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 Bury North
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
David Chaytor Labour 22,945 51.2 -0.6
John Walsh Conservative 16,413 36.6 -0.9
Bryn Hackley Liberal Democrat 5,430 12.1 +3.9
Majority 6,532 14.6
Turnout 44,788 63.0 -14.8
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 0.1% from Conservative to Labour

Description
It may surprise some to learn that Buryís north and south divisions were both Conservative marginals going into the 1997 election.

Although both seats turned to Labour, past Tory successes can be partially explained by the fact that Bury was always one of the more affluent, well-heeled textile towns with a higher standard of housing that has allowed the town to re-invent itself somewhat as a commuter base to Manchester.

The reason for this relative prosperity can be partially explained by the fact that Bury had other industries, such as paper, engineering and chemicals, to fall back on following the decline in textiles, although these too are in decline nowadays.

Labour controls 32 of the Bury Metropolitan Borough Councilís 48 seats, with the Conservatives on 15 and the Liberal Democrats languishing on three.

If the Conservatives are to form a government at the next election, Bury North is the sort of seat they have to recapture at the first attempt.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Bury North
Labour gain from Conservative
Name Party Votes %
David Chaytor Labour 28,523 51.8
Alistair Burt Conservative 20,657 37.5
Neville Kenyon Liberal Democrat 4,536 8.2
Richard Hallewell Referendum 1,337 2.4
Majority 7,866 14.3
Turnout 55,053 77.8
 
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