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Battleground Anglia: Hemel Hempstead

The Conservatives won the Hemel Hempstead constituency in Hertfordshire at the 2010 Election with a majority of more than 13,000 votes. Photo: ITV News Anglia

In the heart of the Hertfordshire commuter belt, the new town of Hemel Hempstead is affluent, but not massively so.

The town has neighbourhoods each with a small shopping centre, a pub, and a community centre. Most of these have closed circuit television, as the local council was one of the first to use this method to monitor anti-social behaviour.

The inclusion of villages, such as King’s Langley in the south, makes this constituency a pleasant mix of rural and urban Hertfordshire.

  • Conservative majority in 2010: 13,406
  • Hemel Hempstead is Labour target number 24 on a total list of 66 seats in the Anglia region
  • Labour would need a swing of 15% to win in 2015 and the Lib Dems would need a 14% swing
Share of the vote in the Hemel Hempstead constituency at the last General Election. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Home Office Minister Mike Penning has been the MP for Hemel Hempstead since 2005.

The seat was held by Labour's Tony McWalter from 1997 until 2005.

Candidates in 2015

  • Alan Borgars - Green
  • Tony Breslin - Labour
  • Brian Hall - Independent
  • Howard Koch - UKIP
  • Rabi Martins - Liberal Democrats
  • Mike Penning - Conservative
74,445
Electorate in 2013
99,084
Population in 2011
9.5
Population density (people per hectare)

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