Cheltenham

2015 Result:
Conservative: 24790 (46.1%)
Labour: 3902 (7.3%)
Lib Dem: 18274 (34%)
Green: 2689 (5%)
UKIP: 3808 (7.1%)
Independent: 272 (0.5%)
MAJORITY: 6516 (12.1%)

Category: Semi-marginal Conservative seat

Geography: South West, Glouchestershire. Most of the Cheltenham council area.

Main population centres: Cheltenham.

Profile: Cheltenham is an affluent spa town, most associated with the girls boarding school Cheltenham Ladies College and the Cheltenham Gold Cup. As well as the horseracing festival it also hosts other notably literary and musical festivals. Economically it is home to several light industrial and financial companies as well as GCHQ and UCAS (the university admissions service).

Politics: Cheltenham was held by the Conservatives between 1950 and 1992 and regained in 2015. In 1992 the Conservatives selected John Taylor, a black lawyer, to be their candidate. His selection was unpopular with some in the local Conservative party, who felt he had been foisted upon them by Conservative Central Office and there was a perception that some were opposed to him for racist reasons. Whatever the reasons, Taylor lost the seat to the Liberal Democrat`s Nigel Jones. Jones retired in 2005 after he was attacked at his constituency surgery by a man wielding a samurai sword, severely injuring Jones and killing his assistant Andrew Pennington who acted to restrain the attacker and save Mr Jones`s life.


Current MP
ALEX CHALK (Conservative) Educated at Winchester College and Oxford University. Barrister. Hammersmith and Fulham councillor 2006-2014. First elected as MP for Cheltenham in 2015.
Past Results
2010
Con: 21739 (41%)
Lab: 2703 (5%)
LDem: 26659 (51%)
UKIP: 1192 (2%)
Oth: 493 (1%)
MAJ: 4920 (9%)
2005*
Con: 15819 (36%)
Lab: 4988 (11%)
LDem: 18122 (42%)
GRN: 908 (2%)
Oth: 3784 (9%)
MAJ: 2303 (5%)
2001
Con: 14715 (35%)
Lab: 5041 (12%)
LDem: 19970 (48%)
GRN: 735 (2%)
Oth: 1374 (3%)
MAJ: 5255 (13%)
1997
Con: 18232 (36%)
Lab: 5100 (10%)
LDem: 24877 (49%)
Oth: 1029 (2%)
MAJ: 6645 (13%)

*There were boundary changes after 2005

Demographics
2015 Candidates
ALEX CHALK (Conservative) Educated at Winchester College and Oxford University. Barrister. Hammersmith and Fulham councillor 2006-2014.
PAUL GILBERT (Labour) Solicitor and management consultant.
MARTIN HORWOOD (Liberal Democrat) Born 1962, Cheltenham. Educated at Cheltenham College and Oxford University. Charity consultant. MP for Cheltenham 2005 to 2015.
CHRISTINA SIMMONDS (UKIP) Born Cheltenham. Business development consultant.
ADAM VAN COEVORDEN (Green) Educated at Pates Grammar and York University. Works for the Higher Education Statistics Agency.
RICHARD LUPSON-DARNELL (Independent) Educated at Brentwood School. Freelance researcher.
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Comments - 107 Responses on “Cheltenham”
  1. Clear Tory hold.

  2. I think the Tories will hang on with a clear majority here.
    Nothing to be assumed, however.

  3. Was canvassing here today. Obviously one day’s work isn’t enough to get a good feel, but I can say that this seat is in play – it certainly won’t be a walk in the park for the Tories and could be very tight indeed.

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