Newcastle-upon-Tyne North is geographically the largest constituency within the city, and covers a diverse mixture of urban and rural neighbourhoods throughout Newcastle’s North and West.
Newcastle International Airport, Newcastle Racecourse, Newcastle Falcons’ Kingston Park stadium, and a varied range of businesses and organisations are located within an area that is home to 67,000 registered voters – with the largest employers including Nestlé and Sanofi Aventis (both based in Fawdon), the Airport (near Woolsington), Sage Group plc (Great Park) and Warburtons (Newburn).
Formerly a base for heavy industries, such as coal mining, power generation and steel production, in more recent times the decline of traditional employers has lead to significant changes. Extensive regeneration has taken place over the last decade and developments, such as Newburn Riverside and Newcastle Great Park, are relatively recent additions to a thriving, modern city.
Following a boundary review in 2005, the constituency is currently formed of the electoral wards of Castle, Denton, East Gosforth, Fawdon, Lemington, Newburn, Parklands, Westerhope and Woolsington.
Catherine McKinnell succeeded her Labour colleague, Doug Henderson, as the Member of Parliament for Newcastle North in the General Election of May 2010 – with a majority of 3,414.