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 Copeland
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Jack Cunningham Labour 17,991 51.8 -6.4
Mike Graham Conservative 13,027 37.5 +8.3
Mark Gayler Liberal Democrat 3,732 10.7 +1.5
Majority 4,964 14.3
Turnout 34,750 64.9 -11.4
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 7.4% from Labour to Conservative

Description
Copeland is a balance of industry and countryside. The largest town is Whitehaven, a planned 18th century port which serves shipping from across the Irish Sea. Beyond this lies some of the most beautiful scenery in the Lake District, boasting the highest mountain in England, Scafell Pike, and also the deepest lake at Wastwater.

The breathtaking wilderness is tempered by regular smatterings of economically depressed former coal-mining towns such as Cleator Moor, Egremont, Frizington and the remote Millom. The last Cumbrian coal mine to close was here at Haig Colliery in 1986, and the decline of traditional industries has lead to unsurprisingly high levels of unemployment.

Millom, at the south end of the constituency beyond the Black Combe mountain, has also lost its ironworks and news that the BNFL Sellafield plant will close its Magnox reactor in 2012 will do little to encourage confidence. However, after an embarrassing catalogue of leaks over the years as well as a cancer rate far above the national average, this news will hardly displease those locals who have campaigned for years to have the entire plant shut down.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Copeland
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
Jack Cunningham Labour 24,077 58.2
Andrew Cumpsty Conservative 12,081 29.2
Roger Putnam Liberal Democrat 3,814 9.2
Chris Johnston Referendum 1,036 2.5
Gerard Hanratty ProLife Alliance 389 0.9
Majority 11,996 29.0
Turnout 41,397 76.3
 
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