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 Rochdale
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Lorna Fitzsimons Labour 19,406 49.2 -0.2
Paul Rowen Liberal Democrat 13,751 34.9 -5.1
Elaina Cohen Conservative 5,274 13.4 +4.6
Nick Harvey Green 728 1.8  
Mohammed Salim Independent 253 0.6  
Majority 5,655 14.3
Turnout 39,412 56.7 -13.3
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 2.5% from Liberal Democrat to Labour
Lab-Con (against 1997) 2.4% from Labour to Conservative

Description
Labour/Liberal Democrat marginals are a rare breed of seat. Mirroring the only other example of this type in Greater Manchester, Oldham East & Saddleworth, Rochdale is a reasonably diverse constituency featuring industry, residential housing and a swathe countryside which includes the Pennine Hills.

Rochdale is a manufacturing centre where engineering and textiles are the most important sectors. The M62 passes through the constituency on the northern edge of the Manchester conurbation, so there are many distribution companies here. The Co-opeartive movement was born here.

Littleborough is an attractive town surrounded by hills with some manufacturing companies. Rochdale has many old terraced streets and in some the town’s large Asian minority is concentrated. There are some newer residential developments in Wardle and Littleborough but the council house sector is still large. The proportion of skilled and partly skilled manual workers is above the national average. Gracie Fields and Lisa Stansfield were born here.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Rochdale
Labour gain from Liberal Democrat
Name Party Votes %
Lorna Fitzsimons Labour 23,758 49.4
Liz Lynne Liberal Democrat 19,213 40.0
Mervyn Turnberg Conservative 4,237 8.8
Gary Bergin BNP 653 1.4
Mohammed Salim Independent 221 0.5
Majority 4,545 9.5
Turnout 48,082 70.0
 
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