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 Northampton North
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Sally Keeble Labour 20,507 49.4 -3.3
John Whelan Conservative 12,614 30.4 -3.0
Richard Church Liberal Democrat 7,363 17.7 +5.0
Dusan Torbica UK Independence 596 1.4 +0.5
Gordon White Socialist Alliance 414 1.0  
Majority 7,893 19.0
Turnout 41,494 56.0 -14.1
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 0.1% from Labour to Conservative

Description
Northampton North is (geographically) the smallest constituency in Northamptonshire, at the centre of which it lies: it is the only seat in the county which does not share a border with another county. It is a socially mixed entirely urban seat, basically comprising residential suburbs.

A large chunk of the constituency lies in the 1968 new town development of Northampton, which sprawls north east towards Wellingborough, north of the River Nene. Many of the people in this eastern part of the town came originally from the council estates of the inner cities in search of jobs and a better life.

The town of Northampton became famous as the centre of Britain's boot and shoe industry; however, since that industry's decline, it has become a major distribution centre and something of a centre for financial services. The Weston Favell credit union is here, and is one of the oldest in the country. Also inside the seatís boundaries lies part of the headquarters of the Nationwide building society, whose links with the town go back to 1848.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Northampton North
Labour gain from Conservative
Name Party Votes %
Sally Keeble Labour 27,247 52.7
Tony Marlow Conservative 17,247 33.4
Lesley Dunbar Liberal Democrat 6,579 12.7
D Torbica UK Independence 464 0.9
Barry Spivack Natural Law 161 0.3
Majority 10,000 19.3
Turnout 51,698 70.1
 
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