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 Wantage
Other Conservative hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Robert Jackson Conservative 19,475 39.6 -0.2
Stephen Beer Labour 13,875 28.2 -0.7
Neil Fawcett Liberal Democrat 13,776 28.0 +1.5
David Brooks-Saxl Green 1,062 2.2 +1.1
Nikolai Tolstoy UK Independence 941 1.9 +1.1
Majority 5,600 11.4
Turnout 49,129 64.5 -13.6
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 0.2% from Labour to Conservative

Description
The constituency covers the south western quarter of the presently constituted county of Oxfordshire, between Oxford and Swindon. The main towns are Didcot and Wallingford from the South Oxfordshire district and Faringdon and Wantage from the Vale of White Horse.

Robert Jackson has held Wantage for the Tories since its creation in 1983.

The town's buildings are mostly 17th and 18th century with narrow cobbled streets and passages. Wantage lies at the foot of the Downs and there are numerous racing stables in surrounding villages. Nearby is the historic, probably pre-Roman, Ridgeway track running from Ashbury to Streatley on the Thames.

Wantage is in the heart of an area full of high technology companies, including AEA Technology, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Culham Laboratory, Esso Research Centre and the Williams Motor Racing Centre.

The Oxford Transport Strategy is said to have had significant repercussions on the people of Wantage, reportedly causing delays and difficulties for those living in Wantage to enter Oxford.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Wantage
Conservative hold
Name Party Votes %
Robert Jackson Conservative 22,311 39.8
Celia Wilson Labour 16,222 28.9
Jenny Riley Liberal Democrat 14,862 26.5
Stuart Rising Referendum 1,549 2.8
Miriam Kennet Green 640 1.1
Nikolai Tolstoy UK Independence 465 0.8
Majority 6,089 10.9
Turnout 56,049 78.1
 
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