Liberal Democrat Marginal Seats, 1st May 1997

Pos.

Constituency

Winner

Votes

Gain Info.

Majority

Swing Info.

1

Winchester

Mark Oaten

LDm 26100 Con 26098 Lab 6528 Ref 1598 TCLD 640 UKInd 476 IndAFE 307 Lny 307

LDm gain from Con

2 (0.00%)

Swing Con to LDm 7.39%

2

Torbay

Adrian Sanders

LDm 21094 Con 21082 Lab 7923 UKInd 1962 Lib 1161 RDrm 100

LDm gain from Con

12 (0.02%)

Swing Con to LDm 5.05%

3

Kingston & Surbiton

Edward Davey

LDm 20411 Con 20355 Lab 12811 Ref 1470 UKInd 418 RDrm 100 NLP 100

LDm gain from Con

56 (0.10%)

Swing Con to LDm 13.60%

4

Somerton & Frome

David Heath

LDm 22684 Con 22554 Lab 9385 Ref 2449 UKInd 331

LDm gain from Con

130 (0.23%)

Swing Con to LDm 3.68%

5

Eastleigh

David Chidgey

LDm 19453 Con 18699 Lab 14883 Ref 2013 UKInd 446

LDm gain from Con

754 (1.36%)

Swing Con to LDm 11.26%

6

Weston-Super-Mare

Brian Cotter

LDm 21407 Con 20133 Lab 9557 Ref 2280

LDm gain from Con

1274 (2.39%)

Swing Con to LDm 5.96%

7

Lewes

Norman Baker

LDm 21250 Con 19950 Lab 5232 Ref 2481 UKInd 256

LDm gain from Con

1300 (2.64%)

Swing Con to LDm 7.43%

8

Colchester

Bob Russell

LDm 17886 Con 16305 Lab 15891 Ref 1776 NLP 148

LDm gain from Con

1581 (3.04%)

Swing Con to LDm 6.19%

9

Devon West & Torridge

John Burnett

LDm 24744 Con 22787 Lab 7319 Ref 1946 UKInd 1841 Lib 508

LDm gain from Con

1957 (3.31%)

Swing Con to LDm 4.36%

10

Northavon

Prof Steven Webb

LDm 26500 Con 24363 Lab 9767 Ref 1900

LDm gain from Con

2137 (3.42%)

Swing Con to LDm 10.37%

11

Tweedale Ettrick & Lauderdale

Michael Moore

LDm 12178 Lab 10689 Con 8623 SNP 6671 Ref 406 Lib 387 NLP 47

LDm hold

1489 (3.82%)

Swing Con to LDm 2.38%

12

Taunton

Mrs Jackie Ballard

LDm 26064 Con 23621 Lab 8248 Ref 2760 BNP 318

LDm gain from Con

2443 (4.00%)

Swing Con to LDm 4.60%

13

Sutton & Cheam

Paul Burstow

LDm 19919 Con 17822 Lab 7280 Ref 1784 UKInd 191 NLP 96

LDm gain from Con

2097 (4.45%)

Swing Con to LDm 12.94%

14

Carshalton & Wallington

Thomas Brake

LDm 18490 Con 16223 Lab 11565 Ref 1289 Grn 377 BNP 261 UKInd 218

LDm gain from Con

2267 (4.68%)

Swing Con to LDm 11.76%

15

Richmond Park

Dr Jenny Tonge

LDm 25393 Con 22442 Lab 7172 Ref 1467 Lny 204 NLP 102 RDrm 73

LDm gain from Con

2951 (5.19%)

Swing Con to LDm 9.69%

16

Aberdeenshire West & Kincardine

Sir Robert Smith

LDm 17742 Con 15080 SNP 5639 Lab 3923 Ref 805

LDm gain from Con

2662 (6.16%)

Swing Con to LDm 8.32%

17

Twickenham

Dr Vincent Cable

LDm 26237 Con 21956 Lab 9065 IndECR 589 RDrm 155 NLP 142

LDm gain from Con

4281 (7.36%)

Swing Con to LDm 8.80%

18

Caithness Sutherland & Easter Ross

Robert Maclennan

LDm 10381 Lab 8122 SNP 6710 Con 3148 Ref 369 Grn 230 UKInd 212

LDm hold

2259 (7.74%)

Swing Con to LDm 0.98%

19

Southwark North & Bermondsey

Simon Hughes

LDm 19831 Lab 16444 Con 2835 BNP 713 Ref 545 CommL 175 Lib 157 NatDem 95

LDm hold

3387 (8.30%)

Swing LDm to Lab 4.28%

20

Portsmouth South

Mike Hancock

LDm 20421 Con 16094 Lab 13086 Ref 1629 Lib 184 UKInd 141 NLP 140

LDm gain from Con

4327 (8.37%)

Swing Con to LDm 4.41%

21

Isle of Wight

Dr Peter Brand

LDm 31274 Con 24868 Lab 9646 Ref 4734 UKInd 1072 IInd 848 Grn 544 NLP 87 RainIsl 86

LDm gain from Con

6406 (8.76%)

Swing Con to LDm 5.53%

22

Ross Skye & Inverness West

Charles Kennedy

LDm 15472 Lab 11453 SNP 7821 Con 4368 Ref 535 Grn 306

LDm hold

4019 (10.06%)

Swing Con to LDm 5.48%

23

Oxford West & Abingdon

Dr Evan Harris

LDm 26268 Con 19983 Lab 12361 Ref 1258 Grn 691 UKInd 258 ProLife 238 NLP 91 LGR 48

LDm gain from Con

6285 (10.27%)

Swing Con to LDm 10.34%

24

Devon North

Nick Harvey

LDm 27824 Con 21643 Lab 5367

LDm hold

6181 (11.27%)

Swing Con to LDm 4.95%

25

Cornwall South East

Colin Breed

LDm 27044 Con 20564 Lab 7358 UKInd 1428 MK 573 Lib 268 NLP 197

LDm gain from Con

6480 (11.28%)

Swing Con to LDm 12.06%

26

Brecon & Radnorshire

Richard Livsey

LDm 17516 Con 12419 Lab 11424 Ref 900 PC 622

LDm gain from Con

5097 (11.89%)

Swing Con to LDm 6.09%

27

Southport

Ronnie Fearn

LDm 24346 Con 18186 Lab 6125 Ref 1368 Lib 386 NLP 93 NatDem 92

LDm gain from Con

6160 (12.17%)

Swing Con to LDm 8.85%

28

Hereford

Paul Keetch

LDm 25198 Con 18550 Lab 6596 Ref 2209

LDm gain from Con

6648 (12.65%)

Swing Con to LDm 9.15%

29

Harrogate & Knaresborough

Phil Willis

LDm 24558 Con 18322 Lab 4159 LC 614

LDm gain from Con

6236 (13.09%)

Swing Con to LDm 15.75%

30

Cheltenham

Nigel Jones

LDm 24877 Con 18232 Lab 5100 Ref 1065 Lny 375 UKInd 302 ProLife 245 NLP 107

LDm hold

6645 (13.21%)

Swing Con to LDm 4.88%

31

St Ives

Andrew George

LDm 23966 Con 16796 Lab 8184 Ref 3714 UKInd 567 Lib 425 RAlt 178 BHMBCM 71

LDm gain from Con

7170 (13.30%)

Swing Con to LDm 8.09%

32

Newbury

David Rendel

LDm 29887 Con 21370 Lab 3107 Ref 992 Grn 644 UKInd 302 SocLab 174

LDm gain from Con

8517 (15.08%)

Swing Con to LDm 16.93%

33

Edinburgh West

Donald Gorrie

LDm 20578 Con 13325 Lab 8948 SNP 4210 Ref 277 Lib 263 AS 30

LDm gain from Con

7253 (15.23%)

Swing Con to LDm 11.77%

34

Gordon

Malcolm Bruce

LDm 17999 Con 11002 SNP 8435 Lab 4350 Ref 459

LDm gain from Con

6997 (16.56%)

Swing Con to LDm 18.67%

35

Argyll & Bute

Ray Michie

LDm 14359 SNP 8278 Con 6774 Lab 5596 Ref 713

LDm hold

6081 (17.02%)

Swing Con to LDm 7.02%

36

Bath

Donald Foster

LDm 26169 Con 16850 Lab 8828 Ref 1192 Grn 580 UKInd 315 NLP 55

LDm hold

9319 (17.26%)

Swing Con to LDm 6.91%

37

Sheffield Hallam

Richard Allan

LDm 23345 Con 15074 Lab 6147 Ref 788 SIP 125

LDm gain from Con

8271 (18.19%)

Swing Con to LDm 18.53%

38

Berwick-upon-Tweed

Alan Beith

LDm 19007 Lab 10965 Con 10056 Ref 1423 UKInd 352

LDm hold

8042 (19.24%)

Swing Con to LDm 4.90%

39

Montgomeryshire

Lembit Opik

LDm 14647 Con 8344 Lab 6109 PC 1608 Ref 879 Grn 338

LDm hold

6303 (19.74%)

Swing Con to LDm 1.99%

40

Yeovil

Paddy Ashdown

LDm 26349 Con 14946 Lab 8053 Ref 3574 Grn 728 Musician 306 RDrm 97

LDm hold

11403 (21.10%)

Swing Con to LDm 3.17%

41

Truro & St Austell

Matthew Taylor

LDm 27502 Con 15001 Lab 8697 Ref 3682 UKInd 576 Grn 482 MK 450 PP 240 NLP 117

LDm hold

12501 (22.03%)

Swing Con to LDm 4.90%

42

Roxburgh & Berwickshire

Archy Kirkwood

LDm 16243 Con 8337 Lab 5226 SNP 3959 Ref 922 UKInd 202 NLP 42

LDm hold

7906 (22.63%)

Swing Con to LDm 5.16%

43

Cornwall North

Paul Tyler

LDm 31186 Con 17253 Lab 5523 Ref 3636 MK 645 Lib 186 NLP 152

LDm hold

13933 (23.78%)

Swing Con to LDm 10.36%

44

Hazel Grove

Andrew Stunell

LDm 26883 Con 15069 Lab 5882 Ref 1055 UKInd 268 EIHP 183

LDm gain from Con

11814 (23.94%)

Swing Con to LDm 12.82%

45

Fife North East

Menzies Campbell

LDm 21432 Con 11076 SNP 4545 Lab 4301 Ref 485

LDm hold

10356 (24.75%)

Swing Con to LDm 8.43%

46

Orkney & Shetland

Jim Wallace

LDm 10743 Lab 3775 SNP 2624 Con 2527 Ref 820 NLP 116 Ind 60

LDm hold

6968 (33.72%)

Swing Con to LDm 7.68%

Notes: Table was generated by UK-Elect v4.5. All Liberal Democrat seats are shown. The table filtering was set to include constituencies in Great Britain only (excluding Northern Ireland). Gains and swings are compared to the 1992 election. Where constituency boundaries changed between 1992 and 1997, estimates of what the 1992 results would have been if the 1997 boundaries had been used are taken from the definitive work by Colin Rallings and Michael Thrasher: "Media Guide to the New Parliamentary Constituencies" (ISBN: 0 948858 21 4)



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