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 Blackburn
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Jack Straw Labour 21,808 54.1 -0.9
John Cotton Conservative 12,559 31.2 +6.6
Imtiaz Patel Liberal Democrat 3,264 8.1 -2.4
Dorothy Baxter UK Independence 1,185 2.9  
Terry Cullen Socialist Labour 559 1.4 +0.1
Jim Nichol Socialist Alliance 532 1.3  
Paul Morris Independent 377 0.9  
Majority 9,249 23.0
Turnout 40,284 55.5 -9.4
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 3.7% from Labour to Conservative

Description
Home Secretary Jack Straw won a majority of 14,451 at the last election - the healthiest of his parliamentary career - but this seat has not normally tended to deliver monolithic Labour support.

In 1993, for example, Mr Straw's majority was only 3,000 though he increased this to 6,000 in 1992.

Blackburn is by and large a working-class constituency. One in five people are non-white, predominantly Asian, and mostly concentrated in the terraces found in the town’s centre.

Blackburn used to be the weaving centre of the world but textiles form a far smaller proportion of the town’s manufacturing output nowadays, which has led to local unrest over the decline of traditional industries. Modern-day businesses are to be found in the manufacturing, engineering and distribution sectors, and the area is a brewing centre for a large part of the north.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Blackburn
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
Jack Straw Labour 26,141 55.0
Sangeeta Sidhu Conservative 11,690 24.6
Stephen Fenn Liberal Democrat 4,990 10.5
David Bradshaw Referendum 1,892 4.0
Tina Wingfield Nat Democrat 671 1.4
Helen Drummond Socialist Labour 635 1.3
Robin Field Green 608 1.3
Margo Carmichael-Grimshaw Independent 506 1.1
William Batchelor Independent 362 0.8
Majority 14,451 30.4
Turnout 47,495 64.9
 
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