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 Selby
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
John Grogan Labour 22,652 45.1 -0.8
Michael Mitchell Conservative 20,514 40.8 +1.7
Jeremy Wilcock Liberal Democrat 5,569 11.1 -0.9
Helen Kenwright Green 902 1.8  
Bob Lewis UK Independence 635 1.3 +0.3
Majority 2,138 4.3
Turnout 50,272 64.5 -10.2
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 1.3% from Labour to Conservative

Description
Although the constituency of Selby contains the largest worked coal field in Britain, the late arrival of the industry means this seat is not a typical of its kind as the seat had a history of returning Conservative MPs.

As coal has played a comparatively small part in Selby's history. The constituency's mainstay industries are agriculture and brewing, with many mineworkers commuting into the seat from outside. The flat farm land south of the city of York that characterises this constituency is prone to some of the worst flooding in England, and is punctuated by huge and modern power stations such as Drax near the A1(M) trunk road.

Other than the seat's burgeoning power industry, there are other points of interest in the Selby seat. The town has a 900-year-old abbey, Samuel Smith's brewery in Tadcaster, the University of York in Heslington and the Archbishop of York's palace at Bishopthorpe.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Selby
Labour gain from Conservative
Name Party Votes %
John Grogan Labour 25,838 45.9
Ken Hind Conservative 22,002 39.1
Ted Batty Liberal Democrat 6,778 12.0
David Walker Referendum 1,162 2.1
P Spence UK Independence 536 1.0
Majority 3,836 6.8
Turnout 56,316 74.7
 
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