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 Nottingham South
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Alan Simpson Labour 19,949 54.5 -0.8
Wendy Manning Conservative 9,960 27.2 -0.5
Kevin Mulloy Liberal Democrat 6,064 16.6 +3.7
David Bartrop UK Independence 632 1.7  
Majority 9,989 27.3
Turnout 36,605 50.1 -16.8
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 0.2% from Labour to Conservative

Description
Like East but unlike North, Nottingham South was the scene of surprise Tory victories in 1983 and 1987. Alan Simpson regained the seat for Labour in 1992, increasing his majority to 13,000 in 1997.

The constituency has the highest proportion of ethnic minorities - mostly Asian and West Indian - of the Nottinghamshire seats. There is also a high proportion of council housing in this seat - especially in the area of Clifton, south of the Trent where despite the council housing sell-offs of recent years close to half of the housing remains council owned. The other main traditional Labour area is based around the city centre. This part includes the industrial and working class Meadows area which runs down to the River Trent, the largely non-white ward of Lenton and the Park estate to the west of the city.

To the south west of the constituency is the area where the Conservative vote has usually been concentrated. The wards of Abbey, Wilford and the favoured residential area of Wollaton have Conservative representation on the City Council.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Nottingham South
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
Alan Simpson Labour 26,825 55.3
Brian Kirsch Conservative 13,461 27.7
Gary Long Liberal Democrat 6,265 12.9
Ken Thompson Referendum 1,523 3.1
Sharron Edwards Nat Democrat 446 0.9
Majority 13,364 27.5
Turnout 48,520 66.9
 
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