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 Scarborough & Whitby
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Lawrence Quinn Labour 22,426 47.2 +1.6
John Sykes Conservative 18,841 39.6 +3.4
Thomas Pearce Liberal Democrat 3,977 8.4 -5.7
Jonathan Dixon Green 1,049 2.2  
John Jacob UK Independence 970 2.0  
Theresa Murray ProLife Alliance 260 0.5  
Majority 3,585 7.5
Turnout 47,523 63.2 -8.4
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 0.9% from Labour to Conservative

Description
Like many coastal constituencies that depend on farming and tourism, Scarborough was once considered safe Tory territory. But just as Hove, Hastings, Thanet North, Blackpool, Morcambe and Crosby all succumbed to Labour in 1997, so did Scarborough and Whitby, for the first time since the seat's creation in 1918.

The seat has experienced economic decline and demographic change which has affected so many of the UKs seaside areas.

Scarborough is Yorkshire's premier resort, and features a certain amount of light industry, not to mention a busy port which provides the town with its main economy - fishing.

Outside the two eponymous towns, the rugged countryside is home to dozens of farms and a large chunk of the North York Moors National Park. The once-famous giant golf balls at Fylingdale Early Warning station have been replaced by an equally giant pyramid that monitors satellites.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Scarborough & Whitby
Labour gain from Conservative
Name Party Votes %
Lawrie Quinn Labour 24,791 45.6
John Sykes Conservative 19,667 36.2
Martin Allinson Liberal Democrat 7,672 14.1
Shelagh Murray Referendum 2,191 4.0
Majority 5,124 9.4
Turnout 54,321 71.6
 
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