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Washington and Sunderland West

2010 Results:
Conservative: 8157 (21.85%)
Labour: 19615 (52.54%)
Liberal Democrat: 6382 (17.09%)
BNP: 1913 (5.12%)
UKIP: 1267 (3.39%)
Majority: 11458 (30.69%)

Notional 2005 Results:
Labour: 21039 (62.3%)
Liberal Democrat: 5890 (17.4%)
Conservative: 4874 (14.4%)
Other: 1978 (5.9%)
Majority: 15149 (44.8%)

Actual 2005 result
Conservative: 4772 (13.8%)
Labour: 22310 (64.3%)
Liberal Democrat: 6245 (18%)
BNP: 1367 (3.9%)
Majority: 16065 (46.3%)

2001 Result
Conservative: 4810 (14.3%)
Labour: 24628 (73.2%)
Liberal Democrat: 4203 (12.5%)
Majority: 19818 (58.9%)

1997 Result
Conservative: 5391 (12.9%)
Labour: 31946 (76.4%)
Liberal Democrat: 3209 (7.7%)
Referendum: 1277 (3.1%)
Majority: 26555 (63.5%)

Boundary changes:

Profile:

portraitCurrent MP: Sharon Hodgson (Labour) born 1966, Gateshead. Educated at Heathfield Senior High. Former accounting clerk and Labour party organiser. First elected as MP for Gateshead East and Washington West 2005. Her current seat is divided between this and the new Gateshead seat, which will be contested by David Clelland. Former PPS to Liam Byrne, Bob Ainsworth and Dawn Primarolo. Government whip since 2009.

2010 election candidates:
portraitIan Cuthbert (Conservative) Born 1967, South Shields. Educated at Boldon Comprehensive. Marketing manager. Sunderland councillor.
portraitSharon Hodgson (Labour) born 1966, Gateshead. Educated at Heathfield Senior High. Former accounting clerk and Labour party organiser. First elected as MP for Gateshead East and Washington West 2005. Her current seat is divided between this and the new Gateshead seat, which will be contested by David Clelland. Former PPS to Liam Byrne, Bob Ainsworth and Dawn Primarolo. Government whip since 2009.
portraitPeter Andras (Liberal Democrat) Educated at Babes – Bolyai University. University lecturer.
portraitLinda Hudson (UKIP)
portraitIan McDonald (BNP)

2001 Census Demographics

Total 2001 Population: 90790
Male: 48.6%
Female: 51.4%
Under 18: 24.4%
Over 60: 17.5%
Born outside UK: 1.8%
White: 98.7%
Asian: 0.6%
Mixed: 0.3%
Other: 0.3%
Christian: 81.2%
Full time students: 2.5%
Graduates 16-74: 10.2%
No Qualifications 16-74: 36.9%
Owner-Occupied: 56.9%
Social Housing: 39.3% (Council: 28.6%, Housing Ass.: 10.6%)
Privately Rented: 2.5%
Homes without central heating and/or private bathroom: 1.3%

NB - The constituency guide is now archived and is no longer being updated. It will be replaced by a new guide in 2013, once the fate of the boundary review is finally settled.