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 Wythenshawe & Sale East
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Paul Goggins Labour 21,032 60.0 +1.9
Susan Fildes Conservative 8,424 24.0 -1.1
Vanessa Tucker Liberal Democrat 4,320 12.3 -0.1
Lance Crookes Green 869 2.5  
Fred Shaw Socialist Labour 410 1.2 -0.9
Majority 12,608 36.0
Turnout 35,055 48.6 -14.6
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 1.5% from Conservative to Labour

Description
Contested for the first time in 1997, this newly-created seat was formed from the old safe Labour seat of Manchester Wythenshawe and three wards from two Tory seats. Labour's Paul Goggins, contesting the seat for the first time following the retirement of Alf Morris who had held Manchester Wythenshawe since 1964, cruised to Westminster on a 15,019 majority.

This seat on the south side of Greater Manchester is home to many post-war housing estates and 45.6% of all households are rented from the council. There is some light industry found here and women employees form an above average proportion of the workforce.

A large area in the south of the seat is covered by Manchesterís Ringway airport, which employs 14,000 people and has created many more jobs both directly and indirectly.

The western and southern parts of the constituency are predominantly working class but with a significant student population. The eastern section of the seat includes Sale, a comfortable middle class part of Cheshire from which many commute into Manchester.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Wythenshawe & Sale East
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
Paul Goggins Labour 26,448 58.1
Paul Fleming Conservative 11,429 25.1
Vanessa Tucker Liberal Democrat 5,639 12.4
Brian Stanyer Referendum 1,060 2.3
Jim Flannery Socialist Labour 957 2.1
Majority 15,019 33.0
Turnout 45,533 63.2
 
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