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 Wiltshire North
Other Conservative hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
James Gray Conservative 24,090 45.5 +1.7
Hugh Pym Liberal Democrat 20,212 38.2 +0.4
Jo Garton Labour 7,556 14.3 +0.1
Neil Dowdney UK Independence 1,090 2.1 +1.4
Majority 3,878 7.3
Turnout 52,948 66.6 -8.3
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 0.7% from Liberal Democrat to Conservative
Lab-Con (against 1997) 0.8% from Labour to Conservative

Description
Wiltshire North is situated on the edge of the Cotswolds, which reach into the western and northern ends of the constituency. It is bordered in the east by the chalk hills of the Marlborough Downs and Swindon.

There is significant manufacturing industry here, especially in the food and engineering sectors. The main centres of activity are Chippenham, Corsham and Malmesbury. In the rural areas the closure of military bases and the decline of agriculture is being compensated for by the growth of tourism.

In 1997, the Conservatives were returned once again to this seat but this time represented by James Gray with a 3,475 vote majority. He succeeded Richard Needham, the MP for this constituency since its creation and for its predecessor, Chippenham, since 1979.

Although the Conservatives saw a 12.4% drop in their share of the vote the Liberal Democrats failed to win here at a time when many west of England seats were falling to them.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Wiltshire North
Conservative hold
Name Party Votes %
James Gray Conservative 25,390 43.8
Simon Cordon Liberal Democrat 21,915 37.8
Nigel Knowles Labour 8,261 14.2
Margaret Purves Referendum 1,774 3.1
Alan Wood UK Independence 410 0.7
Joan Forsyth Natural Law 263 0.5
Majority 3,475 6.0
Turnout 58,013 74.9
 
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