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Dorset South

2010 Results:
Conservative: 22667 (45.05%)
Labour: 15224 (30.26%)
Liberal Democrat: 9557 (19%)
UKIP: 2034 (4.04%)
Green: 595 (1.18%)
Others: 233 (0.46%)
Majority: 7443 (14.79%)

2005 Results:
Labour: 20231 (41.6%)
Conservative: 18419 (37.9%)
Liberal Democrat: 7647 (15.7%)
Other: 2287 (4.7%)
Majority: 1812 (3.7%)

2001 Result
Conservative: 18874 (41.6%)
Labour: 19027 (42%)
Liberal Democrat: 6531 (14.4%)
UKIP: 913 (2%)
Majority: 153 (0.3%)

1997 Result
Conservative: 17755 (36.1%)
Labour: 17678 (35.9%)
Liberal Democrat: 9936 (20.2%)
Referendum: 2791 (5.7%)
Other: 1022 (2.1%)
Majority: 77 (0.2%)

No Boundary Changes:

Profile:

portraitCurrent MP: Richard Drax (Conservative) born 1958, the scion of the Drax family who were MPs for Wareham for much of the 18th and 19th century. Educated at Harrow and RMA Sandhurst. Former journalist and Captain in the Coldstream Guards, now running the family estate.

2010 election candidates:
portraitRichard Drax (Conservative) born 1958, the scion of the Drax family who were MPs for Wareham for much of the 18th and 19th century. Educated at Harrow and RMA Sandhurst. Former journalist and Captain in the Coldstream Guards, now running the family estate.
portraitJim Knight(Labour) Born 1965, Bexley. Educated at Eltham College and Cambridge University. Mendip councillor 1997-2001. Contested Dorset South 1997. MP for Dorset South since 2001. Parliamentary under secretary for rural affairs 2005-2006, Minister of State for Schools since 2006 (more information at They work for you)
portraitRos Kayes (Liberal Democrat) College lecturer. West Dorset councillor since 2007.
portraitBrian Heatley (Green) Former maths teacher and civil servant.
portraitMike Hobson (UKIP)
portraitAndy Kirkwood (Movement for Active Democracy)

2001 Census Demographics

Total 2001 Population: 89887
Male: 48.9%
Female: 51.1%
Under 18: 20.8%
Over 60: 26.1%
Born outside UK: 4.9%
White: 98.5%
Black: 0.3%
Asian: 0.2%
Mixed: 0.6%
Other: 0.5%
Christian: 75.5%
Full time students: 2.1%
Graduates 16-74: 16.5%
No Qualifications 16-74: 27.1%
Owner-Occupied: 72.7%
Social Housing: 12.7% (Council: 5.5%, Housing Ass.: 7.1%)
Privately Rented: 10.4%
Homes without central heating and/or private bathroom: 9.9%

NB - The constituency guide is now archived and is no longer being updated. It will be replaced by a new guide in 2013, once the fate of the boundary review is finally settled.