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Houghton and Sunderland South (UK Parliament constituency)

Coordinates: 54°51′N 1°27′W / 54.85°N 1.45°W / 54.85; -1.45
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Houghton and Sunderland South
Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Map
Boundaries since 2024
Map of constituency
Boundary of Houghton and Sunderland South in the North East England
CountyTyne and Wear
Electorate76,883 (2023)[1]
Current constituency
Created2010
Member of ParliamentBridget Phillipson (Labour)
SeatsOne
Created fromSunderland South, Houghton and Washington East

Houghton and Sunderland South (/ˈhtən/) is a constituency[n 1] in Tyne and Wear represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. Since its creation in 2010, the seat has been represented by Bridget Phillipson of the Labour Party,[n 2] who currently serves as Secretary of State for Education under the government of Keir Starmer.

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 to 2005. However, in the 2017 and 2019 general elections, it was beaten by Newcastle upon Tyne Central.[2] It regained the position as first constituency to declare in the 2024 election.[3]

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.

Boundaries[edit]

Houghton and Sunderland South was created for the 2010 general election when the Boundary Commission reduced the number of seats in Tyne and Wear from 13 to 12, with the constituencies in the City of Sunderland, in particular, being reorganised. The constituency was formed from the majority of the former Houghton and Washington East seat (Copt Hill, Doxford, Hetton, Houghton and Shiney Row wards) and parts of the former Sunderland South seat (St Chad's, Sandhill and Silksworth wards).

2010–2024[edit]

Map
Map of 2010–2024 boundaries

The City of Sunderland wards of: Copt Hill, Doxford, Hetton, Houghton, St Chad's, Sandhill, Shiney Row, and Silksworth.[4]

2024–present[edit]

The City of Sunderland wards of: Copt Hill; Doxford; Hetton; Houghton; Sandhill; Shiney Row; Silksworth; St. Anne's; and St. Chad's.[5]

The boundaries for 2024 election were established by the 2023 Periodic Review of Westminster constituencies, where the constituency was expanded to bring the electorate within the permitted range, by adding the City of Sunderland ward of St Anne's, transferred from Washington and Sunderland West (abolished).[6]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[7] Party
2010 Bridget Phillipson Labour

Elections[edit]

Vote share in Houghton and Sunderland South elections 2010-2024

Elections in the 2020s[edit]

General election 2024: Houghton and Sunderland South[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Bridget Phillipson 18,837 47.1 +6.4
Reform UK Sam Woods-Brass 11,668 29.1 +13.6
Conservative Chris Burnicle 5,514 13.8 −19.1
Liberal Democrats Paul Edgeworth 2,290 5.7 −0.1
Green Richard Bradley 1,723 4.3 +1.5
Majority 7,168 17.9 +10.1
Turnout 40,032 52.1 −5.7
Labour hold Swing −3.6

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General election 2019: Houghton and Sunderland South[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Bridget Phillipson 16,210 40.7 -18.8
Conservative Christopher Howarth 13,095 32.9 +3.2
Brexit Party Kevin Yuill 6,165 15.5 New
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[10]
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 New
Majority 12,341 29.8 -3.8
Turnout 41,480 60.9 +4.6
Labour hold Swing -3.4
General election 2015: Houghton and Sunderland South[11][12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Bridget Phillipson 21,218 55.1 +4.8
UKIP Richard Elvin 8,280 21.5 +18.8
Conservative Stewart Hay[13] 7,105 18.5 -2.9
Green Alan Robinson 1,095 2.8 New
Liberal Democrats Jim Murray[14] 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[15][16][17]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Bridget Phillipson 19,137 50.3
Conservative Robert Oliver 8,147 21.4
Liberal Democrats Christopher Boyle 5,292 13.9
Independent Colin Wakefield 2,462 6.5
BNP Karen Allen 1,961 5.2
UKIP Richard Elvin 1,022 2.7
Majority 10,990 28.9
Turnout 38,021 55.3
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. ^ "The 2023 Review of Parliamentary Constituency Boundaries in England – Volume two: Constituency names, designations and composition – North East". Boundary Commission for England. Retrieved 3 July 2024.
  2. ^ "Elections 2017: Declaration times in time order". Press Association. Archived from the original on 4 June 2017. Retrieved 7 June 2017.
  3. ^ "UK general election results live: Exit poll predicts Labour to win general election landslide". BBC News. Retrieved 4 July 2024.
  4. ^ "2010 post-revision map Greater London and metropolitan areas of England" (PDF).
  5. ^ "The 2023 Review of Parliamentary Constituency Boundaries in England – Volume two: Constituency names, designations and composition – Yorkshire and the Humber | Boundary Commission for England". boundarycommissionforengland.independent.gov.uk. Retrieved 22 June 2024.
  6. ^ "The Parliamentary Constituencies Order 2023". Schedule 1 Part 4 North East region.
  7. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "H" (part 4)
  8. ^ https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/election/2024/uk/constituencies/E14001295
  9. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 20 February 2021. Retrieved 17 November 2019.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ Seddon, Sean (9 June 2017). "Houghton & Sunderland South constituency General Election results 2017". nechronicle.
  11. ^ "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  12. ^ "Houghton & Sunderland South parliamentary constituency - Election 2017" – via www.bbc.co.uk.
  13. ^ "Conservative Parliamentary Candidates Chosen". Sunderland. Archived from the original on 15 February 2015. Retrieved 15 February 2015.
  14. ^ "list of selected candidates". Lib Dems. Retrieved 7 March 2015.
  15. ^ "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 26 July 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  16. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 8 June 2011. Retrieved 3 May 2010.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  17. ^ "BBC NEWS – Election 2010 – Houghton & Sunderland South". BBC News.

External links[edit]

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