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 Broxtowe
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Nick Palmer Labour 23,836 48.6 +1.6
Pauline Latham Conservative 17,963 36.7 -0.7
David Watts Liberal Democrat 7,205 14.7 +2.8
Majority 5,873 12.0
Turnout 49,004 66.5 -11.8
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 1.2% from Conservative to Labour

Description
The seat covers effectively much of Nottingham’s western and north-western suburbs and includes the towns of Beeston, Kimberley and Stapleford.

Beeston is a thriving market town, whereas Stapleford and Kimberley, a former mining town, are struggling a little more.

There are a few very rich suburbs such as those near Bramcote.

Major employers in the constituency include Boots and Siemen Communications, but many residents commute outside the area, to Nottingham in particular.

Labour has been building its position in Broxtowe since 1987 when they squeezed the Liberal Democrats into third place where they have remained ever since.

Nick Palmer’s victory for the Labour Party in 1997 was, however, surprising, especially considering he overturned a Conservative majority of almost 10,000 and secured a 5,575 majority.

Broxtowe in many senses is a typical “Middle England” seat, with a large, comfortable middle class and little extremes of either rich or poor.

It is Labour’s 63rd most vulnerable seat and the Conservatives need a swing of 4.8% to win.

There is a strong Tory presence on Broxtowe Council in wards such as Greasley, Nuthall, Awsworth and Cossall, Attenborough and Toton, although Labour is still in the the majority on the council.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Broxtowe
Labour gain from Conservative
Name Party Votes %
Nick Palmer Labour 27,343 47.0
Jim Lester Conservative 21,768 37.4
Terence Miller Liberal Democrat 6,934 11.9
Roy Tucker Referendum 2,092 3.6
Majority 5,575 9.6
Turnout 58,137 78.3
 
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