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 Lancaster & Wyre
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Hilton Dawson Labour 22,556 43.1 +0.3
Steve Barclay Conservative 22,075 42.2 +1.6
Liz Scott Liberal Democrat 5,383 10.3 -1.3
John Whitelegg Green 1,595 3.0 +1.6
John Whittaker UK Independence 741 1.4 +0.2
Majority 481 0.9
Turnout 52,350 66.3 -8.5
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 0.6% from Labour to Conservative

Description
This seat was created during the boundary reviews of 1995. Around 60% of voters were transferred here from the old Tory marginal of Lancaster. The rest of the electorate came from the seaside retirement towns of Poulton-le-Fylde, Thornton, Hambleton and Knott End-on-Sea, all previously in the old Wyre seat held by Conservative Keith Mans from 1987. Despite this potent brew of Conservatism, Hilton Dawson became the first Labour MP for the Lancaster part of this seat since Stanley Henig in 1970.

Lancaster, on the seatís northern border with Morecambe and Lunsdale, is the largest town in a primarily rural constituency. There is a rich mix of isolated population centres in the division; small and pretty villages such as Pilling and Hambleton, market towns with historic centres such as Garstang and Poulton-le-Fylde and the coastal resort of Cleveleys on the Fylde coast.

Jobs are in reasonable supply and unemployment is below the national average. The University of Lancaster is based 3 miles south of the town and has become one of the main employers in the north of the seat. Tourism is also important to an area with numerous coastal resorts and located near to the Lake District in the north.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Lancaster & Wyre
Labour gain from Conservative
Name Party Votes %
Hilton Dawson Labour 25,173 42.8
Keith Mans Conservative 23,878 40.6
John Humberstone Liberal Democrat 6,802 11.6
Vivien Ivell Referendum 1,516 2.6
Jon Barry Green 795 1.4
J Whittaker UK Independence 698 1.2
Majority 1,295 2.2
Turnout 58,862 74.8
 
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