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2010 Results:
Conservative: 22886 (42.2%)
Labour: 20991 (38.7%)
Liberal Democrat: 7834 (14.44%)
BNP: 2525 (4.66%)
Majority: 1895 (3.5%)

2005 Results:
Labour: 20913 (43.1%)
Conservative: 19396 (40%)
Liberal Democrat: 6184 (12.7%)
Other: 2034 (4.2%)
Majority: 1517 (3.1%)

2001 Result
Conservative: 17583 (37.2%)
Labour: 23283 (49.3%)
Liberal Democrat: 4751 (10.1%)
UKIP: 855 (1.8%)
Other: 750 (1.6%)
Majority: 5700 (12.1%)

1997 Result
Conservative: 18028 (33.4%)
Labour: 29888 (55.4%)
Liberal Democrat: 4045 (7.5%)
Referendum: 1356 (2.5%)
Other: 640 (1.2%)
Majority: 11860 (22%)

No Boundary Changes:

Profile: Corby grew from a small village to become a medium-sized industrial town in the 1930s after the development of the steel industry in the area. Large numbers of workers were brought down from Scotland. After the war it became a designated newtown and again there was a large amount of Scottish immigration leading to the image of Corby as being a small island of Scottish industrialism in the middle of the English countryside – the 2001 census found almost 20% of people in Corby itself were born in Scotland. In the 1980s the steel works closed leading to massive unemployment in the area, though since then the economy has largely recovered.

Until recently it is one of the largest towns in the country without a railway station, with train company Midland Mainline instead running a half-hourly bus service to Kettering station.

The constituency of Corby includes not only Corby itself and the local authority of Corby, but also the majority of the largely rural East Northamptonshire council, including Thrapston and the market town of Oundle, best known for its public school. While Corby itself tends to vote Labour, the now solidly Tory East Northamptonshire makes the constituency a close marginal.

portraitCurrent MP: Louise Bagshawe (Conservative) educated at Woldingham School and Oxford University. Author.

2010 election candidates:
portraitLouise Bagshawe (Conservative) educated at Woldingham School and Oxford University. Author.
portraitPhil Hope(Labour) born 1955, London. Educated at Wandsworth comprehensive and Exeter University. Former teacher and management consultant. Kettering councillor from 1983-1987. Northamptonshire County councillor from 1993-1997. Contested Kettering 1992. First elected as MP for Corby in 1997. PPS to Nick Raynsford 1999-2001, PPS to John Prescott 2001-2003. Parliamentary under-secretary in the office of the DPM 2003-2005. Under-secretary in the department of education 2005-2007 and in the Cabinet Office since 2007. In 2007 he underwent successful chemotherapy treatment for Hodgkin`s lymphoma (more information at They work for you)
portraitPortia Wilson (Liberal Democrat) Staff nurse. Northampton councillor since 2007.
portraitRoy Davies (BNP)

2001 Census Demographics

Total 2001 Population: 97186
Male: 49.2%
Female: 50.8%
Under 18: 24.8%
Over 60: 19.3%
Born outside UK: 5%
White: 98.4%
Black: 0.2%
Asian: 0.5%
Mixed: 0.6%
Other: 0.3%
Christian: 72.1%
Full time students: 1.8%
Graduates 16-74: 13.6%
No Qualifications 16-74: 33.2%
Owner-Occupied: 68.2%
Social Housing: 23.5% (Council: 17.3%, Housing Ass.: 6.2%)
Privately Rented: 5%
Homes without central heating and/or private bathroom: 4.4%

NB - The constituency guide is now archived and is no longer being updated. It will be replaced by a new guide in 2013, once the fate of the boundary review is finally settled.