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 Burnley
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Peter Pike Labour 18,195 49.3 -8.6
Robert Frost Conservative 7,697 20.9 +0.7
Paul Wright Liberal Democrat 5,975 16.2 -1.2
Steve Smith BNP 4,151 11.3  
Richard Buttrey UK Independence 866 2.3  
Majority 10,498 28.5
Turnout 36,884 55.6 -11.3
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 4.6% from Labour to Conservative

Description
The east Lancashire seat of Burnley, encompassing the heart of the countyís long-deceased cotton industry, has only once in its history returned a non-Labour MP, Vice-Admiral Gordon Campbell of the National Party, 1931 - 1935.

The Tories have not won here since 1918, although they have come close on occasion.

Following the retirement of Dan Jones in 1983 after representing Burnley for 24 years, Labourís current incumbent Peter Pike clung on with a majority of 787 in the face of a concerted challenge by the Conservativeís Ian Bruce, the current MP for Dorset South.

The Conservatives have always been the strongest challengers to Labour in Burnley and the seat is not without some scope for the Tories.

The affluent commuting village of Worsthorne is decidedly middle-class, as are parts of the seatís eponymous town of Burnley. Further pockets of Tory resistance can be found in the housing estates of Nelson, Pendle, Rose Hill and Rossendale.

Once a centre for textiles and mining, industries which have all but dwindled to nothing after their 19th century heyday, modern-day businesses in Burnley include high technology, engineering and manufacturing in sectors such as aerospace, plastics, paper, electronics and car components.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Burnley
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
Peter Pike Labour 26,210 57.9
Bill Wiggin Conservative 9,148 20.2
Gordon Birtwistle Liberal Democrat 7,877 17.4
Richard Oakley Referendum 2,010 4.4
Majority 17,062 37.7
Turnout 45,245 66.9
 
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