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 Welwyn Hatfield
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Melanie Johnson Labour 18,484 43.2 -3.9
Grant Shapps Conservative 17,288 40.4 +3.9
Daniel Cooke Liberal Democrat 6,021 14.1 +0.6
Malcolm Biggs UK Independence 798 1.9  
Fiona Pinto ProLife Alliance 230 0.5 0.0
Majority 1,196 2.8
Turnout 42,821 63.9 -14.7
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 3.9% from Labour to Conservative

Description
The two principal towns in this constituency are Welwyn Garden City - the second garden city after Letchworth and which celebrated its 75th anniversary in 1995 - and Hatfield.

The constituency also takes in more rural areas including the villages of Essendon and Newgate Street and the tiny parishes of Ayot St Lawrence and Ayot St Peter. In addition there are residential developments at Welwyn and Oaklands in the north of the seat and at Welham Green and Brookmans Park in the south.

The area is socially mixed but, like most constituencies containing new towns, has a high proportion of voters living in council houses.

The constituency has tended to be a marginal for some years: it was held in the latter half of the 1970s by Labourís Helene (now Baroness) Hayman, losing it to the Tories in 1979. The abrasive Tory rightwinger David Evans held this seat from 1987, until he was beaten in 1997 by Labourís Melanie Johnson.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Welwyn Hatfield
Labour gain from Conservative
Name Party Votes %
Melanie Johnson Labour 24,936 47.1
David Evans Conservative 19,341 36.5
Rodney Schwartz Liberal Democrat 7,161 13.5
Ernest Cox Independent 1,263 2.4
Helen Harold ProLife Alliance 267 0.5
Majority 5,595 10.6
Turnout 52,968 78.6
 
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