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 Blackpool North & Fleetwood
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Joan Humble Labour 21,610 50.8 -1.4
Alan Vincent Conservative 15,889 37.3 +1.8
Steven Bate Liberal Democrat 4,132 9.7 +1.1
Colin Porter UK Independence 950 2.2  
Majority 5,721 13.4
Turnout 42,581 57.2 -14.4
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 1.6% from Labour to Conservative

Description
This constituency covers a compact urban coastal strip north of Blackpool. Fleetwood and Cleveleys, a fishing-container port and residential-holiday community respectively, provide the main centres of population with both heavily reliant on the tourist trade and prone to high seasonal unemployment.

Although the population is mainly working and lower middle class, few constituents live in council housing and home ownership, around 80%, is far above the national average. The constituency has an ageing population consisting of a low proportion of voters under 40 and the highest percentage of pensioners in the north-west.

Before boundary changes in 1997, this was considered a safe Conservative seat but the election of Joanne Humble at the last election, with a majority of 9,000 votes, gave Labour its first seat in Blackpool North since 1923.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Blackpool North & Fleetwood
Labour gain from Conservative
Name Party Votes %
Joan Humble Labour 28,051 52.2
Harold Elletson Conservative 19,105 35.5
Beverley Hill Liberal Democrat 4,600 8.6
Kim Stacey Referendum 1,704 3.2
John Ellis BNP 288 0.5
Majority 8,946 16.6
Turnout 53,748 71.6
 
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