No longer a safe seat for Labour
The 1997 General Election result:
Labour 26,997 Conservative 9,489. Lib Dem 6,248
The 2001 General Election result:
Labour 22,506 Conservative 7,935 Lib Dem 5,717.
Euro Election Result June 2004:
Labour 8,295 Conservative 4.332 Lib Dem 3,469 UKIP 5,056
The conclusion is obvious. Labour's popularity in Hartlepool is on a downward trend, as indeed is the Tory and Lib Dem vote.
UKIP's 19.8 % of the vote in June is evidence that a seat in Westminster awaits UKIP's candidate.
Research - Chris Williamson