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Newcastle upon Tyne Central
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Central does not as the name implies include the bulk of the lively centre or the Tyneside frontage of the proud Geordie city of Newcastle (see Tyne Bridge constituency). Rather it surrounds town Moor, the large stretch of open land north of the centre, which has some desirable and upmarket housing. However, to say that the seat named Central is, unusually the Tories' best in a large city is not saying very much in this case. Although with some boundary changes it was won by Piers Merchant for one term in 1983 (he later made a less than glorious reappearance as MP for Beckenham), it is now held by Jim Cousins with a majority of nearly 16,500 and no longer appears on any list of marginals.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Jim Cousins, a bearded replica of the late John Osborne, and with a related right to look back in anger at his dismissal from the front bench in 1995 for going AWOL with Ann Clwyd among the Kurds, was elected here in 1987. He was born 1944, educated at City of London School, New College Oxford and LSE and worked as a lecturer and contract researcher with trade unions. Cerebral and aloof, and a Beckett not Blair supporter in 1994, he had resisted the Gulf War in 1990 and after his dismissal in 1995 has been an assiduous questioner and vocal north-east regionalist. He voted against the government on predatory pricing of the Murdoch press and on incapacity benefit cuts.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 6.32% 14.99% 42.17
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.07% 2.13% 3.26
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 1.20% 2.49% 48.32
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 1.28% 4.43% 28.83
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 2.58% 7.27% 35.49
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 13.26% 2.56% 516.93
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 7.32% 2.04% 358.80
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 26.38% 3.94% 668.84
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 4.37% 13.04% 33.53
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 1.20% 12.70% 9.43
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 7.21% 8.14% 88.48
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 2.74% 4.02% 68.22
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 3.45% 3.19% 108.27
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 8.65% 11.31% 76.46
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 9.80% 3.06% 320.02
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 4.16% 2.52% 165.05
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.02% 0.06% 29.51
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 12.67% 9.41% 134.62
5-10K 19.25% 16.63% 115.71
10-15K 16.81% 16.58% 101.40
15-20K 12.58% 13.58% 92.63
20-25K 9.12% 10.39% 87.78
25-30K 6.64% 7.77% 85.46
30-35K 4.91% 5.79% 84.76
35-40K 3.69% 4.33% 85.09
40-45K 2.81% 3.27% 86.05
45-50K 2.17% 2.48% 87.40
50-55K 1.69% 1.90% 88.97
55-60K 1.34% 1.47% 90.67
60-65K 1.06% 1.15% 92.41
65-70K 0.85% 0.91% 94.16
70-75K 0.69% 0.72% 95.89
75-80K 0.56% 0.57% 97.57
80-85K 0.46% 0.46% 99.19
85-90K 0.38% 0.37% 100.74
90-95K 0.31% 0.31% 102.23
95-100K 0.26% 0.25% 103.64
100K + 1.49% 1.34% 110.70

Local Map of the constituency
Newcastle upon Tyne Central - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Newcastle upon Tyne Central - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (7.47%) Liberal Democrat (2.30%)
Conservative (- 12.18%)
Liberal Democrat (6.70%)
Conservative (-  2.15%) Labour (-  4.20%)
Con - 12.18%
Lab 7.47%
LD 2.30%
Con - 2.15%
Lab - 4.20%
LD 6.70%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Jim Cousins
Labour hold
Con Conservative (21.26%) 7,414 21.26%
Lab Labour (54.97%) 19,169 54.97%
LD Liberal Democrat (21.69%) 7,564 21.69%
Oth Other (2.07%) 723 2.07%
Maj Majority (33.28%) 11,605 33.28%
Turn Turnout (51.30%) 34,870 51.30%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Jim Cousins
Labour hold
L Jim Cousins 19,169 54.97%
SL Gordon Potts 723 2.07%
LD Stephen Psallidas 7,564 21.69%
C Aidan Ruff 7,414 21.26%
Candidates representing 4 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Jim Cousins
Labour
Con Conservative (23.42%) 10,792 23.42%
Lab Labour (59.17%) 27,272 59.17%
LD Liberal Democrat (15.00%) 6,911 15.00%
Ref Referendum (2.41%) 1,113 2.41%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (35.76%) 16,480 35.76%
Turn Turnout (66.05%) 46,088 66.05%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (35.60%) 17,393 35.60%
Lab Labour (51.70%) 25,281 51.70%
LD Liberal Democrat (12.70%) 6,208 12.70%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (16.10%) 7,888 16.10%
Turn Turnout (70.46%) 48,882 70.46%

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