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 Tynemouth
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Alan Campbell Labour 23,364 53.2 -2.2
Karl Poulsen Conservative 14,686 33.5 +0.2
Penny Reid Liberal Democrat 5,108 11.6 +2.8
Michael Rollings UK Independence 745 1.7 +0.8
Majority 8,678 19.8
Turnout 43,903 67.4 -9.7
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 1.2% from Labour to Conservative

Description
Tynemouth is a predominantly coastal constituency which is positioned in the south eastern corner of the old Northumberland county, in confluence of the River Tyne and the North Sea. The seatís economy has been moulded in part by shipyards and docks.

The accompanying council estates in Chirton, Collingwood and North Shields reflect the strong Labour tradition in the seat. By contrast it also contains seaside resorts and middle-class housing: Tynemouth, Cullercoats, Whitley Bay and Seaton Sluice. It could be said this seat has a North-South divide of its own.

The constituency has suffered greatly from the decline of the shipbuilding industry, as well the closure of the Siemens and Fujitsu factories in the last few years. Call centres are one expanding source of employment in the area: companies located in North Shields include MB&G Insurance Services.

Formerly the only Conservative seat in Tyne and Wear, Labourís Alan Campbell won Tynemouth in the 1997 landslide, with a commanding majority of 11,000 votes. It had previously only been won by Labour in 1945.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Tynemouth
Labour gain from Conservative
Name Party Votes %
Alan Campbell Labour 28,318 55.4
Martin Callanan Conservative 17,045 33.3
Andrew Duffield Liberal Democrat 4,509 8.8
Clive Rook Referendum 819 1.6
F Rogers UK Independence 462 0.9
Majority 11,273 22.0
Turnout 51,153 77.1
 
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