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 Westbury
Other Conservative hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Andrew Murrison Conservative 21,299 42.1 +1.5
David Vigar Liberal Democrat 16,005 31.6 +1.7
Sarah Cardy Labour 10,847 21.4 +0.3
Charles Booth-Jones UK Independence 1,261 2.5 +1.1
Bob Gledhill Green 1,216 2.4  
Majority 5,294 10.5
Turnout 50,628 66.7 -9.5
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 0.1% from Conservative to Liberal Democrat
Lab-Con (against 1997) 0.6% from Labour to Conservative

Description
David Faber, Harold Macmillan’s grandson, was successfully re-elected here in 1997 with only a marginally reduced majority of 6,068 votes. Labour almost doubled its share of the vote in Westbury, but remained in third place.

Bradford-on-Avon (which is just eight miles from Bath) is in the north of the seat; it is a former mill town which first grew wealthy from the wool trade in medieval times and now attracts many visitors. There is an area in the town called Tory, but it is so called because it is a high place not because of its political affiliations - all four council seats in Bradford-on-Avon are currently held by the Lib Dems.

Trowbridge is the county town of Wiltshire and the main administrative headquarters for both the district and county councils.

The market town of Westbury overlooks Somerset and stands on the westernmost fringes of Salisbury Plain. The town is most famous for the White Horse carved into the chalk. Also on the fringes of Salisbury Plain is Warminster - an important military centre where the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers and the School of Infantry are based.

Longleat House and safari park are nearby.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Westbury
Conservative hold
Name Party Votes %
David Faber Conservative 23,037 40.6
John Miller Liberal Democrat 16,949 29.9
Kevin D Small Labour 11,969 21.1
George Hawkins Liberal Party 1,956 3.4
Nick Hawkings-Byass Referendum 1,909 3.4
R A Westbury UK Independence 771 1.4
Colin Haysom Natural Law 140 0.2
Majority 6,088 10.7
Turnout 56,731 76.2
 
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