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 Sunderland North
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Bill Etherington Labour 18,685 62.7 -5.5
Michael Harris Conservative 5,331 17.9 +1.2
John Lennox Liberal Democrat 3,599 12.1 +1.7
Neil Herron Independent 1,518 5.1  
Dave Guynan BNP 687 2.3  
Majority 13,354 44.8
Turnout 29,820 49.0 -10.1
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 3.4% from Labour to Conservative

Description
Since its formation in 1948, the constituency of Sunderland North has only ever been held by the Labour party. Incumbent MP Bill Etherington first won the seat in 1992 - the year in which Sunderland gained city status.

The largest city between Leeds and Edinburgh, Sunderland is home to some 300,000 people and has undergone tremendous change within the past 50 years. Historically, the city’s economy rested on the coal mining and shipbuilding industries, though both of these have all but disappeared in recent years.

There has been massive investment in Sunderland in recent years and the building of the Metro extension from nearby Newcastle to the city will be another important part in the regeneration jigsaw.

Attractions such as the National Glass Centre on the banks of the Wear, the 48,500 capacity Stadium of Light, home to the city’s football club and the redevelopment and expansion of the Bridges shopping centre are also feted locally.

The university which caters for some 16,000 students has also just opened a major new campus on the northern banks of the River Wear with land reclaimed from the shipbuilding yards.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Sunderland North
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
Bill Etherington Labour 26,067 68.2
Andrew Selous Conservative 6,370 16.7
Geoffrey Pryke Liberal Democrat 3,973 10.4
Mark Nicholson Referendum 1,394 3.6
Ken Newby Loony 409 1.1
Majority 19,697 51.5
Turnout 38,213 59.1
 
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