Kettering

2015 Result:
Conservative: 24467 (51.8%)
Labour: 11877 (25.2%)
Lib Dem: 1490 (3.2%)
Green: 1633 (3.5%)
UKIP: 7600 (16.1%)
Others: 151 (0.3%)
MAJORITY: 12590 (26.7%)

Category: Safe Conservative seat

Geography: East Midlands, Northamptonshire. The whole of the Kettering council area.

Main population centres: Kettering, Desborough, Rothwell, Burton Latimer.

Profile: A semi-rural seat in Northamptonshire. It is a middle-class seat with a thriving economy and low unemployment. Kettering was formerly a centre of the shoe and boot industry, but its central placement and transport links mean it has branched into service and distribution industries. Significant local employers include Weetabix, Pegasus software and Morrisons. Large scale residential expansion is planned in coming years, mostly by expanding Kettering itself eastwards.

Politics: Kettering was Labour`s most marginal seat after the 1997 election and remained an ultra-marginal in 2001. The Conservatives won the seat with a substantial majority in 2005, but the new boundaries favoured Labour meaning the seat was once again an ultra-marginal. Only in the 2010 election did Philip Hollobone manage to carve out a substantial majority.


Current MP
PHILIP HOLLOBONE (Conservative) Born 1964. Educated at Dulwich College and Oxford University. Former investment banker. Bromley councillor 1990-1994, Kettering councillor since 2003. Contested Lewisham East in 1997, Kettering 2001. First elected as MP for Kettering in 2005. An opponent of British membership of the European Union, Hollobone is one of only nine Conservative MPs to sign up to the Better Off Out campaign. Notably has declined to employee any staff or researchers, claiming he prefers to handle casework himself.
Past Results
2010
Con: 23247 (49%)
Lab: 14153 (30%)
LDem: 7498 (16%)
BNP: 1366 (3%)
Oth: 1064 (2%)
MAJ: 9094 (19%)
2005*
Con: 25401 (46%)
Lab: 22100 (40%)
LDem: 6882 (12%)
UKIP: 1263 (2%)
MAJ: 3301 (6%)
2001
Con: 23369 (43%)
Lab: 24034 (45%)
LDem: 5469 (10%)
UKIP: 880 (2%)
MAJ: 665 (1%)
1997
Con: 24461 (43%)
Lab: 24650 (43%)
LDem: 6098 (11%)
Oth: 197 (0%)
MAJ: 189 (0%)

*There were boundary changes after 2005

Demographics
2015 Candidates
PHILIP HOLLOBONE (Conservative) See above.
RHEA KEEHN (Labour) Born Northamptonshire. Educated at Birmingham University. Project manager.
CHRIS MCGLYNN (Liberal Democrat) Contested Daventry 2010.
JONATHAN BULLOCK (UKIP) Kettering councillor, originally elected as as Conservative. Contested Gedling 2001 for the Conservatives, East Midlands 2014 European elections for UKIP.
ROBERT REEVES (Green)
DEREK HILLING (English Democrat) Contested Kettering 2010.
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Comments - 63 Responses on “Kettering”
  1. I’d guess it will be good news for Leave since it must mean a lot of working-class people in the middle of Kettering who don’t bother voting usually have voted this time.

  2. Good result for LEAVE in KETTERING as they were only expected to win 44/56%

  3. Lindsay Lohan is turning on the Christmas lights here, at the request of Philip Hollobone, after she had harsh words for Kettering during her live-commentary of the EU referendum.

    If you haven’t a clue what I’m going on about, well… it’s a long story.

  4. Yeah I read about that. One of the more bizarre aspects of the night. Her switching on a town’s Xmas lights would’ve been major news about 12 years when she was still a Hollywood A-lister.

  5. Hey, 9 million Instagram followers ain’t bad for a supposed Z-lister.

  6. She’s ‘engaged’ to a Russian oligarchs son (she’s basically a high paid escort these days, despite her looks being ravaged by drugs). I’m sure I read somewhere that she was Tweeting enthusiastically on the EU referendum as the results came in. One seriously mess of a woman, albeit she does have some talent.

  7. UKIP have agreed not to run here due to Hollobone’s very UKIPpy views. His vote share could now reach 60%, in a seat Lab held in ’97 and ’01.

  8. Indeed, UKIP have confirmed that they will not be standing against any of the Better Off Out MPs.

    From memory these are: Christopher Chope, David Nuttall, Stewart Jackson, Conor Burns, Philip Davies, Kate Hoey and the DUP MPs.

  9. No UKIP. Pro Brexit. Swing to Labour.

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