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Readers Poll Con 52% Lab 28% LD 18% Nat 2% Enter your vote to win 1M

Sunderland South
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
This seat was easily the earliest to declare its result on the dramatic night of 1 May 1997, and is favourite to do so again next time. At least there won't be a recount, for Labour will hold the seat easily, and Chris Mullin will in all probability for the third time in a row find himself for a while the only MP declared elected to the new Parliament. However, all eyes will be focused on the size of the swing. At the present time, the Tories must be in mortal fear that there will scarcely be a movement back in their direction that can be measured, still less one that will carry them back into office.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Chris Mullin, elected here in 1987, is a Bennite factionalist transformed into a Blairite minister. As the only Campaign Group member to vote for Blair as leader in 1994 he was eventually rewarded in 1999 with a junior job as an Environment minister with responsibility for defending the partial privatisation of air traffic control in the face of repeated backbench revolts. He was rescued from this embarrassment in 2001 by consignment to the obscurity of a post at International Development. All this was some way on from his years as a campaigner against miscarriages of justice involving Irish Republicans, and his authorship of the radical activists' manual, 'How to Select and Reselect Your MP', which was devised to push 30 right-wing Labour MPs out of the party, in order to be replaced by people like him. Tall, lean and ascetic, and of donnish aspect, he was born of half-Irish parentage in 1947, and educated privately at St Joseph's (RC) College, Ipswich and at Hull University, where he read the Daily Telegraph.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 8.44% 14.99% 56.30
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 0.52% 4.43% 11.73
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 7.19% 7.27% 98.88
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 5.61% 2.56% 218.68
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.01% 2.04% 0.63
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 2.52% 3.94% 63.88
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 6.94% 13.04% 53.24
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 12.95% 12.70% 101.98
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 13.92% 8.14% 170.91
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 3.13% 4.02% 77.80
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 5.59% 3.19% 175.62
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 20.70% 11.31% 183.01
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 3.75% 3.06% 122.35
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 8.31% 2.52% 329.86
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.42% 2.10% 19.89
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.00% 0.06% 0.00
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 15.76% 9.41% 167.45
5-10K 22.86% 16.63% 137.44
10-15K 18.79% 16.58% 113.33
15-20K 13.11% 13.58% 96.49
20-25K 8.80% 10.39% 84.71
25-30K 5.92% 7.77% 76.19
30-35K 4.04% 5.79% 69.79
35-40K 2.81% 4.33% 64.82
40-45K 1.99% 3.27% 60.82
45-50K 1.43% 2.48% 57.53
50-55K 1.04% 1.90% 54.76
55-60K 0.77% 1.47% 52.37
60-65K 0.58% 1.15% 50.29
65-70K 0.44% 0.91% 48.44
70-75K 0.34% 0.72% 46.79
75-80K 0.26% 0.57% 45.29
80-85K 0.20% 0.46% 43.93
85-90K 0.16% 0.37% 42.67
90-95K 0.13% 0.31% 41.51
95-100K 0.10% 0.25% 40.43
100K + 0.47% 1.34% 34.92

Local Map of the constituency
Sunderland South - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Sunderland South - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (10.56%)
Conservative (- 10.42%) Liberal Democrat (-  0.26%)
Conservative (1.23%) Liberal Democrat (0.28%)
Labour (-  4.02%)
Con - 10.42%
Lab 10.56%
LD - 0.26%
Con 1.23%
Lab - 4.02%
LD 0.28%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Chris Mullin
Labour hold
Con Conservative (20.10%) 6,254 20.10%
Lab Labour (64.04%) 19,921 64.04%
LD Liberal Democrat (11.81%) 3,675 11.81%
Oth Other (4.04%) 1,257 4.04%
Maj Majority (43.94%) 13,667 43.94%
Turn Turnout (48.17%) 31,107 48.17%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Chris Mullin
Labour hold
C Jim Boyd 6,254 20.10%
BNP Joseph Dobbie 576 1.85%
LD Mark Greenfield 3,675 11.81%
UK Joseph Moore 470 1.51%
L Chris Mullin 19,921 64.04%
ML Rosalyn Warner 211 0.68%
Candidates representing 6 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Chris Mullin
Labour
Con Conservative (18.88%) 7,536 18.88%
Lab Labour (68.06%) 27,174 68.06%
LD Liberal Democrat (11.54%) 4,606 11.54%
Ref 0 0.00%
Oth Other (1.53%) 609 1.53%
Maj Majority (49.19%) 19,638 49.19%
Turn Turnout (58.77%) 39,925 58.77%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (29.30%) 14,706 29.30%
Lab Labour (57.50%) 28,829 57.50%
LD Liberal Democrat (11.80%) 5,933 11.80%
Oth Other (1.40%) 690 1.40%
Maj Majority (28.20%) 14,123 28.20%
Turn Turnout (69.65%) 50,158 69.65%

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