Easington (UK Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 54°47′24″N 1°21′07″W / 54.790°N 1.352°W / 54.790; -1.352

Easington
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Easington in County Durham.
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Location of County Durham within England.
County County Durham
Electorate 65,618 (December 2010)[1]
Current constituency
Created 1950
Member of Parliament Grahame Morris (Labour)
Number of members One
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency North East England

Easington is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2010 by Grahame Morris of the Labour Party.[n 2]

Constituency profile[edit]

Constituents' occupations include to a significant degree agriculture and the service sector, however the area was formerly heavily economically supported by the mining of coal, iron ore and businesses in the county still extract gangue minerals in present mining, such as fluorspar for the smelting of aluminium, to the south in the county is Darlington, which has particular strengths in international transport construction, including bridges. To the north is the large city of Sunderland which has a large service sector. The seat currently ranks as the 8th-safest Labour seat in Britain by majority, and the third-safest Labour seat in England, behind Knowsley and Liverpool Walton, in Merseyside.

Boundaries[edit]

The constituency comprises the majority of the district of the same name, which takes in the coastal portion of the administrative county of Durham. The principal towns are Peterlee and Seaham. A seat of former mining traditions, it is one of Labour's safest in Britain; former party firebrand Manny Shinwell was MP here for many years.

Boundary review[edit]

Following their review of parliamentary representation in County Durham, the Boundary Commission for England has made only minor changes to the boundaries of Easington constituency (on the southern part of the boundary with Sedgefield constituency). It was first fought at the 2010 UK general election.

The electoral wards used to create the seat are:

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[2] Party
1950 Manny Shinwell Labour
1970 Jack Dormand Labour
1987 John Cummings Labour
2010 Grahame Morris Labour

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2015: Easington
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Grahame Morris[3]
General Election 2010: Easington[4][5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Grahame Morris 20,579 58.9 −12.4
Liberal Democrat Tara Saville 5,597 16.0 +3.1
Conservative Richard Harrison 4,790 13.7 +3.0
BNP Cheryl Dunn 2,317 6.6 +3.4
UKIP Martyn Aiken 1,631 4.7 +4.7
Majority 14,982 42.9
Turnout 34,914 54.7 +2.8
Labour hold Swing −7.7

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Easington
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John Cummings 22,733 71.4 −5.4
Liberal Democrat Christopher Ord 4,097 12.9 +2.6
Conservative Lucille Nicholson 3,400 10.7 +0.4
BNP Ian McDonald 1,042 3.3 +3.3
Socialist Labour Dave Robinson 583 1.8 −0.7
Majority 18,636 58.5
Turnout 31,855 52.1 −1.5
Labour hold Swing −4.0
General Election 2001: Easington
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John Cummings 25,360 76.8 −3.4
Conservative Philip F. Lovel 3,411 10.3 +1.8
Liberal Democrat Christopher J. Ord 3,408 10.3 +3.1
Socialist Labour Dave Robinson 831 2.5 N/A
Majority 21,949 66.5
Turnout 33,010 53.6 −13.4
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Easington[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John Cummings 33,600 80.2 +7.5
Conservative Jason D. Hollands 3,588 8.6 −8.1
Liberal Democrat Jim P. Heppell 3,025 7.2 −3.4
Referendum Party Richard B. Pulfrey 1,179 2.8 N/A
Socialist (GB) Steve P. Colborn 503 1.2 N/A
Majority 30,012 71.6
Turnout 41,895 67.0
Labour hold Swing +7.8
General Election 1992: Easington[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John Cummings 34,269 72.7 +4.6
Conservative William J. Perry 7,879 16.7 +0.4
Liberal Democrat Peter Freitag 5,001 10.6 −5.0
Majority 26,390 56.0 +4.2
Turnout 47,149 72.5 −0.9
Labour hold Swing +2.1

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Easington
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John Cummings 32,396 68.06
Conservative William J. Perry 7,757 16.30
Liberal G. Morpeth 7,447 15.64
Majority 24,639 51.76
Turnout 73.39
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1983: Easington
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Jack Dormand 25,912 59.39
Liberal F.E. Patterson 11,120 25.06
Conservative C.J. Coulson-Thomas 7,342 16.55
Majority 14,792 33.33
Turnout 67.51
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1979: Easington
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Jack Dormand 29,537 60.60
Conservative J.S. Smailes 11,981 24.70
Liberal V. Morley 6,979 14.39
Majority 17,556 36.20
Turnout 74.33
Labour hold Swing
General Election October 1974: Easington
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Jack Dormand 28,984 65.82
Conservative J.S. Smailes 8,047 18.27
Liberal N.J. Scaggs 7,005 15.91
Majority 20,937 47.55
Turnout 69.01
Labour hold Swing
General Election February 1974: Easington
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Jack Dormand 33,637 71.96
Conservative J.S. Smailes 13,107 28.04
Majority 20,530 43.92
Turnout 73.95
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1970: Easington
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Jack Dormand 33,418 79.80
Conservative W.M.H. Spicer 8,457 20.20
Majority 24,961 59.61
Turnout 69.28
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

General Election 1966: Easington
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Manny Shinwell 32,097 81.37
Conservative W.M.H. Spicer 7,350 18.63
Majority 24,747 62.73
Turnout 70.54
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1964: Easington
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Manny Shinwell 34,028 80.45
Conservative G.W. Rossiter 8,270 19.55
Majority 25,758 60.90
Turnout 75.22
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General Election 1959: Easington
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Manny Shinwell 36,552 79.79
Conservative G.W. Rossiter 9,259 20.21
Majority 27,293 59.58
Turnout 80.81
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1955: Easington
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Manny Shinwell 34,352 79.07
Conservative G.W. Rossiter 9,095 20.93
Majority 25,257 58.13
Turnout 79.36
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1951: Easington
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Manny Shinwell 37,899 80.77
Conservative G.W. Rossiter 9,025 19.23
Majority 28,874 61.53
Turnout 86.74
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1950: Easington
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Manny Shinwell 38,367 81.05
Conservative C.A. Macfarlane 8,972 18.95
Majority 29,395 62.09
Turnout 87.69
Labour hold Swing

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ A county constituency (for the purposes of election expenses and type of returning officer)
  2. ^ As with all constituencies, the constituency elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election at least every five years.
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