Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland (UK Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 54°32′24″N 1°08′20″W / 54.540°N 1.139°W / 54.540; -1.139

Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland in Cleveland.
Outline map
Location of Cleveland within England.
County North Yorkshire
Electorate 72,876 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlements Saltburn-by-the-Sea, Guisborough, Marton
Current constituency
Created 1997
Member of parliament Tom Blenkinsop (Labour)
Number of members One
Created from Langbaurgh
European Parliament constituency North East England

Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2010 by Tom Blenkinsop of the Labour Party.[n 2]


The constituency was created in 1997, mostly replacing the former seat of Langbaurgh and consists of the southern outskirts of Middlesbrough (such as Acklam, Hemlington, Nunthorpe, Coulby Newham, Marton, Easterside and Park End) and those parts of the Redcar and Cleveland district not in the Redcar constituency. These include Saltburn-by-the-Sea, Guisborough, Loftus, Skelton and Brotton. Wards are:


This seat was created in 1997 and has been held since then by a representative of the Labour Party.

Constituency profile[edit]

Only 13.8% of people in Middlesbrough are retired, 0.3 lower than in 2001 whereas 19.4% of people are retired in the eastern Cleveland authority, Redcar and Cleveland, 3% higher than in 2001 (2011 figures).[3] The constituency is at the forefront of Britain's return to growth in output, however the western authority still in 2011 had the highest unemployment claimant count in the North East, having witnessed a decline in its world leading production of industrial and heavy duty steel.[4]

Election results have to date been considerably more close than in the overwhelmingly urban, city seat of Middlesbrough, this instead being a marginal seat, particularly the 2010 result which saw no absolute majority unlike the previous three absolute majorities gained by the Labour MP Ashok Kumar. In the four elections to date, the second candidate has been a Conservative.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[5] Party
1997 Ashok Kumar Labour
2010 Tom Blenkinsop Labour


Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2015: Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland.[6][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Tom Blenkinsop
Green Martin Brampton
Liberal Democrat Ben Gibson
Conservative Will Goodhand
UKIP Steve Turner[8]
General Election 2010: Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland[9][10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Tom Blenkinsop 18,138 39.2 −11.1
Conservative Paul Bristow 16,461 35.6 +3.8
Liberal Democrat Nick Emmerson 7,340 15.9 +2.1
UKIP Stuart Lightwing 1,881 4.1 +2.6
BNP Shaun Gatley 1,576 3.4 +0.9
Independent Mike Allen 818 1.8 +1.8
Majority 1,677 3.6
Turnout 46,214 63.6 +2.7
Labour hold Swing −7.4

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ashok Kumar 21,945 50.2 −5.1
Conservative Mark Brooks 13,945 31.9 −2.1
Liberal Democrat Carl Minns 6,049 13.8 +3.1
BNP Geoffrey Groves 1,099 2.5 N/A
UKIP Charlotte Bull 658 1.5 N/A
Majority 8,000 18.3
Turnout 43,696 60.8 −0.2
Labour hold Swing −1.5
General Election 2001: Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ashok Kumar 24,321 55.3 +0.6
Conservative Barbara Anne Harpham 14,970 34.0 −0.9
Liberal Democrat Linda Jean Parrish 4,700 10.7 +3.2
Majority 9,351 21.3
Turnout 43,991 61.0 −15.0
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ashok Kumar 29,319 54.7 N/A
Conservative Michael Walton Bates 18,712 34.9 N/A
Liberal Democrat Hamish Garrett 4,004 7.5 N/A
Referendum Party Robin D.L. Batchelor 1,552 2.9 N/A
Majority 10,607 19.8 N/A
Turnout 53,587 76.0 N/A
Labour win (new seat)

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  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.