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Region
 North East  4 seats
 Turnout   19.6%
Parties
   Declared
 Parties  Votes
 received
 MEPs
 elected
 Labour  162573  3
 Conservative  105573  1
 Lib Dem  52070  
 UK Independence Party  34063  
 Green  18184  
 Socialist Labour Party  4511  
 BNP  3505  
 Pro Euro Conservative Party  2926  
 The Socialist Party (GB)  1510  
 Natural Law Party  826  
 
Candidates
 Labour  Conservative
1. Donnelly, Alan 1. Callanan, Martin
2. Hughes, Stephen 2. Ruff, Aidan
3. O'Toole, Mo 3. Murphy, Brendan
4. Adam, Gordon 4. Macgregor, Neil Gregor
 Lib Dem  Green
1. Foote-Wood OBE, Chris 1. Best, Nicholas
2. Hall, Fiona 2. Whiteside, Ruth
3. Maughan, Peter 3. Speight, Bridget
4. Harvey, Jane 4. Greveson, Michael
 Pro Euro Conservative Party  UK Independence Party
1. Tilley, Dominic 1. Atkinson, Rodney
2. Adams, Leila 2. Brown, William
3. St Aubyn Harney, Desmond 3. Rouse, Martin
4. Meredith, John 4. Oswald, Graeme
 Socialist Labour Party  Natural Law Party
1. Gibson, Brian 1. Kember, Paul
2. Potts, Gordon 2. Buswell, Richard
3. Fitzpatrick, James 3. Keyton, Richard
4. Hall, Kenneth 4. Adamson, Christopher
 BNP  The Socialist Party (GB)
1. Gould, Alan 1. Bisset, John
2. Bowles, John 2. Colbourn, Steve
3. Wilson, Iain 3. Davison, Stephen
4. Smith, Colin 4. Pitts, Andrew
 = Candidate elected
Description

Comprising the 30 parliamentary constituencies in the counties of Durham, Northumberland and Tyne and Wear together with the unitary authorities of Darlington, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland, and Stockton-on-Tees.

At the 1997 general election Labour won 28 seats, the Conservatives one and the Liberal Democrats one.

The North East region is Labour's strongest electoral fiefdom in the UK. It was the only region where the party polled a majority of votes in 1992. In 1997 Labour's share of the vote (64%) was almost 10% above that anywhere else.

At that election the Conservatives held on to their single constituency (Hexham) by just 222 votes. The Liberal Democrat constituency (Berwick-upon-Tweed) is rather safer with an 8,000 majority.




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