Houghton and Sunderland South (UK Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 54°51′30″N 1°26′30″W / 54.85833°N 1.44167°W / 54.85833; -1.44167

Houghton and Sunderland South
Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Houghton and Sunderland South in Tyne and Wear.
Outline map
Location of Tyne and Wear within England.
County Tyne and Wear
Electorate 70,115 (December 2010)[1]
Current constituency
Created 2010
Member of Parliament Bridget Phillipson (Labour)
Number of members One
Created from Sunderland South, Houghton and Washington East
European Parliament constituency North East England

Houghton and Sunderland South /ˈhtʉn.ənd.ˈsʊn.dərˌlənd.sθ/[2] is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2010 by Bridget Phillipson of the Labour Party.[n 2]

Constituency profile[edit]

Houghton and Sunderland South is a medium density inland area[n 3] partly on the south banks of the River Wear mostly populated[3] by people of working age that has a minority of the population who live in rural villages. The majority of the population historically relied on coal mining, steelworks and shipbuilding from the mid-nineteenth to mid-twentieth centuries on Wearside with Tyne and Wear at the forefront of some of the earliest Labour Party activity and several of its earliest Members of Parliament. During the 2010 Parliament, Houghton and Sunderland South is the 70th safest Labour seat in the country.[4] The largest opposition was in 2010 from the Conservative Party.


The following electoral wards have been used in the creation of Houghton and Sunderland South:

Latest boundary changes[edit]

Following their review of parliamentary representation in Tyne and Wear, the Boundary Commission for England reorganised constituencies covering the City of Sunderland. Elements of the former Sunderland South and Houghton and Washington East seats were combined to create this as a new seat in 2010.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[5] Party
2010 constituency replaced Sunderland South and Houghton and Washington East
2010 Bridget Phillipson Labour


Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2015: Houghton and Sunderland South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
UKIP Richard Peter Elvin
Labour Bridget Phillipson[6]

This seat was fought for the first time at the 2010 general election, and was the first seat to declare its results, continuing the record of the former Sunderland South constituency which had been first to declare in the previous four general elections.[7] The vote share change comes from the notional, not actual, results as this is a new seat.

General Election 2010: Houghton and Sunderland South[8][9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Bridget Phillipson 19,137 50.3 -11.7
Conservative Robert Oliver 8,147 21.4 +5.2
Liberal Democrat Christopher Peter Boyle 5,292 13.9 -0.6
Independent Colin Wakefield 2,462 6.5 +6.5
BNP Karen Allen 1,961 5.2 +1.4
UKIP Richard Peter Elvin 1,022 2.7 +2.7
Majority 10,990 28.9
Turnout 38,021 55.3 +2.1
Labour hold Swing -8.5

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  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.
  3. ^ However it borders the coastal constituencies of Hartlepool and Sunderland Central.
  4. ^ Officially and sometimes nationally known as Houghton-le-Spring