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 Gateshead East & Washington West
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Joyce Quin Labour 22,903 68.1 -4.0
Ron Beadle Liberal Democrat 4,999 14.9 +4.2
Elizabeth Campbell Conservative 4,970 14.8 +0.6
Martin Rouse UK Independence 743 2.2  
Majority 17,904 53.3
Turnout 33,615 52.5 -14.7
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 4.1% from Labour to Liberal Democrat
Lab-Con (against 1997) 2.3% from Labour to Conservative

Description
Straddling the borough border of Gateshead and Sunderland, this seat covers the western half of Washington - a new town since 1964 - but does not include the town centre and the eastern part of the more inner city Gateshead.

The decline of shipbuilding and coal mining has hit this seat hard, just like many of its neighbouring seats in the north east of England. The major sources of employment here are now in manufacturing and other light industries and are concentrated in the Crowther, Pattinson and Armstrong industrial estates. There is also an industrial area in the Gateshead East part of the seat, next to the River Tyne.

Many constituents commute into Sunderland and Newcastle to work. This also means that public transport is a major issue, and the proposals to extend the Metro in Tyne & Wear are supported locally.

Joyce Quin has held this seat and its predecessor since 1987, and was the first woman Labour MP elected on Tyneside since Ellen Wilkinson, MP for Jarrow 1935-47.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Gateshead East & Washington West
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
Joyce Quin Labour 31,047 72.1
Jacqui Burns Conservative 6,097 14.2
Alan Ord Liberal Democrat 4,622 10.7
Michael Daley Referendum 1,315 3.1
Majority 24,950 57.9
Turnout 43,081 67.2
 
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