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 Westmorland & Lonsdale
Other Conservative hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Tim Collins Conservative 22,486 46.9 +4.6
Tim Farron Liberal Democrat 19,339 40.4 +7.0
John Bateson Labour 5,234 10.9 -9.7
Robert Gibson UK Independence 552 1.2  
Timothy Bell Independent 292 0.6  
Majority 3,147 6.6
Turnout 47,903 67.8 -6.3
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 1.2% from Conservative to Liberal Democrat
Lab-Con (against 1997) 7.2% from Labour to Conservative

Description
There is some light industry to be found in this rural haven, especially in Kendal - home to textiles, shoes and the world famous mint cake - but unsurprisingly, much employment is still to be found on the land.

Although sheep farming will always remain the main industry here, tourism continues to grow in importance with visitor numbers boosted by literary connections to Wordsworth, Coleridge and Beatrix Potter.

Despite the dominance of the lakes, the scenery remains varied thanks to areas of the Yorkshire Dales National Park and Grizedale Forest falling within the seatís boundaries. The largest lake in England, Windemere, is to be found here, as is Coniston Water, the venue of Donald Campbellís ill-fated water-speed record attempt in 1967.

Although other Cumbrian seats dispel the notion of an attractive, rural landscape going hand in hand with a Conservative MP, Westmoreland & Lonsdale is not among them - long having been true blue.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Westmorland & Lonsdale
Conservative hold
Name Party Votes %
Tim Collins Conservative 21,463 42.3
Stan Collins Liberal Democrat 16,942 33.4
John Harding Labour 10,452 20.6
Michael Smith Referendum 1,924 3.8
Majority 4,521 8.9
Turnout 50,781 74.1
 
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