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 Rotherham
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Denis MacShane Labour 18,759 63.9 -7.4
Richard Powell Conservative 5,682 19.4 +5.1
Charles Hall Liberal Democrat 3,117 10.6 +0.2
Peter Griffith UK Independence 730 2.5  
Dick Penycate Green 577 2.0  
Freda Smith Socialist Alliance 352 1.2  
Geoffrey Bartholomew John Lilburne 137 0.5  
Majority 13,077 44.5
Turnout 29,354 50.7 -12.1
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 6.2% from Labour to Conservative

Description
The industrial heritage of Rotherham, built on coal and steel, and the subsequent decline of those industries have combined to keep this constituency in Labour's grasp since 1933.

The town of Rotherham was once surrounded by coal-mines, but almost all have been closed over the past couple of decades. This led to a landscape of industrial graveyards and urban decay, with high levels of unemployment and council house occupancy.

However, efforts are being made to transform the town. The Manvers site is a business park and leisure area, and the Magna science and education centre is housed in a converted steel plant. It was visited by 130,000 people between opening in April 2001 and June. Unemployment has fallen as a result to a 25-year low.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Rotherham
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
Denis MacShane Labour 26,852 71.3
Simon Gordon Conservative 5,383 14.3
David Wildgoose Liberal Democrat 3,919 10.4
Ray Hollebone Referendum 1,132 3.0
Andrew Neal ProLife Alliance 364 1.0
Majority 21,469 57.0
Turnout 37,650 62.8
 
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