Sleaford & North HykehamParliamentary constituency
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Stephen Phillips has successfully held his Sleaford and North Hykeham seat.
They are using some unusual furniture at the count in Sleaford for crowd control.
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- 34,805 total votes taken.
- 56.2% share of the total vote
- +4.6% change in share of the votes
- 10,690 total votes taken.
- 17.3% share of the total vote
- +0.4% change in share of the votes
- 9,716 total votes taken.
- 15.7% share of the total vote
- +12.1% change in share of the votes
- 3,500 total votes taken.
- 5.7% share of the total vote
- -12.5% change in share of the votes
- 3,233 total votes taken.
- 5.2% share of the total vote
- -1.2% change in share of the votes
Change compared with 2010
This largely rural Lincolnshire seat lies north of Grantham - the birthplace of the former prime minster Margaret Thatcher - and south of Lincoln. The largest town, Sleaford, was Roman, but it is thought the first settlers came in the Iron Age.
People in the area are older than average for constituencies in England and Wales, according to the 2011 census, and are more likely to be self-employed, running small businesses or skilled tradespeople. Farming has declined but is still important and there are industries related to it in the area.
The constituency was established in 1997 from the old Grantham seat and has been strongly Conservative. From 1997 to 2010 it was held by Douglas Hogg, the former minister, who had also held the Grantham seat. In 2010, Stephen Phillips won with a majority of 19,900 and 52% of the vote. The Liberal Democrats had 18% and Labour had 17%.