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Oldham West and Royton

2010 Results:
Conservative: 10151 (23.66%)
Labour: 19503 (45.45%)
Liberal Democrat: 8193 (19.09%)
BNP: 3049 (7.11%)
UKIP: 1387 (3.23%)
Others: 627 (1.46%)
Majority: 9352 (21.79%)

Notional 2005 Results:
Labour: 18948 (49.5%)
Conservative: 8061 (21.1%)
Liberal Democrat: 7618 (19.9%)
Other: 3658 (9.6%)
Majority: 10887 (28.4%)

Actual 2005 result
Conservative: 7998 (21.3%)
Labour: 18452 (49.1%)
Liberal Democrat: 7519 (20%)
BNP: 2606 (6.9%)
UKIP: 987 (2.6%)
Majority: 10454 (27.8%)

2001 Result
Conservative: 7076 (17.7%)
Labour: 20441 (51.2%)
Liberal Democrat: 4975 (12.4%)
Green: 918 (2.3%)
BNP: 6552 (16.4%)
Majority: 13365 (33.4%)

1997 Result
Conservative: 10693 (23.4%)
Labour: 26894 (58.8%)
Liberal Democrat: 5434 (11.9%)
Referendum: 1157 (2.5%)
Other: 1560 (3.4%)
Majority: 16201 (35.4%)

Boundary changes:

Profile:

portraitCurrent MP: Michael Meacher(Labour) Born 1939, Hemel Hempstead. Educated at Berkhamsted School and Oxford University. Prior to his election was a university lecturer. Contested Colchester 1966, Oldham West by-election 1968. First elected as MP for Oldham West in 1970. Under-secretary for Industry 1974-5, for Health and Social Security 1975-1979. Contested Labour`s Deputy leadership 1983. He was a member of the shadow cabinet thoughout most of Labour`s opposition during the 1980s and 90s, but was not appointed to the cabinet on their return to power, instead being appointed a Minister of State at the Department of the Environment 1997-2003. He attempted to run as a left-wing candidate for the Labour leadership in 2007, but unable to secure enough nominations stood down in favour of John McDonnell (more information at They work for you)

2010 election candidates:
portraitKamran Ghafoor (Conservative) Educated at Salford University. Petrol station entrepreneur. Former Oldham councillor.
portraitMichael Meacher(Labour) Born 1939, Hemel Hempstead. Educated at Berkhamsted School and Oxford University. Prior to his election was a university lecturer. Contested Colchester 1966, Oldham West by-election 1968. First elected as MP for Oldham West in 1970. Under-secretary for Industry 1974-5, for Health and Social Security 1975-1979. Contested Labour`s Deputy leadership 1983. He was a member of the shadow cabinet thoughout most of Labour`s opposition during the 1980s and 90s, but was not appointed to the cabinet on their return to power, instead being appointed a Minister of State at the Department of the Environment 1997-2003. He attempted to run as a left-wing candidate for the Labour leadership in 2007, but unable to secure enough nominations stood down in favour of John McDonnell (more information at They work for you)
portraitMark Alcock (Liberal Democrat) Oldham councillor.
portraitHelen Roberts (UKIP)
portraitDave Joines (BNP)
portraitShahid Miah (Respect)

2001 Census Demographics

Total 2001 Population: 99059
Male: 48.5%
Female: 51.5%
Under 18: 27%
Over 60: 19.1%
Born outside UK: 10.9%
White: 81%
Black: 0.5%
Asian: 16.9%
Mixed: 1.2%
Other: 0.3%
Christian: 68.3%
Hindu: 1%
Muslim: 15.6%
Full time students: 3.1%
Graduates 16-74: 11.1%
No Qualifications 16-74: 40.8%
Owner-Occupied: 65%
Social Housing: 26.7% (Council: 20.1%, Housing Ass.: 6.6%)
Privately Rented: 5%
Homes without central heating and/or private bathroom: 7.4%

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