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 Stoke-on-Trent South
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
George Stevenson Labour 19,366 53.8 -8.2
Philip Bastiman Conservative 8,877 24.6 +2.2
Christopher Coleman Liberal Democrat 4,724 13.1 +2.9
Adrian Knapper Independent 1,703 4.7  
Steven Batkin BNP 1,358 3.8 +2.6
Majority 10,489 29.1
Turnout 36,028 51.4 -14.5
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 5.2% from Labour to Conservative

Description
Stoke-on-Trent South was the parliamentary home of Jack Ashley, the veteran campaigner for the rights of the disabled, for 26 years.

As with all the Potteries seats it has a background of heavy industry - dominated by ceramics but augmented in the South constituency by coalmining and tyre-making - which has made it traditionally fertile ground for Labour.

Nonetheless, Stoke-on-Trent South is the only one of the city’s three seats where the Conservatives can presently claim to have a credible foothold, a fact almost entirely due to the more affluent ward of Trentham Park, tucked away in the south west. Even this bastion was lost to the Tories in the local elections of 1995, but has since been reclaimed.

The present incumbent, former MEP (and himself a former Pottery worker) George Stevenson, got off to what passes in Stoke South for a shaky start in 1992 when he managed a majority of just under 7,000. This was generally attributed to disappointment at Mr Ashley’s retirement, but Stevenson recovered with a 13% swing and a near 40% majority in 1997.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Stoke-on-Trent South
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
George Stevenson Labour 28,645 62.0
Sheila Scott Conservative 10,342 22.4
Peter Barnett Liberal Democrat 4,710 10.2
Richard Adams Referendum 1,103 2.4
Alison Micklem Liberal Party 580 1.3
Steven Batkin BNP 568 1.2
Brian Lawrence Nat Democrat 288 0.6
Majority 18,303 39.6
Turnout 46,236 65.9
 
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