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 Manchester Central
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Tony Lloyd Labour 17,812 68.7 -2.3
Phil Hobson Liberal Democrat 4,070 15.7 +3.4
Aaron Powell Conservative 2,328 9.0 -2.8
Vanessa Hall Green 1,018 3.9  
Ron Sinclair Socialist Labour 484 1.9 -0.5
Terrenia Brosnan ProLife Alliance 216 0.8  
Majority 13,742 53.0
Turnout 25,928 39.1 -12.6
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 2.8% from Labour to Liberal Democrat
Lab-Con (against 1997) 0.3% from Conservative to Labour

Description
Labourís overall vote share here stood in 1997 at 71%, demonstrating just how safe this seat has been for the party. Indeed the Central division has never returned an MP other than a Labour member.

Manchester Central was first created in 1974 when the cityís seats were reduced in number from 10 to 8 to counter the population exodus. Since then the seat has been redrawn through subsequent reviews and now includes much more of Manchesterís inner city areas than it did during previous incarnations, including the troubled Moss Side Estate from the old Stretford seat, notorious for its difficulties with guns and drug-related crime.

Manchester Central includes much of the commercial, business and retail core of the city, which was devastated by an IRA bomb on 15 June 1996. Companies have successfully rebuilt following this atrocity, and the seat includes heavy engineering, wholesale clothing and toy firms.

Central is also home to Strangeways Prison, Manchester University, Boddingtonís Brewery, Granada Studios, - which houses Coronation Street and a replica House of Commons chamber - and virtually all the land under the control of the Central Manchester Development Corporation. The new tram system links the Victoria and Piccadilly railway stations across the city centre.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Manchester Central
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
Tony Lloyd Labour 23,803 71.0
Alison Firth Liberal Democrat 4,121 12.3
Simon McIlwaine Conservative 3,964 11.8
Francis Rafferty Socialist Labour 810 2.4
Bill Maxwell Referendum 742 2.2
Timothy Rigby Independent 97 0.3
Majority 19,682 58.7
Turnout 33,537 51.7
 
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