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Lewes

2010 Results:
Conservative: 18401 (36.74%)
Labour: 2508 (5.01%)
Liberal Democrat: 26048 (52%)
BNP: 594 (1.19%)
UKIP: 1728 (3.45%)
Green: 729 (1.46%)
Independent: 80 (0.16%)
Majority: 7647 (15.26%)

Notional 2005 Results:
Liberal Democrat: 26140 (51.6%)
Conservative: 17212 (34%)
Labour: 4943 (9.8%)
Other: 2359 (4.7%)
Majority: 8928 (17.6%)

Actual 2005 result
Conservative: 15902 (34.2%)
Labour: 4169 (9%)
Liberal Democrat: 24376 (52.4%)
Green: 1071 (2.3%)
UKIP: 1034 (2.2%)
Majority: 8474 (18.2%)

2001 Result
Conservative: 15878 (34.9%)
Labour: 3317 (7.3%)
Liberal Democrat: 25588 (56.3%)
UKIP: 650 (1.4%)
Majority: 9710 (21.4%)

1997 Result
Conservative: 19950 (40.6%)
Labour: 5232 (10.6%)
Liberal Democrat: 21250 (43.2%)
Referendum: 2481 (5%)
Other: 256 (0.5%)
Majority: 1300 (2.6%)

Boundary changes: minor. Loses part of Chiddingly and East Hoathly to Wealden and part of Willingdon to Eastbourne. Gains part of East Dean from Eastbourne.

Profile: A large, sprawling rural seat covering much of the countryside to the North of Brighton, the South Downs and the valley of the river Ouse. Lewes itself is the small picturesque county town of East Sussex, best known for its extensive and sometimes controversial Guy Fawkes Night celebrations, where effigies of Pope Paul V and contemporary figures, such as Osama bin Laden, are burnt. At the southern end of the constituency is the more Labour inclined ferry port of Newhaven and the seaside resort of Seaford.

The seat returned Conservative MPs for over a century until it was won by Norman Baker in 1997. Since then it has become a safe Liberal Democrat stronghold.

portraitCurrent MP: Norman Baker(Liberal Democrat) born 1957, Aberdeen. Educated at Royal Liberty School and Royal Holloway College. Former English teacher. Former Lewes District councillor and East Sussex County Councillor. Leader of Lewes Council from 1991-1997. Contested Lewes 1992. First elected as MP for Lewes in 1997. A trenchant backbench inquisitor and campaigning MP, Baker stood down as Lib Dem Environment Spokesman in 2006 to concentrate on campaigning for a full investigation into the death of Dr David Kelly. He returned as Lib Dem shadow transport secretary in 2007 (more information at They work for you)

2010 election candidates:
portraitJason Sugarman (Conservative) born 1969. Educated at Brighton College and Durham University. Barrister specialising in criminal law. Lewes District councillor from 1995-2003. Contested Dudley South in 2001.
portraitHratche Koundarjian (Labour) Born London. Educated at Sussex University. Works in public affairs.
portraitNorman Baker(Liberal Democrat) born 1957, Aberdeen. Educated at Royal Liberty School and Royal Holloway College. Former English teacher. Former Lewes District councillor and East Sussex County Councillor. Leader of Lewes Council from 1991-1997. Contested Lewes 1992. First elected as MP for Lewes in 1997. A trenchant backbench inquisitor and campaigning MP, Baker stood down as Lib Dem Environment Spokesman in 2006 to concentrate on campaigning for a full investigation into the death of Dr David Kelly. He returned as Lib Dem shadow transport secretary in 2007 (more information at They work for you)
portraitSusan Murray (Green)
portraitPeter Charlton (UKIP)
portraitDavid Lloyd (BNP)
portraitOndrej Soucek (Independent)

2001 Census Demographics

Total 2001 Population: 83249
Male: 47.4%
Female: 52.6%
Under 18: 20.6%
Over 60: 30%
Born outside UK: 5.5%
White: 98.2%
Black: 0.2%
Asian: 0.5%
Mixed: 0.6%
Other: 0.5%
Christian: 72.4%
Full time students: 2.6%
Graduates 16-74: 22.4%
No Qualifications 16-74: 25.4%
Owner-Occupied: 78%
Social Housing: 11% (Council: 8.3%, Housing Ass.: 2.7%)
Privately Rented: 7.6%
Homes without central heating and/or private bathroom: 5.3%

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.