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 Heywood & Middleton
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Jim Dobbin Labour 22,377 57.7 0.0
Marilyn Hopkins Conservative 10,707 27.6 +4.6
Ian Greenhalgh Liberal Democrat 4,329 11.2 -4.4
Phil Burke Liberal Party 1,021 2.6 +1.1
Christine West Christian Democrat 345 0.9  
Majority 11,670 30.1
Turnout 38,779 53.1 -15.3
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 2.3% from Labour to Conservative

Description
Heywood & Middleton is something of a curiosity; a constituency with scope for all three political persuasions, yet one which has tended to favour Labour. Jim Dobbinís 1997 majority of 17,542 votes, more than twice his 1992 margin, disguises pockets of natural resistance for the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats.

This is a well balanced seat; for every affluent ward that features private and well-to-do housing estates, such as South which is home to Alkrington Garden Village, there are wards such as West and Central which consist of the massive and troubled Langley Council Estate.

Situated in the Greater Manchester borough of Rochdale, the seatís two major population centres are the towns featured in its name. Between Manchester and Rochdale, both used to be heavily reliant upon textiles but have now undergone industrial diversification. Engineering, plastics and chemicals are the important industries these days, although the workforce is fairly evenly split between those in manual and non-manual jobs.

Housing is varied, comprising the odd mansion in Norden, middle-class suburbs like Casleton, and council estates such as Langley in Middleton.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Heywood & Middleton
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
Jim Dobbin Labour 29,179 57.7
Sebastian Grigg Conservative 11,637 23.0
David Clayton Liberal Democrat 7,908 15.6
Christine West Referendum 1,076 2.1
Phil Burke Liberal Party 750 1.5
Majority 17,542 34.7
Turnout 50,550 68.4
 
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