Newcastle upon Tyne Central

2015 Result:
Conservative: 6628 (18.9%)
Labour: 19301 (55%)
Lib Dem: 2218 (6.3%)
Green: 1724 (4.9%)
UKIP: 5214 (14.9%)
MAJORITY: 12673 (36.1%)

Category: Ultra-safe Labour seat

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

Main population centres: Newcastle.

Profile: The central part of the city of Newcastle upon Tyne, once a driver of heavy industry, shipbuilding and coal mining, now a hub for service industry and retail. Newcastle is home to two universities and the bulk of the student population historically lived in this seat, although Newcastle East is now undergoing increasing "studentification". The seat includes St James` Park, Newcastle`s Chinatown and the International Centre for Life, a science village in the middle of Newcastle that is a hub for stem cell research.

Politics: Newcastle Central is normally a reliable Labour seat, though the split between Labour and the SDP resulted in a short period of Conservative representation in the mid 1980s when the SDP defector John Horam stood in the seat and split the Labour vote (Horam himself later completed his trip across the political spectrum and became a Conservative MP). More recently Conservative support has faded away and the Liberal Democrats made a strong challenge in 2005, but saw their support collapse in 2015.


Current MP
CHI ONWURAH (Labour) Born 1965, Wallsend. Educated at Kenton Comprehensive. Former Chartered engineer working for Ofcom. First elected as MP for Newcastle Central in 2010.
Past Results
2010
Con: 6611 (19%)
Lab: 15694 (46%)
LDem: 8228 (24%)
BNP: 2302 (7%)
Oth: 1322 (4%)
MAJ: 7466 (22%)
2005*
Con: 5749 (16%)
Lab: 16211 (45%)
LDem: 12229 (34%)
GRN: 1254 (3%)
Oth: 477 (1%)
MAJ: 3982 (11%)
2001
Con: 7414 (21%)
Lab: 19169 (55%)
LDem: 7564 (22%)
Oth: 723 (2%)
MAJ: 11605 (33%)
1997
Con: 10792 (23%)
Lab: 27272 (59%)
LDem: 6911 (15%)
MAJ: 16480 (36%)

*There were boundary changes after 2005

Demographics
2015 Candidates
SIMON KITCHEN (Conservative)
CHI ONWURAH (Labour) See above.
NICK COTT (Liberal Democrat)
DANIEL THOMPSON (UKIP)
ALEX JOHNSON (Green)
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Comments - 105 Responses on “Newcastle upon Tyne Central”
  1. While Labour are ahead in first preferences for the North of the Tyne Mayoralty the Tory candidate could win it on second preferences. Remarkable.

  2. Jamie Discoll (Labour) elected North of the Tyne mayor. A relief for Labour as it looked earlier they might lose it.
    Second Round.
    Discoll 76,862.
    Hoult (Conservative) 60,089

  3. Understand he’s a somewhat controversial figure, probably he made it a bit closer than it otherwise would have been.

  4. He is from Momentum wing. Probably less controversial than some other left wing figures emerged in other local parties taken over by Momentum. Main point against him was lack of experience (a backbencher first term councillor).
    Some of this election promises sounded a bit Alice in Wonderland.

  5. And an interview where he struggled to explain his Brexit position and his children’s schooling.

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