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Election Results 8th October 2009

Eden DC, Penrith West
LD Elissa Robinson 387 (51.7; +51.7)
Con 157 (21.0; -17.6)
BNP 102 (13.6; +13.6)
Ind 58 (7.8; -37.5)
Lab 26 (3.5; -12.7)
Green 18 (2.4; +2.4)
Majority 230
Turnout 31%
LD gain from Ind
Percentage change is since May 2007

Epping Forest DC, Grange Hill
Con 453 (52.4; -31.1)
LD Gavin Chambers 411 (47.6; +31.1)
Majority 42
Turnout 17.17%
Con hold
Percentage change is since May 2008.

Fenland DC, March West
Con 830 (53.9; -5.2)
Lab 460 (29.9; +29.9)
LD Ann Elliott 250 (16.2; -24.7)
Majority 370
Turnout not known
Con hold
Percentage change is since May 2007

Ryedale DC, Pickering East
Liberal 392 (42.8; +42.8)
LD Charles Downes 274 (29.9; -70.1)
Ind 213 (23.3; +23.3)
Ind 37 (4.0; +4.0)
Majority 118
Turnout 34.25%
Liberal gain from LD
Percentage change is since May 2007 when LD was elected unopposed.

City of Westminster LBC, West End
Con 526 (60.8; +10.3)
Lab 169 (19.5; +0.6)
LD Christopher Gonzalez 108 (12.5; -1.2)
Green 62 (7.2; -6.4)
[UKIP (0.0; -3.3)]
Majority 357
Turnout 46%
Con hold
Percentage change is since May 2006

March TC, West
Con 888 (60.0)
LD Stephen Court 591 (40.0)
Majority 297
Turnout not known


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