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.