Gateshead Central and Whickham candidates for the General Election 2024

The Sage Gateshead Music Centre with the Baltic
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The newly-created seat is made up mostly of the former Gateshead constituency, with the Whickham area added from the former Blaydon area.

Long-standing Gateshead MP Ian Mearns announced his retirement earlier this year, with Mark Ferguson, a former editor of the LabourList website and union activist who grew up in the town, selected as Labour candidate. Long-standing Liberal Democrat councillor Ron Beadle will contest the seat, while Martin Oliver will stand for the Conservatives.

Labour held a healthy majority in the previous Gateshead constituency but the town’s Labour-controlled council has come under fire after having to close leisure centres due to budgetary problems.

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Here are the Gateshead Central and Whickham candidates for the General Election in 2024:

Ron Beadle - Liberal Democrat

Rachel Cabral - Green

Mark Ferguson - Labour

Norman Hall - Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition

Damian Heslop - Reform

Martin Oliver - Conservative

Graham Steele - Save Us Now