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

Darlington
Borough constituency
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Darlington shown within County Durham, and County Durham shown within England
Created: 1868
MP: Alan Milburn
Party: Labour
Type: House of Commons
County: County Durham
EP 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.

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Boundaries

The constituency covers Darlington in County Durham, which is in the North East of England. The largest town in County Durham, and an administrative centre for the rural areas surrounding it, Darlington is somewhat more middle-class than other seats in Durham. It is the 'Home and Birthplace' of the Railway, Darlington also had a thriving heavy industry background with the 'Rolling Mills' and 'Tubemans' it was also home to the 'Cleveland Bridge Building and Engineering Company, situated in the centre of town was the Steel Works and 'Forge' with its massive cooling towers (now dismantled). The Conservatives have held the seat in good years for them, although it is still, despite the above factors, reasonably favourable to Labour on most occasions.

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Boundary review

Following a review of parliamentary representation in County Durham, the Boundary Commission for England has created a slightly modified Darlington constituency to be fought at the 2009 or 2010 UK general election.

The electoral wards used in the slightly altered constituency are:

  • 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.

Members of Parliament

The MP since 1992 is Labour's Alan Milburn, who has announced he is standing down at the next general election.

Election Member Party
1868 constituency created
1868 Edmund Backhouse Liberal
1880 Theodore Fry Liberal
1895 Arthur Pease Liberal Unionist
1898 Herbert Pike Pease Liberal Unionist, then Unionist
1910 Ignatius Timothy Tribich Lincoln[1] Liberal
1910 Herbert Pike Pease Conservative
1923 William Edwin Pease Conservative
1926 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 Oswald O'Brien Labour
1983 Michael Fallon Conservative
1992 Alan Milburn Labour

Election results

Elections in the 1920s

General Election, November 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
Darlington by-election, 28 February 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, October 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, 17 February 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

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 1980s

Darlington by-election, 24 March 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 David 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 1990s

Elections in the 2000s

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
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 2010: Darlington
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Edward Legard
Liberal Democrat Mike Barker
UKIP Charlotte Bull
Labour Jenny Chapman
BNP John Hoodless
Majority
Turnout

Notes

  1. ^ also known as Trebitsch Lincoln, later a spy

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