Manchester, Gorton

2015 Result:
Conservative: 4063 (9.7%)
Labour: 28187 (67.1%)
Lib Dem: 1782 (4.2%)
Green: 4108 (9.8%)
UKIP: 3434 (8.2%)
TUSC: 264 (0.6%)
Others: 181 (0.4%)
MAJORITY: 24079 (57.3%)

Category: Ultra-safe Labour seat

Geography: North West, Greater Manchester. Part of the Manchester council area.

Main population centres: Gorton, Levenshulme, Longsight, Whalley Range, Rusholme.

Profile: A tough inner-city seat to the south of Manchester city centre. Longsight and Gorton are largely made up of Victorian terraced housing, two-up two-downs. There is a large Asian and Muslim population, concentrated in Longsight which has also suffered from gang and gun violence in recent years. Historically Rusholme used to be a more middle class area, but here and in Whalley Range the bigger houses have been broken up into flats and bedsits and Rusholme, Levenshulme and Longsight are all now home to many of Manchester`s students..

Politics: A safe Labour seat, held by the party since 1935. As might be expected in a seat with a large Muslim and student population, there had been a significant shift towards the Liberal Democrats here since the Iraq war, but it rapidly faded under the coalition. In 2004 the Liberal Democrats managed to win 19 of the 21 council seats within the constituency, by 2012 they had been reduced to just one.

Current MP
GERALD KAUFMAN (Labour) Born 1930, Leeds. Educated at Leeds Grammar School and Oxford University. Former journalist on the Daily Mirror and Labour party press officer. Contested Bromley 1955, Gillingham 1959. First elected as MP for Manchester Ardwick in 1970. Minister of State for Industry 1975-1979. Shadow Environment secretary 1980-1983, shadow home secretary 1983-1987, shadow foreign secretary 1987-1992. Knighted for services to Parliament 2004. He is the longest serving Labour MP, a senior shadow cabinet minister throughout the 1980s and an influential backbencher since then.
Past Results
Con: 4224 (11%)
Lab: 19211 (50%)
LDem: 12508 (33%)
GRN: 1048 (3%)
Oth: 1334 (3%)
MAJ: 6703 (17%)
Con: 2848 (10%)
Lab: 15480 (53%)
LDem: 9672 (33%)
UKIP: 783 (3%)
Oth: 340 (1%)
MAJ: 5808 (20%)
Con: 2705 (10%)
Lab: 17099 (63%)
LDem: 5795 (21%)
GRN: 835 (3%)
Oth: 795 (3%)
MAJ: 11304 (42%)
Con: 4249 (12%)
Lab: 23704 (65%)
LDem: 6362 (18%)
Oth: 1184 (3%)
MAJ: 17342 (48%)

*There were boundary changes after 2005

2015 Candidates
MO AFZAL (Conservative)
GERALD KAUFMAN (Labour) See above.
DAVE PAGE (Liberal Democrat)
PHIL ECKERSLEY (UKIP) Educated at Manchester University. Businessman.
Comments - 857 Responses on “Manchester Gorton”
  1. Under 10% voter turnout is pitifully low…I am wonderingif this is a record low but I can’t find anywhere on the Net that gives record low turnouts in council elections Can anyone help? Ty

  2. I’m sure if it was really a record low, the press would have picked up on it.

  3. I think we’d need to know the proportion of the electorate who are in student accommodation (i.e. they’re students whose family homes are elsewhere). If a large proportion of the electorate are in halls of residence etc., in an election held in the summer break it would hardly be surprising if the turnout were particularly low. Perhaps someone knows?

  4. There’s one ward in Lancaster that’s entirely student halls of residence, IIRC.

  5. Yes i think that was the one where labour won a council seat with just 90 votes

  6. For the record Rusholme is comprised of 38% full time students (over 18) which while well above average is by no means the largest even in Manchester, for example the City Centre ward is 48% students

  7. I should actually caveat that by saying those figures are based off the 2011 census data, further change over the last six years though as well as increased registration almost certainly means the figure for today is higher.

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