2015 Result:
Conservative: 6584 (17.1%)
Labour: 21464 (55.7%)
Lib Dem: 1238 (3.2%)
Green: 1310 (3.4%)
UKIP: 7583 (19.7%)
TUSC: 385 (1%)
MAJORITY: 13881 (36%)

Category: Ultra-safe Labour seat

Geography: North East, Tyne and Wear. Part of the South Tyneside council area and two wards from Gateshead council area.

Main population centres: Hebburn, Jarrow, Cleadon, Wardley.

Profile: A seat made up of the heavy industrial towns of Hebburn and Jarrow on the south bank of the Tyne, along with the former colliery town of Bolden and the residential village of Cleadon. In the west it includes some of the residential suburbs of Gateshead.

Politics: The Jarrow hunger march of 1936, a protest march over crushing unemployment in the town after the closure of the shipyard was a landmark in the history of the Labour movement and this has been a safe Labour seat ever since, often stacking up majorities in excess of 30 or 40 percent.

Current MP
STEPHEN HEPBURN (Labour) Born 1959, Jarrow. Educated at Springfield Comprehensive and Newcastle University. Former Parliamentary assistant to Donald Dixon. South Tyneside councillor from 1985. First elected as MP for Jarrow in 1997.
Past Results
Con: 8002 (21%)
Lab: 20910 (54%)
LDem: 7163 (18%)
BNP: 2709 (7%)
MAJ: 12908 (33%)
Con: 4807 (14%)
Lab: 20554 (60%)
LDem: 6650 (20%)
UKIP: 1567 (5%)
Oth: 400 (1%)
MAJ: 13904 (41%)
Con: 5056 (15%)
Lab: 22777 (66%)
LDem: 5182 (15%)
UKIP: 716 (2%)
Oth: 748 (2%)
MAJ: 17595 (51%)
Con: 6564 (15%)
Lab: 28497 (65%)
LDem: 4865 (11%)
Oth: 2982 (7%)
MAJ: 21933 (50%)

*There were boundary changes after 2005

2015 Candidates
NICK MASON (Conservative)
STEPHEN HEPBURN (Labour) See above.
STAN COLLINS (Liberal Democrat)
Comments - 48 Responses on “Jarrow”
  1. Labour gained a seat in the Cleadon & E Boldon ward in a by-election last night. It was listed as a Conservative seat on the ALDC site, but the council website shows it as a Labour gain from UKIP. It looks as if the Conservative councillor had defected to UKIP. The result:
    Labour 991
    Conservative 899
    UKIP 666.

  2. I think this was the only Conservative seat on South Tyneside council at one point fairly recently.

  3. It’s the only ward they’ve won in recent years. There is still 1 Conservative councillor.

  4. I’m guessing this was the ward of the UKIP councillor who died of alcoholism aged only 30 or so. I think he had defected from the Tories since being elected.

  5. Apt vote for UKIP. No doubt they cost us the seat.

    I would hope we could win once the kipper presence here has been forgotten about in all but our worst years.

  6. David Potts was elected as a Conservative in 2001 aged 21 and successively joined UKIP.

    The following link depicts a sad and troubled story –


  7. UKIP algo polled 34.6% yesterday in Primrose ward (by-election caused by Emma Lewell Buck resigning after being elected to Westminster). Labour was at 50.3%. BNP got 9.7% and Con 5.3%

  8. This is a prosperous area and for UKIP to score so well confirms they are pulling votes from all directions. I believe the output areas covering the area all lie within the 29000-32000 range, putting them in the least deprived ten per cent nationally. In the Cleason half of the ward the four output areas all lie within the top 2-3 per cent nationally.

    Interestingly the area gels more with Wearside than Tyneside, and was only included in S Tyneside rather than Sunderland council area in order to bolster the former’s population and council tax base.

  9. The above refers to Cleadon and East Boldon ward rather then Primrose.

  10. 2015 forecast for Jarrow:

    Lab 56
    Con 17
    UKIP 15
    LD 8
    Others 4

  11. Prediction for 2015-
    Hepburn (Labour)- 60%
    Conservative- 16%
    Liberal Democrats- 10%
    UKIP- 9%
    Others- 5%

  12. Probably Jarrow’s most famous MP was Ellen Wilkinson who was elected in 1935 and died in 1947, in circumstances which are still disputed. She was MP during the hunger march & later became Minister for Education, having helped to make the Education Act of 1944 law. I was rather surprised recently to find a school in Acton in London named after her, presumably by a Labour-controlled council which wanted to pay tribute to her contribution to education reform, and presumably after she had passed away. She was having a relationship with Herbert Morrison at the time of her death but was already very seriously ill when she took (whether accidentally or on purpose) an overdose of barbiturates. Her successor was Ernie Fernyhough who was still the MP when I joined the Labour Party in 1977.

  13. I believe that the character of Sarah Burton in Winifred Holtby’s novel and later a tv drama South Riding was based on Ellen Wilkinson.

  14. I find it extremely contemptible the tendency of Labour controlled councils to name things like schools (which should really be free of any partisan posturing) after their own ideological heros. There are of course numerous council estates named after Labour party figures as well. There don’t seem to be anything like the unumber of equivalnts named after Tory party figures. I don’t know very much about this womaqn but according to Wikipedia she had a portrait of Lenin above her bed, so I hardly think she is someone that schoolchildren should be encouraged to llok up to.
    It sounds from that atticle like she was a bit of an slapper too

  15. Ellen Wilkinson School in Acton was formed as an amalgamation of the Ealing Grammar School for Girls, and other schools when Ealing Council had its comprehensive scheme approved in the early 1970s (presumably by Mrs Thatcher). Therefore it needed a wholly new name neutral between the previous schools, and Ealing chose the name Ellen Wilkinson.

    When a Tory Council in Ealing in the 1990s re-organised local schools in th early 1990s, they proposed to rename the school and remove the name Ellen Wilkinson. However, the school are very proud of the name and refused to change.

    This week was their Achievement Evening and a daughter of a friend of mine was getting an award. She told me that “as usual” Ellen Wilkinson’s great nephew gave an award, and that Rupa Huq was the well-received guest speaker.

  16. Pete – I think its an urban/Met tradition. Interestingly Liverpool had around a dozen schools and roads named after Tories due to its Tory tradition til the ’70s unlike places such as here.

  17. There are certainly plenty of roads etc. named after Conservative Party politicians, and not just Winston Churchill, though not as many as after Labour Party figures. Wimbledon has a Sir Cyril Black Way and I have quite often come across roads named after local Conservative politicians too. I have known at least 3 people in the Labour Party who have had roads named after them – the only Labour Mayor of Richmond-upon-Thames, Ron Stevens, who I believe lived in the close named after him, Brighton Labour councillor Stan Fitch, and my former MP Ron Leighton. They’ve all passed away now. There’s a building in Richmond named after former LD councillor Rachel Dickson who I believe is still with us.

  18. Incidentally Fitch Drive in Brighton wasn’t a tribute by a Marxist Labour administration to one of their own – it was named when the Tories controlled Brighton Council.

  19. Thinking about my council, there is a council estate built just after WW2 that has roads named after Attlee, Henderson and Lansbury (Attlee came to open it in 1947, not sure if he unveiled a road sign with his own name on it or if the name was changed to Attlee afterwards!).

    On the other side of the coin, there is a development called Thatcher Court after a former local Parliamentary candidate (who I believe went on to be elected somewhere else and serve in some office or other) and a Bob Dunn Way after the former MP.

  20. Not quite naming streets after people, but in Reading there were some major developments near Emmer Green, and the Labour council at the time took to naming whole swathes of new streets in…Welsh. Still that way today. Shock when I found them on the canvass lists. Apparently there were some Labour councillors originally from Wales, and overall the group wanted to bring abit more of a working-man feel to the place. Don’t ask me to explain, this was well before my time.

  21. We have a Merthyr Terrace near the Thames in Barnes & it’s super-wealthy!

  22. In Colchester there is a Stalin Road, although that doesn’t relate to the Marxism or otherwise of the councillors who named it – nearby roads include Roosevelt Way, Churchill Way, Montgomery Close and Normandy Avenue, so there’s a fairly clear second world war theme there and it was built in 1948 when Josef Vissarionovich was a slightly less polarising figure, shall we say…

    Every few years there are suggestions the name should be changed, but it never goes anywhere because the residents don’t want it to.

    As far as names go, I’d argue that the reason Labour councils are more likely to name things after their ideological heroes is that it’s more obvious that that’s what they’re doing. Most of the schools in Colchester were named after local worthies (the picture is slightly changed now, due to academisation and accompanying name changes). Many of them would have represented the values of Conservative councillors quite comfortably, given that to a large degree conservatism is about resisting change. It’s quite obvious that when they built the comprehensive in Greenstead, the reason they named it after Sir Charles Lucas had nothing to do with education – he is famous only for being shot whilst fighting on the royalist side in the Civil War and stands as a convenient local exemplar of royalism.

    Prior to the late nineteenth century, it’s much harder to find people who could be said to demonstrate the same values as socialists, and so Labour councils have had to go further afield if they want to find an ideologically convenient name.

  23. There is a Gladstone Road in Seaforth not far from where I am. Also in Bootle a lot of the roads are named after Oxford colleges I think- Balliol Road, Oriel Road, Trinity Road, Hertford Road etc. etc.

  24. LAB 57
    CON 17
    LD 13
    UKIP 7
    OTH 4
    GRN 2

  25. Im not sure that I am all that keen on a road being named after a murderous dictator. I would keep a WW2 theme strictly within the allies tbh.

  26. Stalin was one of the allies…….but I know what you mean.

    I should also however say that my wife has a cousin in India called Stalin.

  27. I’ve heard of a number of Indian Tamils (not sure about Sri Lankan based ones though) who have the name Stalin. Not sure if it’s actually a Tamil name thus being a coincidence.

  28. *Or it might be…

  29. You sure they aren’t Malayalees (from neighbouring Kerala) rather than Tamils?

  30. I think it’s unfair to say only Labour are guilty of naming buildings after their own. A council estate in Westminster North is named John Aird Court, after the early 20th century Conservative MP for Paddington North (a predecessor seat).

  31. There’s a Dickson House in Richmond, named after a (still living) former LD councillor for the area, and there’s a Shiraz Mirza Community Centre in Kingston, also named after a local LD politician.

  32. There is an Ian Mikardo Way in Reading named after a former local MP and a type of canvass and knocking up routine

  33. They both sound overly-indulgent to me.

    To add to my reply to Pete, I think him ending his post with “It sounds from that atticle like she was a bit of an slapper too” rather demeans the validity of any intellectual argument he might have had.

  34. Labour hold. 16,000 majority

  35. The Huffington Post is reporting Stephen Hepburn is facing sexual harassment allegations.

  36. Stephen Hepburn has been suspended from the Party – as have 2 PPCs – for allegedly sexually harassing a female less than half his age.

  37. Labour have selected Kate Osborne. She is a Cllr in North Tyneside and tried unsucessfully to be selected for Blyth Valley.

    Her choice is controversial. She shared online an image of May with a gun pointed at her head. 20-30 Labour female candidates wrote the General Secreaty asking the party not to select her.

    Meanwhile, McDonnell is reported to be “furious” because he wanted this seat for Simon Fletcher but he was kept off the shortlist.

  38. I suppose Kate Osborne is relieved she didn’t get Blyth Valley – this is a much better option for an ambitious Labour politician.

    Interesting story today in the Spectator about Osborne editing her Wikipedia article to remove her date of birth and full name: https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/the-curious-case-of-kate-osborne-s-wikipedia

    I find it odd she’s trying to suppress such information. Ditto that other 2019 intake MPs Neil Hudson (Penrith), Kate Griffiths (Burton) and Felicity Buchan (Kensington) are refusing to supply their DOB to biographical publications. It’s pretty standard information, so I’m not sure why they’re hiding it. If you don’t want your date of birth to be known, don’t become an MP.

  39. Odd, as DOB is now on all Candidate’s Consent to Nomination papers.

    A lot of politicos edit their names ie James Jacob Gilchrist Berry is MP for R&D and Burnham’s ‘Nighttime Economy tsar’ is a millionaire who owns the Warehouse Project who keeps removing the Marchionne from his name on wiki.

    See Southport where I listed about 8 Tory PPCs who changed their names to stand.

  40. I didn’t know that about DOBs being on the noms papers although I do recall hearing something similar.

    It’s odd that statements of nominations and election results declarations don’t always show the full name.

  41. Yes, it only came in as a requirement in 2007.

    A recall a few – mainly paper candidates – were put off standing by it ie it showed their Assoc colleagues that they were in fact 88 or something.

  42. That’s quite funny – but the documents aren’t public, are they? Seen by local parties, perhaps?

  43. Yes, all are public docs – in order that you can check them ie sometimes noms’ signatures are forged or a candidate gives a false address.

  44. I’ve never seen a public statement of nominations with a DOB on it. Just the ones with their addresses and signatories for the nominations.

  45. I don’t know how much the council is allowed to disclose. This was my second year as agent and I was responsible for handling all the nomination paper work, requests to attend the count and expenses. I had help and my colleague mentioned in passing not to worry about any small errors he didn’t think the council and opposition parties will be scrutinising our paperwork much this year. I assume then that some people are entitled to look at our paperwork outside officers

  46. All are available for inspection by the public, ie not just other candidates and agents.

    The DOB is on the same declaration as where the candidate states they were living at time of nomination.

  47. But presumably the documents need to be requested – they aren’t published online like the statement of persons nominated. There’s currently a few FOI requests for this information at What Do They Know. East Staffs council have answered the Kate Griffiths one, Eden DC have refused to for Neil Hudson – I think they misunderstood the request.

  48. They have to be available for public inspection, as does the Electoral Roll.

    A council official may ask you to make an appointment, but they’re in breach if they refuse to allow you to view the docs.

    The marked registers are also available for 6 months after an election. Indeed you can take a copy if you pay a copying fee.

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