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 Stoke-on-Trent Central
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Mark Fisher Labour 17,170 60.7 -5.5
Jill Clark Conservative 5,325 18.8 +2.1
Gavin Webb Liberal Democrat 4,148 14.7 +2.8
Richard Wise Independent 1,657 5.9  
Majority 11,845 41.9
Turnout 28,300 47.4 -15.1
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 3.8% from Labour to Conservative

Description
Stoke-on-Trent has tended to be very loyal to the Labour Party; its three seats have all returned Labour MPs at every single election since 1945.

The city of Stoke-on-Trent has its administrative headquarters in the Central constituency, although the whole town is an amalgamation of several distinct communities, each of which grew up as a discrete entity due to the pottery industry.

The constituency is somewhat short of beauty spots, the modern day focal point being the shopping district of Hanley, and it includes the ward of Shelton, the poorest in the area. The proportions of professional and managerial workers are among the lowest in the country, while skilled manual workers make up 40% of the active workforce.

Ironically for a constituency that is so resolutely working class, Central has been represented since 1983 by one of Labourís very few Old Etonian MPs, Mark Fisher. Mr Fisher is part of a diverse political dynasty; his father sat for more than 30 years as a Conservative MP.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Stoke-on-Trent Central
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
Mark Fisher Labour 26,662 66.2
Neil Jones Conservative 6,738 16.7
Edward Fordham Liberal Democrat 4,809 11.9
Peter Stanyer Referendum 1,071 2.7
Michael Coleman BNP 606 1.5
Fran Oborski Liberal Party 359 0.9
Majority 19,924 49.5
Turnout 40,245 62.5
 
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