Stockton North (UK Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 54°35′49″N 1°18′43″W / 54.597°N 1.312°W / 54.597; -1.312

Stockton North
Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
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County County Durham
Electorate 67,333 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlements Stockton-on-Tees, Billingham, Wolviston, Port Clarence and Thorpe Thewles
Current constituency
Created 1983
Member of Parliament Alex Cunningham (Labour)
Number of members One
Created from Stockton-on-Tees
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency North East England

Stockton North is a constituency[n 1] covering the town of Stockton-on-Tees in County Durham and other nearby settlements in the Borough of Stockton-on-Tees located north of the River Tees, represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2010 by Alex Cunningham, a member of the Labour Party.[n 2]

Boundaries[edit]

Stockton North consists of the north-eastern part of Stockton-on-Tees in County Durham and the nearby towns and villages of Billingham, Wolviston, Port Clarence and Thorpe Thewles.[2]

History[edit]

The constituency was created for the 1983 general election, partially replacing the former Stockton-on-Tees constituency. The outgoing MP for Stockton-on-Tees was Bill Rodgers, who had held the seat since 1962. He had been a Labour Party member until 1981, when he left to found the Social Democratic Party (SDP).

The 1983 election was the first since Rodgers had left the Labour Party, and he was narrowly defeated by Labour's Frank Cook. Cook held the seat with majorities between 16% and 48% until the 2010 general election, when after 27 years as the MP he was de-selected by his local party. Cook chose to run again however, as an independent candidate. Cook polled less than 5% of the vote, fifth of the seven candidates who stood, and joined four of these in forfeiting his deposit and the seat was held by the Labour Party's next candidate, Alex Cunningham.

Constituency profile[edit]

The town of Stockton on Tees is a significant exports manufacturing and processing base in the United Kingdom. Stockton North has often in economically troubled times significantly more unemployment than Stockton South: workless claimants, registered jobseekers, were in November 2012 significantly above the national average of 3.8%, at 7.0% of the population based on a statistical compilation by The Guardian compared to 4.5% in Stockton South.[3]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[4] Party
1983 Frank Cook Labour
2010 Alex Cunningham Labour

Elections[edit]

Election Political result Candidate Party Votes % ±%
General Election 2010 [5][6]
Electorate: 66,752
Turnout: 39,498 (58.6%) +0.5
Labour hold
Majority: 6,676 (16.9%) −17.2
Swing: 8.3% from Lab to Con
Alex Cunningham Labour 16,923 42.8 −12.0
Ian Galletley Conservative 10,247 25.9 +4.7
Philip Latham Liberal Democrat 6,342 16.1 −2.6
James MacPherson BNP 1,724 4.4 +1.8
Frank Cook Independent 1,577 4.0 N/A
Gordon Parkin UKIP 1,556 3.9 +1.2
Ian Saul English Democrats 1,129 2.9 N/A
General election 2005 [7]
Electorate: 63,271
Turnout: 36,428 (57.6%) +2.8
Labour hold
Majority: 12,439 (34.1%) −7.2
Swing: 3.6% from Lab to Con
Frank Cook Labour 20,012 54.9 −8.5
Harriett Baldwin Conservative 7,575 20.8 −1.3
Neil Hughes Liberal Democrat 6,869 18.9 +7.0
Kevin Hughes BNP 986 2.7 N/A
Gordon Parkin UKIP 986 2.7 N/A
General election 2001 [8]
Electorate: 64,629
Turnout: 35,427 (54.8%) −14.2
Labour hold
Majority: 14,647 (41.3%) −6.7
Swing: 3.3% from Lab to Con
Frank Cook Labour 22,470 63.4 −3.4
Amanda Vigar Conservative 7,823 22.1 +3.3
Mary Wallace Liberal Democrat 4,208 11.9 +1.0
Bill Wennington Green 926 2.6 N/A
General election 1997 [9]
Electorate: 64,472
Turnout: 44,474 (69.0%) −7.8
Labour hold
Majority: 21,357 (48.0%) +28.4
Swing: 14.2% from Con to Lab
Frank Cook Labour 29,726 66.8 +14.5
Bryan Johnston Conservative 8,369 18.8 −13.9
Suzanne Fletcher Liberal Democrat 4,816 10.8 −3.2
Kevin McConnell Referendum Party 1,563 3.5 N/A
General Election 1992 [10]
Turnout: 53,366 (76.8%) +1.6
Labour hold
Majority: 10,474 (19.6%) +3.0
Swing: 1.5% from Con to Lab
Frank Cook Labour 27,918 52.3 +3.2
Simon E. Brocklebank-Fowler Conservative 17,444 32.7 +0.2
Suzanne Fletcher Liberal Democrat 7,454 14.0 −4.4
K. McGarvey Independent Labour 550 1.0 N/A
General election 1987 [11]
Electorate: 70,329
Turnout: 52,997 (75.4%) +5.1
Labour hold
Majority: 8,801 (16.6%)
Swing: 6.5% from Con to Lab
Frank Cook Labour 26,043 49.2 +12.1
David Faber Conservative 17,242 32.5 −0.8
N. F. G. Bosanquet Social Democratic 9,712 18.3 −11.3
General election 1983 [12]
New constituency
Electorate: 70,277
Turnout: 49,438 (70.3%)
Labour win
Majority: 1,870 (3.8%) N/A
Frank Cook Labour 18,339 37.1 N/A
Harry Lonsdale Davies Conservative 16,469 33.3 N/A
Bill Rodgers Social Democratic 14,630 29.6 N/A

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ A borough 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.
References
  1. ^ "Electorate Figures – Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  2. ^ 2010 post-revision map Greater London and metropolitan areas of England
  3. ^ Unemployment claimants by constituency The Guardian
  4. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "S" (part 5)[self-published source][better source needed]
  5. ^ "UK General Election results May 2010". Richard Kimber's Political Science Resources. Retrieved 2 February 2011. 
  6. ^ http://www.stockton.gov.uk/resources/council/14670/generalelectioninfo/statementpersonsnom.doc
  7. ^ "UK General Election results May 2005". Richard Kimber's Political Science Resources. Retrieved 2 February 2011. 
  8. ^ "UK General Election results 2001: Stockton North". Richard Kimber's Political Science Resources. Retrieved 6 December 2010. 
  9. ^ "UK General Election results 1997: Stockton North". Richard Kimber's Political Science Resources. Retrieved 6 December 2010. 
  10. ^ "UK General Election results April 1992". Richard Kimber's Political Science Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 6 December 2010. 
  11. ^ "UK General Election results June 1987". Richard Kimber's Political Science Resources. Retrieved 14 February 2011. 
  12. ^ "UK General Election results June 1983". Richard Kimber's Political Science Resources. Retrieved 14 February 2011. 

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