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 Corby
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Phil Hope Labour 23,283 49.3 -6.1
Andrew Griffith Conservative 17,583 37.2 +3.8
Kevin Scudder Liberal Democrat 4,751 10.1 +2.6
Ian Gillman UK Independence 855 1.8 +0.9
Andrew Dickson Socialist Labour 750 1.6  
Majority 5,700 12.1
Turnout 47,222 65.3 -12.4
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 5.0% from Labour to Conservative

Description
Corby is a former steel-producing town, which used to have a huge steelworks exploiting the local iron ore resources; many of those working there had come down from Scotland, hence there is still a large Scots community here. However, the steelworks was closed in 1979, causing significant unemployment locally at the time, though a steel tube manufacturing plant employing nearly 1,000 people remains.

The town benefited from Enterprise Zone and Assisted Area status in the 1980s and has now succeeded in establishing a diverse industrial and service economy involving hundreds of companies. It has also been chosen as a centre by more than 80 businesses from 16 overseas countries, not least because of Eurohub, a road-rail interchange which allows mile-long trains carrying 300 cars at a time to travel all the way from Corby to Paris.

At first sight, the socio-economic statistics indicate that this is natural Labour territory: at 60%, it has a disproportionate number of manual workers and the number of council house tenants exceeds the national average by 10%, with owner occupation 5% below the English average. Indeed, the industrial town of Corby itself has mainly voted Labour; but the rural areas have very much tended towards the Conservatives.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Corby
Labour gain from Conservative
Name Party Votes %
Philip Hope Labour 29,888 55.4
William Powell Conservative 18,028 33.4
Ian Hankinson Liberal Democrat 4,045 7.5
Sebastian Riley-Smith Referendum 1,356 2.5
Ian Gillman UK Independence 507 0.9
Jane Bence Natural Law 133 0.2
Majority 11,860 22.0
Turnout 53,957 77.7
 
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