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Sunderland North
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Wearside is one of the industrial bases of the North East, and if the traditionally local industries such as shipbuilding and coal have declined or gone, others have taken their place, such as Nissan cars, Rolls Royce, Corning (Pyrex), Nike, Dewhurst, Vaux, Grove-Coles and Philips. If this is some compensation - and recent threats to Nissan do not suggest security - Sunderland has still swung heavily to Labour since its marginal days in the 1950s, and although the Tories can still win some once good wards like Fulwell (which includes Seaburn) and St Peter's (which includes Roker) in a relatively good year like 2000, North is now massively safe for Labour, like its southern neighbour, even if it will have to hurry up its count to get the same attention on election night.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Bill Etherington, elected in 1992, is one of the dwindling band of former miners' union-sponsored MPs, by 1997 reduced to 12. Born 1941 and regionally-accented, he was educated at Monkwearmouth Grammar School and extra-murally at Durham University, and was a fitter at Dawson Colliery for 20 years. A lesser member of the hard-left Campaign Group he turns up for most of the rebellions against the government, notably lone parent benefit cuts, student grants, criminal justice, the prime minister's power to nominate life peers, incapacity benefit cuts, and jury trial curbs.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 3.40% 14.99% 22.70
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 0.92% 4.43% 20.90
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 1.56% 7.27% 21.42
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.00% 2.56% 0.00
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 2.72% 3.94% 69.01
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 10.78% 13.04% 82.70
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 28.10% 12.70% 221.19
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 11.20% 8.14% 137.59
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 1.40% 4.02% 34.79
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 2.95% 3.19% 92.54
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 25.33% 11.31% 223.90
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 4.64% 3.06% 151.59
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 6.93% 2.52% 275.03
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.07% 0.06% 107.91
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 15.47% 9.41% 164.38
5-10K 23.32% 16.63% 140.20
10-15K 19.67% 16.58% 118.65
15-20K 13.77% 13.58% 101.40
20-25K 9.11% 10.39% 87.65
25-30K 5.95% 7.77% 76.57
30-35K 3.91% 5.79% 67.56
35-40K 2.61% 4.33% 60.13
40-45K 1.76% 3.27% 53.96
45-50K 1.21% 2.48% 48.78
50-55K 0.85% 1.90% 44.40
55-60K 0.60% 1.47% 40.65
60-65K 0.43% 1.15% 37.43
65-70K 0.31% 0.91% 34.65
70-75K 0.23% 0.72% 32.21
75-80K 0.17% 0.57% 30.08
80-85K 0.13% 0.46% 28.19
85-90K 0.10% 0.37% 26.52
90-95K 0.08% 0.31% 25.02
95-100K 0.06% 0.25% 23.68
100K + 0.24% 1.34% 18.02

Local Map of the constituency
Sunderland North - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Sunderland North - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (8.62%)
Conservative (- 11.13%) Liberal Democrat (-  0.50%)
Conservative (1.21%) Liberal Democrat (1.67%)
Labour (-  5.56%)
Con - 11.13%
Lab 8.62%
LD - 0.50%
Con 1.21%
Lab - 5.56%
LD 1.67%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Bill Etherington
Labour hold
Con Conservative (17.88%) 5,331 17.88%
Lab Labour (62.66%) 18,685 62.66%
LD Liberal Democrat (12.07%) 3,599 12.07%
Oth Other (7.39%) 2,205 7.39%
Maj Majority (44.78%) 13,354 44.78%
Turn Turnout (49.01%) 29,820 49.01%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Bill Etherington
Labour hold
L Bill Etherington 18,685 62.66%
BNP David Guyan 687 2.30%
C Michael Harris 5,331 17.88%
I Neil Herron 1,518 5.09%
LD John Lennox 3,599 12.07%
Candidates representing 5 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
William Etherington
Labour
Con Conservative (16.67%) 6,370 16.67%
Lab Labour (68.22%) 26,067 68.22%
LD Liberal Democrat (10.40%) 3,973 10.40%
Ref Referendum (3.65%) 1,394 3.65%
Oth Other (1.07%) 409 1.07%
Maj Majority (51.55%) 19,697 51.55%
Turn Turnout (59.05%) 38,213 59.05%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (27.80%) 12,423 27.80%
Lab Labour (59.60%) 26,649 59.60%
LD Liberal Democrat (10.90%) 4,895 10.90%
Oth Other (1.70%) 747 1.70%
Maj Majority (31.80%) 14,226 31.80%
Turn Turnout (68.37%) 44,714 68.37%

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