% from Liberal Democrat to Conservative
Lab-Con (against 1997) 3.3% from Labour to Conservative

Description
Tiverton and Honiton is a rural seat with a large number of small villages, some set in the attractive valleys of the rivers Exe, Culm and Taw. The River Taw is famous as the setting for stories about Tarka the Otter.

The main towns are small, the largest being Tiverton with a population of 17,500, which serves the local areas as a shopping, industrial and distribution centre. There is a tradition of manufacturing here which was started by mill owners from northern England harnessing the water power of the river valleys.

The seat is divided between two local authorities - Mid and East Devon. Independents and Lib Dems vie for control in the former; the Conservatives tend to dominate in the latter. The two political sides of the seat are separate geographically, too. In the former, rolling farmland punctuated by small market towns predominates. In the latter, Honiton is closer to the elderly, conservative profile of the coastal resorts to its south.

This constituency hit the headlines during the last election campaign when Angela Browning became the first Tory MP to issue an election address ruling out Euro membership.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Tiverton & Honiton
Conservative hold
Name Party Votes %
Angela Browning Conservative 24,438 41.3
Jim Barnard Liberal Democrat 22,785 38.5
John King Labour 7,598 12.8
Sam Lowings Referendum 2,952 5.0
Jenny Roach Liberal Party 635 1.1
Emily McIvor Green 485 0.8
Del Charles Nat Democrat 236 0.4
Majority 1,653 2.8
Turnout 59,129 77.6
 
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