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 Carlisle
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Eric Martlew Labour 17,856 51.2 -6.2
Mike Mitchelson Conservative 12,154 34.8 +5.8
John Guest Liberal Democrat 4,076 11.7 +1.2
Colin Paisley Legal cannabis 554 1.6  
Paul Wilcox Socialist Alliance 269 0.8  
Majority 5,702 16.3
Turnout 34,909 59.4 -13.4
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 6.0% from Labour to Conservative

Description
Situated in the north of Cumbria against the Scottish border, Carlisle is not dissimilar to Barrow & Furness in the south of the county.

The seat is working-class, primarily industrial yet surrounded by dramatic and enchanting countryside.

Throughout the 1980s, the seat remained a compact urban core, with its council estates and textile factories providing Labour with the mainstay of their support.

There is plenty of historical interest in Carlisle. The city has a magnificent cathedral and Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned in its castle.

The local museum boasts an impressive array of Roman artefacts and Hadrianís Wall bisects the city. The Leeds-Settle-Carlisle steam railway - the last great railway built in this country - helps boost tourist numbers to the city.

It was not surprising that Carlisle was accorded marginal status prior to the last general election.

After representing the seat since 1964, on occasion by just two and three figure majorities, Labourís 33 year hold on this rural constituency seemed in danger of slipping following the inclusion of three wards from the Conservative seat Penrith and the Border in 1995.

This, however, did not happen in 1997.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Carlisle
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
Eric Martlew Labour 25,031 57.4
Richard Lawrence Conservative 12,641 29.0
Christopher Mayho Liberal Democrat 4,576 10.5
Angus Fraser Referendum 1,233 2.8
William Stevens Natural Law 126 0.3
Majority 12,390 28.4
Turnout 43,607 72.8
 
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