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 Hartlepool
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Peter Mandelson Labour 22,506 59.1 -1.6
Gus Robinson Conservative 7,935 20.9 -0.4
Nigel Boddy Liberal Democrat 5,717 15.0 +0.9
Arthur Scargill Socialist Labour 912 2.4  
Ian Cameron Independent 557 1.5  
John Booth Independent 424 1.1  
Majority 14,571 38.3
Turnout 38,051 56.2 -9.4
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 0.6% from Labour to Conservative

Description
The Conservatives took Hartlepool in 1959 and managed to hold it for a single term. Since then it has belonged exclusively to Labour.

In the General Election of 1979, the seat recorded no swing between Labour and the Conservatives, providing the former their best result in an election dominated by the Tories.

As unemployment has bitten during the 1980s and 90s, support for the Conservatives has dwindled. 20% of people living in Hartlepool were out of work in 1981 and 16% in 1991, and the closest the Tories have yet come to retaking the seat was in 1983 when they lost by 3,000 votes.

Hartlepool, described as the archetypal north eastern industrial town, lies a few miles north of Teeside.

An unlovely landscape of giant chemical factories, working dock yards and a British Steel plant seems an almost alien one for London-born MP Peter Mandelson, who was educated at Hendon and Oxford before embarking on a successful career as a television producer.

Mr Mandelson has had his ups and downs over the last four years; he resigned as Secretary of State for Trade and Industry in December 1998 and as Secretary of State for Northern Ireland in January 2001.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Hartlepool
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
Peter Mandelson Labour 26,997 60.7
Michael Horsley Conservative 9,489 21.3
Reg Clark Liberal Democrat 6,248 14.1
Maureen Henderson Referendum 1,718 3.9
Majority 17,508 39.4
Turnout 44,452 65.6
 
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