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Chippenham

2010 Results:
Conservative: 21500 (41.04%)
Labour: 3620 (6.91%)
Liberal Democrat: 23970 (45.76%)
BNP: 641 (1.22%)
UKIP: 1783 (3.4%)
Green: 446 (0.85%)
English Democrat: 307 (0.59%)
Christian: 118 (0.23%)
Majority: 2470 (4.72%)

Notional 2005 Results:
Liberal Democrat: 18977 (41.1%)
Conservative: 17717 (38.4%)
Labour: 7768 (16.8%)
Other: 1677 (3.6%)
Majority: 1260 (2.7%)

New seat: : a new seat made up of parts of a new seat made up of parts of Wiltshire North, Devizes and the former Westbury (now Wiltshire South West)

Profile: A Wiltshire seat based around the rapidly growing market town of Chippenham itself, and Bradford on Avon and Melksham to the South. Compared to the larger Conservative seats that dominate Wiltshire, Chippenham is tightly drawn around the more Liberal Democrat voting towns.

portraitCurrent MP: Duncan Hames (Liberal Democrat) born 1977, Hertfordshire. Educated at Watford Boy`s Grammar School and Oxford University. Runs a consultancy business. West Wiltshire councillor 2003-2007. Contested Westbury 2005, Watford 2001.

2010 election candidates:
portraitWilfred Emmanuel-Jones (Conservative) born Jamacia. Former BBC producer on cookery programmes, before starting his own food marketing business. Also runs a Devon farm, whose produce he markets under the brand “The Black Farmer”
portraitGreg Lovell (Labour) Online retailer and non-practicising solicitor.
portraitDuncan Hames (Liberal Democrat) born 1977, Hertfordshire. Educated at Watford Boy`s Grammar School and Oxford University. Runs a consultancy business. West Wiltshire councillor 2003-2007. Contested Westbury 2005, Watford 2001.
portraitSamantha Fletcher (Green)
portraitJulia Reid (UKIP) Born London. Educated at John Bentley School and Bath University. Research biochemist. Former member of the SDP. Contested South West region in 2009 European elections.
portraitMichael Simpkins (BNP) taxi driver and former RAF police officer.
portraitJon Maguire (English Democrat)
portraitRichard Sexton (Christian Party)

2001 Census Demographics

Total 2001 Population: 87967
Male: 48.7%
Female: 51.3%
Under 18: 23.7%
Over 60: 21.4%
Born outside UK: 5.3%
White: 98%
Black: 0.4%
Asian: 0.4%
Mixed: 0.8%
Other: 0.4%
Christian: 74.5%
Full time students: 2%
Graduates 16-74: 21%
No Qualifications 16-74: 23%
Owner-Occupied: 77.5%
Social Housing: 13.7% (Council: 1.6%, Housing Ass.: 12%)
Privately Rented: 6.2%
Homes without central heating and/or private bathroom: 4.5%

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