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Reading East

2010 Results:
Conservative: 21269 (42.55%)
Labour: 12729 (25.47%)
Liberal Democrat: 13664 (27.34%)
UKIP: 1086 (2.17%)
Green: 1069 (2.14%)
Independent: 168 (0.34%)
Majority: 7605 (15.21%)

Notional 2005 Results:
Conservative: 15461 (35.8%)
Labour: 14611 (33.8%)
Liberal Democrat: 10545 (24.4%)
Other: 2606 (6%)
Majority: 850 (2%)

Actual 2005 result
Conservative: 15557 (35.4%)
Labour: 15082 (34.3%)
Liberal Democrat: 10619 (24.2%)
Green: 1548 (3.5%)
UKIP: 849 (1.9%)
Other: 257 (0.6%)
Majority: 475 (1.1%)

2001 Result
Conservative: 13943 (32%)
Labour: 19531 (44.8%)
Liberal Democrat: 8078 (18.5%)
UKIP: 525 (1.2%)
Green: 1053 (2.4%)
Other: 488 (1.1%)
Majority: 5588 (12.8%)

1997 Result
Conservative: 17666 (35.2%)
Labour: 21461 (42.7%)
Liberal Democrat: 9307 (18.5%)
Referendum: 1042 (2.1%)
Other: 744 (1.5%)
Majority: 3795 (7.6%)

Boundary changes: loses parts of the divided wards of Battle and Whitley to Reading West and gains part of Loddon from Maidenhead. A tiny area of Maiden Erlegh is moved into Maidenhead, though this contains less than 30 voters.

Profile: Reading is a commerical centre and commuter town in the Thames Valley in Berkshire. It is an affluent town, home to light, hi tech and service industry. It houses many corporate headquarters, including Microsoft, Sage, British Gas and Prudential. Reading East is the more urban of the two Reading seats, taking in the town centre and the eastern and northern suburbs. It covers both the eastern part of the Broough of Reading as well as some of the Reading suburbs that fall under Wokingham District council, such as Woodley and Earley. The seat contains the majority of the University of Reading, which straddles the constituency border, but more importantly the majority of the students.

Reading East was a Conservative seat lost to Labour in the 1997 landslide. The Labour MP, Jane Griffiths, was acrimoniously deselected prior to the 2005 election, following a long standing disagreement with the neighbouring MP, Martin Salter, and infighting within the local Labour party and the new Labour candidate Tony Page was defeated by Conservative Rob Wilson.

portraitCurrent MP: Robert Wilson(Conservative) born 1965, Oxfordshire. Educated at Reading University. Former member of the SDP, elected to Reading council as a Conservative in 1992, and subsequently served from 2003-2006. First elected as MP for Reading East in 2005. Was successfully sued for libel by Martin Salter in 2005 (more information at They work for you)

2010 election candidates:
portraitRobert Wilson(Conservative) born 1965, Oxfordshire. Educated at Reading University. Former member of the SDP, elected to Reading council as a Conservative in 1992, and subsequently served from 2003-2006. First elected as MP for Reading East in 2005. Was successfully sued for libel by Martin Salter in 2005 (more information at They work for you)
portraitAnneliese Dodds (Labour) born 1978. Educated at Oxford, Doctorate from the LSE. Fellow at LSE. Contested Billericay in 2005. Opposed the war in Iraq.
portraitGareth Epps (Liberal Democrat) Educated at University of Manchester. West Oxfordshire District Councillor from 2000-2006. Reading councillor since 2007. Contested Witney in 2001.
portraitRob White (Green) born 1979. Educated at De Montfort University Leicester. Self employed gardener and grower. Contested Reading East 2005.
portraitAdrian Pitfield (UKIP)
portraitJoan Lloyd (Independent)
portraitMichael Turberville (Independent)

2001 Census Demographics

Total 2001 Population: 100154
Male: 50.6%
Female: 49.4%
Under 18: 20.6%
Over 60: 15.6%
Born outside UK: 15%
White: 86.7%
Black: 3.3%
Asian: 6.4%
Mixed: 1.9%
Other: 1.7%
Christian: 61.9%
Hindu: 1.1%
Muslim: 4.5%
Sikh: 1.1%
Full time students: 11.8%
Graduates 16-74: 31.8%
No Qualifications 16-74: 18.8%
Owner-Occupied: 70.1%
Social Housing: 11.7% (Council: 7.3%, Housing Ass.: 4.4%)
Privately Rented: 15.1%
Homes without central heating and/or private bathroom: 7.7%

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