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 Burton
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Janet Dean Labour 22,783 49.0 -2.0
Maggie Punyer Conservative 17,934 38.6 -0.8
David Fletcher Liberal Democrat 4,468 9.6 +1.1
Ian Crompton UK Independence 984 2.1  
John Roberts ProLife Alliance 288 0.6  
Majority 4,849 10.4
Turnout 46,457 61.8 -13.2
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 0.6% from Labour to Conservative

Description
Burton is a town dominated by beer, the industry on which its Victorian growth was founded.

Several big brewers, such as Bass and Marstons, remain in the town and the Bass Museum, dedicated to the history of the industry, is one of Burtonís attractions.

Other major companies, such as Littlewoods and JCB, are also large employers in the constituency.

The town of Burton itself only accounts for around half the electorate. The constituency is twenty miles wide and also incorporates the town of Uttoxeter and large rural swathes which have tended to be staunchly Tory.

Local MP Janet Dean was selected from an all-woman shortlist, but is far from a being a New Labour loyalist.

She voted against the government over NATS privatisation and is regarded as a supporter of John Prescott.

She has strong local roots as a former mayor of East Staffordshire.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Burton
Labour gain from Conservative
Name Party Votes %
Janet Dean Labour 27,810 51.0
Ivan Lawrence Conservative 21,480 39.4
David Fletcher Liberal Democrat 4,617 8.5
Keith Sharp Nat Democrat 604 1.1
Majority 6,330 11.6
Turnout 54,511 75.0
 
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