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 Weston-Super-Mare
Other Liberal Democrat hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Brian Cotter Liberal Democrat 18,424 39.5 -0.6
John Penrose Conservative 18,086 38.7 +1.0
Derek Kraft Labour 9,235 19.8 +1.9
Bill Lukins UK Independence 650 1.4  
Charles Peverelle Independent 206 0.4  
Richard Sibley Independent 79 0.2  
Majority 338 0.7
Turnout 46,680 62.8 -10.8
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 0.8% from Liberal Democrat to Conservative
Lab-Con (against 1997) 0.4% from Conservative to Labour

Description
The seat is centred on the town of Weston-super-Mare, famed for its beach, and includes the surrounding villages.

Weston-super-Mare is a mixture of old charm and modern technology. The sea front is almost without modern high-rise buildings and tourism is one of the main industries in the seat. There were plans for a new casino to be built in order to attract more visitors to the resort, which was one of the first in the country to advertise its allure on the internet.

As tourism is the main money-spinner, Weston-super-Mare is full of small businesses geared towards it. The town is filled with hotels, guest houses and a great variety of shops, but there are also many small and privately owned manufacturing companies, distributors, and information technology and engineering firms based here as well.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Weston-Super-Mare
Liberal Democrat gain from Conservative
Name Party Votes %
Brian Cotter Liberal Democrat 21,407 40.1
Margaret Daly Conservative 20,133 37.7
Derek Kraft Labour 9,557 17.9
Tom Sewell Referendum 2,280 4.3
Majority 1,274 2.4
Turnout 53,377 73.6
 
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