Tynemouth (UK Parliament constituency)
for the House of Commons
Boundary of Tynemouth in Tyne and Wear
Location of Tyne and Wear within England
|County||Tyne and Wear|
|Electorate||76,618 (December 2010)|
|Major settlements||North Shields, Whitley Bay, Monkseaton, Tynemouth and Cullercoats|
|Member of Parliament||Alan Campbell (Labour)|
|Number of members||One|
|Created from||Tynemouth and North Shields|
1918–1950: The County Borough of Tynemouth.
1950–1983: The County Borough of Tynemouth, and the Urban District of Whitley Bay.
1983–1997: The Borough of North Tyneside wards of Chirton, Collingwood, Cullercoats, Monkseaton, North Shields, Riverside, St Mary's, Seatonville, Tynemouth, and Whitley Bay.
1997–2010: The Borough of North Tyneside wards of Chirton, Collingwood, Cullercoats, Monkseaton, North Shields, St Mary's, Seatonville, Tynemouth, and Whitley Bay.
2010–present: The Borough of North Tyneside wards of Chirton, Collingwood, Cullercoats, Monkseaton North, Monkseaton South, Preston, St Mary's, Tynemouth, Valley, and Whitley Bay.
The constituency was created under the Redistribution of Seats Act 1885.
- Political history
The seat has historically shown the highest level of support for the Conservative Party in the Tyne and Wear area, with the Conservatives holding the seat for 47 years from 1950-1997; though sometimes with only narrow majorities. However, since the 1997 general election, it has been represented by Alan Campbell of the Labour Party
- Prominent frontbenchers
A coastal seat on the northern bank of the River Tyne. North Shields and the communities along the Tyne itself tend to be more industrial and working-class, once dominated by coal mining and shipbuilding. The coastal towns to the north, such as Whitley Bay, tend to be more middle-class dormitory towns for Newcastle commuters.
This has tended to be one of the more Conservative-leaning seats in the North East of England, where the party has traditionally struggled against the Labour Party. As a relatively middle-class area, it returned Conservative MPs from 1950-1997; albeit often on narrow majorities. It has been represented by Labour since 1997, though the Conservatives remain strong at a local level. Similar to Sefton Central on Merseyside, despite being a traditionally strong Conservative area in a Labour-dominated county, the area has swung significantly to Labour during the twenty-first century, and has been won by semi-marginal to safe margins by Labour candidates at every general election since 1997, with significant swings to Labour seen in both 2015 and 2017.
Workless claimants, registered jobseekers, were in November 2012 close to the national average of 3.8%, at 3.9% of the population based on a statistical compilation by The Guardian, lower than the regional average by 0.5%.
Members of Parliament
- Constituency created (1885)
|1900||Frederick Leverton Harris||Conservative||Later MP for Stepney and East Worcestershire|
|1906||Herbert James Craig||Liberal|
|1950||Irene Ward||Conservative||Represented Wallsend 1931-1945|
|Feb 1974||Neville Trotter||Conservative|
Elections in the 2010s
|Liberal Democrats||John Appleby||3,791||6.8||3.0|
|Brexit Party||Ed Punchard||1,963||3.5||N/A|
|Liberal Democrats||John Appleby||1,724||3.0||0.1|
|Independent||Anthony "The Durham Cobbler" Jull||124||0.2||0.2|
|Liberal Democrats||John Paton-Day||1,595||3.0||11.9|
|Liberal Democrats||John Appleby||7,845||14.9||0.2|
Elections in the 2000s
Michael McIntyre was councillor for the Whitley Bay Ward at the time of polling. The Conservatives hoped to snatch the seat, but could only diminish Alan Campbell's majority. In the Mayoral election held on the same day, Mayor Linda Arkley (Conservative) narrowly lost re-election.
|Liberal Democrats||Colin Finlay||6,716||15.7||4.1|
Labour MP Alan Campbell was returned in 2001 with a smaller majority on the back of Tony Blair's second landslide.
|Liberal Democrats||Penny Reid||5,108||11.6||2.8|
Elections in the 1990s
In 1997 Labour won their largest Tynemouth majority ever. The Conservatives chose Gateshead Councillor Martin Callanan as their candidate to replace the retiring Neville Trotter. He would subsequently become a North East MEP and later a peer.
|Liberal Democrats||Andrew Duffield||4,509||8.8||+0.7|
|Labour gain from Conservative||Swing||+11.5|
In 1992 Neville Trotter narrowly won his final term as the Labour candidate's fourth attempt failed. Many council seats were also unexpectedly won on the back of John Major's victory such as Whitley Bay and Monkseaton.
|Liberal Democrats||Philip J.S. Selby||4,855||8.1||−9.9|
Elections in the 1980s
1983: Neville Trotter's biggest majority on the back of Mrs. Thatcher's landslide.
Elections in the 1970s
1979: Patrick 'Paddy' Cosgrove's first of four attempts to win the seat. Cosgrove was the Labour councillor for Whitley Bay Ward.
|Labour||Patrick Joseph Cosgrove[n 3]||22,377||38.55|
|Liberal||Rodney S. Turner||10,895||19.18|
February 1974: Neville Trotter, a Newcastle City Councillor and Chartered Accountant, becomes MP.
|Liberal||Rodney S. Turner||13,393||22.08|
1970: Jeremy Beecham would later become leader of Newcastle City Council and a Peer.
|Liberal||Rodney S. Turner||5,221||8.71|
Elections in the 1960s
1966: Gordon Adam would latterly become a North East MEP and make a failed bid to become Elected Mayor of North Tyneside in 2001.
|Independent||James C. Edwards||3,846||6.53|
Elections in the 1950s
|Labour||William H. Hutchinson||18,866||32.42|
|Liberal||David N. Thompson||6,525||11.21|
|Conservative gain from Labour||Swing|
Elections in the 1940s
|Liberal||Kenneth Paterson Chitty||5,460||18.02|
|Labour gain from Conservative||Swing|
Elections in the 1930s
|Liberal||John Stanley Holmes||7,868||23.1|
|Liberal||John Stanley Holmes||8,295||24.4|
Elections in the 1920s
|Labour||John Stuart Barr||9,503||29.9||+2.5|
|Labour||John Stuart Barr||6,818||27.4||+6.7|
|Labour||George Harold Humphrey||5,362||22.9||+7.7|
Elections in the 1910s
|Independent Labour||George Harold Humphrey||2,566||15.2||N/A|
|Unionist gain from Liberal||Swing||+2.4|
|C indicates candidate endorsed by the coalition government.|
1918: Dixon Scott was the founder of Newcastle's 'News Cinema', the modern 'Tyneside Cinema'.
|Conservative||Edward George Spencer-Churchill||3,993||47.1||+2.0|
Elections in the 1900s
|Conservative||Frederick Leverton Harris||3,522||45.1||−8.0|
|Liberal gain from Conservative||Swing||+8.0|
|Conservative||Frederick Leverton Harris||3,501||53.1||+1.4|
Elections in the 1890s
Elections in the 1880s
|Liberal||William Thomas Raymond||2,277||44.9||+2.1|
|Conservative win (new seat)|
Notes and references
- 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.
- Cosgrove was a Whitley Bay councillor and leading North East barrister
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