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 Stockport
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Ann Coffey Labour 20,731 58.6 -4.3
John Allen Conservative 9,162 25.9 +3.6
Mark Hunter Liberal Democrat 5,490 15.5 +4.9
Majority 11,569 32.7
Turnout 35,383 53.3 -18.0
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 4.0% from Labour to Conservative

Description
A mixture of declining industry and residential housing, Stockport gives the impression of being a Conservative/Labour marginal, and indeed the seat has been shared between them over the last four parliaments.

Incumbent MP Ann Coffey’s position in Stockport has been greatly strengthened by the return of the Brinnington ward in 1995. A massive, hilltop, post-war council estate, Brinnington was undoubtedly a major factor in tripling Ms Coffey’s 1992 majority of 5,468 votes to 18,912 on a 15.2% swing - which was above the regional average and enough to produce the greatest majority ever seen in Stockport.

Stockport is a largely residential seat, though it has grown recently as a preferred site for many firms’ regional offices and it also has a good reputation amongst the shoppers of Greater Manchester. Industry in the town has declined sharply alongside the decline in textiles in the region, but some light engineering plants still remain.

A good proportion of professional and management workers live in the seat, partly explaining why the Tories did so well here in the 1980s. The seat also has a high rate of owner-occupation, 70%, and has little council housing.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Stockport
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
Ann Coffey Labour 29,338 62.9
Stephen Fitzsimmons Conservative 10,426 22.3
Sylvia Roberts Liberal Democrat 4,951 10.6
William Morley-Scott Referendum 1,280 2.7
Geoff Southern Socialist Labour 255 0.5
Colin Newitt Loony 213 0.5
Christopher Dronfield Independent 206 0.4
Majority 18,912 40.5
Turnout 46,669 71.3
 
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