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 Crosby
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Claire Curtis-Thomas Labour 20,327 55.1 +4.0
Robert Collinson Conservative 11,974 32.5 -2.3
Tim Drake Liberal Democrat 4,084 11.1 -0.4
Mark Holt Socialist Labour 481 1.3  
Majority 8,353 22.7
Turnout 36,866 64.3 -12.9
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 3.2% from Conservative to Labour

Description
This predominantly middle class constituency which embraces both Crosby and Formby was considered a safe Tory seat until Clare Curtis-Tansley (now Curtis-Thomas) increased Labour’s share of the vote by 22% to oust Tory Sir Malcolm Thornton in 1997.

Lying north of Liverpool on the way to Southport, Crosby is a residential constituency. It has a comparatively low unemployment rate of 3.5% with most of its residents commuting into Liverpool to work in the service industries. Formby is home to a high number of retired people.

The seat has its own ‘Millionaires' Row’ in the Freshfield neighbourhood of Formby, whilst Blundellsands in Crosby is a much-sought after residential area. Moreover, Merchant Taylor’s School, Waterloo Rugby Club, the Northern Cricket Club and Marine FC are all local institutions which consider themselves elite. Their presence and the desirable real estate confirm Crosby as one of the wealthier constituencies in Merseyside.

Labour was forced into third place when Shirley Williams famously took the seat for the SDP in the 1981 by-election.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Crosby
Labour gain from Conservative
Name Party Votes %
Clare Curtis-Tansley Labour 22,549 51.1
Malcolm Thornton Conservative 15,367 34.8
Paul McVey Liberal Democrat 5,080 11.5
John Gauld Referendum 813 1.8
John Marks Liberal Party 233 0.5
William Hite Natural Law 99 0.2
Majority 7,182 16.3
Turnout 44,141 77.2
 
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