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.