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2010 Results:
Conservative: 21940 (45.86%)
Labour: 3538 (7.4%)
Liberal Democrat: 17013 (35.56%)
BNP: 624 (1.3%)
UKIP: 2890 (6.04%)
Green: 1181 (2.47%)
Independent: 657 (1.37%)
Majority: 4927 (10.3%)

Notional 2005 Results:
Conservative: 19990 (43.1%)
Liberal Democrat: 17268 (37.2%)
Labour: 5391 (11.6%)
Other: 3718 (8%)
Majority: 2722 (5.9%)

Actual 2005 result
Conservative: 21112 (41.7%)
Labour: 6185 (12.2%)
Liberal Democrat: 19165 (37.9%)
UKIP: 3914 (7.7%)
Other: 199 (0.4%)
Majority: 1947 (3.8%)

2001 Result
Conservative: 21914 (44.5%)
Labour: 6005 (12.2%)
Liberal Democrat: 18317 (37.2%)
UKIP: 3010 (6.1%)
Majority: 3597 (7.3%)

1997 Result
Conservative: 19637 (36.5%)
Labour: 8796 (16.4%)
Liberal Democrat: 18760 (34.9%)
Referendum: 2552 (4.7%)
Other: 4024 (7.5%)
Majority: 877 (1.6%)

Boundary changes: Boundaries in the Torbay part of the seat are adjusted to take account of ward boundaries, with the seat gaining part of Blatchcombe, Churston-with-Galmpton and losing part of Clifton-with-Maidenway. The seat loses Ashburton and Buckfastleigh to Central Devon, and the area around Denbury to Newton Abbot.

Profile: A picturesque seat on the South Devon coast, it takes in Brixham at the southern end of Torbay – the “English riveria”, the small market and coastal towns of South Devon with their thriving tourist industry and up onto the edges of Dartmoor.

The main town are Kingsbridge, Salcombe, Dartmouth, Totnes and Brixham. Tourism is the main industry throughout the area, and like most south coast tourist towns, a high proportion of people have come here to retire, and the constituency has one of the highest proportions of over 60s in the country. In Salcombe in particular, which is also popular for sailing and yachting, this has pushed property prices up to some of highest outside London. Salcombe and Brixham also retain active fishing industies. Totnes itself has something of a bohemian and artisitic reputation and the town has introduced it`s own local currency, the Totnes Pound.

The constituency has been represented by Conservative MP Anthony Steen since its re-creation in 1997 (as had its predecessor, South Hams, since 1983), though the Liberal Democrats are in a close second place. With Steen stepping down at the next election, the Conservative candidate for the seat is being chosen in an open primary using a full postal ballot of all Totnes voters, a first in British politics.

portraitCurrent MP: Sarah Wollaston (Conservative) Educated at Guy`s Hospital. GP, lecturer and former forensic medical examiner. Selected as the Conservative candidate in the UK`s first full postal open primary in 2009.

2010 election candidates:
portraitSarah Wollaston (Conservative) Educated at Guy`s Hospital. GP, lecturer and former forensic medical examiner. Selected as the Conservative candidate in the UK`s first full postal open primary in 2009.
portraitCarol Whitty (Labour) Former headteacher. Formerly deputy general secretary of the NAHT.
portraitJulian Brazil (Liberal Democrat) Educated at Bristol University. Science teacher. Devon County councillor and South Hams district councillor. Contested Brent South 1997, Falmouth and Camborne in 2001.
portraitLydia Somerville (Green) Teacher. Contested Wiltshire North 1992.
portraitJeffrey Beer (UKIP)
portraitMichael Turner (BNP)
portraitStephen Hopwood (Independent) Qualified doctor and alternative practitioner.
portraitSimon Drew (Independent)

2001 Census Demographics

Total 2001 Population: 82544
Male: 47.6%
Female: 52.4%
Under 18: 19.8%
Over 60: 30.6%
Born outside UK: 4.1%
White: 99.1%
Mixed: 0.5%
Other: 0.2%
Christian: 74.6%
Full time students: 2.3%
Graduates 16-74: 19.1%
No Qualifications 16-74: 27.4%
Owner-Occupied: 74.7%
Social Housing: 11.8% (Council: 2.8%, Housing Ass.: 9%)
Privately Rented: 9.8%
Homes without central heating and/or private bathroom: 12.2%

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.