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Houghton & Washington East
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
One of Labour's 13 safest seats is this County Durham mixture of old heavy industry ex-mining areas such as Houghton-le-Spring and Hetton-le-Hole with that half of the gritty, windy, barren Washington New Town not included with Gateshead East.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Labour's Fraser Kemp, was elected in 1997 after a career as a party apparatchik, masterminding two big by-election victories at Mid Staffordshire and Dudley West in the early 1990s. A Durham miner's son, born 1958, he attended Washington Comprehensive School. Tall, balding and convivial, he favours regional assemblies but not PR, which he rightly sees as destroying a 177-strong Labour majority. He sees the biggest betrayal of the working class as indulging in "intellectual masturbation" and losing elections.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 0.54% 14.99% 3.59
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.00% 2.49% 0.00
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 1.47% 4.43% 33.24
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 13.48% 7.27% 185.26
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.73% 2.56% 28.48
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.29% 3.94% 7.40
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 4.36% 13.04% 33.40
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 21.00% 12.70% 165.34
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 18.42% 8.14% 226.22
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.00% 4.02% 0.00
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 3.91% 3.19% 122.74
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 28.12% 11.31% 248.59
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.83% 3.06% 26.98
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 6.75% 2.52% 267.90
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.11% 0.06% 182.20
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 13.63% 9.41% 144.81
5-10K 21.28% 16.63% 127.92
10-15K 18.95% 16.58% 114.31
15-20K 13.99% 13.58% 103.01
20-25K 9.70% 10.39% 93.36
25-30K 6.61% 7.77% 85.02
30-35K 4.50% 5.79% 77.76
35-40K 3.09% 4.33% 71.43
40-45K 2.15% 3.27% 65.88
45-50K 1.51% 2.48% 61.01
50-55K 1.08% 1.90% 56.71
55-60K 0.78% 1.47% 52.91
60-65K 0.57% 1.15% 49.54
65-70K 0.42% 0.91% 46.53
70-75K 0.32% 0.72% 43.84
75-80K 0.24% 0.57% 41.43
80-85K 0.18% 0.46% 39.26
85-90K 0.14% 0.37% 37.29
90-95K 0.11% 0.31% 35.51
95-100K 0.08% 0.25% 33.89
100K + 0.36% 1.34% 26.61

Local Map of the constituency
Houghton & Washington East - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Houghton & Washington East - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (9.38%)
Conservative (-  8.81%) Liberal Democrat (-  3.63%)
Conservative (1.41%) Liberal Democrat (4.82%)
Labour (-  3.18%)
Con - 8.81%
Lab 9.38%
LD - 3.63%
Con 1.41%
Lab - 3.18%
LD 4.82%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Fraser Kemp
Labour hold
Con Conservative (14.30%) 4,810 14.30%
Lab Labour (73.21%) 24,628 73.21%
LD Liberal Democrat (12.49%) 4,203 12.49%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (58.91%) 19,818 58.91%
Turn Turnout (49.51%) 33,641 49.51%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Fraser Kemp
Labour hold
C Tony Devenish 4,810 14.30%
L Fraser Kemp 24,628 73.21%
LD Richard Ormerod 4,203 12.49%
Candidates representing 3 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Fraser Kemp
Labour
Con Conservative (12.89%) 5,391 12.89%
Lab Labour (76.38%) 31,946 76.38%
LD Liberal Democrat (7.67%) 3,209 7.67%
Ref Referendum (3.05%) 1,277 3.05%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (63.49%) 26,555 63.49%
Turn Turnout (62.10%) 41,823 62.10%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (21.70%) 10,046 21.70%
Lab Labour (67.00%) 30,995 67.00%
LD Liberal Democrat (11.30%) 5,221 11.30%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (45.30%) 20,949 45.30%
Turn Turnout (69.38%) 46,262 69.38%

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