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 Truro & St Austell
Other Liberal Democrat hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Matthew Taylor Liberal Democrat 24,296 48.3 -0.2
Tim Bonner Conservative 16,231 32.3 +5.9
David Phillips Labour 6,889 13.7 -1.6
James Wonnacott UK Independence 1,664 3.3 +2.3
Conan Jenkin Mebyon Kernow 1,137 2.3 +1.5
John Lee Independent 78 0.2  
Majority 8,065 16.0
Turnout 50,295 63.5 -10.5
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 3.0% from Liberal Democrat to Conservative
Lab-Con (against 1997) 3.7% from Labour to Conservative

Description
Liberal David Penhaligon originally gained this seat from the Conservatives in October 1974 with a majority of just 464. He was an enthusiastic campaigner and Truro became one of the bases upon which Liberal success in the South West was built.

After his death, in a car crash in the constituency in 1986, his researcher Matthew Taylor was selected to contest the by-election. He was elected with a majority of 14,617 and has held it since.

Truro is Cornwall's county town and acts as a retailing business and administrative centre. But the main centre of population and industry is St Austell with its china clay mining. Tourism is concentrated around the northern and southern coasts.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Truro & St Austell
Liberal Democrat hold
Name Party Votes %
Matthew Taylor Liberal Democrat 27,502 48.5
Neil Badcock Conservative 15,001 26.4
Michael Dooley Labour 8,697 15.3
Carl Hearn Referendum 3,682 6.5
Alan Haithwaite UK Independence 576 1.0
Dorienne Robinson Green 482 0.8
Davyth Hicks Mebyon Kernow 450 0.8
Lorna Yelland Independent 240 0.4
Peter Boland Natural Law 117 0.2
Majority 12,501 22.0
Turnout 56,747 74.0
 
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