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
Electorate68,828 (December 2019)[1]
Current constituency
Created2010
Member of ParliamentBridget Phillipson (Labour)
Number of membersOne
Created fromSunderland South, Houghton and Washington East

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 and 2019 general elections, 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. The largest opposition vote has come from the Conservative Party.

Boundaries[edit]

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 created from Sunderland South
and Houghton and Washington East
Bridget Phillipson Labour

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General election 2019: Houghton and Sunderland South[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Bridget Phillipson 16,210 40.7 -18.7
Conservative Christopher Howarth 13,095 32.9 +3.2
Brexit Party Kevin Yuill 6,165 15.5 N/A
Liberal Democrats Paul Edgeworth 2,319 5.8 +3.6
Green Richard Bradley 1,125 2.8 +1.0
UKIP Richard Elvin 897 2.3 -3.4
Majority 3,115 7.8 -22.0
Turnout 39,811 57.8 -3.1
Labour hold Swing -11.0
General election 2017: Houghton and Sunderland South[5]
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 Democrats Paul Edgeworth 908 2.2 +0.1
Green Richard Bradley 725 1.8 -1.0
Independent Michael Watson 479 1.2 N/A
Majority 12,341 29.8 -3.8
Turnout 41,480 60.9 +7.2
Labour hold Swing -3.4
General election 2015: Houghton and Sunderland South[6][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Bridget Phillipson 21,218 55.1 +4.8
UKIP Richard Elvin 8,280 21.5 +18.8
Conservative Stewart Hay[8] 7,105 18.5 -2.9
Green Alan Robinson 1,095 2.8 +2.8
Liberal Democrats Jim Murray[9] 791 2.1 -11.8
Majority 12,938 33.6 +4.7
Turnout 38,489 56.3 +1.0
Labour hold Swing -7.0
General election 2010: Houghton and Sunderland South[10][11][12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Bridget Phillipson 19,137 50.3 N/A
Conservative Robert Oliver 8,147 21.4 N/A
Liberal Democrats Christopher Boyle 5,292 13.9 N/A
Independent Colin Wakefield 2,462 6.5 N/A
BNP Karen Allen 1,961 5.2 N/A
UKIP Richard Elvin 1,022 2.7 N/A
Majority 10,990 28.9 N/A
Turnout 38,021 55.3 N/A
Labour win (new seat)

See also[edit]

Notes[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 Easington and Sunderland Central.

References[edit]

  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. ^ https://www.sunderland.gov.uk/media/22032/HSS-Statement-of-Persons-Nominated-General-2019/pdf/HSS_Statement_of_Persons_Nominated_-_General_2019_11_14.pdf?m=637093469968830000
  5. ^ Seddon, Sean (June 9, 2017). "Houghton & Sunderland South constituency General Election results 2017". nechronicle.
  6. ^ "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  7. ^ "Houghton & Sunderland South parliamentary constituency - Election 2017" – via www.bbc.co.uk.
  8. ^ "Conservative Parliamentary Candidates Chosen". Sunderland. Archived from the original on 2015-02-15. Retrieved 2015-02-15.
  9. ^ "list of selected candidates". Lib Dems. Retrieved 7 March 2015.
  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.