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 Torbay
Other Liberal Democrat hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Adrian Sanders Liberal Democrat 24,015 50.5 +10.9
Christian Sweeting Conservative 17,307 36.4 -3.1
John MacKay Labour 4,484 9.4 -5.5
Graham Booth UK Independence 1,512 3.2 -0.5
Pam Neale Independent 251 0.5  
Majority 6,708 14.1
Turnout 47,569 65.7 -8.1
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 7.0% from Conservative to Liberal Democrat
Lab-Con (against 1997) 1.2% from Labour to Conservative

Description
Known as the English Riviera, Torbay is one of Britain’s premier holiday resorts and it receives over 1.5 million visitors each year. Unsurprisingly, tourism underpins Torbay’s economy. Its present role as a holiday destination began in the Napoleonic period, when because of the war the continent was closed to travellers.

The three towns of Torquay, Brixham and Paignton have a combined population of over 120,000, making Torbay the third largest urban area in the South West. During the summer season this figure swells to an average 200,000 as visitors and holiday makers pour in.

Torbay boasts an array of leisure opportunities from the marinas at Torquay and Brixham, to the zoo in Paignton and the Riviera Centre in Torquay. Torbay also has around 1,700 acres of public gardens.

With a majority of twelve, this is the Liberal Democrats’ second most vulnerable seat.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Torbay
Liberal Democrat gain from Conservative
Name Party Votes %
Adrian Sanders Liberal Democrat 21,094 39.6
Rupert Allason Conservative 21,082 39.5
Michael Morey Labour 7,923 14.9
G H Booth UK Independence 1,962 3.7
Bruce Cowling Liberal Party 1,161 2.2
Paul Wild Rainbow 100 0.2
Majority 12 0.0
Turnout 53,322 73.8
 
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