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 South Shields
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
David Miliband Labour 19,230 63.2 -8.2
Joanna Gardner Conservative 5,140 16.9 +2.3
Marshall Grainger Liberal Democrat 5,127 16.8 +8.0
Alan Hardy UK Independence 689 2.3  
Roger Nettleship Independent 262 0.9  
Majority 14,090 46.3
Turnout 30,448 49.3 -13.2
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 5.3% from Labour to Conservative

Description
This seat encapsulates the town of South Shields, and has been home to various industries over the years, traditionally shipbuilding and coal-mining, although it has also fostered tourism as a holiday resort. It has turned to various light industries following the decline of its traditional economy.

A proposed new ferry service across the Tyne to South Shields, which would be a considerable boost for the economic development of the area, depends on whether passenger trains can be restored in South East Northumberland. There are plans to restore this rail link after an absence of 37 years, but it will require government subsidy - which is yet to be secured.

Labour dominates the local council and the Conservatives have been known not to stand in some municipal elections.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 South Shields
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
David Clark Labour 27,834 71.4
Mark Hoban Conservative 5,681 14.6
David Ord Liberal Democrat 3,429 8.8
Alan Loraine Referendum 1,660 4.3
Ian Wilburn Independent 374 1.0
Majority 22,153 56.8
Turnout 38,978 62.5
 
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