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 Manchester Gorton
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Gerald Kaufman Labour 17,099 62.8 -2.5
Jackie Pearcey Liberal Democrat 5,795 21.3 +3.8
Christopher Causer Conservative 2,705 9.9 -1.8
Bruce Bingham Green 835 3.1 +1.2
Rashid Bhatti UK Independence 462 1.7  
Kirsty Muir Socialist Labour 333 1.2 -0.2
Majority 11,304 41.5
Turnout 27,229 42.7 -12.9
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 3.1% from Labour to Liberal Democrat
Lab-Con (against 1997) 0.4% from Labour to Conservative

Description

Situated to the south east of Manchester city centre, there is some light engineering industry to be found in Gorton but this mainly residential seat is characterised by low numbers of owner-occupiers. The percentage of homes which are privately rented is twice the national average, and the publicly-rented housing sector is also large. The number of workers employed in the managerial and technical fields is below the national average - 21.4% compared to 30.8%.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, unemployment is above the national average, the number of residents with access to a car is low and nearly 40% of parents are raising their children alone. Interestingly, Gorton has the third highest number of residents aged between 16 and 24, (16.3% of the population), a statistic partly explained by the high numbers of students living in cheap, rented accommodation. Asians form 11.6% of Gortonís population, and are mostly concentrated in the Longsight district.

Gorton provides a classic example of the Liberal Democrats having been unable to transfer local support into parliamentary success. They are the only party currently providing any opposition to Labour on Manchester City Council and made a clean sweep of Gortonís North and South wards and Levenshulme at the last round of local elections, but Labour's parliamentary grasp has so far proved unshakeable.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Manchester Gorton
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
Gerald Kaufman Labour 23,704 65.3
Jackie Pearcey Liberal Democrat 6,362 17.5
Guy Senior Conservative 4,249 11.7
Kevin Hartley Referendum 812 2.2
Spencer Fitz-Gibbon Green 683 1.9
Trevor Wongsam Socialist Labour 501 1.4
Majority 17,342 47.8
Turnout 36,311 55.6
 
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