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Blackley and Broughton

2010 Results:
Conservative: 6260 (18.3%)
Labour: 18563 (54.27%)
Liberal Democrat: 4861 (14.21%)
BNP: 2469 (7.22%)
UKIP: 894 (2.61%)
Christian: 161 (0.47%)
Others: 996 (2.91%)
Majority: 12303 (35.97%)

Notional 2005 Results:
Labour: 19030 (61.4%)
Liberal Democrat: 6239 (20.1%)
Conservative: 4136 (13.3%)
Other: 1607 (5.2%)
Majority: 12791 (41.2%)

Actual 2005 result
Conservative: 3690 (13.4%)
Labour: 17187 (62.3%)
Liberal Democrat: 5160 (18.7%)
UKIP: 1554 (5.6%)
Majority: 12027 (43.6%)

2001 Result
Conservative: 3821 (14.4%)
Labour: 18285 (68.9%)
Liberal Democrat: 3015 (11.4%)
Other: 1402 (5.3%)
Majority: 14464 (54.5%)

1997 Result
Conservative: 5454 (15.3%)
Labour: 25042 (70%)
Liberal Democrat: 3937 (11%)
Referendum: 1323 (3.7%)
Majority: 19588 (54.8%)

Boundary changes: Loses Moston to Manchester Central. Gains Broughton and Kersal from Salford.

Profile: A new cross-border formaation, based on the old Manchester Blackley seat, now joined to two Salford wards.This is inner-city Manchester, cramped terraces, council estates an deprivation: Harpurhey in this seat was identified as the most deprived area in the country in 2004, although more recently it has seen some regeneration work. It is a multicultural area, originally much of the seat, especially Cheetham, was home to a large Jewish community, though they have tended to move westwards towards areas like Higher Crumpsall and Broughton Park, a wealthy pocket of large detached houses in this otherwise deprived seat. Cheetham and Crumpsall meanwhile are now home to a significant Muslim population, and there are also significant Irish, West Indian, Sikh and Polish communities. To the south the seat includes Strangeways prison (now officially HMP Manchester), it also includes two large urban parks, Heaton Park and Boggart Hole Clough.

Back in the 1950s Manchester Blackley was regarded as a weathervane seat, it is hard to imagine now – this is solid inner-city Labour territory, as of 2008 one of the few seats to still have a solid slate of Labour councillors.

portraitCurrent MP: Graham Stringer(Labour) born 1950, Manchester. Educated at Moston Brook High School and Sheffield University. Analtyical chemist. Manchester councillor 1979-1996. Leader of Manchester council 1984-1996. First elected as MP for Manchester Blackley 1997. PPS 1999-2001. Government whip 2001-2002. Following the loss of the Crewe and Nantwich by-election in 2008 he was the first Labour MP to call for Gordon Brown`s resignation (more information at They work for you)

2010 election candidates:
portraitJames Edsberg (Conservative) Business consultant.
portraitGraham Stringer(Labour) born 1950, Manchester. Educated at Moston Brook High School and Sheffield University. Analtyical chemist. Manchester councillor 1979-1996. Leader of Manchester council 1984-1996. First elected as MP for Manchester Blackley 1997. PPS 1999-2001. Government whip 2001-2002. Following the loss of the Crewe and Nantwich by-election in 2008 he was the first Labour MP to call for Gordon Brown`s resignation (more information at They work for you)
portraitWilliam Hobhouse (Liberal Democrat)
portraitRobert Willescroft (UKIP)
portraitDerek Adams (BNP) Publican, formerly ran a plant hire company. Contested Rochdale 2005, North West 2009 European election.
portraitShafiq-Uz-Zaman (Christian Party)
portraitKay Philips (Respect) GP.

2001 Census Demographics

Total 2001 Population: 85744
Male: 48.8%
Female: 51.2%
Under 18: 26.9%
Over 60: 20.2%
Born outside UK: 12.9%
White: 84.9%
Black: 2.3%
Asian: 8.4%
Mixed: 2.4%
Other: 2%
Christian: 62.4%
Jewish: 6.9%
Muslim: 8.9%
Full time students: 5%
Graduates 16-74: 13.4%
No Qualifications 16-74: 43.3%
Owner-Occupied: 44%
Social Housing: 40% (Council: 30.1%, Housing Ass.: 9.8%)
Privately Rented: 11.9%
Homes without central heating and/or private bathroom: 8.9%

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