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 Yorkshire East
Other Conservative hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Greg Knight Conservative 19,861 45.9 +3.2
Tracey Simpson-Laing Labour 15,179 35.0 -0.9
Mary-Rose Hardy Liberal Democrat 6,300 14.5 -4.0
Trevor Pearson UK Independence 1,661 3.8  
Paul Dessoy Independent 313 0.7  
Majority 4,682 10.8
Turnout 43,314 59.9 -10.6
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 2.0% from Labour to Conservative

Description
Yorkshire East, like the two old constituencies from which it was born, has traditionally been a safe Conservative seat, although the towering majorities of yesteryear in this part of the world may now be a thing of the past. The old seat of Bridlington provided about two-thirds of this seat's electorate with the remaining voters coming from the northern section of the Boothferry constituency.

Bridlington is a port, seaside resort and shopping area for the surrounding rural area. To the north are the cliffs of Flamborough Head - a notable tourist attraction. Inland is the rolling countryside of the Wolds with numerous villages and the small town of Driffield, Market Weighton and Pocklington.

This is a large agricultural area which reaches to the boundaries of York's new unitary authority. More than half the population is over 40 and pensioners form a high proportion of the population - 23%. There are a high number of owner-occupiers and private renters. There are very few members of ethnic minorities here - 99.6% of residents are white.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Yorkshire East
Conservative hold
Name Party Votes %
John Townend Conservative 20,904 42.7
Ian Male Labour 17,567 35.9
David Leadley Liberal Democrat 9,070 18.5
Raymond Allerston Independent 1,049 2.1
Michael Cooper Nat Democrat 381 0.8
Majority 3,337 6.8
Turnout 48,971 70.5
 
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