North Tyneside (UK Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 55°00′29″N 1°32′46″W / 55.008°N 1.546°W / 55.008; -1.546

North Tyneside
Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of North Tyneside in Tyne and Wear for the 2010 general election.
Outline map
Location of Tyne and Wear within England.
County Tyne and Wear
Electorate 78,617 (December 2010)[1]
Current constituency
Created 1997
Member of parliament Mary Glindon (Labour)
Number of members One
Created from Tynemouth and Wallsend
European Parliament constituency North East England

North Tyneside is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2010 by Mary Glindon of the Labour Party.[n 2]


This seat was represented from its creation in 1997 by Stephen Byers of the Labour Party, who before that election represented the abolished seat of Wallsend from 1992. Byers stood down at the 2010 general election and his party selected local councillor Mary Glindon as their new candidate for the general election, which she won with a majority of 12,884.

Constituency profile[edit]

This constituency forms north-east suburbs to the largest city in the region, Newcastle. At the end of 2010 unemployment still reflected a slightly less strong economy than in the city's shipbuilding heyday and stood in this seat alone at 5.7% by claimant count, compared to a regional average of 5.5%, significantly lower than South Shields's 7.7%. As to the male only claimant total, this amounted to 7.8%, just part of a significant region-wide disparity but significantly lower than Middlesbrough's 12.8%, however both sets of figures were a little higher than the national average — Greater London saw an average of 4.1% and for men a proportion of 4.9%.[2]


The seat contains Wallsend, which has been moved from Newcastle upon Tyne East and Wallsend. As a consequence of 2010 changes, Newcastle East becomes a constituency in its own right.

Parliament accepted the Boundary Commission's Fifth Periodic Review of Westminster constituencies which slightly altered this constituency for the 2010 general election since which it has electoral wards:

  • Battle Hill (Battle Hill and the Hadrian Lodge Estate)
  • Benton (Benton and Forest Hall)
  • Camperdown (the villages of Burradon, Camperdown, West Moor, half of Killingworth and part of Dudley)
  • Howdon (all of Howdon, Holycross, Rosehill and Willington)
  • Killingworth (Palmersville, Holystone and half of Killingworth)
  • Longbenton
  • Northumberland (northern Wallsend)[n 3]
  • Riverside (Willington Quay, Percy Main and part of North Shields town centre)
  • Wallsend (town centre)
  • Weetslade (Weetslade, Hazlerigg, North Gosforth, Seaton Burn and Wideopen)[3]
Election Member[4] Party Notes
1997 Stephen Byers Labour Former Councillor for the Howdon Ward until his election in 1992.
2010 Mary Glindon Labour Former Councillor for the Battle Hill Ward until her election in 2010.


Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2015: North Tyneside
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Green Martin Collins
Conservative Martin McGann
TUSC Tim Wall
Labour Mary Glindon
UKIP Scott Hartley

2010: At this election Mary Glindon was Councillor for Battle Hill Ward, David Ord was Councillor for Northumberland Ward and Gagan Mohindra was District Councillor in Epping Forest, Essex.

General Election 2010: North Tyneside[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Mary Glindon 23,505 50.7 −8.7
Liberal Democrat David Ord 10,621 22.9 +0.9
Conservative Gagan Mohindra 8,514 18.3 −0.3
BNP John Burrows 1,860 4.0 N/A
UKIP Claudia Blake 1,306 2.8 N/A
National Front Bob Batten 599 1.3 N/A
Majority 12,884 27.8
Turnout 46,405 59.7 +4.3
Labour hold Swing −4.8

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

2005: Duncan McLellan was Councillor for Weetslade Ward 2005-2012.

General Election 2005: North Tyneside
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Stephen Byers 22,882 61.9 −7.6
Conservative Duncan McLellan 7,845 21.2 +6.6
Liberal Democrat Gillian Ferguson 6,212 16.8 +4.4
Majority 15,037 40.7
Turnout 36,939 57.2 −0.5
Labour hold Swing −7.1
General Election 2001: North Tyneside
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Stephen Byers 26,027 69.5 −3.3
Conservative Mark Ruffell 5,459 14.6 +0.9
Liberal Democrat Simon Reed 4,649 12.4 +1.9
UKIP Alan Taylor 770 2.1 N/A
Socialist Alliance Pete Burnett 324 0.9 N/A
Socialist Labour Kenneth Capstick 240 0.6 N/A
Majority 20,568 54.9
Turnout 37,469 57.7 −10.2
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

1997: Michael McIntyre was Councillor for Whitley Bay Ward 1992-2012.

General Election 1997: North Tyneside
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Stephen Byers 32,810 72.7 N/A
Conservative Michael McIntyre 6,167 13.7 N/A
Liberal Democrat Tommy Mulvenna 4,762 10.6 N/A
Referendum Party Michael Rollings 1,382 3.1 N/A
Majority 26,643 59.0 N/A
Turnout 67.9 N/A

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. ^ This electoral ward should not be confused with the county of that name.