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 Normanton
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Bill O'Brien Labour 19,152 56.1 -4.5
Graham Smith Conservative 9,215 27.0 +3.4
Stephen Pearson Liberal Democrat 4,990 14.6 +2.2
Mick Appleyard Socialist Labour 798 2.3  
Majority 9,937 29.1
Turnout 34,155 52.2 -16.1
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 4.0% from Labour to Conservative

Description
Despite being wrapped around one of West Yorkshire's larger towns, Wakefield, the kidney-shaped seat of Normanton remains one of the least well known constituency names.

Perhaps its obscurity is caused in part by the fact it does not sit on any major routes into the town, that its traditional coal mining industry has all but vanished and that although the seat has been considered safe for Labour, it does not, as a rule, return its MPs with huge majorities.

The erosion of Normanton's traditional coal mining industry has forced the town into diversification with some encouraging results, particularly in light industries, 25% of the workforce are of a skilled manual background, just under 70% of homes are owner-occupied and unemployment remains fairly low. Despite these factors and an almost totally white population, (99.1%), the seat has not in the past proved very sympathetic to the Conservative cause.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Normanton
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
Bill O'Brien Labour 26,046 60.6
Fiona Bulmer Conservative 10,153 23.6
David Ridgway Liberal Democrat 5,347 12.4
Ken Shuttleworth Referendum 1,458 3.4
Majority 15,893 37.0
Turnout 43,004 68.3
 
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