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 Bury South
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Ivan Lewis Labour 23,406 59.2 +2.3
Nicola Le Page Conservative 10,634 26.9 -5.4
Tim Pickstone Liberal Democrat 5,499 13.9 +5.5
Majority 12,772 32.3
Turnout 39,539 58.8 -16.6
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 3.9% from Conservative to Labour

Description
The seat includes Prestwich, a declining but still desirable Manchester suburb with a large Jewish population.

It also includes Whitefield and the town of Radcliffe, which has suffered from a declining industrial base and has been unable to attract the residential or retail developments which have assisted Bury itself.

Overall, Bury South is more urban in character than Bury North and also has a greater proportion of council tenants.

Despite this, there have been attempts of diversification here and Bury’s worth as a tourist centre continues to grow. Attractions in the town include the East Lancashire Railway, the Lancashire Fusiliers Museum and the 500-acre Prestwich Forest Park.

The Conservatives have a history of performing poorly in local elections but doing well at parliamentary level.

Mr Sumberg’s 14 years stay in Bury South contrasts against his party’s poor showing in the council chambers.

Following the most recent round of local elections, the Tories have just two of the seats in this constituency compared with Labour’s 19, with the Liberal democrats languishing on three.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Bury South
Labour gain from Conservative
Name Party Votes %
Ivan Lewis Labour 28,658 56.9
David Sumberg Conservative 16,277 32.3
Victor D'Albert Liberal Democrat 4,227 8.4
Bryan Slater Referendum 1,216 2.4
Majority 12,381 24.6
Turnout 50,378 75.4
 
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