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 Leicester South
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Jim Marshall Labour 22,958 54.5 -3.5
Richard Hoile Conservative 9,715 23.1 -0.6
Parmjit Gill Liberal Democrat 7,243 17.2 +3.4
Margaret Layton Green 1,217 2.9  
Arnold Gardner Socialist Labour 676 1.6 +0.3
Kirti Ladwa UK Independence 333 0.8  
Majority 13,243 31.4
Turnout 42,142 58.0 -8.3
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 1.4% from Labour to Conservative

Description
This is a mixed constituency containing some of the best residential areas in Leicester, especially in the Knighton area. Leicester City Council is Labour-dominated but there is also a swathe of Liberal Democrat seats (Saffron, East Knighton and West Knighton) in the South-East of the constituency, and one Conservative ward at Aylestone which is a predominantly owner-occupied area.

The constituency has a significant, 26%, Asian minority (according to the 1991 census), boosted by Ugandan Asians fleeing Idi Amin in 1972. The 1991 census describes Spinney Hill ward as 82% non-white, Crown Hills as 76% and Wycliffe just over 50% non-white. There is also a prominent Afro-Caribbean community, especially in the Highfields area.

Jim Marshall won the seat in 1974 but lost in 1983 by just 7 votes to the Conservative Derek Spencer. He regained the seat in 1987 and has since steadily rebuilt his majority - it now stands at over 16,000.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Leicester South
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
Jim Marshall Labour 27,914 58.0
Christopher Heaton-Harris Conservative 11,421 23.7
Barry Coles Liberal Democrat 6,654 13.8
John Hancock Referendum 1,184 2.5
Jim Dooher Socialist Labour 634 1.3
Kevin Sills Nat Democrat 307 0.6
Majority 16,493 34.3
Turnout 48,114 66.3
 
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