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Ashton under Lyne

2010 Results:
Conservative: 9510 (24.75%)
Labour: 18604 (48.41%)
Liberal Democrat: 5703 (14.84%)
BNP: 2929 (7.62%)
UKIP: 1686 (4.39%)
Majority: 9094 (23.66%)

Notional 2005 Results:
Labour: 20106 (57.9%)
Conservative: 6902 (19.9%)
Liberal Democrat: 4571 (13.2%)
Other: 3137 (9%)
Majority: 13203 (38%)

Actual 2005 result
Conservative: 7259 (19.6%)
Labour: 21211 (57.4%)
Liberal Democrat: 5108 (13.8%)
BNP: 2051 (5.5%)
UKIP: 768 (2.1%)
Other: 570 (1.5%)
Majority: 13952 (37.7%)

2001 Result
Conservative: 6822 (19.1%)
Labour: 22340 (62.5%)
Liberal Democrat: 4237 (11.8%)
Green: 748 (2.1%)
BNP: 1617 (4.5%)
Majority: 15518 (43.4%)

1997 Result
Conservative: 8954 (18.9%)
Labour: 31919 (67.5%)
Liberal Democrat: 4603 (9.7%)
Referendum: 1346 (2.8%)
Other: 458 (1%)
Majority: 22965 (48.6%)

Boundary changes: Initial recommendations for boundary changes in Ashton were drastic – seeing the seat lose Droylsden to the Denton seat and gain an extra four wards from the Borough of Oldham. At review these proposals were reversed, and the revised proposals for Ashton are only to bring the constituency into line with the ward boundaries.

Profile: A solid Labour seat since before the war, Ashton is in the borough of Tameside, to the East of Manchester, though also takes in two wards from Oldham council. Ashton itself was dominated by the textile industry and, since its decline, has suffered from high unemployment. The seat also includes Failsworth and Droylsden. The area continues to rely upon manufacturing, though significant retail development is also taking place with the opening of the Ashton Retail Park in 2003 and the redevelopment of the centre of Failsworth based around a new Tesco supersto/p>

portraitCurrent MP: David Heyes(Labour) born 1946, Manchester. Educated at Blackley Technical High School and the Open University. Former manager for Manchester Citizen`s Advice Bureau and Oldham Borough Councillor. Active trade unionist and member of UNISON. Generally a low profile MP, Heyes rebelled against the government over the Iraq war and the 2006 Education Act (more information at They work for you)

2010 election candidates:
portraitSeema Kennedy (Conservative)
portraitDavid Heyes(Labour) born 1946, Manchester. Educated at Blackley Technical High School and the Open University. Former manager for Manchester Citizen`s Advice Bureau and Oldham Borough Councillor. Active trade unionist and member of UNISON. Generally a low profile MP, Heyes rebelled against the government over the Iraq war and the 2006 Education Act (more information at They work for you)
portraitPaul Larkin (Liberal Democrat)
portraitAngela McManus (UKIP)
portraitDavid Lomas (BNP)

2001 Census Demographics

Total 2001 Population: 89235
Male: 48.6%
Female: 51.4%
Under 18: 24.1%
Over 60: 20%
Born outside UK: 5.9%
White: 92.3%
Black: 0.4%
Asian: 6%
Mixed: 0.8%
Other: 0.5%
Christian: 75.8%
Hindu: 2.5%
Muslim: 3.3%
Full time students: 2.6%
Graduates 16-74: 10.3%
No Qualifications 16-74: 37.2%
Owner-Occupied: 68.7%
Social Housing: 20.4% (Council: 9.2%, Housing Ass.: 11.2%)
Privately Rented: 7.5%
Homes without central heating and/or private bathroom: 10.9%

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