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 Derbyshire South
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Mark Todd Labour 26,338 50.7 -3.8
James Hakewill Conservative 18,487 35.6 +4.3
Russell Eagling Liberal Democrat 5,233 10.1 +1.1
John Blunt UK Independence 1,074 2.1 +1.1
Paul Liversuch Socialist Labour 564 1.1  
James Taylor Independent 249 0.5  
Majority 7,851 15.1
Turnout 51,945 64.1 -14.1
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 4.0% from Labour to Conservative

Description
This seat comprises of a large area towards the south and west of the city of Derby. A quarter of the electorate comes from within the city itself, and another quarter comes from the Swadlincote area.

The constituency is mainly agricultural with an industrial belt around Swadlincote, which was historically based on coal and clay. It is also the largest town and a local administrative and business centre. Melbourne is at the centre of a fertile market gardening area.

The coal mines have now closed, but new employment has been created by the opening of a Toyota car assembly plant in 1992 at Burnaston close to Derby.

Derbyshire South was created in 1983 mainly from the old Belper division which was represented from 1945 to 1970 by George Brown - a leading member of Harold Wilsonís government until his resignation in 1968.

Mark Todd won Derbyshire South at in 1997 by a majority of 13,967 votes on a swing of 13.2%, defeating the former minister Edwina Currie.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Derbyshire South
Labour gain from Conservative
Name Party Votes %
Mark Todd Labour 32,709 54.5
Edwina Currie Conservative 18,742 31.3
Rob Renold Liberal Democrat 5,408 9.0
Richard North Referendum 2,491 4.2
I Crompton UK Independence 617 1.0
Majority 13,967 23.3
Turnout 59,967 78.2
 
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