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 Preston
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Mark Hendrick Labour 20,540 57.0 -3.8
Graham O'Hare Conservative 8,272 23.0 +1.1
Bill Chadwick Liberal Democrat 4,746 13.2 -1.5
Bilal Patel Independent 1,241 3.4  
Richard Merrick Green 1,019 2.8  
David Braid Independent 223 0.6  
Majority 12,268 34.0
Turnout 36,041 50.0 -15.8
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 2.4% from Labour to Conservative

Description
The late Audrey Wise held this seat for Labour in 1997, but her death in 2000 caused a by-election, which Labour duly won.

Classed as Lancashire’s market town, (although the council continues to press for city status), Preston is an old industrial centre originally based on cotton but now reliant on engineering, light industry and its proximity to the M6.

The town’s docks, once council-owned but closed down in 1981, have recently been redeveloped as housing, aiding the town’s reputation as a growing shopping and administrative centre.

There has also been a growth of affluent residential areas around Bamber Bridge and Walton-le-Dale. But nearly 30% of workers are partly skilled or unskilled and 23% of the town’s huge swathes of cheap terraced housing is owned by the council - a figure high above the national average.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Preston
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
Audrey Wise Labour 29,220 60.8
Paul Gray Conservative 10,540 21.9
Bill Chadwick Liberal Democrat 7,045 14.7
John Porter Referendum 924 1.9
John Ashforth Natural Law 345 0.7
Majority 18,680 38.9
Turnout 48,074 65.8
Parliamentary By-Election
 Preston
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
Mark Hendrick Labour 9,765 45.7
Graham O'Hare Conservative 5,339 25.0
Bill Chadwick Liberal Democrat 3,454 16.1
Terence Cartwright Independent 1,210 5.7
Richard Merrick Green 441 2.1
Peter Garrett Independent 416 1.9
Gregory Beaman Independent 416 2.0
Christian Jackson BNP 229 1.1
David Franklin-Braid Independent 51 0.2
Majority 4,426 20.7
Turnout 21,321 29.4
 
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