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 Hull West & Hessle
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Alan Johnson Labour 16,880 58.4 -0.3
John Sharp Conservative 5,929 20.5 +2.4
Angela Wastling Liberal Democrat 4,364 15.1 -3.1
John Cornforth UK Independence 878 3.0  
David Harris Independent 512 1.8  
David Skinner Socialist Labour 353 1.2  
Majority 10,951 37.9
Turnout 28,916 45.8 -12.9
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 1.4% from Labour to Conservative

Description
In 1992, Kingston Upon Hull West and Hessle returned the smallest majority for Labour of the three seats in the city, but that was more a reflection of the small electorate than any anti-Labour feeling.

Despite the seat's title, Hull West and Hessle contains most of Hull's inner-city - a depressed area that is currently undergoing renovation. The riverside frontages are being converted into flats, and shopping and business facilities are also being developed. The area still has some way to go before it is fully restored to healthy economic life, and unemployment remains around 11% - a figure not helped by the declining fishing industry. Hessle is a quiet suburb to the west, conservative by nature, having little in common with its larger neighbour apart from its working-class roots.

Mr Johnson, one time general secretary and influential member of Labour's NEC, was the only union leader to publicly back Tony Blair on revising Clause IV in 1995. There are elements of Lib Dem support in this seat, with some success in local elections during the 1990s, but it is Labour which has historically been the most dominant force in Hull.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Hull West & Hessle
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
Alan Johnson Labour 22,520 58.7
Bob Tress Liberal Democrat 6,995 18.2
Cormach Moore Conservative 6,933 18.1
Richard Bate Referendum 1,596 4.2
Barry Franklin Natural Law 310 0.8
Majority 15,525 40.5
Turnout 38,354 58.7
 
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