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 Southampton Test
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Alan Whitehead Labour 21,824 52.5 -1.6
Richard Gueterbock Conservative 10,617 25.5 -2.6
John Shaw Liberal Democrat 7,522 18.1 +4.4
Garry Rankin-Moore UK Independence 792 1.9 +1.5
Mark Abel Socialist Alliance 442 1.1  
Paramjit Bahia Socialist Labour 378 0.9  
Majority 11,207 27.0
Turnout 41,575 56.3 -15.5
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 0.5% from Conservative to Labour

Description
At the 2000 local elections, Labour lost its majority on Southampton City Council. This is the more middle-class of Southamptonís two seats - just. It contains Southamptonís leafy northern suburbs, although that is not to say this is the more affluent or picturesque half.

There are a number of council estates here, and Test includes the council estate-dominated Redbridge ward on the edge of the city. Southamptonís livelihood has largely come from its position as a thriving seaport, but this half of the city contains little of the dockyards. And while there are many more professional workers here than in Itchen, there is also a higher proportion of only partly skilled workers. The Ford Transit factory is based here, as is the Ordnance Survey Office, but other famous names are scarce.

This seat has changed hands frequently in the last 50 years, swinging between governments regularly since 1955.

At the 2000 local elections, Labour lost its majority on Southampton City Council.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Southampton Test
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
Alan Whitehead Labour 28,396 54.1
James Hill Conservative 14,712 28.1
Alan Dowden Liberal Democrat 7,171 13.7
Peter Day Referendum 1,397 2.7
Howard Marks Cannabis 388 0.7
A M McCabe UK Independence 219 0.4
Paul Taylor Independent 81 0.2
John Sinel Natural Law 77 0.1
Majority 13,684 26.1
Turnout 52,441 71.8
 
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