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 Twickenham
Other Liberal Democrat hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Vincent Cable Liberal Democrat 24,344 48.7 +3.6
Nick Longworth Conservative 16,689 33.4 -4.4
Dean Rogers Labour 6,903 13.8 -1.8
Judy Maciejowska Green 1,423 2.8  
Ray Hollebone UK Independence 579 1.2  
Majority 7,655 15.3
Turnout 49,938 67.4 -11.6
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 4.0% from Conservative to Liberal Democrat
Lab-Con (against 1997) 1.3% from Conservative to Labour

Description
Probably most famous for its rugby ground, Twickenham is a leafy, largely residential middle class constituency just south of the river Thames. The constituency falls in the London Borough of Richmond Upon Thames.

Twickenham, along with neighbouring Richmond Park and Kingston and Surbiton, elected a Lib Dem MP in 1997; Vincent Cable won the seat with a majority of 4,281. Mr Cable defeated the Conservative Toby Jessel who had been MP since 1970. The Lib Dems have had a strong hold on the local council since the early 1980s, although their support has slipped a little towards Labour in recent years.

The regeneration of Twickenham town centre is an important area of local interest. Since the closure of Twickenham swimming pool in 1980, the site, on the riverside opposite Eel Pie Island, has been derelict.

The council has now approved a development which would create 40 flats, plus shops and restaurants, a health and fitness club, and a 3-screen cinema, but this decision is being contested by some local groups who seek a less commercial purpose for the site."

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Twickenham
Liberal Democrat gain from Conservative
Name Party Votes %
Vincent Cable Liberal Democrat 26,237 45.1
Toby Jessel Conservative 21,956 37.8
Eva Tutchell Labour 9,065 15.6
Jane Harrison Independent 589 1.0
Terence Haggar Rainbow 155 0.3
Anthony Hardy Natural Law 142 0.2
Majority 4,281 7.4
Turnout 58,144 79.0
 
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