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.
CountyTyne and Wear
Electorate70,115 (December 2010)[1]
Current constituency
Member of parliamentBridget Phillipson (Labour)
Number of membersOne
Created fromSunderland South, Houghton and Washington East
European Parliament constituencyNorth East England

Houghton and Sunderland South (/ˈhtən/) 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] In the 2010 and 2015 general elections, it was the first constituency to declare its result, continuing the record of its predecessor seat, Sunderland South, in the four general elections from 1992-2005. However, in the 2017 general election, it was beaten by Newcastle upon Tyne Central.[2]

Constituency profile[edit]

Houghton and Sunderland South is a medium density inland area,[n 3] partly situated on the south banks of the River Wear, which is mostly populated by people of working age, and a minority of the population living 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. Based on majority size, Houghton and Sunderland South can be considered a safe seat for Labour. The largest opposition vote has come from the Conservative Party.


The City of Sunderland wards of Copt Hill, Doxford, Hetton, Houghton, St Chad’s, Sandhill, Shiney Row, and Silksworth.

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[3] Party
2010 constituency replaced Sunderland South and Houghton and Washington East
2010 Bridget Phillipson Labour


Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2017: Houghton and Sunderland South[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Bridget Phillipson 24,665 59.5 +4.4
Conservative Paul Howell 12,324 29.7 +11.2
UKIP Michael Joyce 2,379 5.7 -15.8
Liberal Democrat Paul Edgeworth 908 2.2 +0.1
Green Richard Bradley 725 1.8 -1.0
Independent Michael Watson 479 1.2
Majority 12,341 29.8 -3.8
Turnout 41,480 60.9 +7.21
Labour hold Swing -3.4
General Election 2015: Houghton and Sunderland South[5][6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Bridget Phillipson 21,218 55.1 +4.8
UKIP Richard Elvin 8,280 21.5 +18.8
Conservative Stewart Hay[7] 7,105 18.5 -2.9
Green Alan Robinson 1,095 2.8 +2.8
Liberal Democrat Jim Murray[8] 791 2.1 -11.8
Majority 12,938 33.6
Turnout 38,489 56.3
Labour hold Swing -7.0

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.[9] The vote share change comes from the notional, not actual, results as this is a new seat.

General Election 2010: Houghton and Sunderland South[10][11][12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Bridget Phillipson 19,137 50.3 -11.7
Conservative Robert Oliver 8,147 21.4 +5.2
Liberal Democrat Christopher 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 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]


  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.


  1. ^ "Electorate Figures – Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Archived from the original on 6 November 2010. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
  2. ^ "Elections 2017: Declaration times in time order". Press Association. Retrieved 7 June 2017.
  3. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "H" (part 4)
  4. ^ http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/local-news/houghton-sunderland-south-constituency-election-8650510
  5. ^ "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  6. ^ "Houghton & Sunderland South parliamentary constituency - Election 2017" – via www.bbc.co.uk.
  7. ^ "Conservative Parliamentary Candidates Chosen". Sunderland.
  8. ^ "list of selected candidates". Lib Dems. Retrieved 7 March 2015.
  9. ^ Daily Record; May 6, 2005; Sunderland Leads the Way
  10. ^ "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 26 July 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-06-08. Retrieved 2010-05-03.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  12. ^ "BBC NEWS – Election 2010 – Houghton & Sunderland South". BBC News.