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 Northampton South
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Tony Clarke Labour 21,882 42.9 +0.5
Shailesh Vara Conservative 20,997 41.1 0.0
Andrew Simpson Liberal Democrat 6,355 12.5 +1.4
Derek Clark UK Independence 1,237 2.4 +0.4
Tina Harvey Liberated 362 0.7  
Clare Johnson ProLife Alliance 196 0.4  
Majority 885 1.7
Turnout 51,029 59.8 -11.9
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 0.2% from Conservative to Labour

Description
Northampton is a manufacturing town close to the M1, whose population is growing at a rate of something like 2,000 per annum. In 1974, the town was divided into two parliamentary constituencies, with this southern division having been the safer for the Conservatives: outside of the town itself, it takes in the rural and commuter hinterland to the south, including a good deal of green belt land.

Northampton was a seat of Parliament many times during the 14th century, and during the civil war the strong parliamentary garrison at Northampton led the assault at Naseby. Traditionally, the town’s prime industry has been shoemaking, but there is now a much more diverse range of business interests here: Carlsberg have their UK base here, Barclaycard’s headquarters are here and MFI have a big distribution centre here too.

Northamptonshire could possibly be denoted a ‘swing county’, on the grounds that 5 of its 6 seats changed hands in 1997. This time round, it would only require a uniform swing of less than 0.7% from Labour to the Tories for the three unexpected Labour gains here, of which this is one, to return to the Conservatives.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Northampton South
Labour gain from Conservative
Name Party Votes %
Tony Clark Labour 24,214 42.4
Michael Morris Conservative 23,470 41.1
Anthony Worgan Liberal Democrat 6,316 11.1
Christopher Petrie Referendum 1,405 2.5
D Clark UK Independence 1,159 2.0
Graham Woollcombe Natural Law 541 0.9
Majority 744 1.3
Turnout 57,105 71.7
 
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