North Durham (UK Parliament constituency)

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North Durham
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of North Durham in Durham.
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Location of Durham within England.
County Durham
Electorate 68,959 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlements Chester-le-Street, Stanley and Sacriston
Current constituency
Created 1983
Member of Parliament Kevan Jones (Labour)
Number of members One
Created from Chester-le-Street
Number of members Two
Type of constituency County constituency
Replaced by Chester-le-Street
Created from Durham
European Parliament constituency North East England

North Durham is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2001 by Kevan Jones of the Labour Party.[n 2]


A single-seat constituency of this name has existed since the 1983 general election. An earlier two-seat constituency of the same name was created by the Great Reform Act for the 1832 general election, when the former Durham constituency was split into two northern and southern divisions. Elections were held using the bloc vote system.


The constituency spans the north of County Durham in North East England. It includes the whole of the former Chester-le-Street district and the eastern part of the former Derwentside district. The main population centres (large settlements) are Chester-le-Street, Stanley and Sacriston. The constituency includes the North of England Open Air Museum at Beamish.[2]

Parliament accepted the Boundary Commission's Fifth Periodic Review of Westminster constituencies which slightly altered this constituency for the 2010 general election since which it has electoral wards:

  • Bournemoor; Chester: Central, East, North, South; Edmondsley and Waldridge; Grange Villa and West Pelton; Kimblesworth and Plawsworth; Lumley; North Lodge; Pelton; Pelton Fell; Sacriston; and Urpeth[n 3]
  • Annfield Plain, Catchgate, Craghead and South Stanley, Havannah, South Moor, Stanley Hall and Tanfield from the former district of Derwentside[3]

Members of Parliament[edit]

MPs 1832–1885[edit]

Election 1st Member[4] 1st Party 2nd Member[4] 2nd Party
1832 Hedworth Lambton Liberal Sir Hedworth Williamson, Bt Whig
1837 Hon. Henry Liddell Conservative
1847 Robert Duncombe Shafto Liberal Viscount Seaham Conservative
1854 by-election Lord Adolphus Vane-Tempest Conservative
1864 by-election Sir Hedworth Williamson, Bt Liberal
1868 George Elliot Conservative
1874 Lowthian Bell Liberal Charles Palmer Liberal
1874 by-election Sir George Elliot, Bt Conservative
1880 John Joicey Liberal
1881 by-election Sir George Elliot, Bt Conservative
1885 Redistribution of Seats Act: constituency abolished

MPs since 1983[edit]

Election Member[4] Party
1983 Giles Radice Labour
2001 Kevan Jones Labour


Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2010: North Durham[5][6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Kevan Jones 20,698 50.5 −13.6
Conservative David Skelton 8,622 21.0 +4.3
Liberal Democrat Ian Lindley 8,617 21.0 +1.9
BNP Peter Molloy 1,686 4.1 +4.1
UKIP Bruce Reid 1,344 3.3 +3.3
Majority 12,076 29.5
Turnout 40,967 60.6 +5.3
Labour hold Swing −8.9

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: North Durham
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Kevan Jones 23,932 64.1 −3.1
Liberal Democrat Philip Latham 7,151 19.2 +5.2
Conservative Mark Watson 6,258 16.8 −2.0
Majority 16,781 44.9
Turnout 37,341 55.3 −1.6
Labour hold Swing -4.1
General Election 2001: North Durham
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Kevan Jones 25,920 67.2 −3.1
Conservative Matthew R. Palmer 7,237 18.8 +4.3
Liberal Democrat Miss Carole A. Field 5,411 14.0 +3.0
Majority 18,683 48.4
Turnout 38,568 56.9 −12.3
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Durham North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Giles Radice 33,142 70.3
Conservative Mark T. Hardy 6,843 14.5
Liberal Democrat Brian D. Moore 5,225 11.1
Referendum Party Ian A.C. Parkin 1,958 4.2
Majority 26,299 55.8
Turnout 47,168 69.2
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1992: Durham North[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Giles Radice 33,567 59.9 +3.6
Conservative Mrs Elizabeth A. Sibley 13,930 24.8 +3.7
Liberal Democrat Philip J. Appleby 8,572 15.3 −7.3
Majority 19,637 35.0 +1.4
Turnout 56,069 76.1 +0.1
Labour hold Swing −0.0

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Durham North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Giles Radice 30,798 56.2 +5.2
Social Democrat Dr. D. Jeary 12,365 22.6 −2.4
Conservative N.C. Gibbon 11,602 21.2 −2.8
Majority 18,433 33.7
Turnout 54,765 75.9 +3.2
Labour hold Swing +3.9
General Election 1983: Durham North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Giles Radice 26,404 51.0 N/A
Liberal David Howarth 12,967 25.0 N/A
Conservative S. Popat 12,418 24.0 N/A
Majority 13,437 26.0 N/A
Turnout 51,789 72.7 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.
  3. ^ i.e. the entire former district of Chester-le-Street