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 Norwich South
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Charles Clarke Labour 19,367 45.5 -6.2
Andrew French Conservative 10,551 24.8 +1.1
Andrew Aalders-Dunthorne Liberal Democrat 9,640 22.6 +4.0
Adrian Holmes Green 1,434 3.4 +2.0
Alsie Buffry Legal cannabis 620 1.5  
Dave Manningham Socialist Alliance 507 1.2  
Tarquin Mills UK Independence 473 1.1  
Majority 8,816 20.7
Turnout 42,592 64.7 -7.9
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 3.7% from Labour to Conservative

Description
At the last election, this seat was Labour’s safest in Norfolk, although it shouldn’t be too much of a surprise in a city with a strong Labour history and relative impoverishment.

This seat is the physically smaller of the two Norwich constituencies, and covers the city centre. Norwich was once the second city of England, and until the seventeenth century was the leading manufacturing town, based on the wool industry. The historical trappings of past glories, and evidence of continued industrial development, are found almost exclusively in this division today. Those trappings are impressive and include the beautiful city centre, two cathedrals, the university and castle.

Still, major employers in the constituency include the Colman’s mustard factory, Norwich Union headquarters and the cattle market. The seat also includes the main depot for Anglia Trains, housing the new Class 170 diesel trains, and the redevelopment of the railway station and the area between it and the Carrow Road football stadium are part of the £500m being spent on a city-wide renaissance.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Norwich South
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
Charles Clarke Labour 26,267 51.7
Bashir Khanbhai Conservative 12,028 23.7
Andrew Aalders-Dunthorne Liberal Democrat 9,457 18.6
David Holdsworth Referendum 1,464 2.9
Howard Marks Cannabis 765 1.5
Adrian Holmes Green 736 1.4
Bryan Parsons Natural Law 84 0.2
Majority 14,239 28.0
Turnout 50,801 72.6
 
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