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 Plymouth Sutton
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Linda Gilroy Labour 19,827 50.7 +0.6
Oliver Colvile Conservative 12,310 31.5 +1.2
Alan Connett Liberal Democrat 5,605 14.3 +0.4
Alan Whitton UK Independence 970 2.5 +1.5
Henry Leary Socialist Labour 361 0.9  
Majority 7,517 19.2
Turnout 39,073 57.1 -10.3
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 0.3% from Labour to Conservative

Description
Sutton is a densely populated constituency located in the centre of Plymouth but despite its name, only 25% of the new Plymouth Sutton's voters come from the seat that previously bore that name and had been represented by the former Conservative Minister Alan Clark from February 1974 until 1992.

Called Sudtone in the Domesday book, Plymouth's original harbour is still called Sutton harbour. A developing trade and the shipment of armies to France led to its early growth, and by the 16th century it was flourishing and the home port to many Elizabethan adventurers, including Sir Walter Raleigh, who set off for Virginia from Plymouth, and Sir Francis Drake, who sailed with the English fleet from Plymouth to defend England against attack from the Spanish armada in 1588.

Sutton harbour is now flourishing and is home to the fastest-growing fish market in Europe. The Hoe, on its southern waterfront, is dominated by the citadel, built by Charles II, and the 29th Commando Regiment, Royal Artillery is now based there. The east of the constituency is bounded by the royal dockyard, which was started in the late 17th century and became the focus for the town of Plymouth Dock, renamed Plymouth Devonport in 1824.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Plymouth Sutton
Labour gain from Conservative
Name Party Votes %
Linda Gilroy Labour 23,881 50.1
Andrew Crisp Conservative 14,441 30.3
Steve Melia Liberal Democrat 6,613 13.9
Tim Hanbury Referendum 1,654 3.5
Roger Bullock UK Independence 499 1.0
Kevin Kelway Independent 396 0.8
Frank Lyons Natural Law 168 0.4
Majority 9,440 19.8
Turnout 47,652 67.4
 
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