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 Crewe & Nantwich
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Gwyneth Dunwoody Labour 22,556 54.3 -3.9
Donald Potter Conservative 12,650 30.4 +3.4
David Cannon Liberal Democrat 5,595 13.5 +1.8
Roger Croston UK Independence 746 1.8  
Majority 9,906 23.8
Turnout 41,547 60.2 -13.7
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 3.7% from Labour to Conservative

Description
The two towns are very different in character. Crewe is the industrial centre for Cheshire, home to a huge rail junction, Rolls Royce and many industrial and business parks. Its residents are mainly working class and Labour support is strong.

Nantwich, on the other hand, is an attractive traditional market town of great historic interest. It is famous for its many half-timbered Tudor buildings and 14th century parish church. The region is also home to Cheshire cheese.

This 'split personality' used to explain the marginal nature of the seat in recent times - in 1983 the majority was just 290. In 1997, however, Labour won with a 15,798 majority although things had been made substantially easier by boundary changes.

Before 1997 some rural parishes west of Crewe - historically Conservative and home to 11,000 voters - were transferred to Eddisbury, while 4,000 electors were brought in from the more marginal area of Haslington in Congleton.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Crewe & Nantwich
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
Gwyneth Dunwoody Labour 29,460 58.2
Michael Loveridge Conservative 13,662 27.0
David Cannon Liberal Democrat 5,940 11.7
Peter Astbury Referendum 1,543 3.0
Majority 15,798 31.2
Turnout 50,605 73.9
 
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