|Newcastle upon Tyne East|
for the House of Commons
|County||Tyne and Wear|
|Electorate||65,203 (December 2010)|
|Major settlements||Newcastle upon Tyne|
|Member of Parliament||Nick Brown (Labour Party (UK))|
|Created from||Newcastle upon Tyne East and Wallsend; Tyne Bridge|
|Created from||Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyneside|
|Replaced by||Newcastle upon Tyne East and Wallsend|
Parliament created this constituency in the Representation of the People Act 1918 as one of four divisions of the parliamentary borough of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, which had previously been represented by one two-member seat. Its first creation was eventually absorbed in 1997 by the new Newcastle upon Tyne East and Wallsend seat. Parliament accepted the Boundary Commission's Fifth Periodic Review of Westminster constituencies which recommended the re-creation of the seat for the 2010 general election.
- The County Borough of Newcastle upon Tyne wards of Byker, St Anthony's, St Lawrence, and Walker.
- The County Borough of Newcastle upon Tyne wards of Dene, Heaton, St Lawrence, Walker, and Walkergate.
Boundaries redrawn to take account of expansion of the County Borough and redistribution of wards. Expanded northwards, gaining Dene and Heaton from Newcastle upon Tyne North. Byker and St Anthony's transferred to Newcastle upon Tyne Central.
- The City of Newcastle upon Tyne wards of Byker, Dene, Heaton, Monkchester, Sandyford, Walker, and Walkergate.
Regained Byker and St Anthony's with the addition of the Battle Field area from Newcastle-upon-Tyne Centre. Sandyford transferred from Newcastle-upon-Tyne North.
On abolition, the Sandyford ward was transferred to Newcastle upon Tyne Central; the remainder of the constituency comprised the bulk of the new seat of Newcastle upon Tyne East and Wallsend.
- The City of Newcastle upon Tyne wards of Byker, Dene, North Heaton, North Jesmond, Ouseburn, South Heaton, South Jesmond, Walker, and Walkergate.
Following their review of parliamentary representation in Tyne and Wear in 2007, the Boundary Commission for England re-created the constituency of Newcastle upon Tyne East, which took effect at the 2010 general election. The new seat largely replaced the former Newcastle upon Tyne East and Wallsend seat, with the Wallsend element being transferred to the adjacent North Tyneside constituency. The boundaries were similar to those in place before 1997, with the addition of Jesmond from Newcastle upon Tyne Central.
Apart from a widespread party defection in 1981 to the SDP, successive members of the Labour Party have represented this constituency in Westminster since 1964 (including its interim successors). Since 1966, the double-digit majorities won in all three previous forms of the constituency and today's constituency suggest they have been safe seats.
For the Labour Party, it was likely to be more marginal since 2006 when Liberal Democrat local popularity strengthened, winning council seats across the constituency with large majorities. This indicated a possibility of Labour losing the seat to the Liberal Democrats at the 2010 general election. In the event, Labour's Nick Brown held the seat with the smallest majority in 44 years, and in the simultaneous local elections Labour benefitted from the associated increased turnout to take the Walkergate Council Ward from the Liberal Democrats.
In 2015, the Liberal Democrat vote collapsed in line with the rest of the country and in 2017, Brown achieved a record margin of 46.3%. In 2019 the constituency was one of only a handful of Labour-held seats not contested by the Brexit Party.
Members of Parliament
|1918||Harry Barnes||Coalition Liberal|
|1922||Joseph Nicholas Bell||Labour|
|1923 by-election||Arthur Henderson||Labour|
|1923||Sir Robert Aske||Liberal|
|1924||Martin Henry Connolly||Labour|
|1929||Sir Robert Aske||Liberal|
|1964||Geoffrey Rhodes||Labour Co-operative|
|Oct 1974||Mike Thomas||Labour Co-operative|
|1997||None||None||Constituency abolished: see Newcastle upon Tyne East & Wallsend|
MPs since 2010
Elections in the 2010s
|Liberal Democrats||Wendy Taylor||4,535||10.5||+4.3|
|Liberal Democrats||Wendy Taylor||2,574||6.2||−4.8|
|Liberal Democrats||Wendy Taylor||4,332||11.0||-22.3|
|Liberal Democrats||Wendy Taylor||12,590||33.3||+1.5|
- * Served as MP for Newcastle upon Tyne East and Wallsend, 1997–2010
Elections in the 1990s
|Conservative||Jeremy R. Lucas||10,465||25.9||−0.7|
|Liberal Democrats||Alan Thompson||4,883||12.1||−3.9|
|Green||Gareth L.N. Edwards||744||1.8||New|
Elections in the 1980s
|Conservative||Arthur T. Barnes||11,755||27.8||−8.7|
Elections in the 1970s
|Labour Co-op||Mike Thomas||18,257||55.1||+2.3|
|Labour Co-op||Geoffrey Rhodes||20,439||58.76|
|Labour Co-op hold||Swing|
|Labour Co-op||Geoffrey Rhodes||20,780||58.4||-1.4|
|Conservative||Philip E. Heseltine||14,832||41.7||+1.4|
|Labour Co-op hold||Swing|
Elections in the 1960s
|Labour Co-op||Geoffrey Rhodes||22,408||59.77|
|Conservative||Thomas T. Hubble||15,082||40.23|
|Labour Co-op hold||Swing|
|Labour Co-op||Geoffrey Rhodes||21,200||52.02|
|Labour Co-op gain from Conservative||Swing|
Elections in the 1950s
|Conservative gain from Labour||Swing|
|Conservative||George F.H. Walker||20,994||47.92|
Elections in the 1940s
|National Liberal||Richard O'Sullivan||11,774||31.07|
|Labour gain from National Liberal||Swing|
Elections in the 1930s
|National Liberal||Robert Aske||23,146||58.6||-4.8|
|Labour||Bernard Benjamin Gillis||16,322||41.4||+4.8|
|National Liberal hold||Swing|
|National Liberal||Robert Aske||24,552||63.4||New|
|National Liberal gain from Liberal||Swing|
Elections in the 1920s
|Liberal gain from Labour||Swing||+2.0|
|Labour gain from Liberal||Swing||+3.0|
|Liberal gain from Labour||Swing||+8.9|
- Death of Joseph Bell
|National Liberal||Gilbert Stone||6,273||26.9||New|
|Labour gain from Liberal||Swing||+18.3|
Elections in the 1910s
|Liberal win (new seat)|
|C indicates candidate endorsed by the coalition government.|
* Thompson was initially supported by the local branch of the National Federation of Discharged and Demobilized Sailors and Soldiers but this was later revoked.
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