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 Rossendale & Darwen
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Janet Anderson Labour 20,251 49.0 -4.6
George Lee Conservative 15,028 36.3 +4.0
Brian Dunning Liberal Democrat 6,079 14.7 +4.1
Majority 5,223 12.6
Turnout 41,358 58.8 -14.2
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 4.3% from Labour to Conservative

Description
Located to the north of Greater Manchester, the seatís main towns of Darwen, Rawtenstall, Bacup and Whitworth grew up at the time of the industrial revolution. However, traditional employment in the textiles industry has now virtually disappeared and the south of the constituency in particular has become a commuting base for Manchester.

Darwen, a former mining town in the north eastern corner of the seat, still has an industrial base with jobs provided in engineering and in the manufacture of paint, plastics and wallpaper.

Pleasant countryside outside the towns attracts visitors who provide employment in tourism. In common with most of Lancashire, home ownership is high. However, unlike most of the old Lancashire mill areas, the Asian population is small, at just over 1% of constituents.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Rossendale & Darwen
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
Janet Anderson Labour 27,470 53.6
Tricia Buzzard Conservative 16,521 32.3
Brian Dunning Liberal Democrat 5,435 10.6
Roy Newstead Referendum 1,108 2.2
Andrew Wearden BNP 674 1.3
Majority 10,949 21.4
Turnout 51,208 73.0
 
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