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 Derby South
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Margaret Beckett Labour 24,310 56.4 +0.1
Simon Spencer Conservative 10,455 24.3 -0.9
Anders Hanson Liberal Democrat 8,310 19.3 +4.9
Majority 13,855 32.2
Turnout 43,075 55.7 -12.3
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 0.5% from Conservative to Labour

Description
Whilst its Derby North counterpart has spent recent history cultivating its image as a "weathervane" constituency, Derby South has managed the opposite, and has in the recent past been fairly loyal to Labour.

It has been represented since 1983 by Margaret Beckett, whose most recent government post was Leader of the House of Commons. Her first margin was just 421 votes, achieved against the backdrop of Mrs Thatcher's greatest victory.

Since then, Mrs Beckett has built up her vote at every successive election to an impressive 16,106 in 1997, reminding many of the majorities Labour used to secure with veteran peace campaigner Philip Noel-Baker and then from 1970 to 1983, under Walter Johnson.

The constituency features the mainstay of Derby’s industry, council estates and ethnic minorities. Rolls Royce’s aero-engine factory and the city’s famous railway works are the major employers in Derby South, with 27.12% of the workforce in skilled manual occupations and with managerial and technical workers second on 25.48%. Unemployment is above average.

Many constituents of Derby South bought their council houses and the majority of homes are owner-occupied with less than a quarter of the electorate living in council accommodation.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Derby South
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
Margaret Beckett Labour 29,154 56.3
Javed Arain Conservative 13,048 25.2
Jeremy Beckett Liberal Democrat 7,438 14.4
John Browne Referendum 1,862 3.6
Robert Evans Nat Democrat 317 0.6
Majority 16,106 31.1
Turnout 51,819 68.0
 
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