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  Wansbeck
INCUMBENT
  PartyLabour
NameIan Lavery
Won12/12/2019
Votes17,124 (42.27%)
Margin814 (+2.01%)
Term12/13/2019 - 05/02/2024


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Parents > United Kingdom > England > North East > North East  
Established 00, 0000
Disbanded Still Active
ContributorRP
Last ModifiedWishful Thinking May 13, 2005 11:36pm
Description Based on the former Morpeth seat which was replaced in 1983, Wansbeck, in the heart of the former Northumberland coalfield, is named after the river which winds its way through the seat. Labour has won Morpeth and then Wansbeck in every general election since World War II. The main centres of population here are the towns of Morpeth, Newbiggen, Bedlington, Pegswood and Ashington - birthplace of the footballing brothers Bobby and Jack Charlton. All of these towns are industrial in nature and grew up as mining communities, although other industries are replacing coal and the largest employer is now Alcan - makers of aluminium cans. Denis Murphy, a former colliery electrician, was the only MP with a coal mining background among the 183 new Labour MPs in 1997.

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