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 High Peak
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Tom Levitt Labour 22,430 46.6 -4.2
Simon Chapman Conservative 17,941 37.3 +1.8
Peter Ashenden Liberal Democrat 7,743 16.1 +4.9
Majority 4,489 9.3
Turnout 48,114 65.2 -13.7
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 3.0% from Labour to Conservative

Description
The seat spans the Peak District, designated as Britain's first ever National Park in 1946, and boasts some of the country's most striking scenery.

Other than quarrying, there is little industry to be found in this seat other than in Glossop. The brooding moors and dark grit stone villages have attracted visitors for generations, as has the town of Buxton, whose famous spring waters are available in bottled form country-wide.

More recently, the seat has found fame as the filming location for the television series The League of Gentlemen.

The population of High Peak is almost exclusively white and has a relatively high proportion of professional and skilled non-manual workers. Unemployment here is below the national average and just below 75% of homes are owner-occupied.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 High Peak
Labour gain from Conservative
Name Party Votes %
Tom Levitt Labour 29,052 50.8
Charles Hendry Conservative 20,261 35.5
Susan Barber Liberal Democrat 6,420 11.2
Colin Hanson-Orr Referendum 1,420 2.5
Majority 8,791 15.4
Turnout 57,153 78.9
 
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