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 Greenwich & Woolwich
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Nick Raynsford Labour 19,691 60.5 -2.9
Richard Forsdyke Conservative 6,258 19.2 +0.6
Russell Pyne Liberal Democrat 5,082 15.6 +3.1
Stan Gain UK Independence 672 2.1  
Kirstie Paton Socialist Alliance 481 1.5  
Margaret Sharkey Socialist Labour 352 1.1  
Majority 13,433 41.3
Turnout 32,536 52.0 -13.9
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 1.8% from Labour to Conservative

Description
This seat is held by Housing and Planning Minister, Nick Raynsford, and unusually for the 1997 election, the Conservative share of the vote increased - albeit by only 0.3%.

Between 1987 and 1992 Greenwich and the Woolwich seats were held by the SDP - Rosie Barnes who was MP for Greenwich, and John Cartwright who held Woolwich. The Liberal Democrats subsequently failed to pick up any votes from the SDP.

Of the wards that lie in the seat, only one is currently Conservative, the affluent Blackheath ward. The remaining councillors are Labour. The seat is generally working class. It has areas of high non-white population, which overall is 14.3%. There are massive tower blocks on the Ferrier estate, and 48% of housing here is local authority owned.

As well as being home to the Millennium Dome, there are many other tourist attractions, that boost the area’s economy and attract many visitors here. These include the Royal Naval College, National Maritime Museum and Royal Observatory, as well as the Royal Artillery Barracks and Museum and the Thames Barrier at Woolwich.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Greenwich & Woolwich
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
Nick Raynsford Labour 25,630 63.4
Michael Mitchell Conservative 7,502 18.6
Cherry Luxton Liberal Democrat 5,049 12.5
Douglas Ellison Referendum 1,670 4.1
Ronald Mallone Independent 428 1.1
David Martin-Eagle Independent 124 0.3
Majority 18,128 44.9
Turnout 40,403 65.9
 
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