Darlington (UK Parliament constituency)


Darlington (UK Parliament constituency)

Coordinates: 54°31′44″N 1°33′11″W / 54.529°N 1.553°W / 54.529; -1.553

Darlington
Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Darlington in County Durham.
Outline map
Location of County Durham within England.
County County Durham
Electorate 67,476 (December 2010)[1]
Current constituency
Created 1868 (1868)
Member of Parliament Jenny Chapman (Labour)
Number of members One
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency North East England

Darlington is a borough constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election.

The constituency was created in 1868, and covers Darlington in County Durham.

Contents

History

The seat has been held by all three major parties in the years of its existence, but has been a marginal constituency between the Labour and Conservative parties in the years since the Second World War. The seat now possibly slightly favours Labour, with Jenny Chapman winning the seat in 2010 for Labour with a 3,388 majority despite the Conservative party taking the largest number of seats at the election.

Boundaries

The current boundaries for the constituency include the following wards of the Borough of Darlington:

  • Bank Top, Central, Cockerton East, Cockerton West, College, Eastbourne, Faverdale, Harrowgate Hill, Haughton East, Haughton North, Haughton West, Hummersknott, Lascelles, Lingfield, Mowden, Northgate, North Road, Park East, Park West and Pierremont.

These boundaries show only a minor change from those used from 1983 to 2010: there were no boundary changes in 1997.

Members of Parliament

Election Member[2] Party
1868 Edmund Backhouse Liberal
1880 Theodore Fry Liberal
1895 Arthur Pease Liberal Unionist
1898 by-election Herbert Pike Pease Liberal Unionist, then Unionist
1910 Ignatius Timothy Tribich Lincoln[3] Liberal
1910 Herbert Pike Pease Conservative
1923 by-election William Edwin Pease Conservative
1926 by-election Arthur Lewis Shepherd Labour
1931 Charles Urie Peat Conservative
1945 David Hardman Labour
1951 Fergus Graham Conservative
1959 Anthony Bourne-Arton Conservative
1964 Edward Fletcher Labour
1983 by-election Oswald O'Brien Labour
1983 Michael Fallon Conservative
1992 Alan Milburn Labour
2010 Jenny Chapman Labour

Elections

Elections in the 2010s

General Election 2010: Darlington[4][5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Jenny Chapman 16,891 39.4 -13.0
Conservative Edward Legard 13,503 31.5 +5.5
Liberal Democrat Mike Barker 10,046 23.4 +4.9
BNP Amanda Foster 1,262 2.9 N/A
UKIP Charlotte Bull 1,194 2.8 +0.9
Majority 3,388 7.9
Turnout 42,896 61.9 +1.6
Labour hold Swing -9.2

Elections in the 2000s

General Election 2005: Darlington
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Alan Milburn 20,643 52.4 -3.9
Conservative Anthony Frieze 10,239 26.0 -4.3
Liberal Democrat Robert Adamson 7,269 18.5 +7.6
UKIP John Hoodless 730 1.9 N/A
Veritas David Davies 507 1.3 N/A
Majority 10,404 26.4
Turnout 39,388 60.3 -1.7
Labour hold Swing +0.2
General Election 2001: Darlington
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Alan Milburn 22,479 56.3 -5.2
Conservative Tony Richmond 12,095 30.3 +2.0
Liberal Democrat Robert Adamson 4,358 10.9 +3.7
Socialist Alliance Alan Docherty 469 1.2 N/A
Independent Craig Platt 269 0.7 N/A
Socialist Labour Amanda Rose 229 0.6 N/A
Majority 10,384 26.0
Turnout 39,899 62.0 -11.9
Labour hold Swing -3.6

Elections in the 1990s

General Election 1997: Darlington[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Alan Milburn 29,658 61.57
Conservative P Scrope 13,633 28.3
Liberal Democrat L Boxell 3,483 7.23
Referendum Party M Blakey 1,399 2.9 N/A
Majority 16,025 33.27
Turnout 48,172 73.92
General Election 1992: Darlington[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Alan Milburn 26,556 48.1 +6.5
Conservative Michael Fallon 23,758 43.0 −3.6
Liberal Democrat PJ Bergg 4,586 8.3 −3.5
BNP Donald Clarke 355 0.6 +0.6
Majority 2,798 5.1 +0.1
Turnout 55,255 83.6 +2.8
Labour gain from Conservative Swing +5.0

Elections in the 1980s

Darlington by-election, 1983
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Oswald O'Brien 20,544 39.5 −6.0
Conservative Michael Fallon 18,132 34.9 −8.5
Social Democrat Anthony Cook 12,735 24.5 +14.3
Monster Raving Loony Screaming Lord Sutch 374 0.7 N/A
Independent Arthur Clark 164 0.3 N/A
Tactical Voting Annihilates Bennite Tatchellites Thomas Keen 27 0.1 N/A
Yoga and Meditation Jitendra Bardwaj 15 0.0 N/A
Republican Peter Smith 10 0.0 N/A
Majority 2,412 4.6 +2.5
Turnout 52,001
Labour hold Swing +1.25

Elections in the 1970s

General election, 1979: Darlington
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Edward Fletcher 22,565 45.52 +0.03
Conservative Timothy Kirkhope 21,513 43.39 +5.77
Liberal K. Walker 5,054 10.19 −6.44
National Front H. Outhwaite 444 0.90 N/A
Majority 1,052 2.12 −5.81
Turnout 49,576 78.4 +13.43
Labour hold Swing −2.82

Elections in the 1920s

Darlington by-election, 1926
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Arthur Shepherd 12,965 44.5 −1.7
Conservative E. H. Pease 12,636 43.3 −10.5
Liberal John Dickie 3,573 12.2 N/A
Majority 329 1.2 N/A
Turnout 29,174 87.6 +1.5
Labour gain from Conservative Swing +4.4
General Election, 1924: Darlington
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative William Pease 15,174 53.8 +11.6
Labour Arthur Shepherd 13,008 46.2 +12.6
Majority 2,166 7.6 −1.0
Turnout 28,182 86.1 −0.7
Conservative hold Swing −0.5
Darlington by-election, 1923
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative William Pease 14,684 56.6 +6.9
Labour W. J. Sherwood 11,271 43.4 +9.6
Majority 3,413 13.2 −2.7
Turnout 25,955 85.3 −2.7
Conservative hold Swing −1.4
General Election, 1922: Darlington
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Herbert Pike Pease 13,286 49.7 −11.8
Labour W. J. Sherwood 9,048 33.8 N/A
Liberal T. Crooks 4,419 16.5 −22.0
Majority 4,238 15.9 −7.1
Turnout 26,753 88.0 +20.2
Conservative hold Swing N/A

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