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 Hazel Grove
Other Liberal Democrat hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Andrew Stunell Liberal Democrat 20,020 52.0 -2.5
Nadine Bargery Conservative 11,585 30.1 -0.4
Martin Miller Labour 6,230 16.2 +4.3
Gerald Price UK Independence 643 1.7 +1.2
Majority 8,435 21.9
Turnout 38,478 59.1 -18.2
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 1.0% from Liberal Democrat to Conservative
Lab-Con (against 1997) 2.3% from Conservative to Labour

Description
Hazel Grove, to the south west of Manchester and Stockport, is mainly middle class and heavily residential with a high level of owner-occupied housing.

The areaís traditional cotton industry has been replaced with light industry, as well as office-based employment. This is a highly affluent constituency, with nearly 40% of its workers employed in either the professional or managerial/technical sectors.

The constituency comprises a number of suburban communities including Bredbury, Romiley, Great Moor, Offerton, High Lane and Marple, beyond which there are moors and farms running into the Pennine Foothills.

A slim Conservative majority of 929 was swamped by a 12.9% swing to the Liberal Democrats on May 1 1997, and Andrew Stunellís winning margin of 11,814 was his partyís third largest.

Unlike many Liberal Democrat gains in 1997, Mr Stunellís victory was not a clear-cut case of tactical voting, because the Labour vote share stayed constant. The seat has been a genuine Tory/Liberal Democrat marginal since the abolition of the old Cheadle seat in 1974.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Hazel Grove
Liberal Democrat gain from Conservative
Name Party Votes %
Andrew Stunell Liberal Democrat 26,883 54.5
Brendan Murphy Conservative 15,069 30.5
Jeffrey Lewis Labour 5,882 11.9
John Stanyer Referendum 1,055 2.1
G Black UK Independence 268 0.5
Douglas Firkin-Flood Humanist 183 0.4
Majority 11,814 23.9
Turnout 49,340 77.3
 
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