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 Great Yarmouth
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Tony Wright Labour 20,344 50.4 -3.0
Charles Reynolds Conservative 15,780 39.1 +3.5
Maurice Leeke Liberal Democrat 3,392 8.4 -2.6
Bertie Poole UK Independence 850 2.1  
Majority 4,564 11.3
Turnout 40,366 58.4 -12.9
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 3.2% from Labour to Conservative

Description
There was a big swing in this constituency in 1997 to give the seat to Labourís second Tony Wright: the seat has a history of changing hands in landslides.

The seat stretches inland for up to eight miles, and contains part of the Norfolk Broads and has a nature reserve at Breydon Water. Agriculture is important to many of the inhabitants, but not economically so.

Surrounding Yarmouth are a number of smaller coastal towns, many of which are also popular holiday destinations complete with beaches, chalets and amusement parks. Caister-on-Sea is perhaps the most notable, for its castle, its heliport and the stadium which hosts greyhound and stockcar racing.

The larger towns hold the most political influence, though: the constituency is dominated by the town of Great Yarmouth itself, a large holiday resort catering especially for those with young families. It is also a roll-on/roll-off ferry terminal for travel to northern Europe, and a base for North Sea oil and gas exploration.

The town was once famous for being a major herring port - purportedly then the wealthiest town in the country - the main employers now are light industries like electronics, frozen food processing and small boat building.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Great Yarmouth
Labour gain from Conservative
Name Party Votes %
Tony Wright Labour 26,084 53.4
Michael Carttiss Conservative 17,416 35.6
Derek Wood Liberal Democrat 5,381 11.0
Majority 8,668 17.7
Turnout 48,881 71.3
 
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