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 Tyne Bridge
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
David Clelland Labour 18,345 70.5 -6.3
James Cook Conservative 3,456 13.3 +2.2
Jonathan Wallace Liberal Democrat 3,213 12.3 +4.3
James Fitzpatrick Socialist Labour 533 2.0  
Samuel Robson Socialist Alliance 485 1.9  
Majority 14,889 57.2
Turnout 26,032 44.2 -12.9
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 4.3% from Labour to Conservative

Description
The creation of Tyne Bridge as a constituency in 1983 was a matter of some controversy because its boundaries, for the first time, ignored the natural barrier of the river.

The seat incorporates sections of both Newcastle and Gateshead, and holds most of the heart of the city. The railway station, castle, cathedral and main shopping centre are all found here, as is one of the more successful Millennial engineering projects, the recently opened Gateshead Millennium Bridge, which pivots on an axis like a blinking eye to allow the passage of shipping.

However, despite these features, the seat remains very much a typical North-Eastern inner city area, with all the attendant problems. Unemployment has fallen over the course of the last parliament, but still runs at one of the highest levels on the country. Council housing accounts for almost half of all housing in the constituency, and much of the labour market is partly skilled or simply unskilled.

Labour has held the seat since its creation; the only change since 1983 has been caused by the death of Harry Cowans in 1985, leading to the by-election victory of David Clelland, who has held it ever since.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Tyne Bridge
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
David Clelland Labour 26,767 76.8
Adrian Lee Conservative 3,861 11.1
Mary Wallace Liberal Democrat 2,785 8.0
Graeme Oswald Referendum 919 2.6
Elaine Brunskill Socialist Party 518 1.5
Majority 22,906 65.7
Turnout 34,850 57.1
 
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