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 Southampton Itchen
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
John Denham Labour 22,553 54.5 -0.3
Caroline Nokes Conservative 11,330 27.4 -1.0
Mark Cooper Liberal Democrat 6,195 15.0 +3.3
Kim Rose UK Independence 829 2.0 +1.7
Gavin Marsh Socialist Alliance 241 0.6  
Michael Holmes Socialist Labour 225 0.5 -0.7
Majority 11,223 27.1
Turnout 41,373 54.0 -16.0
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 0.4% from Conservative to Labour

Description
The Southampton constituencies are named after the two rivers flowing through the City, and Itchen is the city’s eastern side. It contains the town centre, most of the docks, marina, and inner-city council estates. The port has been important since roman times, though it now has less to do with the military in its role as a ferry terminal and merchant navy base. The parts of the docks that became redundant in the last couple of decades have been undergoing re-development and are now put to retail and business uses.

The constituency includes the impoverished Thornhill area in the east of the city. On the basis of a whole range of measures of social exclusion, it was recently given the go-ahead to bid for up to £50m of government money under the New Deal for communities programme.

Itchen was one of the narrowest Labour gains in 1992 and was then one of the party’s few southern seats.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Southampton Itchen
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
John Denham Labour 29,498 54.8
Peter Fleet Conservative 15,269 28.4
David Harrison Liberal Democrat 6,289 11.7
John Clegg Referendum 1,660 3.1
Ken Rose Socialist Labour 628 1.2
Clive Hoar UK Independence 172 0.3
Gavin Marsh Socialist Party 113 0.2
Rosemary Barry Natural Law 110 0.2
Ferdi McDermott ProLife Alliance 99 0.2
Majority 14,229 26.4
Turnout 53,838 70.0
 
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