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 Newcastle upon Tyne East & Wallsend
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Nick Brown Labour 20,642 63.1 -8.1
David Ord Liberal Democrat 6,419 19.6 +9.0
Tim Troman Conservative 3,873 11.8 -2.1
Andrew Gray Green 651 2.0  
Harash Narang Independent 563 1.7  
Blanch Carpenter Socialist Labour 420 1.3 -0.2
Martin Levy Communist Brit 126 0.4 0.0
Majority 14,223 43.5
Turnout 32,694 53.2 -12.5
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 8.5% from Labour to Liberal Democrat
Lab-Con (against 1997) 3.0% from Labour to Conservative

Description
The clumsy name of Newcastle-upon-Tyne East and Wallsend suggests that it is something of a hybrid seat, and this is largely true. The bulk of the seat comprises the eastern parts of the city, but the redistribution of its western fringes into the Central constituency meant that its own reach extended further east, beyond the formal limits of the city: it accordingly picked up two wards from North Tyneside.

Sitting MP Nick Brown increased his majority to more than 23,000 at the last election. The last time that seat fell out of Labour hands was when Mike Thomas defected to the SDP in the early 1980s, an act which was rewarded by the electorate with his prompt removal in 1983.

The area has been for many years largely dependent on heavy industry in the form of shipbuilding, an industry which is still in steep decline. Even now, the seat is best known nationally for being home to a large council estate, the architecturally noteworthy Byker Wall and setting for the long-running children’s drama Byker Grove.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Newcastle upon Tyne East & Wallsend
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
Nick Brown Labour 29,607 71.2
Jeremy Middleton Conservative 5,796 13.9
Graham Morgan Liberal Democrat 4,415 10.6
Peter Cossins Referendum 966 2.3
Blanch Carpenter Socialist Labour 642 1.5
Martin Levy Communist GB 163 0.4
Majority 23,811 57.3
Turnout 41,589 65.7
 
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