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 Wycombe
Other Conservative hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Paul Goodman Conservative 19,064 42.4 +2.5
Chauhdry Shafique Labour 15,896 35.3 -0.1
Dee Tomlin Liberal Democrat 7,658 17.0 -1.5
Christopher Cooke UK Independence 1,059 2.4  
John Laker Green 1,057 2.4 +1.0
David Fitton Independent 240 0.5  
Majority 3,168 7.0
Turnout 44,974 60.2 -10.9
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 1.3% from Labour to Conservative

Description
About half of the electorate of this seat lives outside High Wycombe in the affluent Thames town of Marlow and many small villages where Tory support has tended to run deep. Furthermore, like many similarly sized communities in South East England, High Wycombe itself is usually predominantly Conservative supporting.

The town of High Wycombe, however, contains many working-class voters, industrial estates, and a non-white community, mainly Afro-Caribbeans and Asians, that totalled well over one-tenth of the population in 1991.

Hughendon Manor, the home of nineteenth century Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli is located in this constituency. Disraeli purchased the manor before standing as the Tory candidate for Buckinghamshire county in 1847.

Sir Ray Whitney has held this seat since 1978, retaining it in 1997 despite a 14% increase in the share of the Labour vote.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Wycombe
Conservative hold
Name Party Votes %
Ray Whitney Conservative 20,890 39.9
Chris Bryant Labour 18,520 35.4
Paul Bensilum Liberal Democrat 9,678 18.5
Alan Fulford Referendum 2,394 4.6
John Laker Green 716 1.4
Mark Heath Natural Law 121 0.2
Majority 2,370 4.5
Turnout 52,319 71.1
 
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