Houghton & Sunderland South

2015 Result:
Conservative: 7105 (18.5%)
Labour: 21218 (55.1%)
Lib Dem: 791 (2.1%)
Green: 1095 (2.8%)
UKIP: 8280 (21.5%)
MAJORITY: 12938 (33.6%)

Category: Very safe Labour seat

Geography: North East, Tyne and Wear. Part of the Sunderland council area.

Main population centres: Houghton, Hetton-le-Hole, Doxford, Shiney Row, Silksworth.

Profile: The seat contains relatively little of Sunderland itself and it mostly made up of former mining towns to the south-west of the City, most notably Houghton and Hetton-le-Hole.

Politics: The seat underwent substantial changes in the 2010 boundary review, swapping the eastern part of Washington (now united in a single seat) for part of the dismembered Sunderland South seat. Both on old and new boundaries, it is solidly Labour and on various boundaries the Houghton seat has been held by Labour since 1935.

Current MP
BRIDGET PHILLIPSON (Labour) Born 1983, Gateshead. Educated at St Robert of Newminster RC Secondary and Oxford University. Former charity worker. First elected as MP for Houghton & Sunderland South in 2010.
Past Results
Con: 8147 (21%)
Lab: 19137 (50%)
LDem: 5292 (14%)
BNP: 1961 (5%)
Oth: 3484 (9%)
MAJ: 10990 (29%)
Con: 4772 (14%)
Lab: 22310 (64%)
LDem: 6245 (18%)
BNP: 1367 (4%)
MAJ: 16065 (46%)
Con: 4810 (14%)
Lab: 24628 (73%)
LDem: 4203 (12%)
MAJ: 19818 (59%)
Con: 5391 (13%)
Lab: 31946 (76%)
LDem: 3209 (8%)
MAJ: 26555 (63%)

*There were boundary changes after 2005, name changed from Houghton & Washington East

2015 Candidates
STEWART HAY (Conservative) Born 1956, Whotley Bay. Educated at Monseaton Grammar and Northumbria University. Solicitor and retired detective inspector.
BRIDGET PHILLIPSON (Labour) See above.
JAMES MURRAY (Liberal Democrat)
RICHARD ELVIN (UKIP) Born Lincolnshire. Educated at Newcastle University. Former teacher, runs a travel company. Contested East Midlands region 2009 European election for Libertas, Houghton and Sunderland South 2010, Middlesbrough 2012 by-election, South Shields 2013 by-election, North East region 2014 European election for UKIP.
Comments - 55 Responses on “Houghton & Sunderland South”
  1. Just hearing that Tories and UKIP have gained some wards from Labour, including some safe ones.

  2. Apparently also losing wards to the Lib Dems and there’s a knife-edge Lab/Green contest, too.

  3. Yes, early results for Lab are poor in Sunderland. Brexit obviously a factor but also some local screw ups for the Lab council.

  4. UKIP win a seat in Sunderland for first time. Early signs that wc Labour leavers protesting about the Brexit betrayal. But it’s very early.

  5. Equally in parts of Sunderland and also in Newcastle Labour lost remainer votes to Lib Dems/Greens.
    Sunderland council has been a bit of mess recently.

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