Blaydon (UK Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 54°57′N 1°43′W / 54.950°N 1.717°W / 54.950; -1.717

Blaydon
Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
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Boundary of Blaydon in Tyne and Wear.
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Location of Tyne and Wear within England.
County Tyne and Wear
Electorate 68,156 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlements Birtley, Blaydon and Rowlands Gill
Current constituency
Created 1918
Member of Parliament David Anderson (Labour)
Number of members One
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency North East England

Blaydon is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2005 by David Anderson of the Labour Party.[n 2]

Constituency profile[edit]

To date the seat has been a safe seat for the Labour Party - the area's economy relied heavily on unionised mining from the Victorian period until the decline of mining in the latter half of the 20th century.[2] To a lesser extent the economy remains supported by manufacturing and industry on Tyneside, as well as the service industries which also have moved to Newcastle upon Tyne and Gateshead.

Summer season caravan parks open in part of the area (see Rowlands Gill) and the settlements have green buffers making for separate communities, being on the upland outskirts of Gateshead and in its Green belt.

Boundaries[edit]

The Blaydon seat comprises the towns of Blaydon, Whickham, Ryton, Birtley and surrounding villages in the periphery of the Metropolitan Borough of Gateshead.

Boundary review[edit]

Following their review of parliamentary representation in Tyne and Wear, the Boundary Commission for England has created a modified Blaydon constituency to be fought at the 2010 general election, from the following electoral wards;

  • Birtley, Blaydon, Chopwell & Rowlands Gill, Crawcrook & Greenside, Dunston Hill & Whickham East, Lamesley, Ryton, Crookhill and Stella, Whickham North, Whickham South & Sunniside, and Winlaton & High Spen

Members of Parliament[edit]

Walter Waring
Election Member[3] Party
1918 Walter Waring Coalition Liberal
1922 William Whiteley Labour
1931 Thomas Ballantyne Martin Conservative
1935 William Whiteley Labour
1956 by-election Robert Woof Labour
1979 John McWilliam Labour
2005 David Anderson Labour

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2010: Blaydon[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Dave Anderson 22,297 49.6 −1.9
Liberal Democrat Neil Bradbury 13,180 29.3 −8.5
Conservative Glenn Hall 7,159 15.9 +7.9
BNP Keith McFarlane 2,277 5.1 +5.1
Majority 9,117 20.3
Turnout 44,913 66.2 +4.0
Labour hold Swing −4.5

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Blaydon
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour David Anderson 20,120 51.5 −3.3
Liberal Democrat Peter J. Maughan 14,785 37.9 +4.1
Conservative Mrs. Dorothy Luckhurst 3,129 8.0 −3.4
UKIP Norman R. Endacott 1,019 2.6 +2.6
Majority 5,335 13.7
Turnout 39,053 62.6 +5.2
Labour hold Swing −3.7
General Election 2001: Blaydon
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John McWilliam 20,340 54.8 −5.1
Liberal Democrat Peter J. Maughan 12,531 33.8 +10.0
Conservative Mark A. Watson 4,215 11.4 −1.8
Majority 7,809 21.0
Turnout 37,086 57.4 −13.6
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Blaydon
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John McWilliam 27,535 60.0
Liberal Democrat Peter J. Maughan 10,930 23.8
Conservative Mark A. Watson 6,048 13.2
Independent Richard J. Rook 1,412 3.1
Majority 16,605 36.1
Turnout 45,925 71.0
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1992: Blaydon[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John McWilliam 27,028 52.7 +2.3
Conservative Peter R. Pescod 13,685 26.7 +2.5
Liberal Democrat Paul Nunn 10,602 20.7 −4.8
Majority 13,343 26.0 +1.1
Turnout 51,315 77.7 +2.0
Labour hold Swing −0.1

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Blaydon
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John McWilliam 25,277 50.34
Social Democrat V.P. Nunn 12,789 25.47
Conservative P.R. Pescod 12,147 24.19
Majority 12,488 24.87
Turnout 75.73
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1983: Blaydon
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John McWilliam 21,285 44.39
Conservative A. Williams 14,063 29.33
Social Democrat M. Carr 12,607 26.29
Majority 7,222 15.06
Turnout 73.23
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1979: Blaydon
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John McWilliam 24,687 53.40
Conservative T. Middleton 16,178 35.00
Liberal D. Hutton 5,364 11.60
Majority 8,509 18.41
Turnout 79.07
Labour hold Swing
General Election October 1974: Blaydon
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Robert Woof 23,743 57.27
Conservative A.A. Craig 10,277 24.79
Liberal P. Barker 7,439 17.94
Majority 13,466 32.48
Turnout 69.20
Labour hold Swing
General Election February 1974: Blaydon
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Robert Woof 22,279 58.65
Conservative A.A. Craig 15,705 41.35
Majority 6,574 17.31
Turnout 67.25
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1970: Blaydon
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Robert Woof 25,724 64.88
Conservative N.H. D'Aguiar 13,926 35.12
Majority 11,798 29.76
Turnout 72.30
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

General Election 1966: Blaydon
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Robert Woof 26,629 69.21
Conservative B. Bligh 11,849 30.79
Majority 14,780 38.41
Turnout 77.45
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1964: Blaydon
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Robert Woof 25,926 66.72
Conservative N.C. Bailey 12,932 33.28
Majority 12,994 33.44
Turnout 80.01
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General Election 1959: Blaydon
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Robert Woof 25,969 65.43
Conservative G.W. Iredell 13,719 34.57
Majority 12,250 30.87
Turnout 82.94
Labour hold Swing
Blaydon by-election, 1956
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Robert Woof 18,791 69.9 +3.4
Conservative John Reay-Smith 8,077 30.1 -3.4
Majority 10,714 39.8
Turnout 26,868
Labour hold Swing -3.4
General Election 1955: Blaydon
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour William Whiteley 25,273 66.47
Conservative John Reay-Smith 12,750 33.53
Majority 12,523 32.94
Turnout 80.66
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1951: Blaydon
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour William Whiteley 28,337 68.18
Conservative C.P.L. Satchwell 13,223 31.82
Majority 15,114 36.37
Turnout 87.60
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1950: Blaydon
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour William Whiteley 28,343 68.94
Conservative L.F. Lawson 12,772 31.06
Majority 15,571 37.87
Turnout 87.46
Labour hold Swing

Election in the 1940s[edit]

General Election 1945: Blaydon
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour William Whiteley 29,931 71.65
Conservative E.C. Peake 11,842 28.35
Majority 18,089 43.30
Turnout 79.70
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1930s[edit]

General Election 1935: Blaydon
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour William Whiteley 24,148 62.29
Conservative Col. C.E. Vickery 14,622 37.71
Majority 9,526 24.57
Turnout 80.76
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
General Election 1931: Blaydon
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Thomas Ballantyne Martin 18,927 50.66
Labour William Whiteley 18,431 49.34
Majority 496 1.33
Turnout 80.95
Conservative gain from Labour Swing

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ A borough constituency (for the purposes of election expenses and type of returning officer)
  2. ^ As with all constituencies, the constituency elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election at least every five years.
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