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Harrogate and Knaresborough

2010 Results:
Conservative: 24305 (45.74%)
Labour: 3413 (6.42%)
Liberal Democrat: 23266 (43.79%)
BNP: 1094 (2.06%)
UKIP: 1056 (1.99%)
Majority: 1039 (1.95%)

Notional 2005 Results:
Liberal Democrat: 25228 (51.8%)
Conservative: 17417 (35.8%)
Labour: 4461 (9.2%)
Other: 1558 (3.2%)
Majority: 7811 (16.1%)

Actual 2005 result
Conservative: 13684 (31.9%)
Labour: 3627 (8.5%)
Liberal Democrat: 24113 (56.3%)
BNP: 466 (1.1%)
UKIP: 845 (2%)
Other: 123 (0.3%)
Majority: 10429 (24.3%)

2001 Result
Conservative: 14600 (34.6%)
Labour: 3101 (7.4%)
Liberal Democrat: 23445 (55.6%)
UKIP: 761 (1.8%)
Other: 272 (0.6%)
Majority: 8845 (21%)

1997 Result
Conservative: 18322 (38.4%)
Labour: 4159 (8.7%)
Liberal Democrat: 24558 (51.5%)
Other: 614 (1.3%)
Majority: 6236 (13.1%)

Boundary changes: The new seat is greatly expanded in area, the previous boundaries were quite tightly drawn around Harrogate and Knaresborough, the new seat gains the wards of Killinghall, Claro and Boroughbridge from Skipton and Ripon and the dismembered Vale of York constituency, adding a swatge of rural villages stretching out to the east of Harrogate.

Profile: A genteel North Yorkshire town that becaming a thriving spa town for the English elite in the nineteenth century and has more recently specialised as a conference venue, and has hosted several Liberal Democrat party conferences. The seat also includes the historic market town of Knaresborough to the East of Harrogate itself.

Seeped in affluent Victorian splendour and associated with antiques and teashops, historically Harrogate was the safe Conservative seat one might expect, but in 1997 it was lost to the Liberal Democrats by Norman Lamont, who stood in the seat after his own Kingston seat had been abolished as part of the boundary review. He was perceived as a carpetbagger and amongst the nationwide swing against the Tories lost the seat. Since then Phil Willis has built it into one of the Liberal Democrats` safer seats.

portraitCurrent MP: Andrew Jones (Conservative) . Educated at Bradford Grammar and Leeds University. Marketing consultant. Chairman of the Bow Group from 1999-2000. Contested Harrogate in 2001.

2010 election candidates:
portraitAndrew Jones (Conservative) . Educated at Bradford Grammar and Leeds University. Marketing consultant. Chairman of the Bow Group from 1999-2000. Contested Harrogate in 2001.
portraitKevin McNerney (Labour) Employment lawyer for the RCN.
portraitClaire Kelley (Liberal Democrat) born 1956, Elgin. Educated at University of Sussex. Casework assistant for Phil Willis. North Yorkshire county councillor 1997-2005 and Harrogate district councillor 1992-2002.
portraitJohn Upex (UKIP) born Leeds. Businessman, running a manufacturing company. Contested Wakefield 2005 for UKIP, Haltemprice and Howden by-election 2008 as Independent.
portraitSteve Gill (BNP)

2001 Census Demographics

Total 2001 Population: 97869
Male: 48.2%
Female: 51.8%
Under 18: 22.5%
Over 60: 23%
Born outside UK: 6.4%
White: 98.2%
Black: 0.2%
Asian: 0.3%
Mixed: 0.7%
Other: 0.6%
Christian: 77.8%
Full time students: 2.4%
Graduates 16-74: 25.2%
No Qualifications 16-74: 21.1%
Owner-Occupied: 77.5%
Social Housing: 9% (Council: 5.7%, Housing Ass.: 3.4%)
Privately Rented: 10.3%
Homes without central heating and/or private bathroom: 8.3%

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.