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 Watford
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Claire Ward Labour 20,992 45.3 0.0
Michael McManus Conservative 15,437 33.3 -1.5
Duncan Hames Liberal Democrat 8,088 17.4 +0.6
Denise Kingsley Green 900 1.9  
Edmund Stewart-Mole UK Independence 535 1.2  
Jon Berry Socialist Alliance 420 0.9  
Majority 5,555 12.0
Turnout 46,372 61.2 -13.4
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 0.7% from Conservative to Labour

Description
Watford was a 19th Century industrial town and is situated in the south west of Hertfordshire on the border with Greater London; in that sense, the town’s urban character sets it apart from the rest of the county.

Paper is still an important industry here, the first printing company having set up its presses in 1834: today, four million copies of The Mirror and The Independent roll off the presses every night in Watford. Perhaps the highest profile company here is the present national lottery operator, Camelot, which employs 300 people.

Culture and sport have their place here too: Leavesden Studios is the fastest growing film studios in the country on a site once occupied by an aircraft factory; and there is the Woodside Athletics stadium, Saracens rugby club and Watford FC.

Labour won this seat in 1997 on the retirement of the Tory MP, Tristan Garel-Jones, who had himself taken the seat from Labour in 1979. The incumbent, Claire Ward, is the youngest female MP.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Watford
Labour gain from Conservative
Name Party Votes %
Clare Ward Labour 25,019 45.3
Robert Gordon Conservative 19,227 34.8
Andrew Canning Liberal Democrat 9,272 16.8
Philip Roe Referendum 1,484 2.7
Leslie Davis Natural Law 234 0.4
Majority 5,792 10.5
Turnout 55,236 74.6
 
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