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 Oldham East & Saddleworth
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Phill Woolas Labour 17,537 38.6 -3.1
Howard Sykes Liberal Democrat 14,811 32.6 -2.8
Craig Heeley Conservative 7,304 16.1 -3.6
Mick Treacy BNP 5,091 11.2  
Barbara Little UK Independence 677 1.5  
Majority 2,726 6.0
Turnout 45,420 61.0 -12.9
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 0.1% from Labour to Liberal Democrat
Lab-Con (against 1997) 0.3% from Conservative to Labour

Description
Stability has not been a watchword for Oldham East & Saddleworth in recent times. Over the past five years, this constituency has been held by MPs from all 3 parties. Although Phil Woolas could only manage second place behind the Liberal Democratís Chris Davies in the 1995 by-election following the death of the Conservative MP Geoffrey Dickens, the Oldham voters allowed him to win this seat on his second attempt in 1997 and he beat Mr Davies to Westminster by 3,389 votes.

As one might expect from an area that has elected members from all 3 parties in such a short space of time, this seat is somewhat eclectic in its social and geographical composition and residents are able to drive from the inner-city Oldham wards of St. James and St. Maryís to moorland and farms in the north and east in a matter of minutes.

The seat has a mix of traditional manufacturing, food and clothing, and also modern, hi-tech industries, including a plant that assembles electronic components for aircraft. The Saddleworth area is fairly middle class in composition, serving as a commuter dormitory for people who work in nearby Manchester.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Oldham East & Saddleworth
Labour gain from Conservative
Name Party Votes %
Phil Woolas Labour 22,546 41.7
Chris Davies Liberal Democrat 19,157 35.4
John Hudson Conservative 10,666 19.7
Douglas Findlay Referendum 1,116 2.1
John Smith Socialist Labour 470 0.9
Ian Dalling Natural Law 146 0.3
Majority 3,389 6.3
Turnout 54,101 73.9
 
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