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 Jarrow
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Stephen Hepburn Labour 22,777 66.1 +1.2
James Selby Liberal Democrat 5,182 15.0 +3.9
Donald Wood Conservative 5,056 14.7 -0.2
Alan Badger UK Independence 716 2.1  
Alan Le Blond Independent 391 1.1  
John Bissett Independent 357 1.0  
Majority 17,595 51.0
Turnout 34,479 54.6 -14.1
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 1.4% from Labour to Liberal Democrat
Lab-Con (against 1997) 0.7% from Conservative to Labour

Description
The constituency contains the town from which it takes its name, Jarrow, as well as the town of Hebburn and the villages of Boldon, Cleadon and Whitburn, and the large Primrose council estate.

During the 1930s, the south bank of the Tyne, east of Newcastle, was the most depressed part of Britain, and the collapse of the Tyne shipbuilding industry caused male unemployment in Jarrow to soar to 70% - which led to Jarrow’s famous "hunger march" to London in 1936. Unemployment was actually higher in the neighbouring town of Hebburn.

This seat’s economy was traditionally based on coal mining, steelworks and shipping - during the 1980s the coal and steel works declined and closed down, and there is only a little of the shipping business left. South Tyneside Council - which covers most of the Jarrow constituency - has set up organisations such as STEP (South Tyneside Enterprise Partnership), which encourages the private and voluntary sectors to introduce schemes to rejuvenate the area. These schemes include the extension of the metro transport system and the provision of a second Tyne tunnel.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Jarrow
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
Stephen Hepburn Labour 28,497 64.9
Mark Allatt Conservative 6,564 14.9
Tim Stone Liberal Democrat 4,865 11.1
Alan LeBlond Independent 2,538 5.8
Peter Mailer Referendum 1,034 2.4
John Bissett Socialist Party 444 1.0
Majority 21,933 49.9
Turnout 43,942 68.7
 
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