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Hitchin and Harpenden

2010 Results:
Conservative: 29869 (54.6%)
Labour: 7413 (13.55%)
Liberal Democrat: 14598 (26.68%)
UKIP: 1663 (3.04%)
Green: 807 (1.48%)
Independent: 159 (0.29%)
Others: 198 (0.36%)
Majority: 15271 (27.92%)

Notional 2005 Results:
Conservative: 23718 (49.7%)
Liberal Democrat: 12426 (26%)
Labour: 10528 (22.1%)
Other: 1035 (2.2%)
Majority: 11292 (23.7%)

Actual 2005 result
Conservative: 23627 (49.9%)
Labour: 10499 (22.2%)
Liberal Democrat: 12234 (25.8%)
UKIP: 828 (1.7%)
Other: 199 (0.4%)
Majority: 11393 (24%)

2001 Result
Conservative: 21271 (47.3%)
Labour: 14608 (32.5%)
Liberal Democrat: 8076 (18%)
UKIP: 606 (1.3%)
Other: 363 (0.8%)
Majority: 6663 (14.8%)

1997 Result
Conservative: 24038 (45.9%)
Labour: 17367 (33.1%)
Liberal Democrat: 10515 (20.1%)
Other: 507 (1%)
Majority: 6671 (12.7%)

Boundary changes:

Profile:

portraitCurrent MP: Peter Lilley(Conservative) born 1943, Hayes. Educated at Dulwich College and Cambridge University. Former stockbroker. First elected as MP for St Albans in 1983. MP for Hitchin and Harpenden since 1997. Secretary of State for Trade and Industry 1990-1992, Secretary of State for Social Security 1992-1997 during which he famously sung – poorly – the `I have a little list` song from the Mikardo at the Conservative party conference, including `young ladies who get pregnant just to jump the housing queue`. Following the Conservative party`s defeat in 1997 he contested the party leadership, coming fourth. He was Shadow Chancellor 1997-1998 before being given the largely honorific position of Deputy Leader in 1998 and being shunted onto the backbenches in 1999. In 2005 he was appointed as Chair of the party`s globalisation and global poverty policy group (more information at They work for you)

2010 election candidates:
portraitPeter Lilley(Conservative) born 1943, Hayes. Educated at Dulwich College and Cambridge University. Former stockbroker. First elected as MP for St Albans in 1983. MP for Hitchin and Harpenden since 1997. Secretary of State for Trade and Industry 1990-1992, Secretary of State for Social Security 1992-1997 during which he famously sung – poorly – the `I have a little list` song from the Mikardo at the Conservative party conference, including `young ladies who get pregnant just to jump the housing queue`. Following the Conservative party`s defeat in 1997 he contested the party leadership, coming fourth. He was Shadow Chancellor 1997-1998 before being given the largely honorific position of Deputy Leader in 1998 and being shunted onto the backbenches in 1999. In 2005 he was appointed as Chair of the party`s globalisation and global poverty policy group (more information at They work for you)
portraitOli de Botton (Labour) born 1981, Middlesex. Educated at University College School and Cambridge University. Assistant head teacher.
portraitNigel Quinton (Liberal Democrat) Welwyn Hatfield councillor since 2006.
portraitRichard Wise (Green)
portraitGraham Wilkinson (UKIP)
portraitSimon Byron (Citizens for Undead Rights and Equality)
portraitEric Hannah (Your Right to Democracy)
portraitMargaret Henderson (Independent)
portraitPeter Rigby (Independent)

2001 Census Demographics

Total 2001 Population: 89488
Male: 48.8%
Female: 51.2%
Under 18: 23.3%
Over 60: 20.3%
Born outside UK: 8.4%
White: 94.1%
Black: 1.1%
Asian: 2.8%
Mixed: 1.4%
Other: 0.6%
Christian: 71.7%
Hindu: 0.7%
Muslim: 0.9%
Sikh: 1.2%
Full time students: 2.5%
Graduates 16-74: 32.4%
No Qualifications 16-74: 18.3%
Owner-Occupied: 75.3%
Social Housing: 14.8% (Council: 12.9%, Housing Ass.: 1.9%)
Privately Rented: 7.3%
Homes without central heating and/or private bathroom: 3.5%

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.