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 Warrington South
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Helen Southworth Labour 22,419 49.3 -2.8
Caroline Mosley Conservative 15,022 33.0 +0.5
Roger Barlow Liberal Democrat 7,419 16.3 +3.2
Joan Kelley UK Independence 637 1.4  
Majority 7,397 16.3
Turnout 45,497 61.2 -14.8
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 1.7% from Labour to Conservative

Description
In 1992 Labour gained the seat from the Conservatives by just 191 votes, but following boundary changes Helen Southworth won the 1997 election for Labour with a comfortable majority of over 10,800 votes.

Most of the seatís middle-class population lives south of the Manchester Ship Canal in suburbs like Stockton Heath, Appleton and Grappenhall. The Liberal Democrats have done well here in local elections, but the area has tended to provide the main Conservative strength in general elections.

A more even battle between Labour and the Conservatives can be found west of Warrington in Great Sankey and Penketh, which have seen the growth of private housing estates in recent decades.

More non-manual workers than manual live in this constituency and the level of owner-occupation is high at 80%. Few homes are council-rented and unemployment is below the national average. There is some industry in the seat - mainly chemicals and service industries - but it generally consists of quiet residential areas.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Warrington South
Labour gain from Conservative
Name Party Votes %
Helen Southworth Labour 28,721 52.1
Christopher Grayling Conservative 17,914 32.5
Peter Walker Liberal Democrat 7,199 13.1
Gerald Kelly Referendum 1,082 2.0
Steve Ross Natural Law 166 0.3
Majority 10,807 19.6
Turnout 55,082 76.0
 
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