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 Great Grimsby
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Austin Mitchell Labour 19,118 57.9 -1.9
James Cousins Conservative 7,634 23.1 +1.0
Andrew De Freitas Liberal Democrat 6,265 19.0 +0.9
Majority 11,484 34.8
Turnout 33,017 52.3 -13.8
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 1.5% from Labour to Conservative

Description
Labour has enjoyed success here for 60 years and Austin Mitchell, Great Grimsby's sitting MP since the 1977 death of then Foreign Secretary Anthony Crosland, currently has as healthy a majority as at any time in this seat's recent history.

There have been no boundary changes to this constituency in recent times, but local politics have been drastically altered by the abolition of the county of Humberside. That has meant that local elections are no longer held in the borough of Great Grimsby, but in the new unitary authority of North East Lincolnshire.

Grimsby is dominated by fishing and the food industry, with its colleges enjoying a world-wide reputation for their food and refrigeration courses. It is also one of the largest container ports in the country, but is not dominated by its docks, and the town has its attractive areas with wide, tree-lined roads leading to the centre.

The chemical industry has been developed here in recent years, and trade, generally with Scandinavian countries, has been boosted by the construction of the A180(M) link road. The seat is home to the highest proportions of both part-time and partly-skilled workers in England and Wales, but unemployment is also high.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Great Grimsby
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
Austin Mitchell Labour 25,765 59.8
Dean Godson Conservative 9,521 22.1
Andrew de Freitas Liberal Democrat 7,810 18.1
Majority 16,244 37.7
Turnout 43,096 66.1
 
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