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 Scunthorpe
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Elliot Morley Labour 20,096 59.8 -0.6
Bernard Theobald Conservative 9,724 28.9 +2.6
Bob Tress Liberal Democrat 3,156 9.4 +1.0
Michael Cliff Independent 347 1.0  
David Patterson Independent 302 0.9  
Majority 10,372 30.8
Turnout 33,625 56.3 -12.5
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 1.6% from Labour to Conservative

Description
1997 was a breakthrough year for Scunthorpe, as it saw the first ever election when the town enjoyed sole ownership of its constituency title. Previously the town had been paired with both Brigg and Glanford and on some occasions had even failed to receive any kind of mention at all.

Scunthorpe, with its reserves of ironstone, grew up as a steel town and the industry continues to survive today, although to a much lesser extent. The town underwent considerable industrial and commercial expansion in the late 1980s with firms like Citizen, Hygena, and McKeys Foods moving in, along with companies also associated with food and electronics. Because of the seat's industrial character it has one of the largest proportions of skilled manual workers in the country, at over 40% of the workforce.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Scunthorpe
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
Elliot Morley Labour 25,107 60.4
Martyn Fisher Conservative 10,934 26.3
Gordon Smith Liberal Democrat 3,497 8.4
Paul Smith Referendum 1,637 3.9
Brian Hopper Socialist Labour 399 1.0
Majority 14,173 34.1
Turnout 41,574 68.8
 
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