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 Workington
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Tony Cunningham Labour 23,209 55.5 -8.7
Tim Stoddard Conservative 12,359 29.6 +5.2
Ian Francis Liberal Democrat 5,214 12.5 +4.5
John Peacock Legal cannabis 1,040 2.5  
Majority 10,850 25.9
Turnout 41,822 63.4 -11.7
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 6.9% from Labour to Conservative

Description
Although this seat has been won by Labour at every general election since 1918 - even during the disastrous year of 1931 - it has been represented by a Conservative MP more recently than either neighbouring Carlisle and Copeland.

In 1976, the elevation to the House of Lords of the former Cabinet Minister Fred Peart allowed the Conservative candidate Richard Page to sneak in at the by-election on the back of the Labour governmentís mid-term unpopularity. Three years later, he was ousted by Dale Campbell-Savours, who has held the seat ever since

Following the closure of the last of the seatís coal mines, the council has attracted new industries such as plastics, footwear, electronics and fibres. A single steel works is all that remains of the seatís traditional economy.

The seat covers much of the Lake District National Parkís sumptuous countryside, from Cockermouth to the busy tourist resort of Keswick by Derwentwater. It also boasts two of the parkís most scenic lakes, Buttermere and Crummock Water.

There are virtually no ethnic minorities in the seat. 99% of the population are white giving Workington the third lowest ethnic minority population in the country.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Workington
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
Dale Campbell-Savours Labour 31,717 64.2
Robert Blunden Conservative 12,061 24.4
Phillip Roberts Liberal Democrat 3,967 8.0
George Donnan Referendum 1,412 2.9
Chris Austin Independent 217 0.4
Majority 19,656 39.8
Turnout 49,374 75.1
 
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