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Makerfield

2010 Results:
Conservative: 8210 (18.76%)
Labour: 20700 (47.29%)
Liberal Democrat: 7082 (16.18%)
BNP: 3229 (7.38%)
Independent: 4550 (10.4%)
Majority: 12490 (28.53%)

Notional 2005 Results:
Labour: 24376 (64.2%)
Conservative: 4732 (12.5%)
Liberal Democrat: 4262 (11.2%)
Other: 4583 (12.1%)
Majority: 19644 (51.8%)

Actual 2005 result
Conservative: 4345 (12.2%)
Labour: 22494 (63.2%)
Liberal Democrat: 3789 (10.6%)
BNP: 1221 (3.4%)
UKIP: 962 (2.7%)
Other: 2769 (7.8%)
Majority: 18149 (51%)

2001 Result
Conservative: 6129 (17.6%)
Labour: 23879 (68.5%)
Liberal Democrat: 3990 (11.4%)
Other: 858 (2.5%)
Majority: 17750 (50.9%)

1997 Result
Conservative: 6942 (15.4%)
Labour: 33119 (73.6%)
Liberal Democrat: 3743 (8.3%)
Referendum: 1210 (2.7%)
Majority: 26177 (58.2%)

Boundary changes:

Profile:

portraitCurrent MP: Yvonne Fovargue (Labour).

2010 election candidates:
portraitItrat Ali (Conservative)
portraitYvonne Fovargue (Labour).
portraitDave Crowther (Liberal Democrat)
portraitKen Haslam (BNP)
portraitBob Brierley (Independent)
portraitJohn Mather (Independent)

2001 Census Demographics

Total 2001 Population: 93342
Male: 49.4%
Female: 50.6%
Under 18: 22.9%
Over 60: 18.6%
Born outside UK: 1.7%
White: 99%
Black: 0.2%
Asian: 0.3%
Mixed: 0.4%
Other: 0.2%
Christian: 88.2%
Full time students: 2.4%
Graduates 16-74: 12.1%
No Qualifications 16-74: 34.7%
Owner-Occupied: 77.4%
Social Housing: 16% (Council: 14.2%, Housing Ass.: 1.8%)
Privately Rented: 3.9%
Homes without central heating and/or private bathroom: 5.8%

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