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 Wealden
Other Conservative hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Charles Hendry Conservative 26,279 49.8 0.0
Steve Murphy Liberal Democrat 12,507 23.7 -2.0
Kathy Fordham Labour 10,705 20.3 +3.1
Keith Riddle UK Independence 1,539 2.9 +1.9
Julian Salmon Green 1,273 2.4  
Cyril Thornton Pensioner 453 0.9  
Majority 13,772 26.1
Turnout 52,756 63.5 -10.2
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 1.0% from Liberal Democrat to Conservative
Lab-Con (against 1997) 1.5% from Conservative to Labour

Description
Wealden covers a large part of the High Weald, a patchwork of well-wooded ridges and valleys. There are four small towns: Crowborough, Hailsham, Uckfield and Heathfield, the first of which was the birthplace of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and duly hosts an annual Sherlock Holmes festival.

The seat was recently rated as one of the most likely places in the country to find a millionaire. Which is not to say that the constituency does not have pockets of deprivation - Hailsham has recently received £11m of Single Regeneration Budget (SRB) cash to renovate deprived areas.

A quick look at the seatís demographics reveals why it is has historically been so safe for the Conservatives: just over half the population can be grouped in the professional, managerial and technical social classes according to the 1991 census. Over 80% have access to a car and over 80% are owner occupiers.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Wealden
Conservative hold
Name Party Votes %
Geoffrey Johnson Smith Conservative 29,417 49.8
Michael Skinner Liberal Democrat 15,213 25.7
Nicholas Levine Labour 10,185 17.2
Barry Taplin Referendum 3,527 6.0
M J English UK Independence 569 1.0
Paul Cragg Natural Law 188 0.3
Majority 14,204 24.0
Turnout 59,099 73.7
 
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