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Meon Valley

2010 Results:
Conservative: 28818 (56.24%)
Labour: 3266 (6.37%)
Liberal Democrat: 16693 (32.58%)
UKIP: 1490 (2.91%)
English Democrat: 582 (1.14%)
Independent: 134 (0.26%)
Others: 255 (0.5%)
Majority: 12125 (23.66%)

Notional 2005 Results:
Conservative: 21652 (45.1%)
Liberal Democrat: 19662 (40.9%)
Labour: 5167 (10.8%)
Other: 1554 (3.2%)
Majority: 1989 (4.1%)

New seat: geographically the majority of Meon Valley is formed from the large rural eastern part of the old Winchester seat, now joined by the southern half of the old East Hampshire seat, consisting mainly of the large village of Horndean and Waterlooville.

Profile: The eastern part of the constituency is more urban, being made of the town of Waterlooville, including the village of Cowplain and the Wecock Council estate, and the large semi-rural village of Horndean to its the North. The large western part is far more rural, consisting of picturesque countryside and small towns and villages including Bishops Waltham, Denmead, Droxford & Shedfield. With the exception of parts of Waterlooville it is an affluent and middle-class seat and will be a Conservative/Liberal Democrat marginal.

portraitCurrent MP: George Hollingbery (Conservative) Educated at Oxford University. Former stockbroker and Chairman of a chain of vets. Currently a property investor. Winchester councillor since 1999, Deputy leader since 2006. Contested Winchester in 2005.

2010 election candidates:
portraitGeorge Hollingbery (Conservative) Educated at Oxford University. Former stockbroker and Chairman of a chain of vets. Currently a property investor. Winchester councillor since 1999, Deputy leader since 2006. Contested Winchester in 2005.
portraitHoward Linsley (Labour) born 1944, Huddersfield. Educated at the University of Hull. Training consultant. Former Hackney councillor. Contested Aldershot 2005.
portraitLiz Leffman (Liberal Democrat) Educated at Christ`s Hospital School, Hereford and Leeds University. Formerly in the advertising and diary industry, she now runds a clothing and textile consultancy business. Contested Witney in 2005.
portraitSteve Harris (UKIP)
portraitPat Harris (English Democrat)
portraitGraeme Quar (Independent) Educated at Sale County Grammar and Southampton University. Solicitor. Contested Stevenage for the Conservatives 2001.
portraitSarah Coats (Animal Protection)

2001 Census Demographics

Total 2001 Population: 84135
Male: 49.2%
Female: 50.8%
Under 18: 22.4%
Over 60: 22.1%
Born outside UK: 4.8%
White: 98.6%
Asian: 0.5%
Mixed: 0.5%
Other: 0.3%
Christian: 77.6%
Full time students: 2.2%
Graduates 16-74: 22%
No Qualifications 16-74: 22.4%
Owner-Occupied: 81.5%
Social Housing: 10.2% (Council: 5.7%, Housing Ass.: 4.5%)
Privately Rented: 5.3%
Homes without central heating and/or private bathroom: 4.9%

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.