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Morecambe and Lunesdale

2010 Results:
Conservative: 18035 (41.35%)
Labour: 17169 (39.36%)
Liberal Democrat: 5971 (13.69%)
UKIP: 1843 (4.23%)
Green: 598 (1.37%)
Majority: 866 (1.99%)

Notional 2005 Results:
Labour: 20278 (49.2%)
Conservative: 15343 (37.3%)
Liberal Democrat: 5556 (13.5%)
Other: 0 (0%)
Majority: 4935 (12%)

Actual 2005 result
Conservative: 15563 (37.4%)
Labour: 20331 (48.8%)
Liberal Democrat: 5741 (13.8%)
Majority: 4768 (11.5%)

2001 Result
Conservative: 15554 (37.3%)
Labour: 20646 (49.6%)
Liberal Democrat: 3817 (9.2%)
UKIP: 935 (2.2%)
Green: 703 (1.7%)
Majority: 5092 (12.2%)

1997 Result
Conservative: 18096 (36.7%)
Labour: 24061 (48.9%)
Liberal Democrat: 5614 (11.4%)
Referendum: 1313 (2.7%)
Other: 165 (0.3%)
Majority: 5965 (12.1%)

Boundary changes: minor changes. Morecambe & Lunesdale loses part of the split Lower Lune Valley ward to Lancaster and Fleetwood. This a large geographical area, but is mostly unpopulated and contains under 1,000 voters.

Profile: The urban south-western part of the constituency includes the industrial ferry port of Heysham, along with its nuclear power station, and the holiday resort of Morecambe. In past decades Morecambe has been in steep decline – both its piers are gone, the Frontierland themepark closed in 1999 and a Crinkly Bottom theme park closed only a few months in 1994.

North of Morecambe the constituency includes much of Morecambe bay (including Warton Bank, the site of the 2004 Morecambe Bay cockling disaster where 21 chinese cockle pickers were cut off and drowned by advancing tides), Carnforth and the villages of Bolton-le-Sands and Silverdale. To the East the constituency stretches to to the pennines taking in the small rural villages of northern Lancash/p>

portraitCurrent MP: David Morris (Conservative) Company director. Contested Blackpool South 2001, Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire 2005

2010 election candidates:
portraitDavid Morris (Conservative) Company director. Contested Blackpool South 2001, Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire 2005
portraitGeraldine Smith(Labour) Educated at Morecambe High School. Former Royal Mail worker. First elected in Morecambe & Lunesdale in 2005 (more information at They work for you)
portraitLes Jones (Liberal Democrat) Contested Hyndburn 1997, Ashton under Lyne 2005.
portraitChris Coates (Green) Lancashire county councillor since 2005. Lancaster councillor.
portraitMark Knight (UKIP)

2001 Census Demographics

Total 2001 Population: 87711
Male: 47.6%
Female: 52.4%
Under 18: 22.7%
Over 60: 25.5%
Born outside UK: 2.8%
White: 98.8%
Asian: 0.3%
Mixed: 0.5%
Other: 0.3%
Christian: 79.1%
Full time students: 3%
Graduates 16-74: 16.3%
No Qualifications 16-74: 30.4%
Owner-Occupied: 74.8%
Social Housing: 9.9% (Council: 6.3%, Housing Ass.: 3.6%)
Privately Rented: 12.4%
Homes without central heating and/or private bathroom: 15%

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