Washington and Sunderland West (UK Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 54°53′28″N 1°29′56″W / 54.891°N 1.499°W / 54.891; -1.499

Washington and Sunderland West
Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Washington and Sunderland West in Tyne and Wear for the 2010 general election
Outline map
Location of Tyne and Wear within England
CountyTyne and Wear
Electorate70,177 (December 2010)
Current constituency
Member of ParliamentSharon Hodgson (Labour)
Created fromHoughton and Washington East, Gateshead East and Washington West, Sunderland North, Sunderland South

Washington and Sunderland West is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since its 2010 creation by Sharon Hodgson, a member of the Labour Party.[n 2]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[1] Party
2010 Sharon Hodgson Labour

Constituency profile[edit]

The town of Washington has a well-preserved historic centre with a museum dedicated to the first US president, on its outskirts, the family home of George Washington. Notwithstanding its tourism appeal, workless claimants who were registered jobseekers were in November 2012 higher than the national average of 3.8%, at 5.7% of the population based on a statistical compilation by The Guardian, and equal to the North East average.[2]


Washington and Sunderland West has electoral wards:


Parliament accepted the Boundary Commission's Fifth Periodic Review of Westminster constituencies to create this constituency for the General Election 2010.


It is composed of elements of the following predecessors: Houghton and Washington East; Gateshead East and Washington West; Sunderland North; and Sunderland South.

Selection of first MP

Following a ballot of members on 8 September 2007 Sharon Hodgson MP was selected as the Labour candidate, she represented 38% of the new seat which came from her previous seat of Gateshead East and Washington West which was abolished.

Political history

All of the predecessor seats were held with majorities exceeding 5,000 votes and 5% of the vote before the 2010 election. Electoral calculus, an academic website, gave a provisional ranking as the 28th-safest Labour seat in the United Kingdom, and the 11th-safest Labour seat in England based on the results of 2005.[4]


Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General election 2019: Washington and Sunderland West[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Sharon Hodgson 15,941 42.5 18.2 Decrease
Conservative Valerie Allen 12,218 32.6 3.8 Increase
Brexit Party Howard Brown 5,439 14.5 New
Liberal Democrats Carlton West 2,071 5.5 3.1 Increase
Green Michal Chantkowski 1,005 2.7 1.4 Increase
UKIP Keith Jenkins 839 2.2 4.6 Decrease
Majority 3,723 9.9 22.0 Decrease
Turnout 37,513 56.6 3.7 Decrease
Labour hold Swing 11.0 Decrease
General election 2017: Washington and Sunderland West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Sharon Hodgson 24,639 60.7 5.7 Increase
Conservative Jonathan Gullis 11,699 28.8 9.9 Increase
UKIP Bryan Foster 2,761 6.8 12.8 Decrease
Liberal Democrats Thomas Appleby 961 2.4 0.3 Decrease
Green Michal Chantkowski 514 1.3 1.6 Decrease
Majority 12,940 31.9 3.5 Decrease
Turnout 40,574 60.3 5.7 Increase
Labour hold Swing Decrease2.1
General election 2015: Washington and Sunderland West[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Sharon Hodgson 20,478 55.0 Increase 2.5
UKIP Aileen Casey 7,321 19.6 Increase 16.3
Conservative Bob Dhillon 7,033 18.9 Decrease 2.9
Green Anthony Murphy 1,091 2.9 New
Liberal Democrats Dominic Haney 993 2.7 Decrease 14.4
TUSC Gary Duncan 341 0.9 New
Majority 13,157 35.4 Increase4.7
Turnout 37,257 54.6 Increase1.4
Labour hold Swing

For 2015, the British National Party announced Pauline Renwick as a candidate,[7] but she failed to stand.[8]

General election 2010: Washington and Sunderland West[9][10][11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Sharon Hodgson* 19,615 52.5 Decrease 16.2
Conservative Ian Cuthbert 8,157 21.8 Increase 6.9
Liberal Democrats Peter Andras 6,382 17.1 Increase 0.9
BNP Ian McDonald 1,913 5.1 New
UKIP Linda Hudson 1,267 3.3 New
Majority 11,458 30.7
Turnout 37,334 53.2 Increase 6.8
Labour hold Swing Decrease 11.6
* Served as an MP for Gateshead East and Washington West in the 2005–2010 Parliament

2010 vote share changes and swing are based on notional results (a calculation of how the seat would have voted if it had existed at the previous election).


  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.


  1. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "W" (part 1)
  2. ^ Unemployment claimants by constituency The Guardian
  3. ^ "2010 post-revision map Greater London and metropolitan areas of England" (PDF).
  4. ^ Electoral calculus by statistics modeller, Martin Baxter see Electoral Calculus
  5. ^ Statement of Persons nominated - Washington and Sunderland West Sunderland City Council
  6. ^ "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  7. ^ Seddon, Sean (June 8, 2017). "Washington & Sunderland West constituency General Election results 2017". nechronicle.
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-04-05. Retrieved 2015-04-10.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 26 July 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-06-08. Retrieved 2010-05-03.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  11. ^ "BBC News | Election 2010 | Constituency | Washington & Sunderland West". news.bbc.co.uk.

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