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 Portsmouth North
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Syd Rapson Labour 18,676 50.7 +3.6
Chris Day Conservative 13,542 36.7 -0.9
Darren Sanders Liberal Democrat 3,795 10.3 -0.3
William McCabe UK Independence 559 1.5 +0.8
Brian Bundy Independent 294 0.8  
Majority 5,134 13.9
Turnout 36,866 57.4 -12.7
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 2.2% from Conservative to Labour

Description
Portsmouth is the home of the Royal Navy, but it is also the second most densely populated city in Europe, after London. With no spare land for industrial expansion, planners have turned to reclaiming it from the sea to aid development - it was by this means that the ferry port was developed to become second only to Dover.

The naval base has been here since the sixteenth century, but has been trimmed through defence cuts causing job losses directly in the dockyards, and indirectly in the defence industries of the region, such as at Marconi.

Other major employers in the seat include various insurance companies, and IBM. In addition to the large areas of middle-class housing there are areas of council housing of Paulsgrove, Much of the housing is of poor quality, car ownership is below average and about half the workforce is employed in manual work.

The seat was won by Labour at the last election on a swing of 13.5%.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Portsmouth North
Labour gain from Conservative
Name Party Votes %
Syd Rapson Labour 21,339 47.1
Peter Griffiths Conservative 17,016 37.6
Steve Sollitt Liberal Democrat 4,788 10.6
Shaun Evelegh Referendum 1,757 3.9
P Coe UK Independence 298 0.7
Colin Bex Independent 72 0.2
Majority 4,323 9.5
Turnout 45,270 70.1
 
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