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 Woking
Other Conservative hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Humfrey Malins Conservative 19,747 46.0 +7.6
Alan Hilliar Liberal Democrat 12,988 30.3 +3.0
Sabir Hussain Labour 8,714 20.3 -0.7
Michael Harvey UK Independence 1,461 3.4 +2.4
Majority 6,759 15.8
Turnout 42,910 60.3 -12.4
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 2.3% from Liberal Democrat to Conservative
Lab-Con (against 1997) 4.2% from Labour to Conservative

Description
Twenty-five miles from London and 40 miles from the south coast, Woking is another traditionally safe Conservative seat in Surrey. However, at the last election it saw a drop in the Conservative share of the vote by over 20%.

This was perhaps partially due to the retirement of Sir Cranley Onslow, who had been the MP for Woking since 1964, but was also due to support for both the Independent Conservative candidate, who retained his deposit with over 3,900 votes, and the Referendum Party.

Woking is the largest town in Surrey, and home to many commuters. Over recent years it has also become the retail and service centre for the stockbroker belt, and has undergone rapid expansion. Extensive office development took place in the town centre in the 1980s, attracting industry based on new technologies.

This has lead to further development of shopping and entertainment centres, including the Peacock Theatre. As a result, the population has also grown, as shown by the boom in the residential sector.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Woking
Conservative hold
Name Party Votes %
Humfrey Malins Conservative 19,553 38.4
Philip Goldenberg Liberal Democrat 13,875 27.3
Katie Hanson Labour 10,695 21.0
Hugh Bell Independent 3,933 7.7
Christopher Skeate Referendum 2,209 4.3
M Harvey UK Independence 512 1.0
Deirdre Sleeman Natural Law 137 0.3
Majority 5,678 11.2
Turnout 50,914 72.7
 
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