Houghton and Washington East (UK Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 54°52′N 1°28′W / 54.867°N 1.467°W / 54.867; -1.467

Houghton and Washington East
Former Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Houghton and Washington East in Tyne and Wear for the 2005 general election.
Outline map
Location of Tyne and Wear within England.
County Tyne and Wear
19832010
Number of members One
Replaced by Houghton & Sunderland South, Washington & Sunderland West
Created from Houghton and Washington

Houghton and Washington East was, from 1997 until 2010, a constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It elected one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election. A seat with similar boundaries, Houghton and Washington, existed from 1983 until 1997.

Boundaries[edit]

1983-1997: The Metropolitan Borough of Sunderland wards of Eppleton, Hetton, Houghton, Shiney Row, Washington East, Washington North, Washington South, and Washington West.

1997-2010: The City of Sunderland wards of Eppleton, Hetton, Houghton, Ryhope, Shiney Row, Washington East, and Washington North.

Houghton and Washington East contained much of the City of Sunderland. The seat included the eastern half of the new town of Washington, and the older communities of Houghton-le-Spring, Hetton-le-Hole, Penshaw, Shiney Row, Ryhope, and Herrington.

Boundary review[edit]

Following their review of parliamentary representation in Tyne and Wear, the Boundary Commission for England reduced the number of seats in the county from 13 to 12, taking effect at the 2010 general election. In particular, the constituencies in the City of Sunderland were reorganised: Washington is covered by the Washington and Sunderland West constituency, while the Houghton-le-Spring area lies within the Houghton and Sunderland South constituency.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member [1] Party
1983 Constituency created as Houghton and Washington
1983 Roland Boyes Labour
1997 Constituency renamed Houghton and Washington East
1997 Fraser Kemp Labour
2010 Constituency abolished: see Houghton and Sunderland South
and Washington and Sunderland West

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Houghton and Washington East
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Fraser Kemp 22,310 64.3 -8.9
Liberal Democrat Mark Greenfield 6,245 18.0 +5.5
Conservative Anthony Devenish 4,772 13.8 -0.5
BNP John Richardson 1,367 3.9 +3.9
Majority 16,065 46.3
Turnout 34,694 51.7 +2.2
Labour hold Swing -7.2
General Election 2001: Houghton and Washington East
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Fraser Kemp 24,628 73.2 -3.2
Conservative Tony Devenish 4,810 14.3 +1.4
Liberal Democrat Richard Ormerod 4,203 12.5 +4.8
Majority 19,818 58.9
Turnout 33,641 49.5 -12.6
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Houghton and Washington East
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Fraser Kemp 31,946 76.38
Conservative P Booth 5,391 12.89
Liberal Democrat K Miller 3,209 7.67
Referendum C Joseph 1,277 3.05
Majority 26,555 63.49
Turnout 62.10
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1992: Houghton and Washington
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Roland Boyes 34,733 62.02
Conservative Andrew Tyrie 13,925 24.86
Liberal Democrat O Dumpleton 7,346 13.12
Majority 20,808 37.15
Turnout 70.60
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Houghton and Washington
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Roland Boyes 32,805 59.10
Conservative Martin Callanan 12,612 22.72
Social Democratic RF Kenyon 10,090 18.18
Majority 20,193 36.38
Turnout 71.25
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1983: Houghton and Washington
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Roland Boyes 26,168 51.70
Social Democratic RF Kenyon 12,347 24.39
Conservative R Vane 12,104 23.91
Majority 13,821 27.30
Turnout 66.88
Labour hold Swing

See also[edit]

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