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Henley

2010 Results:
Conservative: 30054 (56.15%)
Labour: 5835 (10.9%)
Liberal Democrat: 13466 (25.16%)
BNP: 1020 (1.91%)
UKIP: 1817 (3.39%)
Green: 1328 (2.48%)
Majority: 16588 (30.99%)

Notional 2005 Results:
Conservative: 26326 (53.3%)
Liberal Democrat: 12667 (25.6%)
Labour: 7536 (15.3%)
Other: 2878 (5.8%)
Majority: 13659 (27.6%)

Actual 2005 result
Conservative: 24894 (53.5%)
Labour: 6862 (14.7%)
Liberal Democrat: 12101 (26%)
Green: 1518 (3.3%)
UKIP: 1162 (2.5%)
Majority: 12793 (27.5%)

2001 Result
Conservative: 20466 (46.1%)
Labour: 9367 (21.1%)
Liberal Democrat: 12008 (27%)
UKIP: 1413 (3.2%)
Green: 1147 (2.6%)
Majority: 8458 (19%)

1997 Result
Conservative: 23908 (46.4%)
Labour: 11700 (22.7%)
Liberal Democrat: 12741 (24.7%)
Referendum: 2299 (4.5%)
Other: 895 (1.7%)
Majority: 11167 (21.7%)

Boundary changes: minor. Gains the ward of Kirtlington which was previously split between

Profile: A largely rural seat in south-east Oxfordshire, stretching from the hinterland of Reading in the south, to skirt around the eastern outskirts of Oxford. Henley-on-Thames itself is best known for the Henley Royal Regatta, the prestigious annual rowing event. The constituency also covers Thame, Goring, Sonning, Wheatley, Watlington and many other small villages dotted through the Oxfordshire countryside. Like the other rural seats in Oxfordshire, such as Wantage and Witney, it is a wealthy, affluent middle class area and strongly Conservative, although at a local level the Liberal Democrats have some support, particularly as you move away from the solidly Tory south of the seat and closer to Oxford itself.

Between 2001 and 2008 the seat has been represented by Boris Johnson, the somewhat eccentric and gaffe-prone journalist and television presenter. He suceeded the similarly high profile Michael Heseltine, the former Deputy Prime Minister and 1990 leadership challenger.

portraitCurrent MP: John Howell(Conservative) Former partner at Ernst & Young and BBC World presenter. Oxfordshire county councillor. First elected as MP for Henley in the 2008 by-election. Awarded the OBE in 2000 for services to export in central and eastern Europe. (more information at They work for you)

2010 election candidates:
portraitJohn Howell(Conservative) Former partner at Ernst & Young and BBC World presenter. Oxfordshire county councillor. First elected as MP for Henley in the 2008 by-election. Awarded the OBE in 2000 for services to export in central and eastern Europe. (more information at They work for you)
portraitRichard McKenzie (Labour) born London. Educated at Reading University. Marketing manager. Former Reading councillor. Contested Henley by-election 2008.
portraitAndy Crick (Liberal Democrat)
portraitMark Stevenson (Green) Educated at Oxford University. Former maths teacher, now runs an organic market garden. Contested Witney 2001, Henley 2005, 2008 by-election.
portraitLaurence Hughes (UKIP)
portraitJohn Bews (BNP)

2001 Census Demographics

Total 2001 Population: 94369
Male: 49.4%
Female: 50.6%
Under 18: 22.2%
Over 60: 21.6%
Born outside UK: 7.8%
White: 98%
Black: 0.4%
Asian: 0.6%
Mixed: 0.7%
Other: 0.4%
Christian: 75.9%
Full time students: 2.7%
Graduates 16-74: 30.1%
No Qualifications 16-74: 19.7%
Owner-Occupied: 76.4%
Social Housing: 10.4% (Council: 1.6%, Housing Ass.: 8.8%)
Privately Rented: 8.2%
Homes without central heating and/or private bathroom: 4.9%

2008 By-election

Boris Johnson resigned on the 4th June 2008 after being elected mayor of London. The date of the by-election is the 26th June.

Official statement of persons nominated

By-election result
John Howell (Conservative) 19796 (56.9%) +3.4%
Stephen Kearney (Liberal Democrat) 9680 (27.8%) +1.8%
Mark Stevenson (Green) 1321 (3.8%) +0.5%
Tim Rait (BNP) 1243 (3.6%)
Richard McKenzie (Labour) 1066 (3.1%) -11.5%
Chris Adams (UKIP) 843 (2.4%) -0.1%
Peter Thomas Bananaman (Loony) 242 (0.7%)
Derek Allpass (English Democrat) 157 (0.5%)
Amanda Harrington (Independent) 128 (0.4%)
Dick Rodgers (Common Good) 121 (0.3%)
Louise Cole (Independent) 91 (0.3%)
Harry Bear (Fur Party) 73 (0.2%)
Majority: 10116 (29.1%)

By-election Candidates:
portraitJohn Howell (Conservative) Former partner at Ernst & Young and BBC World presenter. Now working in visual communications. Oxfordshire county councillor. Awarded the OBE in 2000 for services to export in central and eastern Europe.
portraitStephen Kearney (Liberal Democrat) Chief executive of Action to Re:Generate Trust, a community development charity he co-founded with his partner in 1989.
portraitRichard McKenzie (Labour) born London. Educated at Reading University. Marketing manager. Former Reading councillor.
portraitMark Stevenson (Green) Educated at Oxford University. Former maths teacher, now runs an organic market garden. Contested Witney 2001, Henley 2005.
portraitChris Adams (UKIP) born 1963. Contested Aylesbury 2005.
portraitTim Rait (BNP) Contested South East in 2004 European elections, Maidenhead in 2005, Lothians Region in 2007 Scottish election.
portraitPeter Thomas Bananaman (Official Monster Raving Loony) Real name Peter Owen. Contested Wokingham 1992, 1997, 2001, 2005, under various permentations of “Top Cat Owen” or “Bananaman”. Party chairman 1999-2007, Deputy leader of the OMRLP since 2007.
portraitAmanda Harrington (Independent) Model and former Miss Liverpool. Standing for the unregistered Miss Great Britain Party.
portraitLouise Cole (Independent) Educated at Loughborough University. Model and TV presenter. Also standing for the unregistered Miss Great Britain Party.
portraitDick Rodgers (Common Good) born 1946. Former Orthopaedic surgeon and clergyman. Contested Dunfermline and West Fife by-election 2006, Birmingham Northfield 2005, Hartlepool by-election 2004. Contested West Midlands Region in 2004 European elections.
portraitHarry Bear (Fur Play) Fictional creation of Richard Heller, speechwriter, former civil servant, advisor to Denis Healey and Gerald Kaufman and columnist on the Mail on Sunday.
portraitDerek Allpass (English Democrat) Retired businessman and organic farmer.
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