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Aldershot

2010 Results:
Conservative: 21203 (46.72%)
Labour: 5489 (12.09%)
Liberal Democrat: 15617 (34.41%)
UKIP: 2041 (4.5%)
Christian: 231 (0.51%)
Others: 803 (1.77%)
Majority: 5586 (12.31%)

Notional 2005 Results:
Conservative: 18109 (44%)
Liberal Democrat: 11816 (28.7%)
Labour: 9183 (22.3%)
Other: 2040 (5%)
Majority: 6293 (15.3%)

Actual 2005 result
Conservative: 20572 (42.7%)
Labour: 9895 (20.6%)
Liberal Democrat: 15238 (31.7%)
UKIP: 1182 (2.5%)
Other: 1254 (2.6%)
Majority: 5334 (11.1%)

2001 Result
Conservative: 19106 (42.2%)
Labour: 11391 (25.1%)
Liberal Democrat: 12542 (27.7%)
UKIP: 797 (1.8%)
Green: 630 (1.4%)
Other: 849 (1.9%)
Majority: 6564 (14.5%)

1997 Result
Conservative: 23119 (42.7%)
Labour: 13057 (24.1%)
Liberal Democrat: 16498 (30.5%)
Other: 1477 (2.7%)
Majority: 6621 (12.2%)

Boundary changes: on the old boundaries Aldershot had an electorate of over 79,000 and the three wards in the North of the constituency that comprised Yateley were consequently transferred to North East Hampshire. This is likely to increase the Conservative majority in Aldershot.

Profile: A seat firmly associated with the military, Aldershot contains the Aldershot Barracks, Farnborough Airfield and the headquarters of QinetiQ, the defence research company privatised in 2006. The military vote itself is over-estimated, although the Garrison is an important local employer. The seat is reliably Conservative, having returned a Conservative MP ever since its creation in 1918. Past MPs include the noted Parliamentary wit Julian Critchley, who represented the seat for 27 years.

portraitCurrent MP: Gerald Howarth(Conservative) born 1947. Educated at Bloxton School and the University of Southampton. Married with three children. Prior to his election he worked as an international banker for the American International Bank and the European Arab Bank. He is a qualified pilot and his interests include aerospace and defence. Howarth is a trenchant right-winger, a former member of the Monday club, a member of the Freedom Association`s council and a founding member of the Thatcherite No Turning Back group. In the 1980s he successfully sued the BBC for accusing him of having links to the far-right. First elected for Cannock and Burntwood in 1983, he lost his seat in 1992 and was re-elected for Aldershot in 1997. He has been shadow minister for Defence since 2002 (more information at They work for you)

2010 election candidates:
portraitGerald Howarth(Conservative) born 1947. Educated at Bloxton School and the University of Southampton. Married with three children. Prior to his election he worked as an international banker for the American International Bank and the European Arab Bank. He is a qualified pilot and his interests include aerospace and defence. Howarth is a trenchant right-winger, a former member of the Monday club, a member of the Freedom Association`s council and a founding member of the Thatcherite No Turning Back group. In the 1980s he successfully sued the BBC for accusing him of having links to the far-right. First elected for Cannock and Burntwood in 1983, he lost his seat in 1992 and was re-elected for Aldershot in 1997. He has been shadow minister for Defence since 2002 (more information at They work for you)
portraitJonathan Slater (Labour) Organiser for Martin Linton MP in Battersea during 2005 general election. Supported Alan Johnson MP in the 2007 Labour deputy leadership contest.
portraitAdrian Collett (Liberal Democrat) born 1958. Educated at Salesian College, Farnborough. Hampshire County councillor since 1983. Former leader of Hart council. Contested Aldershot 1992, 1997, 2001, 2005.
portraitRobert Snare (UKIP) Born 1932, Sheffield. Educated at Maidstone Grammar and RAF College Cranwell. Retired fighter pilot and civil aviation flight training manager.
portraitJuliana Brimicombe (Christian Party)
portraitGary Cowd (English Independence)

2001 Census Demographics

Total 2001 Population: 101364
Male: 50.7%
Female: 49.3%
Under 18: 23.9%
Over 60: 15.4%
Born outside UK: 8.1%
White: 95.7%
Black: 0.6%
Asian: 1.7%
Mixed: 1.1%
Other: 0.9%
Christian: 73.1%
Hindu: 0.6%
Muslim: 0.7%
Full time students: 2.5%
Graduates 16-74: 17.7%
No Qualifications 16-74: 22.5%
Owner-Occupied: 74.2%
Social Housing: 14.4% (Council: 1.2%, Housing Ass.: 13.2%)
Privately Rented: 6.6%
Homes without central heating and/or private bathroom: 3.9%

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