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South Shields
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
The self-contained South Tyneside port town of South Shields is a gritty and working class corner of the land, as the enlightening and sobering statistics demonstrate. With well over half of its households earning less than 15,000 a year - how far would that go in Surrey Heath or Sussex Mid? - it is not surprising that 57 per cent of its people live in ACORN ("A Classification of Residential Neighbourhoods") categories summed up as "striving". Struggling might be a less positively expressed term. Nearly nine per cent find themsleves grouped as "council estate residents, greatest hardship", one of the highest figures for England. It is scarcely surprising, then, that the precocious chief of of the Blair No 10 Policy Unit, first-class PPE Oxford graduate, and ace all-round village cricketer David Milliband should become the Labour candidate. One unusual group which even the perceptive ACORN method does not pick up is a long-established is small Yemeni community, which has found its way to these climes so unlike that of the corner of Arabia on the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
David Miliband was neatly inserted here during the first week of the campaign in succession to the obligingly late-retiring MP David Clark. From the core of the Blairite inner circle, he has run the Downing Street Policy Unit since 1997 and before that headed Blair's office in Opposition. Co-author of the 1997 Manifesto, if seen as stronger on ideas than presentation, he was born in 1965 and educated at Haverstock Comprehensive, Corpus Christi, Oxford and MIT. Ideologically somewhat displaced from his family of origin, his father, the late marxist academic Ralph Miliband, would doubtless have been as concerned about David's book "Reinventing the Left", as he was oddly surprised about the lack of socialism from Labour governments, as recounted in his own book, "Parliamentary Socialism".
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 3.41% 14.99% 22.74
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.13% 2.49% 5.38
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 0.45% 4.43% 10.15
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 3.10% 7.27% 42.56
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 2.25% 2.56% 87.88
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.43% 2.04% 21.16
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 1.31% 3.94% 33.11
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 8.68% 13.04% 66.59
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 8.06% 12.70% 63.44
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 14.20% 8.14% 174.35
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 1.60% 4.02% 39.67
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 13.07% 3.19% 410.18
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 27.81% 11.31% 245.86
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 6.72% 3.06% 219.60
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 8.79% 2.52% 348.92
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.00% 0.06% 0.00
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 15.38% 9.41% 163.38
5-10K 22.74% 16.63% 136.72
10-15K 19.14% 16.58% 115.45
15-20K 13.51% 13.58% 99.46
20-25K 9.07% 10.39% 87.28
25-30K 6.05% 7.77% 77.77
30-35K 4.06% 5.79% 70.18
35-40K 2.77% 4.33% 64.00
40-45K 1.92% 3.27% 58.91
45-50K 1.36% 2.48% 54.65
50-55K 0.97% 1.90% 51.05
55-60K 0.71% 1.47% 47.97
60-65K 0.52% 1.15% 45.31
65-70K 0.39% 0.91% 43.00
70-75K 0.29% 0.72% 40.97
75-80K 0.23% 0.57% 39.18
80-85K 0.17% 0.46% 37.59
85-90K 0.14% 0.37% 36.17
90-95K 0.11% 0.31% 34.89
95-100K 0.08% 0.25% 33.74
100K + 0.38% 1.34% 28.57

Local Map of the constituency
South Shields - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
South Shields - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (10.31%)
Conservative (- 12.03%) Liberal Democrat (-  3.50%)
Conservative (2.31%) Liberal Democrat (8.04%)
Labour (-  8.25%)
Con - 12.03%
Lab 10.31%
LD - 3.50%
Con 2.31%
Lab - 8.25%
LD 8.04%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
David Miliband
Labour hold
Con Conservative (16.88%) 5,140 16.88%
Lab Labour (63.16%) 19,230 63.16%
LD Liberal Democrat (16.84%) 5,127 16.84%
Oth Other (3.12%) 951 3.12%
Maj Majority (46.28%) 14,090 46.28%
Turn Turnout (49.27%) 30,448 49.27%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
David Miliband
Labour hold
C Joanna Gardner 5,140 16.88%
LD Marshall Grainger 5,127 16.84%
UK Alan Hardy 689 2.26%
L David Miliband 19,230 63.16%
I Roger Nettleship 262 0.86%
Candidates representing 5 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
David Clark
Labour
Con Conservative (14.57%) 5,681 14.57%
Lab Labour (71.41%) 27,834 71.41%
LD Liberal Democrat (8.80%) 3,429 8.80%
Ref Referendum (4.26%) 1,660 4.26%
Oth Other (0.96%) 374 0.96%
Maj Majority (56.83%) 22,153 56.83%
Turn Turnout (62.60%) 38,978 62.60%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (26.60%) 12,220 26.60%
Lab Labour (61.10%) 28,041 61.10%
LD Liberal Democrat (12.30%) 5,626 12.30%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (34.50%) 15,821 34.50%
Turn Turnout (69.67%) 45,887 69.67%

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