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 Tunbridge Wells
Other Conservative hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Archie Norman Conservative 19,643 48.9 +3.7
Keith Brown Liberal Democrat 9,913 24.7 -5.0
Ian Carvell Labour 9,332 23.2 +2.8
Victor Webb UK Independence 1,313 3.3 +2.8
Majority 9,730 24.2
Turnout 40,201 62.3 -11.8
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 4.4% from Liberal Democrat to Conservative
Lab-Con (against 1997) 0.4% from Labour to Conservative

Description
Royal Tunbridge Wells is for some the epitome of conservatism. ‘Disgusted of Tunbridge Wells’, regularly reveals the concerns and frustrations of Middle England to the Daily Telegraph’s letters page.

The shock which registered on local election night in 1994 when the Conservatives lost control of the council gives some indication of just how far this seat is associated with the party and with its core electoral support.

The eponymous town is a growing service centre, but is also a base for large number of commuters and is home to many retired people. Royal Tunbridge Wells is still a functioning spa town and attracts tourists to its architecturally and historically important buildings.

Local MP and former Asda boss Archie Norman represents a constituency in a part of England which will witness massive house-building in the next decade. Tunbridge Wells Council has planned for 2,600 new homes, but this may yet rise if John Prescott increases the house-building targets for the county.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Tunbridge Wells
Conservative hold
Name Party Votes %
Archie Norman Conservative 21,853 45.2
Tony Clayton Liberal Democrat 14,347 29.7
Peter Warner Labour 9,879 20.4
Tim Macpherson Referendum 1,858 3.8
M Smart UK Independence 264 0.5
Paul Levy Natural Law 153 0.3
Majority 7,506 15.5
Turnout 48,354 74.1
 
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