Houghton and Sunderland South (UK Parliament constituency)
|Houghton and Sunderland South|
for the House of Commons
Boundary of Houghton and Sunderland South in Tyne and Wear.
Location of Tyne and Wear within England.
|County||Tyne and Wear|
|Electorate||70,115 (December 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 // 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 2010 and 2015 it was the first constituency to declare its result.
Houghton and Sunderland South is a medium density inland area[n 3] partly on the south banks of the River Wear mostly populated 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. The largest opposition was in 2010 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.
The 2018 boundary review recommends the constituency be abolished, with its territory split between Sunderland West, Easington & Houghton and City of Durham.
Members of Parliament
|2010||constituency replaced Sunderland South and Houghton and Washington East|
Elections in the 2010s
|Liberal Democrat||Jim Murray||791||2.1||-11.8|
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. The vote share change comes from the notional, not actual, results as this is a new seat.
|Liberal Democrat||Christopher Peter Boyle||5,292||13.9||-0.6|
|UKIP||Richard Peter Elvin||1,022||2.7||+2.7|
- A borough constituency (for the purposes of election expenses and type of returning officer)
- 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.
- However it borders the coastal constituencies of Hartlepool and Sunderland Central.
- "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
- In Northern English and Southern Welsh dialects ʊ is spoken otherwise //
- [Current Opinion Poll Seats Ranked by Electoral Calculus http://www.electoralcalculus.co.uk/orderedseats.html]
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