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 Wigan
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Neil Turner Labour 20,739 61.7 -6.9
Mark Page Conservative 6,996 20.8 +3.9
Trevor Beswick Liberal Democrat 4,970 14.8 +4.8
Dave Lowe Socialist Alliance 886 2.6  
Majority 13,743 40.9
Turnout 33,591 52.5 -15.2
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 5.4% from Labour to Conservative

Description
Wigan has elected a Labour MP at every general election since 1918, and any notion of the seat becoming jaded with the party’s policies were dispatched in 1997 when Roger Stott, MP for Wigan 1983 until 1999, won by the greatest majority of his career so far - 22,643 votes.

Mr Stott died in 1999, however, and was succeeded by party colleague Neil Turner at the resulting by-election.

The constituency includes most of the town of Wigan, although Ince, Orrell and parts of the southern suburbs are in the Makerfield constituency. In the north of the seat are the small towns of Shelvington, Standish and Aspull set in some attractive countryside.

Wigan is a working class seat with above average numbers of skilled workers and council housing. There are some large companies based here including Heinz, Volex, the Tote and National Girobank.

Of Celtic and Roman origin, Wigan stands on high ground above the River Douglas. One of the oldest Boroughs in Lancashire, the town’s charter dates back to 1246.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Wigan
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
Roger Stott Labour 30,043 68.6
Mark Loveday Conservative 7,400 16.9
Trevor Beswick Liberal Democrat 4,390 10.0
Anthony Bradborn Referendum 1,450 3.3
Christopher Maile Green 442 1.0
William Ayliffe Natural Law 94 0.2
Majority 22,643 51.7
Turnout 43,819 67.7
Parliamentary By-Election
 Wigan
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
Neil Turner Labour 9,641 59.6
Tom Peet Conservative 2,912 18.0
Jonathan Rule Liberal Democrat 2,148 13.3
John Whittaker UK Independence 834 5.2
William Kelly Socialist Labour 240 1.5
Chris Maile Green 190 1.2
Stephen Ebbs Independent 100 0.6
Paul Davis Natural Law 64 0.4
David Braid Independent 58 0.4
Majority 6,729 41.6
Turnout 16,187 25.1
 
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