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 Leicester West
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Patricia Hewitt Labour 18,014 54.2 -1.0
Christopher Shaw Conservative 8,375 25.2 +1.5
Andy Vincent Liberal Democrat 5,085 15.3 +1.1
Matthew Gough Green 1,074 3.2 +1.8
Sean Kirkpatrick Socialist Labour 350 1.1 0.0
Steve Score Socialist Alliance 321 1.0  
Majority 9,639 29.0
Turnout 33,219 50.9 -12.2
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 1.2% from Labour to Conservative

Description
Unlike the other Leicester seats, where Labour support is significantly bolstered by the large ethnic minority populations, Leicester West has a non-white population of only 15%. Labour support here stems from the working class white population; over a third of homes are council rented. Leicester West is the only seat in the City of Leicester which was Labour throughout the Thatcher years.

The Lib Dems have, in the past, posed the biggest threat to Labour here. Many of the most working class wards such as North Braunstone and Mowmacre are actually controlled by the Liberal Democrats on City of Leicester Council. Labour control four wards while the Lib Dems control five: Mowmacre, North Braunstone, Rowley Fields, St Augustines, and Western Park.

The textile industry has traditionally been a major employer in Leicester. The main textile firm in Leicester West is Richard Roberts. Regeneration is an important issue in Leicester West where 50m of New Deal money has been awarded to North Braunstone, and 17m of Single Regeneration Budget money to Mowmacre, Beaumont Leys and Stocking Farm; areas with large council estates.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Leicester West
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
Patricia Hewitt Labour 22,580 55.2
Richard Thomas Conservative 9,716 23.7
Mark Jones Liberal Democrat 5,795 14.2
William Shooter Referendum 970 2.4
Geoff Forse Green 586 1.4
David Roberts Socialist Labour 452 1.1
Josephine Nicholls Socialist Party 327 0.8
Adrian Belshaw BNP 302 0.7
Clive Potter Nat Democrat 186 0.5
Majority 12,864 31.4
Turnout 40,914 63.1
 
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