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Beverley and Holderness

2010 Results:
Conservative: 25063 (47.11%)
Labour: 11224 (21.1%)
Liberal Democrat: 12076 (22.7%)
BNP: 2080 (3.91%)
UKIP: 1845 (3.47%)
Green: 686 (1.29%)
Independent: 225 (0.42%)
Majority: 12987 (24.41%)

Notional 2005 Results:
Conservative: 20335 (40.6%)
Labour: 17727 (35.4%)
Liberal Democrat: 9711 (19.4%)
Other: 2322 (4.6%)
Majority: 2609 (5.2%)

Actual 2005 result
Conservative: 20434 (40.7%)
Labour: 17854 (35.6%)
Liberal Democrat: 9578 (19.1%)
UKIP: 2336 (4.7%)
Majority: 2580 (5.1%)

2001 Result
Conservative: 19168 (41.3%)
Labour: 18387 (39.6%)
Liberal Democrat: 7356 (15.9%)
UKIP: 1464 (3.2%)
Majority: 781 (1.7%)

1997 Result
Conservative: 21629 (40.9%)
Labour: 20818 (39.3%)
Liberal Democrat: 9689 (18.3%)
Other: 806 (1.5%)
Majority: 811 (1.5%)

Boundary changes:

Profile: The eastern part of the East Riding of Yorkshire, covering the rural hinterland of Hull, the traditional market town of Beverley to the north and then out to the east Yorkshire coast and the rural villages and farmland of Holderness. Outside Beverley itself this is mostly agricultural, particularly pig farming, though there is also some industrial development inclding gas terminals on the North sea coast and the Salt End chemical works and power plant on the Humber estuary, close to the boundary with Hull.

The seat and its predecessor Beverley were both consistently Conservative seats, but by 2001 it had become one of their most narrowly held seats. As the outgoing MP James Cran neared retirement he was pilloried by opponents as being inactive and nicknamed “the invisible Cran” – there was a possibility for a surprise Labour gain here, but in the end it was retained by the new Conservative candidate, Graham Stuart.

portraitCurrent MP: Graham Stuart(Conservative) born 1962, Carlisle. Educated at Gelnalmond College and Cambridge University. Founded and now chairs and publishing business. Cambridge councillor 1998-2004. Contested Cambridge 2001. MP for Beverley & Holderness 2005 (more information at They work for you)

2010 election candidates:
portraitGraham Stuart(Conservative) born 1962, Carlisle. Educated at Gelnalmond College and Cambridge University. Founded and now chairs and publishing business. Cambridge councillor 1998-2004. Contested Cambridge 2001. MP for Beverley & Holderness 2005 (more information at They work for you)
portraitIan Saunders (Labour) Sheffield councillor.
portraitCraig Dobson (Liberal Democrat)
portraitBill Rigby (Green)
portraitAndy Horsfield (UKIP)
portraitRon Hughes (Independent)

2001 Census Demographics

Total 2001 Population: 95260
Male: 48.7%
Female: 51.3%
Under 18: 21.7%
Over 60: 23%
Born outside UK: 2.7%
White: 99.1%
Asian: 0.3%
Mixed: 0.4%
Other: 0.2%
Christian: 79.9%
Full time students: 2.5%
Graduates 16-74: 19.2%
No Qualifications 16-74: 28.1%
Owner-Occupied: 78.6%
Social Housing: 11.1% (Council: 8.9%, Housing Ass.: 2.1%)
Privately Rented: 6.8%
Homes without central heating and/or private bathroom: 7.7%

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