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Chorley

2010 Results:
Conservative: 18922 (38.02%)
Labour: 21515 (43.23%)
Liberal Democrat: 6957 (13.98%)
UKIP: 2021 (4.06%)
Independent: 359 (0.72%)
Majority: 2593 (5.21%)

Notional 2005 Results:
Labour: 21935 (50.9%)
Conservative: 15017 (34.8%)
Liberal Democrat: 6166 (14.3%)
Other: 0 (0%)
Majority: 6918 (16%)

Actual 2005 result
Conservative: 17506 (35.3%)
Labour: 25131 (50.7%)
Liberal Democrat: 6932 (14%)
Majority: 7625 (15.4%)

2001 Result
Conservative: 16644 (34.7%)
Labour: 25088 (52.3%)
Liberal Democrat: 5372 (11.2%)
UKIP: 848 (1.8%)
Majority: 8444 (17.6%)

1997 Result
Conservative: 20737 (35.9%)
Labour: 30607 (53%)
Liberal Democrat: 4900 (8.5%)
Referendum: 1319 (2.3%)
Other: 143 (0.2%)
Majority: 9870 (17.1%)

Boundary changes: Chorley loses the Western part of the consitutency under the boundary changes, losing the villages of Bretherton, Croston, Eccleston and Mawdesley to the new

Profile: Chorley is divided between Chorley itself and its more Conservative hinterland. Chorley itself is a historic market town that become important in the cotton industry in the nineteenth century. It forms a conurbation with Preston and Leyland and in the 1970s there were abortive plans for the towns it to form part of a new Central Lancashire new town. A major new development, Buckshaw Village, is currently being constructed in the North of the constituency on the site of the former Royal Ordnance Factory. Chorley is also the site of the largest Mormon temple outside of Salt Lake City.The constituency also includes the town of Adlington and the villages of Whittle-le-Woods, Coppull and Euxton.

Until it was retained by Labour in 2010 Chorley was one of the more reliable bellwether seats in the country, having been won by the party that went on to form the government in every election since 1964.

portraitCurrent MP: Lindsay Hoyle (Labour) born 1957, son of former MP Doug Hoyle (more information at They work for you)

2010 election candidates:
portraitAlan Cullens (Conservative) Chorley councillor.
portraitLindsay Hoyle (Labour) born 1957, son of former MP Doug Hoyle (more information at They work for you)
portraitStephen Fenn (Liberal Democrat) born 1954. Educated at Northgate School, Ipswich, and Bath University. Computer analyst. South Ribble councillor 1983-1985. Chorley councillor 2002-2004. Contested Manchester Withenshawe 1992, Blackburn 1997, Chorley 2001.
portraitNick Hogan (UKIP) Pub landlord, convicted in 2008 for failing to prevent smoking in his pub.
portraitChris Curtis (Independent) born 1966. Physiotherapist and acupuncturist.

2001 Census Demographics

Total 2001 Population: 88927
Male: 49.2%
Female: 50.8%
Under 18: 22.8%
Over 60: 19.3%
Born outside UK: 3%
White: 97.9%
Black: 0.3%
Asian: 0.9%
Mixed: 0.6%
Other: 0.4%
Christian: 84%
Muslim: 0.7%
Full time students: 2.4%
Graduates 16-74: 18.9%
No Qualifications 16-74: 28.4%
Owner-Occupied: 78.2%
Social Housing: 15.4% (Council: 8%, Housing Ass.: 7.4%)
Privately Rented: 4.1%
Homes without central heating and/or private bathroom: 9.3%

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