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Burton

2010 Results:
Conservative: 22188 (44.53%)
Labour: 15884 (31.88%)
Liberal Democrat: 7891 (15.84%)
BNP: 2409 (4.84%)
UKIP: 1451 (2.91%)
Majority: 6304 (12.65%)

Notional 2005 Results:
Labour: 18678 (42%)
Conservative: 16544 (37.2%)
Liberal Democrat: 5771 (13%)
Other: 3435 (7.7%)
Majority: 2134 (4.8%)

Actual 2005 result
Conservative: 18280 (38.2%)
Labour: 19701 (41.1%)
Liberal Democrat: 6236 (13%)
BNP: 1840 (3.8%)
UKIP: 913 (1.9%)
Other: 912 (1.9%)
Majority: 1421 (3%)

2001 Result
Conservative: 17934 (38.6%)
Labour: 22783 (49%)
Liberal Democrat: 4468 (9.6%)
UKIP: 984 (2.1%)
Other: 288 (0.6%)
Majority: 4849 (10.4%)

1997 Result
Conservative: 21480 (39.4%)
Labour: 27810 (51%)
Liberal Democrat: 4617 (8.5%)
Other: 604 (1.1%)
Majority: 6330 (11.6%)

Boundary changes: small changes, loses Barton-under-Needwood to Lichfield.

Profile: A long spindly seat following the eastern edge of Staffordshire, Burton stretches from Burton-on-Trent at one end of the constituency and the nearby village of Tutbury, through Needwood Forest to Uttoxeter before stretching North to take in villages like Ellastone and Wootton at the foot of the Weaver Hills, the beginning of the Peak District. Burton itself is largely Labour, but the rural wards dilute it enough to make the seat a marginal.

Burton itself has strong associations with the brewing industry, the town has five brewers, including Marston and Coors (which produces Carling and Worthington). The town is also home to the production of Marmite and formerly of Branston pickle, though production has since moved to Suffolk. Uttoxeter to the West is a market town currently undergoing major redevelopment of the old cattle market and town centre and best known for the Uttoxeter National Hunt racecourse. The nearby village of Rocester the base of JCB, who are a major local employer.

portraitCurrent MP: Andrew Griffiths (Conservative) Educated at High Arcal School, Dudley. Former manager with the Halifax, currently Chief of staff to Eric Pickles MP. Contested Dudley North in 2001. Contested West Midlands Region in 2004 European Elections.

2010 election candidates:
portraitAndrew Griffiths (Conservative) Educated at High Arcal School, Dudley. Former manager with the Halifax, currently Chief of staff to Eric Pickles MP. Contested Dudley North in 2001. Contested West Midlands Region in 2004 European Elections.
portraitRuth Smeeth (Labour) Former public affairs manager for Nestle.
portraitMichael Rodgers (Liberal Democrat)
portraitPhilip Lancaster (UKIP)
portraitAlan Hewitt (BNP) Former paratrooper.

2001 Census Demographics

Total 2001 Population: 93426
Male: 48.8%
Female: 51.2%
Under 18: 24.1%
Over 60: 20.5%
Born outside UK: 4.7%
White: 93.4%
Black: 0.7%
Asian: 4.7%
Mixed: 0.9%
Other: 0.3%
Christian: 76.8%
Muslim: 4.4%
Full time students: 2.2%
Graduates 16-74: 14.9%
No Qualifications 16-74: 32.9%
Owner-Occupied: 74.8%
Social Housing: 14.9% (Council: 8.6%, Housing Ass.: 6.3%)
Privately Rented: 7%
Homes without central heating and/or private bathroom: 16.5%

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