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Buckingham

2010 Results:
Conservative: 0 (0%)
Labour: 0 (0%)
Liberal Democrat: 0 (0%)
BNP: 980 (2.03%)
UKIP: 8401 (17.38%)
Christian: 369 (0.76%)
Monster Raving Loony: 856 (1.77%)
Independent: 14762 (30.54%)
Others: 22967 (47.52%)
Majority: 8205 (13.16%)

Notional 2005 Results:
Conservative: 30034 (58%)
Labour: 10374 (20%)
Liberal Democrat: 9733 (18.8%)
Other: 1606 (3.1%)
Majority: 19661 (38%)

Actual 2005 result
Conservative: 27748 (57.4%)
Labour: 9619 (19.9%)
Liberal Democrat: 9508 (19.7%)
UKIP: 1432 (3%)
Majority: 18129 (37.5%)

2001 Result
Conservative: 24296 (53.7%)
Labour: 10971 (24.2%)
Liberal Democrat: 9037 (20%)
UKIP: 968 (2.1%)
Majority: 13325 (29.4%)

1997 Result
Conservative: 24594 (49.8%)
Labour: 12208 (24.7%)
Liberal Democrat: 12175 (24.6%)
Other: 421 (0.9%)
Majority: 12386 (25.1%)

Boundary changes: Loses parts of some split wards from around the outskirts of Aylesbury: Aston Clinton, Quarrendon, Elmhurst & Waterhead and Coldharbour.

Profile: A solid Tory bulwark in north Buckinghamshire, along with Richmond (Yorks) the closest the Tories have to their equivalent of Bootle or Knowsley. In the distant past it was a Labour seat, held by Robert Maxwell, but back then it contained Milton Keynes and it bears little resemblance to the seat`s present boundaries. Today Buckingham is an almost entirely made up of the patchwork of affluent villages in the Buckinghamshire countryside, covering most of the Vale of Aylesbury besides Aylesbury itself. Buckingham itself is a small market town, home to the only private university in the UK. Other population centres include the town of Winslow and villages such as Cuddington, Haddenham, Ludgershall, Stewkley and Steeple Claydon.

In 2005 it had the highest numerical Conservative majority and the boundary changes render it even more safe.

portraitCurrent MP: John Bercow (Speaker) born 1963. Educated at Finchley Manorhill School and the University of Essex. Former merchant banker and special advisor to Jonathan Aitken and Virginia Bottomley. Lambeth councillor 1986-1990. Contested Motherwell 1987, Bristol South 1992. First elected as MP for Buckingham in 1997. Conservative spokesman on education and employment 1999-2000, on home affairs from 2000-2001, Shadow Chief Secretary 2001-2002 and Shadow Secretary of state for Work and Pensions from 2002 until his resignation later the same year over gay adoption. Shadow secretary of state for international development 2003-2005. Bercow has undergone a remarkable transition across the political spectrum – as a student he was a member of the right-wing Monday club, and secretary of their immigration and repatriation section, when first elected he was a combatative right-winger, however in recent years he has mellowed, expressing more liberal and left wing views and resigning from the frontbench under IDS over the issue of gay rights. He was elected Speaker in 2009, supposedly largely on the back of support from Labour MPs

2010 election candidates:
portraitNigel Farage (UKIP) Sitting MEP. born 1964, Farnborough. Educated at Dulwich College. Former commodity broker. A former Conservative he was a founder member of UKIP in 1993. Contested Itchen, Test and Avon in 1994 European election. Member of the European Parliament for South-East England since 1999. Contested Eastleigh by-election 1994, Salisbury 1997, Bexhill and Battle 2001, South Thanet 2005, Bromley and Chistlehurst 2006 by-election. Leader of UKIP 2006-2009.
portraitLynne Mozar (BNP)
portraitDavid Hews (Christian Party)
portraitColin Dale (Official Monster Raving Loony)
portraitGeoff Howard (Independent) Born 1947, Widnes. Former teacher. Slough Borough councillor 1995-2002 for the Labour party, Conservative party 2002-2004, for UKIP 2004-2005. Contested Slough for UKIP in 2005. Contested South-East in 2009 European elections for the Jury Team.
portraitJohn Stevens (Independent) Born 1955, Washington DC. Educated at Winchester College and Oxford University. Conservative MEP for Thames Valley 1989-1999. Contested South East Region in 1999 European elections and 1999 Kensington and Chelsea by-electon for his own Pro-Euro Conservative party. He dissolved the Pro-Euro Conservative in 2001 and joined the Liberal Democrats.
portraitPatrick Phillips (Independent) Educated at Merchant Taylors School and Oxford University. Retired stockbroker.
portraitJohn Bercow (Speaker) born 1963. Educated at Finchley Manorhill School and the University of Essex. Former merchant banker and special advisor to Jonathan Aitken and Virginia Bottomley. Lambeth councillor 1986-1990. Contested Motherwell 1987, Bristol South 1992. First elected as MP for Buckingham in 1997. Conservative spokesman on education and employment 1999-2000, on home affairs from 2000-2001, Shadow Chief Secretary 2001-2002 and Shadow Secretary of state for Work and Pensions from 2002 until his resignation later the same year over gay adoption. Shadow secretary of state for international development 2003-2005. Bercow has undergone a remarkable transition across the political spectrum – as a student he was a member of the right-wing Monday club, and secretary of their immigration and repatriation section, when first elected he was a combatative right-winger, however in recent years he has mellowed, expressing more liberal and left wing views and resigning from the frontbench under IDS over the issue of gay rights. He was elected Speaker in 2009, supposedly largely on the back of support from Labour MPs
portraitSimon Strutt (Cut the Deficit)
portraitDebbie Martin (Independent)
portraitAnthony Watts (Independent)

2001 Census Demographics

Total 2001 Population: 93936
Male: 49.5%
Female: 50.5%
Under 18: 23.8%
Over 60: 19.3%
Born outside UK: 6%
White: 97.7%
Black: 0.4%
Asian: 0.6%
Mixed: 0.8%
Other: 0.4%
Christian: 77.6%
Full time students: 2.7%
Graduates 16-74: 26.2%
No Qualifications 16-74: 20.7%
Owner-Occupied: 78%
Social Housing: 11.8% (Council: 10.4%, Housing Ass.: 1.4%)
Privately Rented: 6.4%
Homes without central heating and/or private bathroom: 3.1%

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