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South Shields

2010 Results:
Conservative: 7886 (21.59%)
Labour: 18995 (52.02%)
Liberal Democrat: 5189 (14.21%)
BNP: 2382 (6.52%)
Green: 762 (2.09%)
Independent: 1213 (3.32%)
Others: 91 (0.25%)
Majority: 11109 (30.43%)

Notional 2005 Results:
Labour: 19274 (60.2%)
Liberal Democrat: 6243 (19.5%)
Conservative: 5600 (17.5%)
Other: 922 (2.9%)
Majority: 13030 (40.7%)

Actual 2005 result
Conservative: 5207 (17.2%)
Labour: 18269 (60.5%)
Liberal Democrat: 5957 (19.7%)
Other: 773 (2.6%)
Majority: 12312 (40.8%)

2001 Result
Conservative: 5140 (16.9%)
Labour: 19230 (63.2%)
Liberal Democrat: 5127 (16.8%)
UKIP: 689 (2.3%)
Other: 262 (0.9%)
Majority: 14090 (46.3%)

1997 Result
Conservative: 5681 (14.6%)
Labour: 27834 (71.4%)
Liberal Democrat: 3429 (8.8%)
Referendum: 1660 (4.3%)
Other: 374 (1%)
Majority: 22153 (56.8%)

Boundary changes:

Profile:

portraitCurrent MP: David Miliband(Labour) born 1965, London, son of Maxist theoretician Ralph Miliband. Educated at Haverstock Comprehensive school and Oxford University. Worked as a researcher at the IPRR before becoming head of policy for Tony Blair in 1994. First elected as MP for South Shields in 2001. Junior education minister 2002-2004, Minister of state at the cabinet office 2004-6 and Minister of State within the cabinet for Communities and Local Government from 2005-2006. Secretary of State for the Environment, Fisheries and Food from 2006-2007, Foreign Secretary 2007-2010. Miliband was widely touted in the press as a possible leadership contender in the run up to Tony Blair`s resignation, despite Miliband himself repeatedly ruling out standing. He continued to be seen as a possible alternate leader throughout Gordon Brown’s leadership, but never made a move against Brown. Following Labour’s general election defeat he stood for the party leadership and was the strong favourite to win, but was eventually defeated by his younger brother, Ed Miliband, the MP for Doncaster North. He subsequently stood down from the Labour frontbench (more information at They work for you)

2010 election candidates:
portraitKaren Allen (Conservative) Born South Shields. Educated at Queen Mary University. City broker.
portraitDavid Miliband(Labour) born 1965, London, son of Maxist theoretician Ralph Miliband. Educated at Haverstock Comprehensive school and Oxford University. Worked as a researcher at the IPRR before becoming head of policy for Tony Blair in 1994. First elected as MP for South Shields in 2001. Junior education minister 2002-2004, Minister of state at the cabinet office 2004-6 and Minister of State within the cabinet for Communities and Local Government from 2005-2006. Secretary fo State for the Environment, Fisheries and Food from 2006-2007. Miliband was widely touted in the press as a possible leadership contender in the run up to Tony Blair`s resignation, despite Miliband himself repeatedly ruling out standing. Foreign Secretary 2007-2010. He is the brother of Ed Miliband, the MP for Doncaster North (more information at They work for you)
portraitStephen Psallidas (Liberal Democrat)
portraitShirley Ford (Green)
portraitDonna Watson (BNP)
portraitSiamak Kaikavoosi (Independent) Born Iran. Selp employed.
portraitRoger Nettleship (Revolutionary Communist Party Britain Marxist-Leninist) Contested South Shields 2001 as an Independent.
portraitVictor Thompson (Independent)
portraitSam Navabi (Independent)

2001 Census Demographics

Total 2001 Population: 85546
Male: 48.5%
Female: 51.5%
Under 18: 22.8%
Over 60: 23.5%
Born outside UK: 3.2%
White: 96.4%
Black: 0.2%
Asian: 2.2%
Mixed: 0.8%
Other: 0.3%
Christian: 80.3%
Muslim: 1.7%
Full time students: 3.2%
Graduates 16-74: 11.8%
No Qualifications 16-74: 37.6%
Owner-Occupied: 55.3%
Social Housing: 37.3% (Council: 29.8%, Housing Ass.: 7.5%)
Privately Rented: 5.5%
Homes without central heating and/or private bathroom: 3.5%

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