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Herefordshire North

2010 Results:
Conservative: 24631 (51.78%)
Labour: 3373 (7.09%)
Liberal Democrat: 14744 (31%)
UKIP: 2701 (5.68%)
Green: 1533 (3.22%)
Independent: 586 (1.23%)
Majority: 9887 (20.78%)

Notional 2005 Results:
Conservative: 23652 (51.4%)
Liberal Democrat: 11816 (25.7%)
Labour: 7143 (15.5%)
Other: 3393 (7.4%)
Majority: 11836 (25.7%)

Actual 2005 result
Conservative: 25407 (52.1%)
Labour: 7424 (15.2%)
Liberal Democrat: 12220 (25%)
Green: 2191 (4.5%)
UKIP: 1551 (3.2%)
Majority: 13187 (27%)

2001 Result
Conservative: 22879 (49%)
Labour: 7872 (16.8%)
Liberal Democrat: 12512 (26.8%)
UKIP: 1590 (3.4%)
Green: 1690 (3.6%)
Other: 186 (0.4%)
Majority: 10367 (22.2%)

1997 Result
Conservative: 22888 (45.3%)
Labour: 8831 (17.5%)
Liberal Democrat: 14053 (27.8%)
Referendum: 2815 (5.6%)
Other: 1966 (3.9%)
Majority: 8835 (17.5%)

Boundary changes: The boundary commission has treated Herefordshire and Worcestershire seperately, with the result that the old Leominister seat loses the wards it contained from Worcestershire and has been renamed North Herefordshire. There are also minor changes to bring the constituency in line with ward boundaries.

Profile: A large rural seat covering the upper half of the county of Herefordshire and bordering Wales. It is sparsely populated and largely agricultural, with a tradition of growing soft fruit (Bulmers have a large cidar fermentation factory at Ledbury). The main settlements are Leominster and the small market towns of Ledbury, Kington and Bromyard. This is a solid Conservative seat. The only break in Conservative representation since 1910 was between 1998 and 2001, when the Conservative MP Peter Temple-Morris defected to the Labour party.

portraitCurrent MP: Bill Wiggin(Conservative) Born 1966, Westminister, son of former MP Jerry Wiggin. Educated at Eton and University of Wales. Former foreign exchange trader. Contested Burnley 1997. MP for Leominster since 2001. Shadow secretary of state for Wales 2003-2005, shadow minister for agriculture since 2005 (more information at They work for you)

2010 election candidates:
portraitBill Wiggin(Conservative) Born 1966, Westminister, son of former MP Jerry Wiggin. Educated at Eton and University of Wales. Former foreign exchange trader. Contested Burnley 1997. MP for Leominster since 2001. Shadow secretary of state for Wales 2003-2005, shadow minister for agriculture since 2005 (more information at They work for you)
portraitNeil Sabharwal (Labour) Solicitor. Lambeth councillor.
portraitLucy Hurds (Liberal Democrat) Bookkeeper.
portraitFelicity Norman (Green) Part time teacher. Former Leominster councillor. Contested Leominster 2005, West Midlands in 2009 European elections.
portraitJonathan Oakton (UKIP) born 1958. Sales Director. Contested Birmingham Edgbaston 1997 for the Referendum Party, West Midlands Region in European Elections 1999, West Bromwich West by-election 2000 for UKIP
portraitJohn King (Independent)

2001 Census Demographics

Total 2001 Population: 83380
Male: 49%
Female: 51%
Under 18: 21.4%
Over 60: 26.1%
Born outside UK: 3.1%
White: 99.3%
Asian: 0.2%
Mixed: 0.3%
Other: 0.2%
Christian: 79.5%
Full time students: 2.1%
Graduates 16-74: 21.7%
No Qualifications 16-74: 26.8%
Owner-Occupied: 73.5%
Social Housing: 12.4% (Council: 2.1%, Housing Ass.: 10.4%)
Privately Rented: 9.9%
Homes without central heating and/or private bathroom: 9.1%

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.