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Horsham

2010 Results:
Conservative: 29447 (52.73%)
Labour: 4189 (7.5%)
Liberal Democrat: 17987 (32.21%)
UKIP: 2839 (5.08%)
Green: 570 (1.02%)
Christian: 469 (0.84%)
Independent: 87 (0.16%)
Others: 253 (0.45%)
Majority: 11460 (20.52%)

Notional 2005 Results:
Conservative: 24284 (49.1%)
Liberal Democrat: 13775 (27.9%)
Labour: 8333 (16.9%)
Other: 3035 (6.1%)
Majority: 10509 (21.3%)

Actual 2005 result
Conservative: 27240 (50%)
Labour: 9320 (17.1%)
Liberal Democrat: 14613 (26.8%)
UKIP: 2552 (4.7%)
Other: 770 (1.4%)
Majority: 12627 (23.2%)

2001 Result
Conservative: 26134 (51.5%)
Labour: 10267 (20.2%)
Liberal Democrat: 12468 (24.6%)
UKIP: 1472 (2.9%)
Other: 429 (0.8%)
Majority: 13666 (26.9%)

1997 Result
Conservative: 29015 (50.8%)
Labour: 10691 (18.7%)
Liberal Democrat: 14153 (24.8%)
Referendum: 2281 (4%)
Other: 1025 (1.8%)
Majority: 14862 (26%)

Boundary changes:

Profile:

portraitCurrent MP: Francis Maude(Conservative) born 1963, son of cabinet minister Angus Maude. Educated at Abingdon School and Cambridge University. Westminster councillor 1978-1984. MP for North Warwickshire from 1983 until losing his seat in 1992, serving as a junior minister including as financial secretary to the treasury. MP for Horsham since 1997. As a former minister he was rapidly promoted to the shadow cabinet, serving as Shadow Chancellor (until replaced by the newly re-elected Michael Portillo) and Shadow foreign secretary under William Hague. He was a key supporter of Michael Portillo and chaired his leadership campaign in 2001 – after Portillo failed to be elected leader Maude returned to the backbenches where he was amongst those MPs who precipitated the vote of no confidence against IDS. After the 2005 election he became Conservative party chairman, in which position he became seen as an arch-moderniser who oversaw moves to increase the proportion of female and ethnic candidates. Shadow minister for the cabinet office since 2007 (more information at They work for you)

2010 election candidates:
portraitFrancis Maude(Conservative) born 1963, son of cabinet minister Angus Maude. Educated at Abingdon School and Cambridge University. Westminster councillor 1978-1984. MP for North Warwickshire from 1983 until losing his seat in 1992, serving as a junior minister including as financial secretary to the treasury. MP for Horsham since 1997. As a former minister he was rapidly promoted to the shadow cabinet, serving as Shadow Chancellor (until replaced by the newly re-elected Michael Portillo) and Shadow foreign secretary under William Hague. He was a key supporter of Michael Portillo and chaired his leadership campaign in 2001 – after Portillo failed to be elected leader Maude returned to the backbenches where he was amongst those MPs who precipitated the vote of no confidence against IDS. After the 2005 election he became Conservative party chairman, in which position he became seen as an arch-moderniser who oversaw moves to increase the proportion of female and ethnic candidates. Shadow minister for the cabinet office since 2007 (more information at They work for you)
portraitAndrew Skudder (Labour) born 1962, Billericay. Crawley councillor 2000-2004.
portraitGodfrey Newman (Liberal Democrat) Former Horsham councillor.
portraitNick Fitter (Green)
portraitHarry Aldridge (UKIP) born 1986. Wireless telecommunications entrepreneur.
portraitSteve Lyon (Christian Party)
portraitJim Duggan (Peace)
portraitDerek Kissach (Independent)

2001 Census Demographics

Total 2001 Population: 95818
Male: 49.1%
Female: 50.9%
Under 18: 24.1%
Over 60: 19.3%
Born outside UK: 7%
White: 97.3%
Black: 0.3%
Asian: 0.8%
Mixed: 0.9%
Other: 0.8%
Christian: 76.1%
Full time students: 2.1%
Graduates 16-74: 23.1%
No Qualifications 16-74: 18.4%
Owner-Occupied: 78.6%
Social Housing: 11.1% (Council: 3.1%, Housing Ass.: 8%)
Privately Rented: 6.9%
Homes without central heating and/or private bathroom: 3.8%

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