Sunderland North (UK Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 54°55′16″N 1°22′26″W / 54.921°N 1.374°W / 54.921; -1.374

Sunderland North
Former Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Sunderland North in Tyne and Wear for the 2005 general election.
Outline map
Location of Tyne and Wear within England.
County Tyne and Wear
Major settlements Sunderland
19502010
Number of members One
Replaced by Sunderland Central

Sunderland North was a borough 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.

History[edit]

The constituency was created in 1950 and abolished in 2010. It was considered to be a safe seat for the Labour Party throughout its existence.

Boundaries[edit]

1950-1974: The County Borough of Sunderland wards of Bridge, Central, Colliery, Deptford, Fulwell, Monkwearmouth, Monkwearmouth Shore, Roker, and Southwick.

1974-1983: The County Borough of Sunderland wards of Castletown, Central, Colliery, Deptford, Downhill, Ford, Fulwell, Hylton Castle, Monkwearmouth, Pallion, Roker, and Southwick.

1983-1997: The Metropolitan Borough of Sunderland wards of Castletown, Central, Colliery, Fulwell, Pallion, St Peter's, South Hylton, Southwick, and Town End Farm.

1997-2010: The City of Sunderland wards of Castletown, Central, Colliery, Fulwell, Pallion, St Peter's, Southwick, and Town End Farm.

Sunderland North, as can be inferred from the name, formed the northern part of the City of Sunderland. At the 2010 general election, it was replaced largely by the new constituency of Sunderland Central.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[1] Party
1950 Fred Willey Labour
1983 Bob Clay Labour
1992 Bill Etherington Labour
2010 Constituency abolished: see Sunderland Central

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General Election 1950: Sunderland North
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Fred Willey 24,816 54.1 N/A
Conservative S. Hudson 17,469 38.1 N/A
Liberal James Hurst 3,614 7.9 N/A
Majority 7,347 16.0 N/A
Turnout 45,899 84.4 N/A
Labour win (new seat)
General Election 1951: Sunderland North
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Fred Willey 23,792 54.0 −0.1
Conservative Ronald Kendall 20,302 46.0 +7.9
Majority 3,490 7.9
Turnout 44,094 72.3 −12.1
Labour hold Swing −4.0
General Election 1955: Sunderland North
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Fred Willey 24,237 53.1 −0.9
Conservative Auberon M. Herbert 21,401 46.9 +0.9
Majority 2,836 6.2
Turnout 45,638 75.7 +3.4
Labour hold Swing −0.9
General Election 1959: Sunderland North
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Fred Willey 24,341 52.4 −0.7
Conservative Philip E. Heselton 22,133 47.6 +0.7
Majority 2,208 4.8
Turnout 46,474 80.5 +4.8
Labour hold Swing −0.7

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

General Election 1964: Sunderland North
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Fred Willey 23,826 55.8 +3.4
Conservative Philip Edwin Heselton 17,696 41.5 −6.1
Independent Conservative Robert C. Middelwood 1,157 2.7 N/A
Majority 6,130 14.4
Turnout 42,679 75.1 −5.4
Labour hold Swing +4.8
General Election 1966: Sunderland North
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Fred Willey 25,438 60.8 +5.0
Conservative Peter Rost 16,423 39.2 −2.3
Majority 9,015 21.5
Turnout 41,861 74.5 −0.6
Labour hold Swing +3.7

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1970: Sunderland North
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Fred Willey 25,779 60.6 −0.2
Conservative John M. Reay-Smith 16,738 39.4 +0.2
Majority 9,041 21.3
Turnout 42,517 69.7 −4.8
Labour hold Swing −0.2
General Election February 1974: Sunderland North
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Fred Willey 28,933 52.2
Conservative John David Stuart Brown 17,533 31.6
Liberal John Anthony Lennox 9,015 16.3 N/A
Majority 11,400 20.6
Turnout 55,481 74.0 +4.3
Labour hold Swing
General Election October 1974: Sunderland North
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Fred Willey 29,618 58.5 +6.3
Conservative John David Stuart Brown 13,497 27.5 −4.1
Liberal John Anthony Lennox 7,077 14.0 −2.3
Majority 15,671 30.9
Turnout 50,642 67.0 −7.0
Labour hold Swing +5.2
General Election 1979: Sunderland North
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Fred Willey 29,213 57.7 −0.8
Conservative Lindsay James Keith 16,311 32.1 +4.6
Liberal John Anthony Lennox 5,238 10.3 −6.0
Majority 12,902 25.4
Turnout 50,762 69.5 +2.5
Labour hold Swing −2.9

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1983: Sunderland North[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Bob Clay 24,179 46.3 −11.4
Conservative Christopher Lewis 16,983 32.5 +0.4
Liberal Douglas McCourt 11,090 21.2 +10.9
Majority 7,196 13.8
Turnout 52,292 66.5 −3.0
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1987: Sunderland North[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Bob Clay 29,767 55.8 +9.5
Conservative Iain Pickton 15,095 28.3 −4.2
Liberal Terence Jenkinson 8,518 15.9 −5.3
Majority 14,672 27.5
Turnout 53,380 70.5 +4.0
Labour hold Swing +6.9

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1992: Sunderland North[4][5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Bill Etherington 30,481 60.7 +5.0
Conservative Judith Barnes 13,477 26.9 −1.4
Liberal Democrat Vic Halom 5,389 10.7 −5.2
Liberal Winifred Lundgren 841 1.7 −14.3
Majority 17,004 33.9 +6.4
Turnout 50,188 68.9 −1.7
Labour hold Swing +3.2
General Election 1997: Sunderland North[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Bill Etherington 26,067 68.2 +8.6
Conservative Andrew Selous 6,370 16.7 −11.1
Liberal Democrat Geoffrey Pryke 3,973 10.4 −0.6
Referendum Mark Nicholson 1,394 3.6 N/A
Monster Raving Loony Kenneth Newby 409 1.1 N/A
Majority 19,697 51.5
Turnout 38,213 59.1 −9.8
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2001: Sunderland North[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Bill Etherington 18,685 62.7 −5.6
Conservative Michael Harris 5,331 17.9 +1.2
Liberal Democrat John Lennox 3,599 12.1 +1.7
Independent Neil Herron 1,518 5.1 N/A
BNP David Guynan 687 2.3 N/A
Majority 13,354 44.8
Turnout 29,820 49.0 −10.0
Labour hold Swing
General Election 2005: Sunderland North[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Bill Etherington 15,719 54.4 −8.3
Conservative Stephen Daughton 5,724 19.8 +1.9
Liberal Democrat James Hollern 4,277 14.8 +2.7
Independent Neil Herron 2,057 7.1 +2.0
BNP Debra Hiles 1,136 3.9 +1.6
Majority 9,995 34.6
Turnout 28,913 49.7 +0.7
Labour hold Swing −5.1

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "S" (part 6)[self-published source][better source needed]
  2. ^ "Election Data 1983". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  3. ^ "Election Data 1987". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  4. ^ "Election Data 1992". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  5. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 6 Dec 2010. 
  6. ^ "Election Data 1997". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  7. ^ "Election Data 2001". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  8. ^ "Election Data 2005". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.