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Carlisle

2010 Results:
Conservative: 16589 (39.31%)
Labour: 15736 (37.29%)
Liberal Democrat: 6567 (15.56%)
BNP: 1086 (2.57%)
UKIP: 969 (2.3%)
Green: 614 (1.45%)
TUSC: 376 (0.89%)
Others: 263 (0.62%)
Majority: 853 (2.02%)

Notional 2005 Results:
Labour: 17517 (45.7%)
Conservative: 13448 (35.1%)
Liberal Democrat: 6180 (16.1%)
Other: 1217 (3.2%)
Majority: 4069 (10.6%)

Actual 2005 result
Conservative: 11324 (32%)
Labour: 17019 (48.1%)
Liberal Democrat: 5916 (16.7%)
UKIP: 792 (2.2%)
Other: 343 (1%)
Majority: 5695 (16.1%)

2001 Result
Conservative: 12154 (34.8%)
Labour: 17856 (51.2%)
Liberal Democrat: 4076 (11.7%)
Other: 823 (2.4%)
Majority: 5702 (16.3%)

1997 Result
Conservative: 12641 (29%)
Labour: 25031 (57.4%)
Liberal Democrat: 4576 (10.5%)
Referendum: 1233 (2.8%)
Other: 126 (0.3%)
Majority: 12390 (28.4%)

Boundary changes: gains Wetheral and part of Stanwix Urban ward.

Profile: Carlisle is located in the extreme north-west of England, near the Scottish border. The seat covers the city of Carlisle itself and the surrounding rural area to the South and West, including Dalston and the more affluent dormitory village of Wetheral to the East. Carlisle is a compact town, historically its position near the border made it an important strategic stronghold and the castle and city walls remain relatively intact. Local indistries includes Carrs Biscuits and the headquarters of the Eddie Stobart haulage firm.

The city was hit by severe flooding in 2005 and significant redevelopment of the city centre is currently underway. From 2007 the city will be the site of the University of Cumbria, formed from the Cumbria campuses of the University of Central Lancashire.

The seat has been held by Labour since 1964 but is increasingly becoming a Conservative target seat and subsequent boundary reviews add rural wards to the s/p>

portraitCurrent MP: John Stevenson (Conservative) Solicitor. Carlisle councillor.

2010 election candidates:
portraitJohn Stevenson (Conservative) Solicitor. Carlisle councillor.
portraitMichael Boaden (Labour) Carlisle councillor. Contested Penrith and the Border 2001, 2005.
portraitNeil Hughes (Liberal Democrat)
portraitJohn Reardon (Green) Born Carlisle. Teacher. Former Carlisle councillor for the Labour party.
portraitMichael Owen (UKIP)

2001 Census Demographics

Total 2001 Population: 80454
Male: 48.2%
Female: 51.8%
Under 18: 21.5%
Over 60: 23%
Born outside UK: 2.6%
White: 99%
Asian: 0.3%
Mixed: 0.3%
Other: 0.3%
Christian: 80.3%
Full time students: 3%
Graduates 16-74: 14.1%
No Qualifications 16-74: 32.9%
Owner-Occupied: 69.8%
Social Housing: 19.9% (Council: 17%, Housing Ass.: 2.9%)
Privately Rented: 6.8%
Homes without central heating and/or private bathroom: 13.8%

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