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 Sherwood
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Paddy Tipping Labour 24,900 54.2 -4.3
Brandon Lewis Conservative 15,527 33.8 +5.0
Peter Harris Liberal Democrat 5,473 11.9 +3.3
Majority 9,373 20.4
Turnout 45,900 60.7 -14.6
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 4.6% from Labour to Conservative

Description
Sherwood was perhaps the most anomalous of the 1983 General Election results in Nottinghamshire. The constituency was new for 1983 and forged from parts of the constituencies of Ashfield, Gedling and Newark creating one of the top five constituencies in the country dominated by employment in mining, but its inaugural election was startlingly won by a Conservative farmer, Andrew Stewart, who also held on in 1987, aided by the Notts miners working through the 1984-5 miners strike.

With the subsequent spectre of pit closures hanging over the region, Paddy Tipping was elected as Labour MP for Sherwood in 1992. He increased his majority to 16,812 in 1997.

The Dukeries coalfield opened in the 1920s, fundamentally changing an area that until then had been known for its large aristocratic estates in what was left of Sherwood Forest.

As in other parts of Nottinghamshire the decline of the knitwear industry has been quite important here, with one factory closure in Ollerton before Christmas and other factories struggling. Since the closure of mines many people from former mining villages travel out of the constituency to work.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Sherwood
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
Paddy Tipping Labour 33,071 58.5
Roland Spencer Conservative 16,259 28.8
Bruce Moult Liberal Democrat 4,889 8.6
Lee Slack Referendum 1,882 3.3
Paul Ballard BNP 432 0.8
Majority 16,812 29.7
Turnout 56,533 75.3
 
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