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 Tonbridge & Malling
Other Conservative hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
John Stanley Conservative 20,956 49.4 +1.4
Victoria Hayman Labour 12,706 29.9 +2.7
Merilyn Canet Liberal Democrat 7,605 17.9 -1.3
Lynne Croucher UK Independence 1,169 2.8 +1.8
Majority 8,250 19.4
Turnout 42,436 64.4 -11.4
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 0.7% from Conservative to Labour

Description
Tonbridge and Malling is a fairly diverse constituency, home to commuters, light industry, farmers and apple growers. Generally though, residents are comfortably-off and the workforce is largely non-manual. There is only a tiny ethnic minority population, unemployment is low, and 70% of homes are owner-occupied.

The commuting element is well served by the presence of the M20 and M26 motorways, although the landscape is mostly unspoilt and contains a good number of castles and country houses.

In Tonbridge itself, the Norman castle still houses important parts of the council’s offices. The hop farm in East Peckham is a reminder that this whole region was once the ‘Garden of England’; today it has been converted to a tourist attraction.

This has proved in the past to be loyal Conservative ground, remaining with the party even as half of the county was swept by the Labour tide in 1997.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Tonbridge & Malling
Conservative hold
Name Party Votes %
John Stanley Conservative 23,640 48.0
Barbara Withstandley Labour 13,410 27.2
Keith Brown Liberal Democrat 9,467 19.2
John Scrivenor Referendum 2,005 4.1
B Bullen UK Independence 502 1.0
Gerard Valente Natural Law 205 0.4
Majority 10,230 20.8
Turnout 49,229 75.8
 
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