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 Bootle
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Joe Benton Labour 21,400 77.6 -5.3
Jim Murray Liberal Democrat 2,357 8.5 +2.8
Judith Symes Conservative 2,194 8.0 -0.5
Dave Flynn Socialist Labour 971 3.5  
Peter Glover Socialist Alliance 672 2.4  
Majority 19,043 69.0
Turnout 27,594 49.0 -17.7
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 4.1% from Labour to Liberal Democrat
Lab-Con (against 1997) 2.4% from Labour to Conservative

Description
At the mouth of the Mersey, Bootle - first mentioned in the Doomsday book - is a tough inner city constituency. It is perhaps best remembered the area where toddler Jamie Bulger was killed in 1993.

Bootle is part of the metropolitan borough of Sefton but is far more similar to the neighbouring districts of working class north Liverpool than to the Sefton’s middle-class commuting and seaside communities. Many of Bootle’s once busy extensive docks now stand idle rendering it one of the poorest constituencies in Britain.

Aided by European funding, the Docklands have been redeveloped whilst many local business have been given grants to help them expand and create jobs. Despite these efforts unemployment remains high and the area reflect many of the problems associated with the poverty and deprivations of the inner city. Youth alcohol abuse, vandalism, car theft, teenage pregnancy and drug addiction all appear commonplace.

This seat provided Labour's biggest victory in 1997 with a 74.4 per cent margin of voters separating Joe Benton from other candidates.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Bootle
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
Joe Benton Labour 31,668 82.9
Rupert Mathews Conservative 3,247 8.5
Kiron Reid Liberal Democrat 2,191 5.7
James Elliott Referendum 571 1.5
Peter Glover Socialist Party 420 1.1
Simon Cohen Natural Law 126 0.3
Majority 28,421 74.4
Turnout 38,223 66.7
 
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