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 Warwick & Leamington
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
James Plaskitt Labour 26,108 48.8 +4.3
David Bannerman Conservative 20,155 37.6 -1.3
Linda Forbes Liberal Democrat 5,964 11.1 -0.8
Claire Kime Socialist Alliance 664 1.2  
Greville Warwick UK Independence 648 1.2  
Majority 5,953 11.1
Turnout 53,539 65.8 -9.3
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 2.8% from Conservative to Labour

Description
After Rugby and Kenilworth, this was the second least-expected Labour victory in this county in 1997. It had been held by the Conservatives since 1910 and for 34 years was the seat of Tory Prime Minister Anthony Eden.

Industry is mainly light and Automotive Products, making car components, is well known. There is a significant Asian community in Leamington which makes up 5% of the constituency’s population, and many students from nearby Warwick University live in Leamington, geographically closer to the Coventry campus. Nearly half of all households are headed by professionals, managers or technicians.

However, because of all this wealth the impoverishment still visible in parts of Leamington is all the more stark and helps to explain the otherwise unexpected Labour victory in this seat.

In Leamington, major Single Regeneration Budget (SRB) investment, particularly on the old gasworks site, is in the process of transforming the old town area, and SRB money is now being sought for development in impoverished rural parts of the area.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Warwick & Leamington
Labour gain from Conservative
Name Party Votes %
James Plaskitt Labour 26,747 44.5
Dudley Smith Conservative 23,349 38.9
Nigel Hicks Liberal Democrat 7,133 11.9
Val Davis Referendum 1,484 2.5
Paul Baptie Green 764 1.3
Greville Warwick Independent 306 0.5
Michael Gibbs Independent 183 0.3
Roddy McCarthy Natural Law 125 0.2
Majority 3,398 5.7
Turnout 60,091 75.1
 
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