Sunderland Central

2015 Result:
Conservative: 9780 (23.4%)
Labour: 20959 (50.2%)
Lib Dem: 1105 (2.6%)
Green: 1706 (4.1%)
UKIP: 7997 (19.1%)
Independent: 215 (0.5%)
MAJORITY: 11179 (26.8%)

Category: Very safe Labour seat

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

Main population centres: Sunderland, Ryhope.

Profile: Sunderland Central takes in the centre of the City of Sunderland itself and the coastal village of Ryhope to the South. To the north it includes Roker (the site of Sunderland AFC`s former stadium) and Monkwearmouth (home to the new Stadium of Light) and the affluent suburb of Fulwell. Sunderland itself is a former shipbuilding and coal mining town, both industries which have all but disappeared. Sunderland however is enjoying large scale inward investment and regeneration.

Politics: The Sunderland seats have all been Labour since the 1960s, though there is some Conservative support here. St Michael and Fulwell wards are normally Conservative and the Tories have managed to return councillors in five out of the nine Sunderland Central wards in recent Parliaments. The seat is still unlikely to ever be a close marginal, but it not monolithically Labour. The Sunderland constituencies are traditionally the first to declare on general election night, a holdover from the days when different local authorities used to race to get their results first, a contest Sunderland now seem to be the only entrant for.


Current MP
JULIE ELLIOTT (Labour) Born 1963, Sunderland. Educated at Seaham Northlea Comprehensive and Newcastle Polytechnic. Former trade union organiser. First elected as MP for Sunderland Central in 2010.
Past Results
2010
Con: 12770 (30%)
Lab: 19495 (46%)
LDem: 7191 (17%)
BNP: 1913 (5%)
Oth: 1094 (3%)
MAJ: 6725 (16%)
2005*
Con: 5724 (20%)
Lab: 15719 (54%)
LDem: 4277 (15%)
BNP: 1136 (4%)
Oth: 2057 (7%)
MAJ: 9995 (35%)
2001
Con: 5331 (18%)
Lab: 18685 (63%)
LDem: 3599 (12%)
BNP: 687 (2%)
Oth: 1518 (5%)
MAJ: 13354 (45%)
1997
Con: 6370 (17%)
Lab: 26067 (68%)
LDem: 3973 (10%)
Oth: 409 (1%)
MAJ: 19697 (52%)

*There were boundary changes after 2005, name changed from Sunderland North

Demographics
2015 Candidates
JEFF TOWNSEND (Conservative) Educated at Bedford School and Birmingham University. Public affairs consultant.
JULIE ELLIOTT (Labour) See above.
ADRIAN PAGE (Liberal Democrat)
BRIAN FOSTER (UKIP) Born 1954, Sunderland. Educated at Bede Grammar School. Retailler.
RACHEL FEATHERSTONE (Green) Educated at Farringdon Comprehensive and Sunderland University. University lecturer.
JOSEPH YOUNG (No description)
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