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 Salford
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Hazel Blears Labour 14,649 65.1 -3.9
Norman Owen Liberal Democrat 3,637 16.2 +5.9
Christopher King Conservative 3,446 15.3 -2.1
Peter Grant Socialist Alliance 414 1.8  
Hazel Wallace Independent 216 1.0  
Roy Masterson Independent 152 0.7  
Majority 11,012 48.9
Turnout 22,514 41.6 -14.7
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 4.9% from Labour to Liberal Democrat
Lab-Con (against 1997) 0.9% from Labour to Conservative

Description
Although Salford is situated close to the heart of Manchester, it is technically a city in its own right. The slums of the past have been replaced by blocks of flats - about 50% of accommodation is rented, either from the councils or housing associations.

Salford’s most famous son is the world-renowned artist LS Lowry, and he is commemorated by the recently opened Lowry Centre, a £60m major arts, education and entertainment complex located in the Salford Quays development. The old docks have been renovated to encompass a four-star hotel, 112 houses, business park and cinema complex.

The on-going development within the seat should improve its economic prospects, but unemployment is still above average in the area. Salford has had its own university since 1967.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Salford
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
Hazel Blears Labour 22,848 69.0
Elliot Bishop Conservative 5,779 17.4
Norman Owen Liberal Democrat 3,407 10.3
Robert Cumpsty Referendum 926 2.8
Susan Herman Natural Law 162 0.5
Majority 17,069 51.5
Turnout 33,122 56.3
 
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