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 Hyndburn
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Greg Pope Labour 20,900 54.7 -0.9
Peter Britcliffe Conservative 12,681 33.2 +1.3
Bill Greene Liberal Democrat 3,680 9.6 +1.0
John Tomlin UK Independence 982 2.6  
Majority 8,219 21.5
Turnout 38,243 57.6 -14.5
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 1.1% from Labour to Conservative

Description
Hyndburn is an example of the 1997 phenomenon of Labour winning huge majorities in traditional marginals. Before its creation in 1983 when the seat was known as Accrington, Labour had held this perennial marginal since 1945. 1983 saw a change of name to Hyndburn which proved to be unlucky for the party as the Conservative candidate Ken Hargreaves took the seat by 21 votes after no fewer than six recounts. Mr Hargreaves managed to cling on until 1992 when he was ousted by Greg Pope with a typically slim margin of 2,031.

Hyndburn, located in east Lancashire, is a seat made up of a number of small ex-textile towns: Great Harwood, Clayton-le-Moors, Rishton, Church and Accrington which bears the division’s former name.

After the passing of the textile industry the industrial base of the constituency has diversified with tourism playing an increasingly important role; the seat has tried to capitalise on its mill heritage, and also the popularity of the nearby Pennines among hill walkers and ramblers. Its best-known town is Accrington, famed for its football team Accrington Stanley, who still play today at the town’s Crown Ground.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Hyndburn
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
Greg Pope Labour 26,831 55.6
Peter Britcliffe Conservative 15,383 31.9
Les Jones Liberal Democrat 4,141 8.6
Philip Congdon Referendum 1,627 3.4
James Brown Independent 290 0.6
Majority 11,448 23.7
Turnout 48,272 72.1
 
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