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Leigh

2010 Results:
Conservative: 9284 (20.94%)
Labour: 21295 (48.04%)
Liberal Democrat: 8049 (18.16%)
BNP: 2724 (6.14%)
UKIP: 1535 (3.46%)
Christian: 137 (0.31%)
Independent: 1308 (2.95%)
Majority: 12011 (27.1%)

Notional 2005 Results:
Labour: 23987 (60.5%)
Conservative: 6806 (17.2%)
Liberal Democrat: 6337 (16%)
Other: 2523 (6.4%)
Majority: 17181 (43.3%)

Actual 2005 result
Conservative: 5825 (16%)
Labour: 23097 (63.3%)
Liberal Democrat: 4962 (13.6%)
Other: 2604 (7.1%)
Majority: 17272 (47.3%)

2001 Result
Conservative: 6421 (18.2%)
Labour: 22783 (64.5%)
Liberal Democrat: 4524 (12.8%)
UKIP: 750 (2.1%)
Other: 820 (2.3%)
Majority: 16362 (46.4%)

1997 Result
Conservative: 7156 (15.6%)
Labour: 31652 (68.9%)
Liberal Democrat: 5163 (11.2%)
Referendum: 1949 (4.2%)
Majority: 24496 (53.3%)

Boundary changes:

Profile:

portraitCurrent MP: Andy Burnham(Labour) born 1970, Liverpool. Educated at St Aelred`s Roman Catholic High School and Cambridge University. Former Parliamentary researcher and special advisor. First elected as MP for Leigh in 2001. PPS to David Blunkett 2003-2004 and Ruth Kelly 2004-2005. Under-secretary of State at the Home office 2005-2006, Minister of State for Health 2006-2007, Chief Secretary to the Treasury 2007-2008, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport 2008-2009, Secretary of State for Health 2009-2010 (more information at They work for you)

2010 election candidates:
portraitShazia Awan (Conservative).
portraitAndy Burnham(Labour) born 1970, Liverpool. Educated at St Aelred`s Roman Catholic High School and Cambridge University. Former Parliamentary researcher and special advisor. First elected as MP for Leigh in 2001. PPS to David Blunkett 2003-2004 and Ruth Kelly 2004-2005. Under-secretary of State at the Home office 2005-2006, Minister of State for Health 2006-2007, Chief Secretary to the Treasury 2007-2008, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport 2008-2009, Secretary of State for Health 2009-2010. Shadow education secretary since 2010. Unsuccessfully ran for the Labour leadership in 2010 (more information at They work for you)
portraitChris Blackburn (Liberal Democrat)
portraitMary Lavelle (UKIP)
portraitGary Chadwick (BNP)
portraitRyan Hessell (Christian Party)
portraitNorman Bradbury (Independent) Retired from the catering industry. Wigan councillor since 2007, originally elected as Labour.
portraitTerry Dainty (Independent)

2001 Census Demographics

Total 2001 Population: 97468
Male: 48.9%
Female: 51.1%
Under 18: 23.4%
Over 60: 19%
Born outside UK: 2.4%
White: 98.5%
Black: 0.2%
Asian: 0.5%
Mixed: 0.4%
Other: 0.4%
Christian: 85.4%
Full time students: 2.2%
Graduates 16-74: 13.2%
No Qualifications 16-74: 33.5%
Owner-Occupied: 73.5%
Social Housing: 18.5% (Council: 16%, Housing Ass.: 2.5%)
Privately Rented: 5.1%
Homes without central heating and/or private bathroom: 7.5%

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.