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Tyne Bridge
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
The seat which crosses the Tyne to combine the very heart of Newcastle with the centre of Gateshead is, as one might expect, one of the five safest Labour seats in England. Besides the vibrant downtown of the Geordie capital, it also includes some of the most blighted territory anywhere in Britain, in the depressed west end, in Benwell, Elswick and Scotswood. It has the highest unemployment and the highest percentage of council tenants in the North East, and a small and much abused Bangladeshi community, and only one per cent detached houses, also the fewest anywhere in the region. This is indeed a place of many trials.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
As Assistant Whip since 1997 - in opposition as well as in government - David Clelland is one of Labour's shrinking group of working class trade unionists. He is formerly an electrical tester and AEEU shop steward at NEI in Gateshead, where he was eventually made redundant after 21 years. Born 1943, he attended Kelvin Grove Boys' School, Gateshead and local technical colleges. Elected in 1985, he owed his selection for the seat to his leadership of Gateshead Council and his family's friendship with the deceased MP Harry Cowans. A short and cheery pipe-smoking Geordie, he has been an assiduous representative of North East regional concerns, and notably of his local armaments factory.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 0.55% 14.99% 3.64
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 0.19% 4.43% 4.38
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 1.15% 7.27% 15.74
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.61% 2.56% 23.95
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 5.55% 3.94% 140.80
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 4.91% 13.04% 37.63
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 12.41% 12.70% 97.72
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 8.92% 8.14% 109.48
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 3.12% 4.02% 77.69
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 8.92% 3.19% 280.17
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 22.19% 11.31% 196.23
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 18.59% 3.06% 606.96
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 10.15% 2.52% 402.99
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 2.72% 2.10% 129.34
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.02% 0.06% 30.55
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 16.75% 9.41% 177.98
5-10K 24.67% 16.63% 148.34
10-15K 20.11% 16.58% 121.30
15-20K 13.57% 13.58% 99.93
20-25K 8.66% 10.39% 83.33
25-30K 5.47% 7.77% 70.37
30-35K 3.48% 5.79% 60.12
35-40K 2.25% 4.33% 51.94
40-45K 1.48% 3.27% 45.34
45-50K 0.99% 2.48% 39.95
50-55K 0.68% 1.90% 35.51
55-60K 0.47% 1.47% 31.81
60-65K 0.33% 1.15% 28.71
65-70K 0.24% 0.91% 26.08
70-75K 0.17% 0.72% 23.85
75-80K 0.13% 0.57% 21.92
80-85K 0.09% 0.46% 20.26
85-90K 0.07% 0.37% 18.81
90-95K 0.05% 0.31% 17.55
95-100K 0.04% 0.25% 16.43
100K + 0.16% 1.34% 12.02

Local Map of the constituency
Tyne Bridge - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Tyne Bridge - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (10.01%)
Conservative (- 11.02%) Liberal Democrat (-  3.11%)
Conservative (2.20%) Liberal Democrat (4.35%)
Labour (-  6.34%)
Con - 11.02%
Lab 10.01%
LD - 3.11%
Con 2.20%
Lab - 6.34%
LD 4.35%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
David Clelland
Labour hold
Con Conservative (13.28%) 3,456 13.28%
Lab Labour (70.47%) 18,345 70.47%
LD Liberal Democrat (12.34%) 3,213 12.34%
Oth Other (3.91%) 1,018 3.91%
Maj Majority (57.19%) 14,889 57.19%
Turn Turnout (44.20%) 26,032 44.20%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
David Clelland
Labour hold
L David Clelland 18,345 70.47%
C James Cook 3,456 13.28%
SL James Fitzpatrick 533 2.05%
SA Samuel Robson 485 1.86%
LD Jonathan Wallace 3,213 12.34%
Candidates representing 5 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
David Clelland
Labour
Con Conservative (11.08%) 3,861 11.08%
Lab Labour (76.81%) 26,767 76.81%
LD Liberal Democrat (7.99%) 2,785 7.99%
Ref Referendum (2.64%) 919 2.64%
Oth Other (1.49%) 518 1.49%
Maj Majority (65.73%) 22,906 65.73%
Turn Turnout (57.08%) 34,850 57.08%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (22.10%) 9,443 22.10%
Lab Labour (66.80%) 28,520 66.80%
LD Liberal Democrat (11.10%) 4,755 11.10%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (44.70%) 19,077 44.70%
Turn Turnout (63.68%) 42,718 63.68%

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