Election 97

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Coast to coast

Robert Waller sums up the situation in Northern England. VRML by Fin Fahey

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Northern England is an extensive region of great variety extending from the Atlantic to the North Sea coasts. Most of the seats in the far North are already safely Labour - the most noticeable feature on the 3D electoral map is the great red Matterhorn to the east - the heavy industrial conurbations of the Tyne, Wear and Tees containing Tony Blair's super-safe seat of Sedgefield - while Durham and Northumberland contain old coalfields.

The western city of Carlisle shows as a distinct Labour bulge, but there is some danger for them here, as some Tory-voting rural territory has been added, while Jack Cunningham's majority in atomic energy-dependent Copeland is quite insecure.

A very possible Labour gain (they regained Barrow and Furness and Darlington in 1992) is Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland, while their other targets, Tynemouth - bolstered by boundary changes - and Stockton South, will prove tougher nuts.

There is nothing here for the Lib Dems, but they can expect to hold on to Berwick-upon-Tweed.

Labour regional targets
Conservative regional targets
Liberal Democrat regional targets
3D Electoral density