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Stroud

2010 Results:
Conservative: 23679 (40.84%)
Labour: 22380 (38.6%)
Liberal Democrat: 8955 (15.45%)
UKIP: 1301 (2.24%)
Green: 1542 (2.66%)
Independent: 116 (0.2%)
Majority: 1299 (2.24%)

Notional 2005 Results:
Labour: 21606 (40.2%)
Conservative: 20600 (38.4%)
Liberal Democrat: 7553 (14.1%)
Other: 3930 (7.3%)
Majority: 1007 (1.9%)

Actual 2005 result
Conservative: 22177 (39%)
Labour: 22527 (39.6%)
Liberal Democrat: 8026 (14.1%)
Green: 3056 (5.4%)
UKIP: 1089 (1.9%)
Majority: 350 (0.6%)

2001 Result
Conservative: 20646 (37.4%)
Labour: 25685 (46.6%)
Liberal Democrat: 6036 (10.9%)
UKIP: 895 (1.6%)
Green: 1913 (3.5%)
Majority: 5039 (9.1%)

1997 Result
Conservative: 23260 (37.3%)
Labour: 26170 (42%)
Liberal Democrat: 9502 (15.2%)
Other: 3415 (5.5%)
Majority: 2910 (4.7%)

Boundary changes: Stroud loses the town of Minchinhampton and the village of North Nibley to The Cotswolds.

Profile: a hilly town nestled at the foot of the Cotswolds, Stroud was once a textile town, processing he wool from the sheep farmed in the Cotswolds and retains a small textile industry today, though light engineering, and the service industry are now more important. There is significant support for the Green party in Stroud and it has a reputation for being a bohemian area, Tescos and McDonalds in Stroud were both only opened after lengthy protests by local residents.

portraitCurrent MP: Neil Carmichael (Conservative) born 1961. Educated at St Peter`s School, York and Nottingham University. Livestock farmer. Contested Leeds East 1992 and Stroud 2001.

2010 election candidates:
portraitNeil Carmichael (Conservative) born 1961. Educated at St Peter`s School, York and Nottingham University. Livestock farmer. Contested Leeds East 1992 and Stroud 2001.
portraitDavid Drew(Labour) born 1952, gloucestershire. Educated at Kingsfield School and the University of Nottingham. Worked as a teacher prior to his election. Rebelled against the government over the Iraq war and anti-terror legislation (more information at They work for you)
portraitDennis Andrewartha (Liberal Democrat)
portraitMartin Whiteside (Green) Development consultant. Stroud councillor.
portraitSteve Parker (UKIP)
portraitAlan Lomas (Independent)

2001 Census Demographics

Total 2001 Population: 95582
Male: 49.1%
Female: 50.9%
Under 18: 22.6%
Over 60: 22.5%
Born outside UK: 4.3%
White: 98.6%
Black: 0.2%
Asian: 0.3%
Mixed: 0.5%
Other: 0.3%
Christian: 74.9%
Full time students: 2.2%
Graduates 16-74: 22.2%
No Qualifications 16-74: 23.6%
Owner-Occupied: 76.2%
Social Housing: 14.2% (Council: 11.9%, Housing Ass.: 2.3%)
Privately Rented: 6.4%
Homes without central heating and/or private bathroom: 6.5%

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.