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 Makerfield
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Ian McCartney Labour 23,879 68.5 -5.1
Jane Brooks Conservative 6,129 17.6 +2.2
David Crowther Liberal Democrat 3,990 11.4 +3.1
Malcolm Jones Socialist Alliance 858 2.5  
Majority 17,750 50.9
Turnout 34,856 50.9 -15.9
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 3.6% from Labour to Conservative

Description
In 1997, Ian McCartney was returned for his third term as MP for Makerfield on the back of a 26,117 majority, the largest of his parliamentary career so far.

Until recently, the small settlement of Ince could claim, albeit briefly, to be the most obscure town in the UK to have a parliamentary seat named after it. Unfortunately, Ince-in-Makerfield is so obscure that even many Lancastrians are unaware of the town and it was moved into the seat of Wigan during the boundary review of 1983 and the scattering of small towns that remained were redrawn to create Makerfield.

With the decline in coal mining, new industries have established themselves here, and by far the greatest proportion of the economically active population are employed in skilled manual occupations. The fact that this Lancashire seat has a coal mining heritage rather than links to the textile industry perhaps accounts for its low proportion of non-white residents, with a mere one in 200 voters coming from ethnic minorities. Despite the loss of coal, diversification has kept unemployment below the national average - untypical for a seat of this type.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Makerfield
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
Ian McCartney Labour 33,119 73.6
Michael Winstanley Conservative 6,942 15.4
Bruce Hubbard Liberal Democrat 3,743 8.3
Andrew Seed Referendum 1,210 2.7
Majority 26,177 58.2
Turnout 45,014 66.8
 
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