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 Worthing West
Other Conservative hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Peter Bottomley Conservative 20,508 47.5 +1.4
James Walsh Liberal Democrat 11,471 26.5 -4.6
Alan Butcher Labour 9,270 21.5 +5.3
Tim Cross UK Independence 1,960 4.5 +2.5
Majority 9,037 20.9
Turnout 43,209 59.7 -12.1
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 3.0% from Liberal Democrat to Conservative
Lab-Con (against 1997) 1.9% from Conservative to Labour

Description
Worthing West is a residential seaside resort with the highest proportion of pensioners in the UK. It is classic Tory ground with 81.2% of homes owner occupied, very low unemployment and a high proportion of non manual workers.

The seat is composed of the majority of voters from the old Worthing seat and 19,000 of Shoreham’s electorate. The Tories have a majority on Worthing Council, and MP Peter Bottomley came to the safety of Worthing West in 1997 from his previous seat of Eltham which Labour won.

Worthing, reflecting the age of the population, is home to Britain’s oldest croquet club and the English Bowls Association.

Oscar Wilde wrote the ‘Importance of Being Earnest’ in Worthing in 1884 and the first two works of Shelley were printed in a building in Warwick Street between 1810 and 1811.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Worthing West
Conservative hold
Name Party Votes %
Peter Bottomley Conservative 23,733 46.1
Christopher Hare Liberal Democrat 16,020 31.1
John Adams Labour 8,347 16.2
Nicholas John Referendum 2,313 4.5
T P Cross UK Independence 1,029 2.0
Majority 7,713 15.0
Turnout 51,442 71.8
 
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